[PRESENTATION PA CONF. SEPT. 2023] Research and Innovation Infrastructures for efficient Implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies – Bio4Campus (Health and BioTech)

Teodora Ilic, Engineer of Organizational Sciences at the Ministry of Science, Technological Development, and Innovation in Serbia, shares insights into Serbia’s groundbreaking initiatives, particularly in the convergence of life sciences and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Her presentation is part of the “Best Practice Highlights: Lessons and Success Stories” block of the first Plenary Session of the POLICY ANSWERS conference on “Policy Dialogue on Aligning Priorities in the Western Balkans.”

A Revolutionary Convergence: Life Sciences and ICT

Serbia is on a quest to unlock the transformative potential of merging life sciences and ICT in several pivotal areas of life:

  • Medicine: The fusion of life sciences and ICT is revolutionizing the medical field, leading to biologic treatments and personalized medicine. This synergy promises tailored healthcare solutions for individuals.
  • Agriculture and Food Production: The introduction of digital agriculture and personalized nutrition marks a significant shift in the way food is produced and consumed, enhancing sustainability and efficiency.
  • Energy: Serbia is pioneering sustainable, bio-based energy sources that promise to reshape the energy landscape with environmentally friendly solutions.
  • Environment and Sustainability: The development of custom-made microorganisms for environmental remediation showcases Serbia’s commitment to preserving the planet.

Partnership and Collaboration

Serbia’s initiatives in the convergence of life sciences and ICT are an invitation for collaboration. Partners and collaborators stand to benefit from Serbia’s highly educated workforce, especially in fields like science, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, IT, and computing. Serbia boasts over 1,000 PhDs located at the BIO4 Campus, with 86% of the population proficient in English. With 130,000 STEM students and 210,000 active students, Serbia offers a rich pool of talent and potential partners for innovative ventures.

A Pathway to a Brighter Future

Serbia’s dedication to the convergence of life sciences and ICT is paving the way for a brighter, more innovative future. By creating tailored healthcare solutions, revolutionizing agriculture, and championing sustainable energy and environmental remediation, Serbia is making significant strides towards a more prosperous and sustainable world.

Teodora Ilic’s insights underscore Serbia’s commitment to science, innovation, and global collaboration. In the dynamic intersection of life sciences and ICT, Serbia is emerging as a pioneering force, redefining the future of healthcare, agriculture, energy, and environmental sustainability.


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