On Thursday, 06.04.2023, the Institute Mihajlo Pupin participated in the Serbian-French Innovation Forum, organized by the French Embassy in Serbia and TEMPUS Foundation, which aims to create the 1st platform of French-Serbian exchanges in the field of innovation to the benefit of researchers, investors, clusters, companies, public institutions, and students.

The forum brought together a large number of foreign and domestic participants, scientific research institutions, representatives of companies and educational institutions. The forum was opened and the audience was addressed by H. E. the Ambassador of France to Serbia, Mr. Pierre Cochard, who presented the goals of the 2nd Serbian-French Innovation Forum and pointed out the importance of encouraging the development of innovative solutions and products both in Serbia and in France.

Then, on behalf of the Ministry of Science, Technological Development and Innovation, Minister Jelena Begović pointed out that innovation does not only refer to the development of new technologies, solutions, and products but to a large extent depends on the improvement of existing solutions. The Minister pointed out that the 2nd Serbian-French Forum is an exceptional opportunity to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries, thereby further improving the concept of innovation through more intensive cooperation between the two ecosystems, two countries that have been cooperating for many years.

One of the main goals of this platform is to promote crossing from the lab to the market and Institute Mihajlo Pupin’s head of international cooperation, PhD Marko Batić joined the panel «Lab to the Market» providing examples of existing Franco-Serbian research projects. Through its 108 international projects, mainly financed by the EU research framework programmes, Institute Mihajlo Pupin has been partnering with over 30 French organisations from both private and public sector with ongoing collaboration with some of the French giants such as EDF, Engie, Atos and RTE.