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CONNECT – Connecting scientists in the western Balkans region
Science and especially physics has always been a pioneer in enabling and fostering international cooperation. Scientists have a tradition to bridge across ethnical and political barriers to pioneer new forms of collaboration. Remarkable examples for science as a pioneer for political convergence are the first Israeli – German connections by the Max-Planck Society and the Weizmann Institute and the constant scientific collaboration between Soviet and Western scientists during the Cold War.
The symposium is initiated by physicists from Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia, who are active in the area of theoretical/mathematical physics and experimental/applied physics. The participating Universities are the University of Tuzla, University of Mostar, University of Banja Luka, University of Novi Sad, and University of Zagreb. The symposium is, however, not focused on the exchange of frontline scientific ideas, but will promote and discuss the impact of science (natural sciences and social sciences) and technology on the society of the region. It will exemplify the connecting role of science in general as a role model for national and international cooperation. The already existing connections in the area of physics will be used to establish a network that allows to bridge between the local universities in the region.
The goal of CONNECT is to bring together established and young scientists to stimulate discussions and joint scientific work to the benefit of the peaceful development of civil society. By this CONNECT contributes to the specific goals of the DAAD program.