The ECPD organized and held the following international scientific meetings on Human Development:
ECPD International Scientific Meetings on the ”Brain and Consciousness”
In adopting the research project entitled “Brain and Consciousness”, the European Center for Peace and Development proceeded from the fact that consciousness is one of the oldest scientific problems, which has captured man's attention since the time of antiquity, in the eastern and western civilizations alike. In contrast to scientific problems relating to the structure of matter and physical interaction, the phenomenon of consciousness has not been scientifically explained up to the present. The last decade of the 20th century was designated by the United Nations as the brain research decade, which certainly provided a new impetus to the study of the phenomenon of consciousness, as the most complex brain function. In pursuing that point of view the European Center for Peace and Development organized the following ECPD international meetings devoted to the research into such possibilities:
In 1995 and 1998, in Belgrade, three ECPD international scientific meetings entitled “Consciousness - Scientific Challenge for the 21st Century” were held:
- Symposium, 29 - 30 May, 1995 for 46 participants,
- Seminar, 27 - 28 September, 1996 for 50 participants, and
- Symposium, June 1998 for 75 participants.
These scientific meetings posed a great challenge to researchers in the field of neurophysiology, psychology, philosophy, biology, modern medicine and the like, and confirmed that research in these fields would be almost unlimited and that it should be continued and expanded on an international plane;
The ECPD International Symposium and Workshop “On the Scientific Basis of Consciousness”, Belgrade, 22 - 26 June, 1990. It represented the continuation of the ECPD scientific meetings on “Brain and Consciousness”. According to the adopted programme, this five-day meeting consisted of two parts: during the first two days, at plenary sessions, prominent and internationally recognized scientists and experts presented their papers.
On the average, these ECPD international scientific meetings were attended by 50 prominent scientists and experts in this field, who also took part in their work, while the ECPD International Symposium, which was held in June 1998, was attended by 75 participants from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, France, Belgium, Jordan and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Under its project “Brain and Consciousness”, the ECPD organized the International Round Table on the “Consciousness – Religion – Society”. The Round Table was held in Belgrade, on 22 April, 1997. It was also attended by various renowned scientists, including church representatives.
In the papers presented at this gathering and, especially, in the discussions, the answers to the following questions were sought: can civilization develop new models of behaviour based on the ancient ethical standards through a synthesis of new and old knowledge? Will this synthesis produce a new humanism at the beginning of the new millennium, or remain Eliade’s Utopia? Can we enter the new millennium without interpersonal and ethnic conflicts, or is man still wolf to man? Can history be a genuine mistress of life, or should each generation learn by its own painful experience? The Round Table provided an opportunity for the rationalization of these alternatives, making at least a small contribution to a wiser tomorrow. The proceedings of all these scientific meetings were published in English.
ECPD International Symposium on the Internal Rehabilitation of Disabled Veterans and War Victims
The European Center for Peace and Development held the International Symposium on Medical Rehabilitation of Disabled Veterans and Victims of the War of 1990 - 1992 in Belgrade, 3 - 4 December, 1992. This Symposium was in conformity with the Emergency Plan for the Rehabilitation of War Victims in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO) within its humanitarian aid. The Symposium was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Welfare of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the Ministries of Health of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Montenegro and the Ministry of Labour, Veterans' and Social Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Symposium was attended by 265 experts from health and other relevant institutions and bodies, and 23 reports presented on this occasion were published in the Proceedings entitled “Medical Rehabilitation of the Disabled Veterans of the War of 1990 - 1992”, Belgrade, 188 pages. The abstracts of these papers, with the conclusions and an appeal for peace in English were submitted to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other organizations within the United Nations system, as well as to international humanitarian and health organizations.
ECPD Specialist Workshop on "Mixed Marriages as a Bridge to Inter-culturality in South - East Europe"
The Workshop was held in Belgrade, 1 - 2 March, 2002 It was organized and held as part of the ECPD Research and Educational Project "The Balkans in the 21st Century - The Ways Leading to the Improvement of Peace, Development and Stability", in cooperation with, and financially supported by the Federal Academy of Public Administration, Vienna, Austria. The main objectives of the Workshop were: a) to bring together the main potential participants in project realization and give them the opportunity to establish interpersonal and professional relations at the conference; b) to portray the regional and local (national) situation concerning the degree of frequency of mixed marriages in each particular country, and c) to provoke critical discussion on the structure and dynamics of the project development.
The Workshop was attended by 25 participants from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and the FR of Yugoslavia, representatives of VAB International, Vienna, Austria, and representatives of the University of Belgrade and ECPD. The Project Director and the organizer of this meeting was Dr. Vesna Vučinić-Nešković, a highly professional and enthusiastic anthropologist from the University of Belgrade.
ECPD Regional Conference on "Health Development - Improving the Performance of Health Systems in the South-East European Countries"
The Conference was organized and held in Belgrade, 25 - 26 January, 2002 as part of the ECPD Regional Research and Educational Project "The Balkans in the 21st Century – The Ways Leading to Peace, Development and Stability", in cooperation with, and financially supported by the Federal Academy of Public Administration, Vienna, Austria.
The main objective of the Conference was to contribute to the improvement of health, health development and the performance of health systems in South-East European countries. It was attended by 25 expert representatives of five South-East European countries: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Greece, FR of Yugoslavia and Macedonia.
Apart form the participants who were asked to present their papers, the Conference was attended by 13 observers, including six from the United Kingdom.
The Director of the Conference was Prof. Dr Predrag Mićović, an eminent professor and well-known expert on health systems development
ECPD Regional Conference on Health Development and Health System Improvement
Assessed by the participants, high-level professionals, as to its content and dynamics, it can be stated that the two-day Conference was very successful.
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