Final meeting in Belgrade (Serbia)

Date and venue

Date:

The TUMIEE Final Meeting will take place on Monday, the 20 February 2023 in Belgrade.

A social dinner will be organised the same day on the evening at the restaurant “Via del gusto” (near the meeting venue). The dinner cost has to be covered by the participants and amounts to €30 per person. A committal confirmation of the participation in the dinner, with the number of eventual accompanying persons will be kindly required. Therefore, a Google form will be circulated in advance for this purpose.

Venue:

Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
(Српска академија наука и уметности)
Hall 2, 1st floor
Knez Mihailova 35 Belgrade, Serbia

How to get from the airport to the city centre

To go from Belgrade airport Nikola Tesla to the city centre there are several options available:

A1 Mini bus

Route: Airport ‒ Slavija Square (Kralja Milutina Street) ‒ Airport

Ticket price: RSD 400 (to pay in cash on the bus)

This bus departs from outside the arrivals hall.

You can download the A1 bus timetable here.

Bus Line 72

Route: Airport – Zeleni Venac (bus station located in the city center)

Ticket price – RSD89 (if purchased on the kiosk), RSD150 (if purchased on the bus)

The bus runs roughly every 30 minutes, starting at 4:30am until mid-night.

It stops from the upper floor, where the departures hall is. As you leave the departures hall, walk left for about 50 meters and you will see the bus stop.

You can download the bus line 72 timetable here.

Taxi service

For the taxi services from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport to any destination in Belgrade area and further, please contact TAXI INFO desk, located in the baggage area.

Aims of the Meeting

This final meeting is intended to be a forum to summarize the Action achievements, developed codes, major conclusions and work on strategies to keep the network running.

Call for contributions

Please send your abstract (download template here) by email to ca17126@industriales.upm.es no later than 23 January 2023. The abstract should not exceed one page (including title, author/s and affiliation/s).

Selection criteria

Since the budget is limited, the participation (eligible to be reimbursed) of Action members who can better contribute to this Meeting will be prioritised according to the criteria approved by the Action Management Committee (MC).

The Committee will enforce COST inclusiveness policies. Therefore, Young Researchers & Innovators, ITC, as well as women, to promote and improve gender balance, will be prioritized. In addition, geographical distribution of participants will be considered to avoid underrepresented or overrepresented regions.

Programme

The programme will be published later.

Accommodation

Participants shall make their own reservations for the accommodation. Here below you can find some hotels near the meeting venue (within walking distance):

Hotel Palace
Address: Topličin venac 23

Hotel Belgrade Inn
Address: Francuska 11

Belgrade Art Hotel
Address: Kneza Mihaila 27

Courtyard by Marriott Belgrade City Center
Vase Carapica 2-4

Capital Hotel Garni
Cara Lazara 3

Reimbursement of the travel expenses

Participants selected to be reimbursed for their travel expenses must receive an official invitation through e-COST indicating they are eligible to be reimbursed and they must accept that invitation within 2 weeks.

Reimbursements will follow COST rules:

  • Long-distance transport expenses (1): up to 500€ (2). Reimbursement based on invoice/receipt. Following the COST principle of Good governance, financial soundness, and efficiency participants shall choose the most economical means of transportation and make their transportation arrangements as early as possible upon receipt of the e-COST official invitation. from the main transportation hub at the point of departure to Belgrade and return.

(1) Long-distance travel is any travel equal to or above 101 km one way between the main transportation hub at the point of departure and the main transportation hub at the event venue and return.

(2) If a participant shows, within a reasonable time before travel date that there is no reasonable transport below the cap established, this cap could be waved for the individual participant.

  • Daily Allowance (DA): participants will receive a DA of, at least, 155€. DA is intended to cover accommodation, meals and local transport expenses (defined as less or equal to 100 km one way). This is a flat rate and no invoice/receipt is required.

The maximum DA rate that can be claimed is calculated against the actual number of days a participant attends the meeting (as confirmed against their signature on the official attendance list for each day of the meeting), plus 1, permitting participants to arrive on the day before the meeting and/or leave one day after.

In the travel days, the DA is based on departure and arrival times, as bellow.

DA table

For complete information about COST reimbursement rules, please read pages 84-90 of the COST Annotated Rules.

Entry requirements and COVID-19 in Serbia

EU and UK citizens don’t need a visa to visit Serbia for up to 90 days. Your national ID card or passport will be enough to enter the country.

There is no requirement to present certificates of vaccination/testing for COVID-19, or to complete a Passenger Locator Form. However, entry restrictions are subject to change and it is recommended that you consult the latest guidance before travelling: COVID-19 – Entry Conditions | Ministry of Foreign Affairs (mfa.gov.rs)

Other useful information

Organising Committee:

Dubravka Milovanovic (Local Organiser, Institute of General and Physical Chemistry)
Antonio Rivera (TUMIEE Chair)
Jorge Kohanoff (TUMIEE Vice-chair)
Eduardo Oliva (TUMIEE Scientific Representative)
Ana Benítez (TUMIEE Grant Holder manager)

Currency:

The official currency in Serbia is the Serbian dinar (RSD).
1 € is around 117,5 RSD.
Money may be exchanged in all banks and authorized exchange offices. Cash may be taken from ATMs 24 hours a day. Credit cards are accepted in shops, hotels and restaurants.

Water:

Tap water in Belgrade is safe to drink.

Power plugs and sockets:

Electrical outlets in Serbia are the standard EU (types C and F). The electricity voltage in Belgrade is 220V.

Language:

Serbian is the official language in the Serbia. English is pretty widely spoken overall in Serbia, and is common enough for you to get by without speaking any Serbian in most parts of the country, especially in Belgrade. Younger people under 40 tend to have a better grasp of English, though plenty of older Serbians can also speak English.

About Belgrade:

Belgrade is the capital and largest city in Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and the crossroads of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkan Peninsula. 1,685,563 people live in Belgrade metropolitan area according to 2022 census. It is the third largest of all cities on the Danube river.

Tourist Information Centre: Knez Mihailova 5. Website: https://www.tob.rs/en
https://belgrade-beat.com/attractions/knez-mihailova-street