You are a Marie Curie Actions fellow. Please, tell us about this program.
“Marie Curie Actions” is a fellowship program, which is a part of the “People Seven” project, funded by the European Commission. This program supports young researchers. The main rule of “Marie Curie Actions”, so called “mobility,” means that you can not apply for a research position in a country in which you were living for the last three years.
What are you researching for your PhD in Saint-Petersburg?
I participate in “Advanced Optical Systems Design” (ADOPSYS) in the framework of “People Seven” project. I focus on new methods of so-called “basic design” of lithographic optical systems applied for the development of microelectronic components.
Why did you choose Russia?
Professor Irina Livshits, the head of the laboratory, read my CV and invited me. Moreover, I have a East European way of thinking. That is why I sent 80% of my applications to Greece, Romania, Slovakia, Cyprus and so on.
What academic degree do you have?
I got my Master`s degree at the Technical University of Novi Sad. I studied electronics and particularly microelectronic circuits. Optics and photonics are new fields for me.
What are the main peculiarities of Russian and Serbian science?
Both Russia and Serbia progress very slowly. I think it is hard for our science and technologies to follow global tendencies because we are conservative. However I see how ITMO University makes its brand well known developing science and presenting the university as an international research center. Today it is necessary because a winner has to look like a winner.
What are you going to do after studying in St. Petersburg?
I have a lot of plans. Now I strenuously study Russian language in order to continue my research.
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