Importance and connection of the science and society and importance of science in everyday life, were some of the topics of the scientific conference Always curious – Science for the future, which gathered more than 15 prominent scientists in Serbia from the field of natural science, and more than 200 visitors from the medical, academic, public and corporate sectors as well, organized by the Center for the Promotion of Science, the Museum of Science and Technology and Merck company.
“We want to draw attention to the need for the new connection between science and society. We wanted to emphasize the role scientists play in expanding our understanding of the world and to inform the public about the scientific developments, as well. Our company, which is celebrating its 350th anniversary this year, is dedicated to science and facing a future filled with innovations. We want to participate and to support the work of six important institutions for science development in Serbia.”
Merck, the leading company of the world in science and technology, announced at the event a donation for the science development to the Medical Faculties in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis and Kragujevac, Faculty of Pharmacy in Belgrade and the Center for the Promotion of Science, as well.
This year Merck celebrates 350 years since the foundation, on all continents with leading scientists of today. Some of Merck’s innovations are liquid crystals that are used for LCDs, OLED technology, modern therapy for diabetes, multiple sclerosis, thyroid gland disorder, sterility treatment and many others. Merc also participates in numerous scientific projects that are important for the future of the science, such as CRISPR technology, self-driving car, 3D technology and many more.
The conference, which was held at the Museum of Science and Technology, was accompanied by numerous interactive exhibitions, presentations of scientific innovations and institutions that help the development of science in Serbia. The first panel “Scientific milestones in medicine and views towards the future” was led by Academician Nebojša Lalić, prof. Dr Aleksandar Stefanović, prof. dr Jelena Drulović, prof. dr Goran Milašinović, dr Siniša Radulović and prof. Dr Saša Živić.
At the second panel “Science in Serbia Today” spoke the representatives of the Institute for Chemical Technology, Institute for Application for Nuclear Energy, INEP, the Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stankovic”, the Institute for Nuclear Research Vinča and the Faculty of Technical Sciences Novi Sad.