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Dr Sandra Tinaj and Dr Milica Vukotić, University Of Donja Gorica

Education Is At A Major Turning Point! UDG Offers A Unique Educational Model

The University of Donja Gorica (UDG) is dedicated to its students and training them for both their professional advancement and to be a responsible...

Dragoljub Milinković, CEO, Veterinarski zavod Subotica

New Laboratory For A New Age

Veterinarski zavod Subotica was established in 1921 as the state sought the capacity to produce vaccines. Today we have seen that support for companies...

TotalEnergies Marketing Serbia

Planting Seedlings Of Care For The Environment

With the ongoing challenges to preserve our planet that’s endangered by climate change, global multienergy company TotalEnergies continues to pursue its ambition of reaching...

Radisav Osmajlić, Director For Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey, WTW

Every Risk Is A New Opportunity

WTW operates in 140 countries and is a global leader in people, risk and capital management consulting. In Serbia, it focuses on risk management...

Philanthropy

The Harp Talent

Founded in 2003 as a non-profit action tank, Multikultivator connects with institutions and individuals from around the globe to produce concerts, festivals, educational music...

Jasmina Nikodinović-Runić, Scientific Advisor Of The Laboratory For Microbial Molecular Genetics And Ecology ((LMMGe) And The Institute Of Molecular Genetics And Genetic Engineering (IMGGE), University Of Belgrade

Remarkable Successes Exist, But Are Rare

Scientific advisor of the laboratory for microbial molecular genetics and ecology (LMMGE) and the institute of molecular genetics and genetic engineering (IMGGE), University of Belgrade

Climate change, the circular economy, sustainable mobility, food security, health and sustainable agriculture are key challenges that will shape the future of our society. With the Green Deal, the EU has set an ambitious strategy to achieve climate neutrality, transition to a circular economy and develop a more sustainable food system. Our food, cosmetics, clothing and other products and consumables across our lives need to become leaner and greener, and biotechnology solutions can contribute to responding to this need.

Although mostly imperceptible to us, microorganisms play key roles in carbon and nutrient cycling, human, animal and plant health, and failing to appreciate the importance of microbial processes fundamentally limits our understanding of Earth’s biosphere and our response to climate change, thus jeopardising efforts to create an environmentally sustainable future. Microbes are also a source of various products with applications across all major industries, including the pharmaceutical, chemical, food, environmental and agricultural industries. Microbial diversity provides a massive pool of inimitable chemicals, which are today becoming a treasured source for innovative biotechnology.

The eco-biotechnology and drug development group from the institute of molecular genetics and genetic engineering (University of Belgrade) is making remarkable progress on the biotechnological conversion of a variety of waste streams and by-products

Advanced molecular biotechnologies, incorporating the concepts and techniques of genetic engineering, molecular biology, systems and synthetic biology, evolutionary engineering, as well as green chemistry, biocatalysis and process engineering offer a conceptual and technological framework to expedite the creation of new enzymes and pathways, or the modification of existing ones, for the optimal production of desired products. By enabling the design of microorganisms a la carte, one can envisage an increase in the range of compounds that can be produced in an environmentally-friendly way to meet a large number of human needs – from drugs to new materials – thus increasing efficiency and decreasing undesirable Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

While Europe has a globally-recognised, high-performing scientific research community that has translated into industrial innovations – particularly innovations supporting the Green Agenda – in countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Ireland, regions like the Balkans (including Serbia) lag behind due to a lack of public and private investment in fundamental and applied environmental research.

On the other hand, the Eco-Biotechnology and Drug Development Group from the Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (University of Belgrade) is making remarkable progress on the biotechnological conversion of a variety of waste streams and by-products into next generation biopigments (biobased dyes), biotherapeutics and biopolymers, which are intended for high value added applications that create an environmental and economic value. As such, they are part of two pan-EU consortia working on the “BioICEP” (www.bioicep. eu) and recently approved “EcoPlastiC” projects that provide for the innovative biotechnological upcycling of plastic waste into valuable bioplastic materials that are proving to be part of the solution for the global problem of plastic pollution.

Comment By Zoran Panović

Swallowing Frogs

Swallowing frogs isn’t Vučić’s metaphor, but rather Zoran Đinđić’s. And no matter how well boiled those amphibians might be, frogs that need to be...

Branimir Jovanović, Economist, The Vienna Institute For International Economic Studies

Balancing Between East And West Comes At A Cost

Whether Serbia will emerge as a winner of the nearshoring trend over the coming years will depend primarily on political developments. If Serbia stays...

Bojan Stanić, Sector For Strategic Analysis and Internationalisation At The Chamber Of Commerce & Industry Of Serbia (CCIS)

War Is Always A Bad Friend

The continuation of the conflict in Ukraine could, over the long run, imperil the recovery of the western Balkans. That’s why political de-escalation in...

Gert Rabbow, Executive Director Of The German-Serbian Chamber Of Commerce - AHK Serbien

Serbia Likely To Become First Choice For German Nearshoring

Even before the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic and the start of the war in Ukraine, Serbia had already proved itself to be a...

U.S. Adds $19.5 Million In New Funds To Development Partnership With Serbia

Today, the United States Government announced an additional $19.5 million in assistance to the Government of Serbia, as part...

UN: Ukraine War Stoked Global Food Crisis That Could Last Years

The United Nations has warned that the war in Ukraine has helped to stoke a global food crisis that could last...

Picasso’s Masterwork Of Lover And Muse Shines At Sotheby’s $408m Evening Sale

Following the Macklowe Collection’s white-glove sale, the Modern Evening Auction saw glittering results at Sotheby’s New York. Amongst 58...

UN Calls For Renewable Energy Push Following Damning Climate Report

UN chief Antonio Guterres has called for more investment in renewable energy and an end to the millions of...

Serbia To Produce 40 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewable Energy Sources By 2040

Cooperation between Israeli and Serbian companies in the field of renewable energy sources (RES) and energy transition, which is...

U.S. Adds $19.5 Million In New Funds To Development Partnership With Serbia

Today, the United States Government announced an additional $19.5 million in assistance to the Government of Serbia, as part...

UN: Ukraine War Stoked Global Food Crisis That Could Last Years

The United Nations has warned that the war in Ukraine has helped to stoke a global food crisis that could last...

Picasso’s Masterwork Of Lover And Muse Shines At Sotheby’s $408m Evening Sale

Following the Macklowe Collection’s white-glove sale, the Modern Evening Auction saw glittering results at Sotheby’s New York. Amongst 58...

UN Calls For Renewable Energy Push Following Damning Climate Report

UN chief Antonio Guterres has called for more investment in renewable energy and an end to the millions of...

US And Global Banks Unveil Multi-billion Dollar Plan To Address Worldwide Food Crisis

The U.S., several global development banks and other groups unveiled a multi-billion dollar plan Wednesday meant to address a...

U.S. Adds $19.5 Million In New Funds To Development Partnership With Serbia

Today, the United States Government announced an additional $19.5 million in assistance to the Government of Serbia, as part...

UN: Ukraine War Stoked Global Food Crisis That Could Last Years

The United Nations has warned that the war in Ukraine has helped to stoke a global food crisis that could last...

Picasso’s Masterwork Of Lover And Muse Shines At Sotheby’s $408m Evening Sale

Following the Macklowe Collection’s white-glove sale, the Modern Evening Auction saw glittering results at Sotheby’s New York. Amongst 58...

UN Calls For Renewable Energy Push Following Damning Climate Report

UN chief Antonio Guterres has called for more investment in renewable energy and an end to the millions of...

US And Global Banks Unveil Multi-billion Dollar Plan To Address Worldwide Food Crisis

The U.S., several global development banks and other groups unveiled a multi-billion dollar plan Wednesday meant to address a...
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