Ms. Sophie Kekic, the president of EcoDev, participated to the Ecological and social innovations conference organised by the Faculty for applied ecology Futura, Belgrade.
The Conference was opened by the President of the Council of the Futura faculty, Prof, PhD Jordan Aleksic who pointed out that the biggest obstacle for the implementation of innovations in Serbia are the lack of system and the lack of procedure. Prof Jordan Aleksic said:” Profit should not be the motivator for innovations, but the phenomena of change.”
The conference was divided into two sessions: I part – Social innovation and the II part Adaptation to climate change. The speakers of the I session were: Prof, PhD Aleksandar Gordic, Futura, who elucidated the social aspects of the innovation process; Ms. Vesna Vandic, presented the EDIT – Innovational – business incubator that aims to provide a base and support students in creating their own businesses, as well as the inclusion and advancement in scientific research and Ms. Nina Globovnik , International ecoremediation Centre, University of Maribor, Slovenia talked about using constructed wetlands for sustainable wastewater treatment in scattered small settlements. The aim of the National wastewater treatment systems project will be to introduce to local people chances to treat wastewater where it is not possible to build public sewage.
The second session speakers were: Prof, PhD Viktor Simoncic, Croatia, who explained globalization, EU integration and climate change as a challenge for local businesses opportunities and innovations. Prof Viktor Simoncic pointed out that is extremely important that the Serbian government develop activities related to the implementation of the EU standards for Chapter 27 Environment and Climate change in accordance with the economic capacity and situation of the country. The representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, Sector for waste management, said that she expects that the targets defined in the Post screening document will follow the necessary financial capacity in order to achieve the EU standards in the environment in Serbia.
Ms. Sophie Kekic, president of Ecodev, said that Serbia should support The internet of Things (IoT) revolution in the fight against climate change with related products and services like smart thermostat etc and on the supply side – principles of smart grids with emphasis on the storage in order to facilitate the further proliferation of renewable production technologies. She also added that EcoDev actively participates in the EU integration process and has consultative role with some ministries.