Professor at the Faculty „FUTURA“, doc. Dr. Viktor Radun, at the invitation of the director of the Institute of Science, Alternative, Culture and Art – INAKU from Skopje, Macedonia, a respected university professor Hristo Petreski, participated on January 18, 2021 at a scientific conference on education, organized online, where he presented on the topic: „The role and importance of magazines, manuals and other visual, audio and video publications and materials in the educational process“, organized by the INAK Institute. „

Due to the current epidemiological situation in our country and the measures of the Government of the Republic of Serbia to prevent the COVID 19 virus, there will be no graduation ceremonies this year.

Instead of the award ceremony, each student will be able to pick up their diploma individually in the student service at the Faculty premises at the address Požeška 83a. The pick-up is organized from Tuesday, 12/29/2020 until Wednesday 12/30/2020 from 10 am to 2 pm and from January 11, 2021 until February 26, 2021, every working day in the same time interval.

When taking diplomas students are in obligation to adhere to all epidemiological measures, to wear masks and to stay indoors for as short a time as possible.

We inform persons who have completed basic and master’s academic studies while the Faculty of Applied Ecology Futura was part of Singidunum University, and who have not been issued diplomas for any reason, that, in accordance with the Law on Higher Education and the opinion of the Ministry of Education, of Science and Technological Development, their diplomas be issued by Metropolitan University.

The Faculty will issue a subsequent notification on the exact date and place of issuance of the diploma on the official website during December of the current year.

On Saturday, October 31, 2020, a round table organized by the association „Glass Bell“ was held in the Special Nature Reserve Zasavica. Participants in this event were also representatives of the Faculty of Applied Ecology Futura – professors Dr. Mirjana Bartula, Dr. Radomir Mandic and Dr. Jordan Aleksic, assistant MSc Slobodan Stefanovic, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. The main topics of this gathering that were discussed were the strategic and legislative framework of nature protection in the Republic of Serbia, problems and challenges in the management of protected natural assets and the importance and role of study visits to protected natural assets in the process of student education.

Students of the Faculty of Applied Ecology Futura were on a study visit to the Jevremovac Botanical Garden on Friday, October 30, 2020, accompanied by Professor Dr. Milena Milojević and assistants Nevena Milošević and Slobodan Stefanović. The study visit aimed at the realization of practical teaching activities within the subject Basics of Biology in the first year, protection of biodiversity in the second year, protection and improvement of forest and hunting resources and preservation and improvement of urban ecosystems in the third year of study.

The students visited the botanical garden accompanied by an expert guide who introduced them to the history and importance of this important green urban area for the protection of biodiversity. They met numerous endemic, relict, rare and protected plant species from all over the world.

We thank the Faculty of Biology of the University of Belgrade and the management of the Botanical Garden „Jevremovac“ for their cooperation.

 On Saturday, October 24, 2020, students of the Faculty of Applied Ecology Futura were on a study visit to Forest of Bojcin, a protected natural asset that has the status of a natural monument. The study visit aimed at the implementation of practical teaching activities within the subject Basics of Biology in the first year of study, Protection of Biodiversity in the second year, Protection and improvement of forest and hunting resources, Preservation and improvement of urban ecosystems and Environmental Management in the third year and Ecosystem Technologies in the fourth year of study.

Accompanied by professors Dr. Milena Milojević and Dr. Radomir Mandić and assistants Goran Knezević, Slobodan Stefanović and Aleksandra Knežević, the students were welcomed by the host and guardian of the Natural Monument „Forest of Bojčin“ Jovan Milivojević in the ethno restaurant Bojčinska koleba after a word of welcome, he introduced them to the history, key values ​​of the forest of Bojčin and ways of valorization of natural resources in this area. During the walk through the forest, Dr. Radomir Mandić spoke to the students about rare and endangered species, while Dr. Milena Milojević explained to them the silvopastoral system of growing mangulica that they had the opportunity to see live in this protected natural asset. Precipitation from the previous period caused a mass appearance of fungi in the forest, and students had the opportunity to get acquainted with a large number of edible and poisonous species of fungi in the field. The study visit continued with a tour of the ecosystem processor which is under construction, in which the wastewater treatment from the slaughterhouse will be performed.

At the end of the study visit, the host prepared a lunch at which the students tasted traditional mangulica specialties, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his cooperation.

On Saturday, October 10, 2020, students of the Faculty of Applied Ecology Futura were on a study visit to the Special Nature Reserve Zasavica. The study visit aimed at the implementation of practical teaching activities within the subjects Basics of Biology in the first year of study, Biodiversity Protection and Water Resources Management in the second year, Protection and improvement of forest and hunting resources and Preservation and improvement of urban ecosystems in the third year and Ecosystem Technologies in fourth year of study.

The students were introduced to the most important biological values ​​of SNR Zasavica, they were introduced to the most important rare and endangered species in this area, animal genetic resources and their importance and activities carried out in order to protect biodiversity. They had the opportunity to see and find out how the ecosystem processor works, which was constructed in SNR Zasavica for the purpose of wastewater treatment.

Students participated in a workshop entitled „Invasive species in the Republic of Serbia and in the area of ​​SNR Zasavica – problems and control measures“ organized by the NGO Union of Ecologists UNECO. They listened to a block of lectures on the importance, negative impact on biodiversity and the most common invasive species in the Republic of Serbia and SRP Zasavica, and then during a walk through SNR Zasavica they had the opportunity to get acquainted with these invasive species in the field and learn which measures are taken in order to suppress them. In the field, they had the opportunity to see a bird feeder, the construction of which is another active measure to protect biodiversity in this area.

In the period from September 24 to 27, the Final Summit will be held, which will also represent the last, third stage of the Journey program 2020, organized by the Climate-KIC Association. This stage was also held in digital format, via the Zoom platform, and was hosted by Hamburg and Budapest.

All participants of the program gathered at the Summit – 400 students, 22 hosts, 22 coaches and 4 mediators of the Summit. The aim of this stage was to create a global system map where all individual ecosystem groups of the Journey 2020 program would be connected, as well as to define steps that would have a significant impact on changing existing ecosystems in the areas of regulation, agriculture, business and finance. circular economy, renewable energy, smart cities, transport, nature and biodiversity, human behavior and communication. Participants in individual Journey programs (as was our CYBELT) had the opportunity to reunite and socialize briefly. At the end of the Summit, all participants were awarded certificates of successful attendance at the Journey 2020 program.

 

To remind, in the first stage of this program, students had the opportunity to gain basic knowledge in the field of system innovation in a four-week gathering with coaches and hosts from Cyprus, Belgrade and Timisoara, as well as to make a group and individual action plan within the selected ecosystem. in the second stage they would be able to implement their action plans in their local communities.

Although they hosted the Journey program for the first time, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Faculty of Applied Ecology FUTURA did an excellent job, which is confirmed by the results of the questionnaire given to the students of  CYBELT group after the first stage of the program. We hope that the good results achieved this year will enable Belgrade to host the Journey program in the years to come.