IUS Awarded DeepGreenInno Project
It is with great delight that we share the excellent news that the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) has recently received a first-ever grant from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
The DeepGreenInno project is going to contribute to the European Deep Tech Talent Initiative through capacity building of the five partnering higher education institutions (HEI) institutions in the East-Southeast Europe (ESEE) countries (two in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one in Serbia, one in Bulgaria, and one in Albania). The core aim of the project is to increase innovative capacity in green material technologies, green chemistry, and material chain-related environmental protection. The project will support the development of high-quality innovation training related to environmentally acceptable material industry issues by introducing the "green" innovation principles with ever-increasing potential roles of "Deep Tech". Sensor applications, artificial intelligence, and fast data analysis used in synergy to improve the production and processing of materials are defining in classifying the new ideas as "Deep Tech". In line with the Deep Tech Talent Initiative, the project will enable HEIs to educate students in achieving the "greener" technologies which would lead to a greener transition of European industries and societies. CNR SCITEC Italy, Innovation Centre Banja Luka, and Innovation Greece are very important partners who will help us achieve these goals, but also, we are complemented by the participation of associate partners from the University of Novi Sad and Science & Technology Park Novi Sad.
The project is a combination of technical and managerial sciences where IUS is represented by Asst. Prof. Dr. Altijana Hromić-Jahjefendić from the IUS Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (FENS), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emil Knezović from the IUS Faculty of Business and Administration (FBA), with the support of Dr. Nađa Beglerović from the IUS Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP).
The project started with a kick-off meeting in Banja Luka on June 15, 2023. The partners presented their universities/centers with a focus on activities, facilities, and staff engaged in the project. Moreover, the "NanoPol International Workshop" that followed after the kick-off meeting related directly to the project topic and hosted national and international experts in the field of Deep Tech innovations of raw materials. This workshop included an industry visit on June 16, 2023 to "Belgrand-Antena net", a LED display factory, which is very well aligned with the project's scope, connecting chemistry, nanotechnology, and electronics through the Deep Tech approach.