New FellowPublished on 19.12.2023

AMI professor honored by international council

The Adolphe Merkle Institute’s Assistant Professor Jovana Milic has been appointed as one of the International Science Council’s 100 new Fellows, the highest honor conferred on an individual by the organization.

The council recognizes with its fellowships outstanding contributions to promoting science as a global public good.  Milic, in addition to her research and commitment to international multidisciplinary collaborations, has been invested in science outreach, policy, and diplomacy, connecting and supporting young scientists globally.

She has contributed to science outreach as Team Leader at the European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN) from 2019 to 2021, and as a Science for Policy Team Member at the International Younger Chemists Network since 2020. This included leading the process of establishing a science (for) policy platform for young chemists at the EYCN. This was achieved through partnerships with academic, industrial, and governmental bodies, including the European Chemical Society and the European Commission. Since 2022, she has been selected to the Swiss Young Academy and Global Young Academy, where she co-leads the Science Advice Working Group and the Swiss Young Network for Science Policy and Diplomacy (SYNESPOD), advancing global efforts to empower young scientists.

Milic is the Smart Energy Materials group leader at AMI, where she is investigating hybrid supramolecular materials for energy conversion, with a particular interest in a new generation of photovoltaic devices for sustainable development. She is the recipient of a PRIMA grant, which the Swiss National Science Foundation awards to excellent female researchers who show a high potential for obtaining a professorship. She has also received the ERC Starting Grant in 2023, which aims to develop smart and sustainable materials for emerging energy technologies.

The International Science Council is the only international NGO bringing together international scientific unions and associations, as well as national and regional scientific organizations such as academies and research councils from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The Swiss Academy of Sciences and the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences are both members.