Experts from NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) program met representatives of the Bosnia and Herzegovina scientific community in Sarajevo on Tuesday (January 17, 2023). During the “SPS Information Day” held at the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, officials and researchers from the country’s leading universities gathered to exchange views on further opportunities for collaboration.
The event, organized in cooperation with NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo, highlighted the important participation of Bosnia and Herzegovina scientists in regional and international research efforts. Over the past decade, a dozen activities have been carried out with Bosnia and Herzegovina within the framework of NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Program on topics such as cyber defense, counter-terrorism and cooperation with experts in Bosnia and Herzegovina to detect explosive hazards. NATO and partner countries. These activities contribute to building capacity to address cyber and hybrid challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina and across South-Eastern Europe, and contribute to the development of innovative tools and approaches to counter terrorism and violent extremism.
“Our collaboration aligns with our evolving partnerships and changing security landscape, with an increasing focus on applying technology to address emerging challenges,” said Dr. Claudio Palestini, Senior Advisor, NATO Science Program for Peace and Security. At the event, three Bosnian scientists explained their recent involvement in SPS-supported research and development projects, demonstrating their efforts to enhance explosive detection through artificial intelligence and virtual reality; improve the security of communications through the use of quantum technologies in 5G networks; And optimize the fuel cell. The event is also an opportunity to explore new collaborative activities, including multi-year projects on emergency response and management.
“Today’s meeting is just one example of the activities we are doing in cooperation with NATO, especially to further strengthen and improve our mutual cooperation. We need to make the best use of the opportunities offered in NATO’s SPS program and work together more actively to develop research and seek new and innovative solutions to a wide range of challenges,” Dr. Selmo Cikotić, Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, opened the event.
The NATO Science Program for Peace and Security remains open for research and scientific exchange by scientists and experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Collaborative opportunities are announced as a Call for Proposals, which can be found on the SPS website or by subscribing to the SPS mailing list.