International Research Workshop “Interdisciplinary Endeavor in Technology at Nanoscale, Water and Environment” started on Wednesday, October 9th at the Mediterranean Institute for Life Research (MedILS).

This workshop which will take place from 9 to 11 October is organized by the Center of Excellence for Science and Technology – Integration of the Mediterranean Region (STIM) as part of the implementation of the STIM-REI project (Research, Education, Innovation; KK.

The opening was attended by prof. dr. h. c. Vlasta Bonačić-Koutecký – Head of STIM Center, prof. dr. sc. Ante Bilusic (PMF) – member of the Center, prof. dr. sc. Dragan Ljutić – Rector of the University of Split, Vice-Rector for Science and Innovation Leandra Vranješ Markić, Luka Brčić – Deputy Mayor of Split-Dalmatia County and Yannick Andrianarahinjaka, Deputy (First Advisor) to the  Ambassador of the Republic of France, other STIM members and their guests and associates.

The scientific program of this research workshop consists of 36 presentations and 26 posters that represent STIM’s research topics, as well as its current and future connectivity networks internationally. The aim of the workshop is to bring together an international group of scientists and researchers of various research profile, but also those interested in improving the latest achievements in technology at the nanoscale, water and environment. The workshop is also a forum for presenting and discussing new innovative concepts as well as state-of-the-art methods, materials, instruments and applications – said Professor Bonačić-Koutecký, pointing out that the workshop is in the true spirit of science without borders because participants come from all over the world and will find new approaches to solve challenging problems in material processing and synthesis, fabrication, design and modeling, characterization and application.The first results of the STIM-REI research were presented at the workshop, and the new equipment that will enable the achievement of the project goals was presented by Prof. Ante Bilusic.

The Deputy Mayor of Split-Dalmatia County Luka Brcic and the Rector Ljutic also supported the organizers.

The theme of the workshop is very topical and deals with issues important for both the man and his environment and for human health. I am sure that this event will contribute to the creation of new insights and ideas, which is important for the University of Split, STIM and MEDILS – said Rector Ljutic, adding that he hopes that these institutions will formally join in the future and thus be better positioned in world science.

The workshop involved leading scientists in the field of advanced technologies at the nanoscale, water and environment and education related to technology transfer with renowned academic institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA), University of Colorado, USA; Institute of Solid State Physics Vienna, Austria; Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic; University of Melbourne, Australia; Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya Barcelona, Spain; The University of Tromsø-The Arctic University of Norway, Norway; Uppsala University, Sweden; University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany; Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France; McGill University Montreal, Canada; Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland; Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Zagreb, Croatia; Ruder Boskovic Institute, Croatia; Institute of Physics, Zagreb, Croatia; University of Trento, Italy and others.

The event will also host a discussion platform for possible collaborations with public institutions and entrepreneurship (October 11 at 2pm) and a quarterly convention of young researchers participating in the Center’s research projects and visiting young researchers with whom they collaborate around the world. Their research results will be presented in a poster session.