Opening Meeting (Belgrade 2015)

"Opening Meeting": 1st Working Groups & Management Committee Meeting (Belgrade - SERBIA, 2015)

The opening meeting of POSITIVe will take place in March, 24-26th in Belgrade, Serbia, at the Best Western M Hotel (

Only invited partners will be reimbursed by COST, others are of cours welcomed to joint the meeting.

For registration, please contact the Grant Holder Manager (

Best Western M Belgrade
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Chambre hotel
Salle de conférence hotel

Best Western M Hotel

Local Contact

Professor Maria Glibetic

IMR - Centre of research excellence, Tadusa Koscuskog 1, Belgrade, Serbia          


Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (3:00 - 7:00 pm)

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Welcoming of participants

4:00 - 4:30 pm

Presentation of POSITIVe by the Chair

4:30 - 5:10 pm

Short presentation of the WGs (1, 2, 3) and FG by their leaders

5:10 - 5:20 pm

Short presentation of STSMs by the coordinator

5:20 - 5:40 pm

Coffee break

5:40 - 7:00 pm

Brief introduction of participing research groups (2 min each, from the room)

Welcome diner (on place)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (9:00 am - 6:30 pm)

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Parallel working meetings of WG1 and WG2

12:30 - 2:00 pm


2:00 - 4:40 pm

Parallel working meetings of WG1 and WG2

4:40 - 5:00 pm

Coffee Break

5:00 - 6:30 pm

In parallel:

  • Exchange between partners from WG1 & WG2
  • 1st Think Tank Group meeting for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs)
  • 1st Focus Group meeting

Gala diner in Belgrade (Downtown)

Thursday, March 26, 2015 (8:00 am - 12:15 pm)

8:00 - 9:00 am

1st SC meeting

9:15 - 10:00 am

Parallel meetings of WG1 and WG2

10:00 - 12:00 am

Feedback from the different groups by their leaders (WG1, WG2, FG and Think-Thank)

12:00 - 12:15 pm

Conclusive remarks by the Chair


Access to Belgrade

  • By plane

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport ( is 18km west of the city center with connections to over 60 destinations.

  •  By car

Coming north from Subotica and Novi Sad, the E-75 highway is recommended, as well as driving to Belgrade from the south. There is also a major road called Ibarska magistrala (Ibar highway, M-22), which provides approach from south-west (direction of Montenegro, for example). From the west, use the E-70 highway (from Zagreb, Ljubljana etc.). Major roads can be used coming east and north-east from Vršac and Zrenjanin.

Highways have toll stations, which are moderately price. Serbia's only highways are parts of E-70 and E-75 roads and the highway passes right through Belgrade without a bypass, causing large unavoidable traffic jams on the Gazela bridge and at the Mostar junction.

COST rules for travel reimbursement

Accomodation: maximum flat rate reimbursement is of 120€ per night for accommodation and breakfast. This meeting is a 3 days meeting, we can reimburse 2 nights (and a third one only if you can't book a flight or a train after the end of the meeting).

Please book your room at the hotel selected for the meeting in Belgrade (see my previous email).

Meals: lunch and dinner expenses will be reimbursed at flat rate of 20€.

Air plane: Only economy class tickets are eligible for reimbursement (maximum 1200€).

Train or Bus: First and second class tickets, supplements for fast trains and sleepers are eligible.

Car: Car travel is limited to a maximum distance of 2000 km and is reimbursed as follow :

  • At 0,20 per km, when a participant entitled to reimbursement is travelling alone
  • At 0,30 per km, when additional participant entitled to reimbursement are travelling in the same car. Only the driver shall be reimbursed.

Local Transports: reimbursed at the real price

Taxis  limited when:

  • no other means of public transport is available,
  • for early departures (travel departure before 7 am) or late arrivals (after 10 pm)
  • for up to 80€ for the entire travel when the above conditions have been met.

Parking expenses can be reimbursed bases on receipt only.

Modification date: 24 May 2023 | Publication date: 10 February 2015 | By: C.Morand