Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences is regarded as Serbia’s leading scientific institute in fundamental and applied research, owing to its size, scientific productivity, international reputation in research, and the quality of its scientific personnel and research facilities. It is unique in the multidisciplinary nature of its scientific capacities, with a unique infrastructure for the most ambitious research projects of strategic significance for the Republic of Serbia.
Since its fondation, the Institute has contributed that Yugoslavia, along with Serbia, has been included in the first five nuclear powers for knowledge and scientific achievements in the first two decades after the second world war. The work on nuclear research brought together experts from a broad range of related scientific fields which helps building knowledge and expertise throughout the following years.
The result of these activities has made a direct contribution to the national economic development encompass major areas of helth, defence, industry and education. The following fundamental pillar in area of industrial and technological production were established: Electronic industry Niš, Department of Technical Physics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade, Faculty of Physical Chemistry, INEP Institute, ITNMS Institute, Mihajlo Pupin Institute, Institute of Physics, Belgrade. The first computers in our country were created at the Vinca Institute. Two Presidents of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts came from the Vinca Institute. More then 1000 patents and technological solutions has been granted to the Institute.
Vinča Institute is a member of the University of Belgrade and has been actively involved in the conducting of basic, postgraduate and doctoral studies. Over the past seventy years, more than 1000 Ph.D thesis have been made at the Institute. Each year University of Belgrade promote between 20 and 30 our students to Ph.D. researchers and many students from Universities all around Serbia do their Ph.D. studies in Vinca. In this way, the scientific staff of the Institute significantly contributes to improving the quality of teaching of the University of Belgrade and actively participates in the process of knowledge exchange in science-education model in Serbia.
Today, the Institute employs 311 researchers, and 210 Ph.D. students working on over a hundred national and international projects, as well as in international scientific research collaborations in which the Republic of Serbia is a member.
With extensive international scientific cooperation Vinča Institute promotes good will, strengthens political image of Republic of Serbia, helps civil society and private business through projects that bear tangible results.
Through the gates of the Vinča Institute annually passes over 1000 students and students, who participate in the special educational programs of the Institute, tailored to the needs of the age to which they belong. Through these education programs, young people acquire basic concepts about the science and its methodological principles, as well as basic knowledge in areas of special interest. It has been shown that these education programs for young have a significant impact on increasing number of students pursing a higher education and boosting nacional economical development.
Dr. Milica Marčeta Kaninski
Director, Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences