Centar za promociju nauke

The Center for the Promotion of Science (CPN) in Serbia is a public institution established in 2010 by the Government of Republic of Serbia, through the Law on Scientific Research, with the task to promote science and technology. The Center, according to its mandate, cooperates with research and educational institutions (universities, research centers and schools) in Serbia and worldwide, works closely with the government ministries as well as the media and the private sector. The Center organizes a large number of exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions and other events on different topics (mathematics, physics, robotics, archeology, psychology, genetics, biology, architecture etc.). Several large events were organized by the CPN: “May Month of Mathematics” (annual event), “Days of the Future: Robotics”, “CERN in Serbia” and “art+science” series are just some of the most prestigious examples. More than 500,000 visitors attended these exhibitions. Central for the exhibitions and other formats is always the claim to design them in an interactive way, so visitors can play an active part in it. A large number of trained science demonstrators and volunteers support these events. Additionally, the CPN each year financially and logistically supports approx. 100 science promotion projects of its external partners. The CPN’s mission is to bridge the gap between science and society by bringing together researchers, educators, policy makers, civil society organizations, business and industry and the general public in the process of research and innovation. The ultimate aim is to influence and adapt the general research agendas to reflect the needs of the society and to address societal challenges engaging all actors involved in the process. Through numerous activities on the regional and national level the Center is promoting the idea of Responsible Research and Innovation and Open Science through concrete actions. One of the valuable examples is the effort in promoting gender equality in research and technology, such as motivating girls to study science or organizing coding classes for girls. The integration of society in research processes is another of the big concerns of the CPN. Its activities include organizing debates on intriguing questions related to societal challenges of today and tomorrow, and conducting workshops and other events with the aim of bringing science closer to all citizens and increasing the level of science literacy among the general public and especially the young generation. Currently (August 2018), CPN has 20 permanent (full-time) and 15 additionally engaged employees for different projects and activities. In parallel with CPN’s core activities, the Department of International Cooperation is handling at the moment ten active EC funded projects out of 30 projects in which CPN was involved since 2012, from different programs and calls (Horizon 2020, Creative Europe, Erasmus+, FP7, LLP, COST).