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The first Advisory Committee meeting took place on 27th September 2010 in the Meeting hall of the FCUB. The EU experts attended the meeting were Dr Theodore Sotiroudis (IBRB, Greece); Dr Joost Smit (IRAS, Netherlands); Dr Estelle Bonnin (INRA, France); Dr Arnd Petersen (RCB, Germany); Dr Ivan Minkov (PPMB, Bulgaria) and Dr Branimir Jovančićević (FCUB, Serbia). Dr Johanna Buchert (VTT, Finland) and Dr Marianne van Hage (KI, Sweden) were unable to attend. Dr Ulrich Schwaneberg (RWTH, Germany) cancelled attendance on 26th September 2010 and representative of RWTH Ljubica Vujčić took part in the meeting. The FCUB representatives were members of management committee, Dr Tanja Ćirković Veličković, Dr Sanja Grgurić-Šipka, Dr Bogdan Šolaja, Dr Marija Gavrović-Jankulović and Dr Dušanka Milojković-Opsenica.

First AC meeting in the Meeting hall of the FCUB, 27th of September 2010.

Tanja Ćirković Veličković welcomed participants and presented project objectives and reported on management activities for the period July-September 2010.

The Dean of the FCUB and AC member, Prof. Bane Jovancicevic (in the middle) welcomed EU experts. WP3 leader, Prof. D. Milojkovic-Opsenica (in the left) and WP4 leader, Prof. B.Sojala (in the right) presented work packages 3 and 4.

Activities related to start-up of the WP2 (reports on recruitment procedure of two senior researchers) and WP3 were reported and discussed with the AC members. Training and research visits were discussed in more details. Start-up of the equipment procurement – groups formed and important advice were given by INRA and IBRB experts. The suitable periods were discussed with EU experts and advice received for the delays regarding housing, especially troublesome in Holland. WP4 activities were also reported, as dissemination strategy. The structure of the first workshop was approved and the topics were defined.

The get together of the EU experts and RG leaders and FCUB staff took place in the library of the FCUB.

Get together in the FCUB library (from left to right), T. Sotiroudis (IBRB), T. Cirkovic Velickovic (FCUB-ERA coordinator), V. Toneva (PPMB. A visiting EU expert), J. Smit (IRAS), E. Bonnin (INRA), A. Petersen (RCB), D. Stanic (senior researcher recruited thought the FCUB-ERA), S. Grguric-Sipka (FCUB-ERA, communication manager).

T. Sotiroudis (IBRB), I. Minkov (PPMB), J. Smit (IRAS) and A. Petersen (RCB), AC members getting to know each other.

The overall conclusion was that the first AC meeting was a great success and that many new contacts have been established between FCUB research groups and supporting institutions. Joint projects and a platform open for researchers exchange will facilitate new collaborations and new joint projects between FCUB and EU institutions that supported the FCUB-ERA project. Next AC meeting will take place in November 2011, also in Belgrade. Many of the AC members will also participate in the first FCUB-ERA workshop.

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