The newly elected presidents of two national science councils are the researchers of the Institute of Physics, Belgrade. To be specific, the members of the National Science Council of Physics have recently elected for its president Dr Antun Balaž, (in the image on the right), a principal research fellow of the Scientific Computing Laboratory, while Dr Vladimir Srećković (in the image on the right), a principal research fellow of the Laboratory for Astrophysics and Physics of Ionosphere has been elected the president of the National Science Council for Geosciences and Astronomy.
National science councils are bodies which ensure the quality of scientific research and development of scientific research activities in the Republic of Serbia. As stated on the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s website, these councils, among other things, shall pass decisions on the appointments of the academic title of research associate and shall give an opinion to the Commission on the Quality of Scientific Research Works and Contribution of Candidates for election to higher positions, shall give an opinion to the Ministry on the annual report of scientific research organizations and shall propose members for the Commission on establishing a list of proposals of the annual list of classified journals.
The National Science Council for Physics constitutes eight members and, pursuant to the Law on Science and Research, ensures the quality of scientific research work and activities in the field of physics. The newly elected president, Dr Antun Balaž, is a principal research fellow and deputy director of the Institute of Physics, Belgrade. He is the head of the Centre of Excellence for modelling of complex systems, and a leader of numerous European projects, while his scientific achievements have been recognized in the field of ultra-cold quantum gases.
The National Science Council for Geosciences and Astronomy constitutes seven members elected for the five-year term. Its new president, Dr Vladimir Srećković, is a principal research fellow at the Institute of Physics, Belgrade, where he has been employed since 2003. Over the course of his career, he has published a significant number of papers in international journals in the field of astrophysics and gravity, and he has been an editor and reviewer in renowned journals.