Annual report (inaugural) year 2015
The start of year 2015 was dedicated to the preparations for the Inaugural Assembly of the Serbian Brain Council.
The Inaugural Assembly was held on 28th April 2015 at the Neurological Clinic of the Clinical center of Serbia in Belgrade. Invited guest at the Assembly was prof. Roland Pochet, secretary general of the Belgium Brain Council, who gave a lecture overview on EBC. Thence the SBC Board of five including the president was elected, necessary founding documents were drafted and signed and the Statute drafted and discussed.
Subsequently the Council was registered as an NGO on May 12th, 2015 and a bank account was opened. A logo was designed and a stamp mould manufactured.
On June 17th, 2015, the newly formed SBC delegating its president Pavle Andjus joined the 1st Academy of NBCs in Brussels. This was also taken as an opportunity to make contact and visit the Serbian mission (amb. Lopandić) in the European Parliament.
Back home the activity of SBC was immediately focused on addressing the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development for the inclusion of Neuroscience as a priority in the draft of the Strategy for scientific development in Serbia for 2016-2020. This initiative is still ongoing.
Along with several short operational Board meetings, a meeting of the newly formed SBC Board was organized on October 30th, 2015. Several important executive decisions were made: membership fee categories were defined and potential members targeted, design of the internet site was initiated, local and international road maps were set.
On December 22nd, 2015, the 1st regular SBC Assembly was organized at the Neurologic Clinic (that became the official address of the Council). The main goal was to inform and mobilize the membership.
SBC remained in active contact with EBC. One of the activities was to promote the founder of SBC and current president of the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts, Vladimir Kostić as the EBC Ambassador. This nomination was officially approved in Brussels in December 2015. It was planned to initiate several working meetings of the SBC Board with the EBC Ambassador.