It is our pleasure to announce that Teodora Jovanović, a research assistant at the Institute of Ethnography SASA and doctoral student at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, is this year's winner of the Danubius Young Scientist Award. The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research (BMBFW) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) granted the award for the seventh time to 14 young scientists, one from each country that is part of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Romania and Ukraine.

The award aims to highlight the scientific work and talent of young researchers and enhance the visibility of the scientific community in the region, as well as to encourage young scientists to engage themselves in the scientific examination of the multifaceted issues and questions specifically related to the Danube Region. Issues connected to the migrations of people who set off from the countries of the Middle East to the countries of the European Union, which Teodora Jovanović examines in her research work, were recognized as important.

Due to the impossibility to hold an award ceremony in Uzhhorod (Ukraine), within the annual Danube Rectors' Conference (DRC), the virtual ceremony was held on November 6, 2020.The Rector of University of Belgrade and the President of Danube Rectors' Conference, prof. dr Ivanka Popović, gave an introductory word for the award to young scientists.In addition to the award for young scientists, one award for scientific contribution in the social sciences and humanities was granted, as well as one award for mid-career scientists. All winners briefly introduced themselves and presented their research.

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