National Points of Contact
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.
Young Space Activities Overview in Montenegro
- 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.
Country-Specific Events in 2019