Mirko Poljak, Ph.D., a postdoctoral at the Department of Electronics, Microelectronics, Computer and Intelligent Systems, is the winner of the Annual Award of The Society of University Teachers, Scholars and Other Scientists – Zagreb, which is awarded to young scientists and artists for 2016. Mirko Poljak is awarded for his work "Immunity of electronic and transport properties of phosphorene nanoribbons to edge defects“. We would like to extend our congratulations to Dr. Poljak!
Award ceremony will be held on Thursday, 30 March 2017, at 12 at the Society's headquarters (Frankopanska 5a, Zagreb).
FER won five projects in the Croatian Science Foundation “Research Projects” framework, which was published in May 2016, out of twenty-one project proposals from the field of technical sciences.
The “Research Projects” programme was developed with the aim of supporting research groups which deal with internationally and/or nationally relevant issues, and whose leaders are recognized for their scientific achievements and mentoring skills.
In the “Program for Encouraging Research and Development Activities in the Field of Climate Change” framework, which was published in April 2016, FER won one project, out of 10 approved projects.
The aim of this programme is to support research and development activities in the area of mitigation and adaptation to climate change. By encouraging Croatian research community to actively participate in solving nationally relevant problems related to climate change and related measures, with special emphasis on energetic sustainability and mutual cooperation of different sectors, an extra emphasis is placed on the development of a sustainable society.
Total value of these six new FER projects is 5,288,570.00 HRK.
A team of researchers from FER's Laboratory for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in collaboration with Ruđer Bošković Institute and A*STAR Genome Institute of Singapore has developed a new method for de novo genome assembly. Compared to other similar methods, using this method it is feasible to assemble genomes several hundred times faster while maintaining similar accuracy.
The authors of the paper are Robert Vaser mag.comp. and Prof. Mile Šikić from Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Dr. Ivan Sović, from Ruđer Bošković Institute and Dr. Niranjan Nagarajan from A*STAR Genome Institute of Singapore.
The paper was published in a prestigious Genome Research journal with impact factor 11.351.
On the web pages of the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme published are statistical data on project applications success on the 1st call which was open from 23 September to 3 November 2015 (1st step) and from 29 March to 9 May 2016 (2nd step). On the first call overall 576 expressions of interest were submitted, and in the end finally 54 projects are accepted for funding.
Among the accepted projects there is also the project "Smart Building - Smart Grid - Smart City" (acronym: 3Smart) coordinated by University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER). This project has the highest funding among all 54 projects accepted for funding in the 1st call. At the same time it is the only accepted Interreg Danube project coordinated by an institution in Croatia, one of the overall 60 projects applied by Croatian institutions as candidate coordinators.
Statistical data related to the first call are available on the Interreg Danube web page.
Besides that, FER participates in another two Interreg projects within the Interreg Mediterranean Programme. The overall value of all our Interreg projects is almost 7,1 million EUR out of which the funding for FER amounts at 1 million EUR. The accepted projects last between 1,5 and 3 years, and in them participates almost 30 partners from European countries.
Accepted projects on which FER participates:
Project coordinated by FER (Interreg Danube Transnational Programme)
- Project "Smart Building - Smart Grid - Smart City" is on FER led by Assoc. Prof. Mario Vašak. The overall project value is 3.791.343,41 EUR, and the project value on FER side is 640.566,01 EUR. Partners on the project are: Croatian electricity utility Hrvatska elektroprivreda d.d., E3 ENERGETIKA, EKOLOGIJA, EKONOMIJA d.o.o., Municipality Idrija, Elektro Primorska d.d., European Centre for Renewable Energy Güssing, Municipality of Strem, Energy Güssing, University of Debrecen, E.ON distribution system operator for eastern Hungary (E.ON Tiszantuli Aramhaloztai), University of Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Bosnia and Herzegovina electricity utility JP Elektroprivreda Hrvatske Zajednice Herceg Bosne, University of Mostar Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Computing. On FER the project is jointly performed by Laboratory for Renewable Energy Systems (LARES) and Smart Grids Laboratory (SGL). Within the project new employments are envisaged – financial and communication manager and two technical persons in each of the laboratories. The project is performed from 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2019.
Projects where FER is a partner (INTERREG Mediteran)
- Project "Plan/test/coordinate Underwater Museums, Diving Parks and Knowledge Awareness Centres in order to support sustainable and responsible tourism development and promote Blue growth in coastal areas and islands of the Mediterranean" is on FER led by Assoc. Prof. Nikola Mišković. The overall project value is 2.797.549,00 EUR, and the project value on FER side is 302.640,00 EUR. Partners on the project are: Atlantis Consulting SA, University of Calabria, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of Italy, University of Cyprus, University of Patras, Fundation University Enterprise of the Region of Murcia, Dubrovnik Neretva Regional Development Agency - DUNEA, Ministry of Culture and Sports of Greece - Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities. The project lasts from 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2019.
- Project "Designing a network of cOOperating cReative communities for developing a Sharing economy" is on FER led by Prof. Mario Kovač. The overall project value is 510.000,00 EUR, and the amount envisaged for FER is 88.000,00 EUR. Patners on the project are: Anci Lazio Italy/Lazio, CNR Italy/Lazio, CNA Italy/Abruzzo, UM Slovenia, UNIZG-FER Croatia, UVEG Spain, TPLJ Slovenia. The project is performed from 1 September 2016 to 28 February 2018.
The Interreg Danube Transnational Programme supports transnational cooperation in the heterogeneous Danube region and solves common challenges and needs in the following four specific areas – innovative and socially responsible Danube region, culturally and ecologically responsible Danube region, better connected and energy responsible Danube region, well governed Danube region.
The overall goal of the INTERREG Mediterranean is to promote sustainable growth in the Mediterranean area by substantiating innovative concepts and praxis and reasonable resources exploitation as well as supporting social integration through integrated territorial approach based on cooperation. In the Programme participate 10 EU member states: Croatia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta, Greece, parts of France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Great Britain as well as three non-members: Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.