President of the European Research Council, professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, visited the University of Novi Sad on 4 September 2018. The visit of professor Bourguignon was hosted at the University by the Rector, Prof. Dr. Dušan Nikolić, which was followed by a joint meeting with deans of faculties, directors of institutes and researchers of the University of Novi Sad.
The meeting was also attended by Prof. Dr. Viktor Nedović, State Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Prof. Dr. Dušica Rakić, Deputy Provinical Secretary for higher education and scientific research, Dr. Gordana Popović, representative of the European Research Council and Nada Milošević, advisor in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and a contact person for the European Research Council.
After the joint meeting in the Rectorate of the University of Novi Sad, professor Bourguignon visited the BioSense Institute.
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