The Serbian capital Belgrade is located at the strategic confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers. It is the home of the FUTURA Faculty of Singidunum University Belgrade, the Central/Eastern European Partner of the "SCOPES-EMOCLIP" Project (Photo: © Wikipedia).
The EMOCLIP Project (EMO - environmental modeling, CL – climatology, IP - institutional partnership) is designed to establish an institutional partnership between Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva (ISE) and the Faculty of Applied Ecology Futura, Singidunum University in Belgrade, Serbia (hereafter referred to as FUTURA). The project is oriented toward strengthening FUTURA’s institutional capacity in the field of environmental modeling and climate studies. In addition, the project aims at fostering long term cooperation initiatives between ISE and FUTURA, improving courses and teaching methods and, ultimately, creating a Centre for Environmental Modeling (CEM) at FUTURA. Students who make use of the added-value that this project implies will be much better prepared to deal with environmental problems in the professional world by applying different environmental and climate modeling techniques. The IP (Institutional Partnership) involves shared responsibilities between the two institutions for strengthening research capabilities in the area of environmental modeling and climatology, strategic planning for establishing cutting-edge methods in research and education, a management structure that promotes the efficiency, transparency and visibility of joint research activities, and stimulating the networking between Swiss and Eastern European research institutions for the transfer of knowledge in these fields. To achieve these goals, a series of activities will begin in the course of the summer of 2011, in particular the establishment of the joint IP management structure ,the preparation and realization of training courses for young researchers (first half of 2012), the organization of dissemination workshops and seminars for students and other stakeholders (second half of 2012), and the improvement of FUTURA’s research infrastructure to conduct environmental modeling, improvement of teaching methods and courses syllabuses (2013). The 2-year project runs from July 2011 to July 2013 and has received seed funding of CHF 95’000.- from the Swiss National Science Foundation under the SCOPES (Scientific Cooperation Projects with Eastern Europe) program.