Policy officer for research and innovation relations with the Western Balkans and Turkey at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, in Brussels. Coordinator of the European Commission for the WB countries in the field of research and  development, monitoring progress in the same field with the aim to improve SEE participation in EU funding Programmes and in the wider European Research Area (ERA). One of the most experienced experts for the SEE countries.

prof. dr. Steve QUARRIE
Steve-QuarrieHe is Head of education in European Training Academy. He provided regular training courses for over 15 years to scientists in Europe on general skills needed to develop a successful career doing science and research, including how to write project proposals. These courses have also been given in Newcastle, UK, Skopje, Macedonia , Zagreb, Croatia, Krakow, Poland and many reputable Universities and Centers of Excellence. He teaches general research skills to PhD students at the Faculty of Biology, Belgrade University, and is also a visiting Professor at the Business School, Newcastle University, UK. He has been a proposal evaluator for the European Commission in Brussels, and was a consultant for Serbia’s first Accreditation Commission for Higher Education. He has taken part as an independent expert in several Tempus projects, providing expertise in quality control and improving lecturer teaching skills. Steve has written more than 10 successful EU-funded projects, with success rate in writing research (FP) projects over 50%.

GUEST SPEAKERS from the EU institutions covering critical political topics and COSME program are expected to lead and contribute to the panel discussion at the beginning of the first day. Due to new political realities, migrants and energy crises, policy changes for the Balkans, Russia and Mediterranean countries, organisers will ensure exerts guidance for the emerging funding and intervention opportunities.