The relevant authorities in Montenegro have ignored evidence of possible plagiarism by the science minister there for up to two years, according to the president of the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, Momir Djurovic. He says that documents showing suspicion of plagiarism by the minister were sent to the […]

University and Montenegrin government ‘ignored evidence of science minister’s plagiarism’, ...

[PODGORICA] A small group of local journalists, PR professionals and scientists gathered today in Podgorica, Montenegro for a seminar on science journalism co-organised by UNESCO’s Venice office. The seminar was part of a bigger event that kicks off here tomorrow (20 September): the 2nd South East European UNESCO Science Communication […]

Science journalism seminar kicks off in Montenegro

From my post on Retraction Watch: Sanja Vlahovic, science minister of Montenegro, copied two-thirds of a 2010 paper on tourism from previously published work by other academics, according to the national daily newspaper Vijesti. The newspaper compared her paper, “Destinations’ Competitiveness in Modern Tourism,” presented at the Tourism & Hospitality Management […]

Montenegro’s science minister accused of plagiarism

From UNESCO and Balkan School of Science Journalism: “The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), is pleased to announce that the 2nd edition of the specialized South East European (SEE) regional workshop on science journalism will be conducted from 19 to 22 September 2014 in […]

Call for Applications: 2nd edition of the South East European ...

The WBC-INCO.NET, a project funded under the seventh EU research Framework Programme, has come a long way since it started in 2008. The list of achievements, deliverables and specific outcomes alone could easily take up the space of this article: during the last seven years of the projects workshops, studies, […]

From animosity to ‘happy family’ through science: some insights from ...

Science ministers from the west Balkans signed up to a regional R&D pact worth €200 million (£171 million) in Zagreb, Croatia last week. The strategy, which will run from 2014–2020, aims to lift the competiveness of researchers in these countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – easing […]

West Balkans sign up to R&D pact

In 2011, Slovenia received the largest number of EU research grants of any Western Balkan country, with 98 projects worth a total of €32,401,000 (Turkey was just ahead of it with 158 projects worth €36,685,000). Most of these grants went to the Jožef Stefan Institute, the National Institute of Biology, […]

How do Western Balkan countries fare with EU research grants?

Montenegro saw its first chapter in negotiations for joining the European Union – on science and research –  successfully closed earlier this week (18 December). EU commissioner Štefan Füle said this marks the start of the accession negotiations entering a real substance. Research and development “are essential to push innovation and […]

Montenegro’s science seals first chapter in EU accession

The European Union needs a million more researchers over the next decade and it plans to devote 3% of GDP to R&D by 2020 to keep up with its main economic competitors and be a knowledge-based economy, according to this year’s European Commission Researchers’ Report. To achieve all this, it […]

EC’s Researchers’ Report 2012: results for Balkan countries

Research and development systems in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH), Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey were among the issues put under the spotlight in a series of reports on states’ preparedness of those nations for EU membership, published by European Commission last week (10 October). The EC adopted its […]

EC finds mixed progress, and some setbacks, in research in ...

Montenegro Science Academy Faces Funding Freeze Over Merger Montenegro’s official science academy may see its budget subject to month-by-month approvals, or even face deep budget cuts, if it does not comply with a law forcing it to merge with the country’s unofficial science academy. The move, approved at a cabinet […]

A new twist in the merger of Montenegro’s science academies

Members of Montenegro’s unofficial science academy, the Doclean Academy of Sciences and Arts (DANU), got a nasty surprise this week. In March, the country’s parliament mandated that DANU should merge with the official academy, the Montenegrin Academy of Science and Arts (CANU), in an effort to unite the country’s scientific potential. The […]

Montenegrin academicians at loggerheads

A new law in Montenegro aimed at strengthening science and innovation for development has sparked a war of words between the country’s two science academies, including a call for the country’s science minister to be replaced. The law, adopted by the government on 1 December, aims to bring the country’s two […]

Science Academies at Odds Over New Law in Montenegro

The government of Montenegro (marked in green on the map below) has approved its Strategy for Development and Financing of Higher Education 2011-2020, which looks set to increase funding for science in the tiny country. Earlier this year, Montenegro separated its higher education and science ministries in the hope that […]

Science boost for Montenegro

Montenegro’s science ministry is pushing ahead with plans for a science and technology park, despite initial calls for domestic proposals to invest in the park flopping. The government now hopes to reach out to international partners to invest in the science park. The park would link academia with industry as […]

Montenegro seeks international science park investors

Igor Lukšić, Montenegro’s new prime minister and at 34 the youngest head of state in the world, has in one of his first official acts created a dedicated science ministry for the country. The move, however, has sparked some criticism and calls for Montenegro to instead invest more in research—the […]

Montenegro’s Young PM Creates Dedicated Science Ministry