Astronomical Observatory Belgrade

Studying Nature through Centuries

October 16 - 20, 2007
Belgrade, Serbia

Astronomical Observatory Belgrade

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Final Programme

 Scientific Organizing Committee:  Scientific Advisory Committee:
 dr Slobodan Ninković (co-chair, Astronomical Observatory)  prof. dr Jelena Milogradov-Turin (Faculty of Mathematics)
 prof. dr Petar V. Grujić (co-chair, Institute of Physics)  dr Zoran Knežević (Astronomical Observatory)
 prof. dr Radomir Đorđević (Faculty of Physics)  dr Milan S. Dimitrijević (Astronomical Observatory)
 prof. dr Žarko Mijajlović (Faculty of Mathematics)  dr Gojko Ðurašević (Astronomical Observatory)
 dr Milan Ćirković (Astronomical Observatory)  dr Ištvan Vince (Astronomical Observatory)
 prof. dr Olga Atanacković-Vukmanović (Faculty of Mathematics)  dr Vladan Čelebonović (Institute of Physics)
 prof. dr Snežana Bojović (Faculty of Chemistry)  dr Zorica Cvetković (Astronomical Society of Serbia)
 dr Ivan Vuković (Faculty of Philosophy)  prof. dr Milan Božić (Faculty of Mathematics)
 dr Siniša Delčev (Faculty of Civil Engineering)  prof. dr Đorđe Vuksanović (Faculty of Civil Engineering)
 prof. dr Artur D. Chernin (Sternberg Astro Inst., Moscow)  Vigor Majić (Petnica Science Center)
 prof dr Francesco Sylos-Labini (Universita La Sapienza, Rome)  
 prof. dr Efstratios Theodossiou (University of Athens)  
 SOC Secretary: M. Sc. Edi Bon (Astronomical Observatory)  

 Local Organizing Committee:
 M.Sc. Ivan Pakvor (chair)
 dr Zorica Cvetković
 M.Sc. Rade Pavlović
 Slavica Pavić
 Marko Popović
 Nikola Božić

Contact address:

Studying Nature through Centuries
Astronomical Observatory
Volgina 7, 11160 Belgrade 74
Tel: SOC - (+381 11) 2419-553
Tel: LOC - (+381 11) 3089-089
Fax: (+381 11) 2419-553

Venue: Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 73

Studying Nature through Centuries is supported by

Ministry of Science of the Republic of Serbia,


Faculty of Civil Engineering

SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE The Astronomical Observatory in Belgrade, the unique professional astronomical observatory in Serbia, was founded in 1887, 120 years ago. This was an important moment in the history, not of astronomy only, but generally of studying natural and mathematical phenomena in Serbia. On the other hand, in Serbia, especially during recent years, an intensive activity in the field of history and epistemology of mathematical and natural sciences has been registered. This is the reason to organize a Scientific Meeting dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the Astronomical Observatory with a rather wide topic covering several related fields, such as


Tuesday, October 16

9:30 Registration
10:00 Opening Ceremony



Chairperson P. Grujić

11:00-12:00 Jelena Milogradov-Turin: Development of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Serbia
12:00-13:00 Helge Kragh: The Origin and Early History of Big-Bang Cosmology



Chairperson: A. D. Chernin

15:00-15:40 Ivan Aničin: Nuclear Phenomena in the Universe      (invited)
15:40-16:00 Zoran Stokić: What is the Contribution of Galileo and Kepler to the Epistemology of Physics

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-16:50 Radomir Đorđević, Slobodan Ninkovic: Studies of Ampčre's Natural Philosophy done by Borislav Lorenc
16:50-17:10 Bojan Novaković: Ancient Egyptian Astronomers: Senenmut
17:10-17:30 Stojan Obradović, Slobodan Ninković: On Heuristic Function of Mathematics in Physics and Astronomy
17:30-17:50 Pavle I. Premović: Laboratory for Geochemistry, Cosmochemistry and Astrochemistry (University of Niš, Niš, Serbia) marks thirty years of Scientific Research
17:50-18:20 Milutin Tadić: Sundials - Silent Voice of Time

Wednesday, October 17


Chairperson: R. Đorđević

10:00-10:40 Svetozar Sindelić: The Old and New Philosophy of Science     (invited)
10:40-11:20 Aleksej Tarasjev: Studying Life through Centuries and Ages: How to Reconstruct Evolutionary Histories     (invited)

11:20-11:50 Coffee Break

11:50-12:10 Milan Ćirković: Catastrophism, Fine-Tuning and Changing Views of Extraterrestrial life and Intelligence
12:10-12:40 Petar Grujić: Cosmology and Ontology



Chairperson: D. Kolev

15:00-15:40 Veselina Koleva: Wooden Calendars from Central Rhodopes      (invited)
15:40-16:00 Gjore Cenev: Kokino Calendar
16:00-16:20 Ana Raduncheva, Stefanka Ivanova: Prehistoric Rock Sanctuariesand Astronomical Observatories in the Eastern Rhodopes in Bulgaria
16:20-16:40 Emina Zečević, Vesna Mijatović, Slobodan Ninković: Cosmic Symbols on the Mediaeval Jewellery
16:40-17:00 Edi Bon, Milan Ćirković: Coherent Catastrophism in Archaeoastronomy: A Missing Link

17:00-17:30 Coffee Break


Chairperson: S. Delčev

17:30-18:10 Gjore Cenev: Folk Constellations in Macedonia     (invited)
18:10-18:30 Nikola Božić: Ethnoastronomical Researches in Serbia
18:30-18:50 Nikola Božić: Importance of Ethnoastronomical Research

Thursday, October 18


Chairperson: Ž. Mijajlović

10:00-10:40 Vidojko Jović: Development of Geology in Serbia      (invited)
10:40-11:00 Jelena Milogradov-Turin: Serbian Role in Meteoritics

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:10 Larisa I. Brylevskaya: Lobachevsky's Geometry and Research of Geometry of the Universe      (invited)
12:10-12:30 Mileva Prvanović: A History of Non-Euclidean Geometry



Chairperson: O. Atanacković-Vukmanović

15:00-15:40 Artur D. Chernin: Dark Energy around us      (invited)
15:40-16:00 Arpad Kovacs: Isidore of Sevile, Cosmology and Science
16:00-16:20 Milan Bogosavljević: The Nature of Objects Producing the Ionizing Radiation Field at z~3
16:20-16:40 Miroslav Ivanović: Philosophical Roots of Cosmology

           Visiting the Belgrade Astronomical Observatory

Friday, October 19


Chairperson: J. Milogradov-Turin

10:00-10:40 Dimiter Kolev: The Bulgarian National Astronomical Observatory      (invited)
10:40-11:00 Siniša Delčev, Jelena Gučević, Vukan Ogrizović, Violeta Vasilić: Historical Review of Astro-Geodetic Observations in Serbia
11:00-11:20 Veselka Trajkovska,Vojislava Protić-Benišek, Sofija Sadžakov: Large Meridian Circle of Belgrade Observatory: Four Decades of Activity and Existence

11:20-11:50 Coffee Break

11:50-12:10 Veselka Trajkovska, Slobodan Ninković: On a Resolution Concept concerning the Calendar Reform submitted to the Pan-Orthodox Congress in Constantinople in 1923
12:10-12:30 Veselka Trajkovska: An Evaluation of the Contributions of Maksim Trpkovic and Milutin Milankovic to the Calendar Reform
12:30-12:50 Svetlana Mirčov: Sreten M. Adžić: Author of the Textbook "Kroz Vasionu"



Chairperson: M. Ćirković

15:00-15:20 Larisa Jovanović: The Impact of International Scientific Teams - on Investigations of Yugoslav Meteorites
15:20-15:40 Ljiljana Dobrosavljević-Grujić: Women Astronomers through History
15:40-16:00 Božidar Jovanović: Solar Influence on Terrestrial Phenomena
16:00-16:20 Ljiljana Dobrosavljević-Grujić: Galileo, Astronomer and Courtier

16:20-16:50 Coffee Break

16:50-17:30 Vladimir Janković, Marija Šešic: 'Milošević' vs. Solar Eclipse; Serbian Politics, Astronomy and the Media in August 1999     (invited)
17:30-17:50 Nataša Stanić: Modernization of Planetarium in Belgrade and its Social Importance
17:50-18:10 Nikola Božić: 25 years of Petnica Science Center
18:10-18:30 Mirko Nagl: Gymnasium Reform in Serbia
18:30-18:50 Nikola Božić: Science Popularization in Amateur Organizations
18:50-19:10 Nataša Stanić: Astronomy. Inspiration. Art - Artworks inspired by Astronomy

Closing Ceremony

Conference Dinner

Saturday, October 20


The Book of Abstracts is available as a pdf file (302.6 kb).

All sessions will be held at the Faculty of Civil Engineering. Video beam, overhead projectors and slide projectors will be available. If you have special requests, please let us know well in advance to ensure a successful solution. PC, e-mail and internet access as well as photo-copying machine will also be available.

The language of the Meeting will be English.

The proceedings will be published as refereed papers in a volume of the Publications of the Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade. The authors will be requested to bring the manuscript to the meeting, and will have a maximum of 4 weeks after the meeting to revise it. Please prepare papers according to style.


Travel to Belgrade:

Belgrade International Airport is located some 20 km from the City of Belgrade. There is a regular bus service from/to airport to/from the town Terminal, in front of the Hotel "Slavija". Taxis and international car rental services are available at the airport as well as in town. From the major European cities there is a daily direct rail and bus service to Belgrade.
You can also come to Belgrade by car. There is an underground parking lot near the conference venue (35 Dinars per hour).

Visa formalities:

For the citizens of practically all European countries, USA., Canada , Australia, New Zealand, most of South America countries (except Brazil) an entry visa is not required. For some Eastern European countries (Russia, Ukraine, etc.) an invitation letter might be necessary; it can be sent, upon request, by LOC. Citizens of other countries are kindly requested to contact the nearest Serbian Consulate in their countries for the information about visa formalities.
A valid passport is in all cases required.


In Belgrade Serbian language is in official use. Both , Cyrillic and Latin alphabet are common. English, is spoken by many people on the streets and shops and it is compulsory in hotels, tourist offices and airport.


The Serbian currency is Dinar. The notes in use are 5000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 and coins are 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 Dinar and 50 paras (1/100). At the present moment the approx. rate of exchange is 80 Dinars per 1 Euro. Participants may change their convertible currencies in dinars in all hotels, banks, exchange offices , travel agencies and airport. The rates are very similar everywhere. Major international credit cards such as Visa, Master Card, and Diners Club are generally accepted by hotels, airlines, travel agencies, restaurants and many department stores and shops.


In October in Serbia the Central European Summer time is in use. It means GMT +2.

Weather and clothes:

The weather in October is likely to be fairly mild, with perhaps very rare showers. The most suitable clothing for this time of the year would be light-weight clothes.

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Warm welcome to Belgrade !