Poziv za dostavu aplikacija za konferenciju: "Mind the Gap: Bridging Research and Policy Development in European Integration of the Balkans"


BG-OpenSchool OSF LogoDear alumni of the Scholarship Programs Open Society Foundations,

The Belgrade Open School and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) Scholarship Programs invite outline submissions for policy brief papers at the Regional Alumni Conference to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, November 19-20, 2015.

This conference aims to contribute to regional Western Balkan cooperation and to improve the OSF Scholarship Programs alumni role in policy dialogue on regional social, political and educational issues. Regional meeting of the OSF alumni aims to keep debate of the open society values on board in Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo* through providing environment for cooperation between different generations of scholars in the region.

The Regional Alumni Conference will be an event where selected alumni will present their policy brief papers and initiate discussion with other members of the Alumni Network, academia, research and civil society. Policy briefs should be on topics related to the current challenges of implementation of particular EU policies in national policy frameworks of the Western Balkan countries, all within the framework of the EU integration process. We similarly welcome ideas that encourage discussion on how to address challenges of enabling research and to more effectively and efficiently underpin policy making in the EU integration process of the whole region.

First day of the Meeting will be dedicated to plenary discussion on the frameworks, methods and tools of bridging research and policy making, both on national and regional level, in the process of the European integration of the Western Balkans region.

Second day of the Meeting will be organized as a capacity building training for alumni – “From Policy Research to Advocacy” with aim to build the strategic capacity of participants to: 1) streamline results of policy research into targeted and policy-relevant advocacy campaigns; 2) use supporting communication tools in order to achieve their desired policy objectives.

Alumni of any of the OSF scholarship programs from Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo* are encouraged to apply to the Open Call for participating at the conference. Travel and acommodation will be covered by organizers. Also, honorarium for the research individuals and teams will be provided.


Important dates
Deadline for Submission of the Outline of the policy brief:  20 September 2015
Notification of acceptance: 21 September 2015
Final policy brief deadline: 4 November 2015
Conference: 19-20 November 2015

Important documents (please follow the linked files)


Please submit outlines to the email: Ova adresa el. pošte je zaštićena od spambotova. Omogućite JavaScript da biste je vidjeli. unitl Sunday, 20 September 2015.

For any further information please contact Ms. Ana Stevanovic, coordinator of the Educational Advising Centre at the Belgrade Open School, to the email Ova adresa el. pošte je zaštićena od spambotova. Omogućite JavaScript da biste je vidjeli. or telephone: +381 11 306 1577.


*According to the UN and EU documents.



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