SGAC Montenegro

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Montenegro

A freshly independent country with fewer than a million inhabitants, Montenegro is place with vibrant past, transitional present and high aspirations for the future. The turbulent 90’s brought crisis and stagnation to the Balkans and left the nation legging behind in both innovation and research. The Montenegrin youth of today have high aspirations, and wish to catalyze the rate of development of their country’s economy. Currently, the country does not carry any internationally relevant Space activities. The scope of activities is limited to scientific outreach and to astronomic observations related enthusiasm. Montenegro brings many passionate and talented scientists with every generation, but the majority ends up fulfilling their scientific careers abroad. For a country as small, every person matters, and the national authorities are starting to work harder to address the problem of brain drain by supporting scientific initiatives and by establishing regional research institutes on Montenegrin territory. Next to its people, the greatest treasure of Montenegro is its natural heritage and wildlife. With five national parks, the deepest canyon in Europe, some of the last remaining virgin forests on the continent and beautiful mountain scenery which descends straight into the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro is an emerging destination for year round conference tourism. The national tourism organization has aspirations to host regional and international scientific gatherings and therefore additionally stimulate scientific dialogue within the country.

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Young Space Activities Overview in Montenegro

Youth related space activities and scientific ones in general, are lead primarily by the Montenegrin Science Promotion Foundation, PRONA, which has taken off in 2004 and has established regular, year-round science events for the primary and high school students. They traditionally organize The Night of the Explorers which allows Montenegrin students to take part in various, on-site scientific experimentation. The event has been recently extended to a whole week happening. The Open Science Days, which takes place in September and includes also lectures and panel discussions from the leading regional and international researchers. PRONA also harbors the research spirit in their summer and winter schools for talented students, covering topics from fundamental sciences to environmental awareness. Furthermore, there are a number of Astronomical Societies formed by passionate students and amateurs. One such group in the town Niksic has recently put forward an initiative to establish the first observatory in the country. Space-related studies programs are not offered by Montenegrin universities. Several courses which focus on applied astronomy are given by the University of Montenegro, such as:
  • At the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Kotor: two-semester course ”Astronomical navigation” (2nd study year)
  • At the Department of Geodesy, Faculty of Civil Engineering in Podgorica: one-semester course ”Geodetic astronomy” (3rd study year). From the above described situation, it is clear that SGAC and the first appointed Montenegro NPoCs have a great task of motivating a more proactive engagement of Montenegro in Space related activities at every level. The goal is to make people understand the great spectrum of opportunities for involvement that the modern Space Industry is offering, from the regulatory aspects all the way to actual Space related manufacturing and ecological monitoring. We wish to tackle the local entrepreneurs to consider a more serious participation. In that regard, we are now in the process of contacting and gathering Space enthusiasts and are motivating young people to learn about the possibilities in the Space domain. Organization of Montenegrins Studying Abroad (OMSA) that we are also members of, serves as an important platform as it helps bring useful ideas from other countries. We would like to use the networks like OMSA, ISU, SSP Alumni and SGAC to organize events and encounters in Montenegro, which could stimulate the change in attitude towards Space Studies and Space related research.

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