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Bilateral Cooperation with Serbia

The Croatian Minister of Science Radovan Fuchs and his Serbian counterpart Božidar Đelic met in Zagreb on May 13, 2010 to discuss bilateral cooperation and joint scientific projects. 21 bilateral initiatives are currently being implemented, mainly in the field of biotechnology. Several workshops as well as a joint Science Day will be held in the following months in order to review the results achieved.

The two countries are also planning to hold regular meetings at ministerial or state secretary level and to establish a regional technology fund to attract research funding for companies. Fuchs suggests exploiting further opportunities such as joint applications for FP7 projects and loans by the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Lisbon Review 2010: Croatia Outperforms Lowest-Ranked EU Members

The final assessment of the progress made in reaching the Lisbon goals shows that Croatia has outranked four EU Member States, namely Bulgaria, Italy, Poland and Romania. With a score of 4.18, it is only second to Montenegro (score: 4.19) among the eleven candidate and neighbourhood countries assessed. Among this group, Croatia holds rank one in the fields of information society, sustainable development and network industries as well as the second place in the field of innovation and R&D.

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10th INTERNATIONAL FOUNDRYMEN CONFERENCE: Casting Production – Progress through Knowledge, Quality and Environmental Protection, was held in Opatija in the period June 10th -12th 2010. At the Conference exhibition of equipment and instruments Textile Science Research Centre and SEM laboratory of University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology were presented. Conference was held in association with: University of Zagreb, Ministy of Science, Education and Sports of Republic of Croatia, Academy of Technical Sciences of Republic of Croatia, Croatian Chamber of Commerce of Republic of Croatia, Sisak-Moslavina County, City of Sisak and Mittel Europäische Giesserei Initiative (MEGI).

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Figure 1: Marin Šoufek, representative of Tescan and Prof. Sandra Bischof Vukušić, Vice-president of TSRC at the Conference exhibition


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International Convention MIPRO 2010 -                 Opatija, 24. - 28. May 2010

From 24th to 28th May 2010 the 33rd International Convention MIPRO 2010 was held in Opatija. The topic of Round table held on 27th May was: Nanotechnology – new challenge for the Republic of Croatia.

The discussion was intended for people who make strategical decisions about economy and science, scientists and experts in the field of natural and technical science as well as technologists in industry. Prof. Sandra Bischof Vukusic, coordinator of the FP7-REGPOT-2008-1 project funded within the FP7 topic Nanoscience, nanotechnologies, materials and new productional technologies, took a part as one of the keynote speakers of the Round table.


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Display of Azon Digital Textile Printer & DTS at FESPA, Germany

Azon will exhibit Digital Textile Printer & DTS (direct to substrate printer) during FESPA, MUNICH. Azon DTS is direct to substrate inkjet printer. It prints directly with amazing speed up to 70 A2 prints. Materials that can be printed: glass, metal, stone, wood, plastics and all others...with superb adhesion of ink.

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Trends and development of the textile economy of North America Atlanta 2010

From 18th to 20th May 2010 several significant events occurred simultaneously: AATCC International Conference 2010 and Symposium Techtextil North America as well as three parallel exhibitions: ATME.I MEGATEX 2010 (American Textile Machinery Exhibition - International), Techtextil North America (International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens) and SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas). Dynamic new alliance within the textile industry has created a powerful tri-location of events. They were organized concurrently at the premises of World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Three participants from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology have actively participated in the International Conference AATCC 2010 with the presentation of their scientific work or with the presentation of recently established Textile Science Research Center (TSRC).

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Picture 1: Croatian representatives Prof. Tanja Pušić and Prof. Drago Katović in front of the World Congress Center in Atlanta, USA

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