Astronomical Observatory Belgrade

Studying Nature through Centuries

October 16 - 20, 2007
Belgrade, Serbia

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Second Announcement

 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 Snežana Bojović (Faculty of Chemistry)  dr Vladan Čelebonović (Institute of Physics)
 dr Ivan Vuković (Faculty of Philosophy)  dr Zorica Cvetković (Astronomical Society of Serbia)
 dr Siniša Delčev (Faculty of Civil Engineering)  prof. dr Milan Božić (Faculty of Mathematics)
 prof. dr Artur D. Chernin (Sternberg Astro Inst., Moscow)  prof. dr Đorde Vuksanović (Faculty of Civil Engineering)
 prof. dr Efstratios Theodossiou (University of Athens)  Vigor Majić (Petnica Science Center)
 prof dr Francesco Sylos-Labini (Universita La Sapienza, Rome)  
 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

Preliminary Programme:

Tuesday, October 16

9:30 Registration
10:00 Opening Ceremony


11:00 - 13:00 INVITED REVIEWS

Chairperson P. Grujic

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



Chairperson R. Đordevic

15:00-15:50 Artur D. Chernin: Dark Energy around us      (invited)
15:50-16:40 Ivan Anicin: Nuclear Phenomena in the Universe      (invited)

16:40 - 17:10 Coffee Break

17:10-17:30 Zoran Stokic: What is the Contribution of Galileo and Kepler to the Epistemology of Physics
17:30-17:50: Katya Tsvetkova: Supernovae Search Archive in the Konkoly Observatory
17:50-18:10: Katya Tsvetkova: Historical Potsdam Carte du Ciel Plates
18:10-18:30 Slobodan Ninkovic, Radomir Đordevic: Studies of Ampčre's Natural Philosophy done by Borislav Lorenc
18:30-18:50 Stojan Obradovic, Slobodan Ninkovic: On Heuristic Function of Mathematics in Physics and Astronomy
18:50-19:10: Bojan Novakovic: Ancient Egyptian Astronomers: Senenmut

Wednesday, October 17


Chairperson: Ž. Mijajlovic

10:00-10:50 Vidojko Jovic: Development of Geology in Serbia      (invited)
10:50-11:10: Vidojko Jovic: On Meteorites in Serbia

11:10 - 11:40 Coffee Break

11:40-12:10: Milutin Tadic: Sundials: Silent Voice of Time
12:10-12:40: Larisa I. Brylevskaya: Lobachevsky's Geometry and Research of Geometry of the Universe     (invited)
12:40-13:00: Mileva Prvanovic: A History of Non-Euclidean Geometry



Chairperson: A. D. Chernin

15:00-15:50 Francesco Sylos-Labini: Statistical Physics for Cosmic Structure      (invited)
15:50-16:10: Arpad Kovacs: Isidore of Sevile, Cosmology and Science
16:10-16:30: Milan Bogosavljevic: The Nature of Objects Producing the Ionizing Radiation Field at z-3
16:30-16:50 Miroslav Ivanovic: Philosophical Roots of Cosmology

16:50 - 17:20 Coffee Break


Chairperson: S. Sindelic

17:20-18:10: Gjore Cenev: Folk Constellations in Macedonia:      (invited)
18:10-18:30: Nikola Božic: Ethnoastronomical Researches in Serbia
18:30-18:50: Nikola Božic: Importance of Ethnoastronomical Research

Thursday, October 18


Chairperson: F. Sylos-Labini

10:00-10:50 Svetozar Sindelic: title to be confirmed      (invited)
10:50-11:40:Aleksej Tarasjev: Studying Life through Centuries and Ages      (invited)

11:40 - 12:10 Coffee Break

11:40-12:30: Milan Cirkovic: Catastrophism, Fine-Tuning and Changing      (invited)
                     Ivana Dragicevic ?
                     Mariana Ridderstad?



Chairperson: D. Kolev

15:00-15:50: Veselina Koleva: Wooden Calendars from Central Rhodopes      (invited)
15:50-16:10: Gjore Cenev: Kokino Calendar
16:10-16:30: Ana Raduncheva, Stefanka Ivanova: Prehistoric Rock Sanctuariesand Astronomical Observatories in the Eastern Rhodopes in Bulgaria
16:30-16:50: Emina Zecevic, Vesna Mijatovic, Slobodan Ninkovic: Cosmic Symbols on the Mediaeval Jewellery
16:50-17:10: Edi Bon: Coherent Catastrophism in Archaeoastronomy: A Missing Link

18:30            Visit to Belgrade Astronomical Observatory

Friday, October 19


Chairperson: S. Delcev

10:00-10:50: Dimiter Kolev: The Bulgarian National Astronomical Observatory      (invited)
10:50-11:10: Siniša Delcev, Jelena Gucevic, Vukan Ogrizovic, Violeta Vasilic: Historical Review of Astro-Geodetic Observations in Serbia
11:10-11:30: Vojislava Protic-Benišek, Veselka Trajkovska, Sofija Sadžakov: Large Meridian Circle of Belgrade Observatory: Four Decades of Work and Existence

11:30 - 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-12:20: Veselka Trajkovska, Slobodan Ninkovic: On a Resolution Concept concerning the Calendar Reform submitted to the Pan-Orthodox Congress in Constantinople in 1923
12:20-12:40: Veselka Trajkovska: Contribution Evaluation for Makskim Trpkovic and Milutin Milankovic concerning the Calendar Reform
12:40-13:00: Svetlana Mircov: Sreten M. Adžic: Author of the Textbook "Kroz Vasionu"



Chairperson: M. Cirkovic

15:00-15:50: Ljiljana Dobrosavljevic-Grujic: Women Astronomers through History      (invited)
15:50-16:10: Iulian Rusu: From Astrology and Alchemy to Astronomy
16:10-16:30: Božidar Jovanovic: Solar Influence on Terrestrial Phenomena

16:30 - 17:00 Coffee Break

17:00-17:50: Vladimir Jankovic: Political Solar Eclipse in August 1999      (invited)
17:50-18:10: Mirko Nagl: Gymnasium Reform in Serbia
18:10-18:30: Nikola Božic: 25 years of Petnica Science Center
18:30-18:50: Nikola Božic:Science Popularization in Amateur Organizations

Closing Ceremony

21:00            Closing Dinner (optional)

Saturday, October 20

Excursion (optional)

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.


The Final Programme will appeare by October 1, 2007

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 !