AREA project organized the Workshop „World Café“ that was held 1 December 2015 in hotel “Tulip Inn Putnik”, Belgrade. The overall objective of the Workshop was to improve communication and to build more effective links with SMEs and the food industry, on the one side, and AREA participants, on the other side. At the beginning of the event, AREA project and its objectives and achievements were presented to the audience as well as upgrading analytical methods and scientific expertise of Faculty of Agriculture that was built during the project.
The AREA project and the Faculty were presented to the general public at the 20th edition of INDAGRA 2015 that was held from 28th October to 1st November in Bucharest, Romania. INDAGRA as a international trade fair of equipment and products in agriculture, horticulture, viticulture and animal husbandry and is the biggest and important agricultural event in Romania. INDAGRA is organized by ROMEXPO in partnership with the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Romania and take place at Romexpo Exhibition Centre.
During the period of November 9-20, "Course in professional speaking skills" was organized at Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade within the AREA project. Course leader and instructor was Fulbright specialist prof. Mark Gleason from Iowa State University. The course was attended by 25 young researchers, mainly PhD and master students, but also research associates, assistant professors, associate and full professors.
Dr Dragana Rančić, Assistant Professor (FUNCROPS group) visited Raman Imaging Group at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, from 13th to 19th October 2015. The aim of the visit was to inform researchers from Jagiellonian University in Krakow about AREA activities, aiming to increase AREA networking with EU institutions and finding partners for future collaboration. Host of the visit was prof. dr Malgorzata Baranska, Faculty of Chemistry - Raman Imaging Group.
Dr. Srđan Aćimović, plant pathologist from ArboJet Inc., 99 Blueberry Hill Rd Woburn, MA 01801, USA gave a seminar entitled: “Control of apple scab (Venturia inaequalis) and fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) using trunk injection of plant protective compounds and the potential for precise protection of apples”. The seminar was held on September 2nd, 2015 in the Amphitheater 11/III at the Faculty of Agriculture with the beginning at 12 h.
PhD student Markola Saulić (WEEDSCI group), has finished training in DNA-based technologies. The training was organized at School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, Reading, UK from 20th April to 27th June 2015, under the supervision of Dr. Paul Hadley, Dr. George Gibbings and Matthew Ordidge . The aim of this training was ability of WEEDSCI young researchers to use and acquire the methodological principles in DNA extraction, application of molecular markers and sequencing, mainly related to assessment of populaton variability weed species.
We were informed that our previous EU officer Nadine Robberecht passed away after a short illness. To all of us Nadine will be remembered as a dear person and valuable EU officer. Her great understanding and useful advices very much helped in preparing the final version of AREA project and later in the project lifetime. With a full understanding of the difficulties that we faced, Nadine encouraged us to persevere and achieve everything we planned. We are very grateful for all she has done for us and our project. On behalf of all participants of the AREA project Prof.
AREA Project was presented at the joint meeting of 2nd International Conference on Plant Biology,21st Symposium of the Serbian Plant Physiology Society and
COST ACTION FA1106 QUALITYFRUIT Workshop that was held at Petnica Science Center, Valjevo, 17-20th June, 2015. WP2 activity.
International conference entitled: “7th International Conference WATER & FISH“ constitutes one of the core elements of the AREA project dissemination activities. The Conference was held at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade, from June 10 - 12, 2015. The aim of the Conference was: to present recent research results; exchange knowledge; enable networking of scientists; strengthening regional, macroregional, European, and global cooperation between researchers in the area of aquatic sciences, aquaculture, water management, and fishery.