Faculty of Technology at the University of Novi Sad (UNS) was founded in 1959 and its aim is to provide academic education for fundamental and applied investigations in food, chemical, biotechnological pharmaceutical and material engineering. Numerous national, international (HORIZON/FP, IPA, TEMPUS, COST, etc.), and bilateral projects have been run and/or coordinated by TFNS. Being situated in Novi Sad, the administrative center of the Vojvodina Province, known as the main Serbian area for agriculture, food, and oil-petrochemical industries, TFNS positioned itself as a confident partner for numerous industry players and innovations in these domains. Within UNS, TFNS is the leading autonomous entity with the highest number of published papers in international SCI journals per researcher. TFNS proved their human and material capacities in several preliminary monitoring studies of different trace contaminants in the environment and food, including target (UHPLC-MS/MS) analysis of some chemical classes belonging to CECs, as well as in application of novel and/or green approaches in contaminants removal technologies. The TwiNSol-CECs will create the collaborative conditions required for TFNS to expand and implement its research in the field. This goal will be achieved by twinning with the two EU research-intensive institutions with strong expertise in the field of innovative solutions for contemporary challenges in sustainable development and environmental resources protection.
The Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research is part of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the largest public research institution in Spain, the third in Europe, and one of the most renowned institutions in the European Research Area (ERA). CSIC is an environmental science institute devoted to the study of the human footprint on the biosphere. Much of the research is centered on two of the great environmental challenges of our time: the cleanliness and availability of water and the quality of air, guided by the principle that scientific understanding of current threats to global ecosystems is best approached from a holistic, systems-based viewpoint. Recently awarded with the distinctive Centre of Excellence “Severo Ochoa” (2020-2023), this distinction shows the high-quality scientific leadership and global impact of the work developed at CSIC. The institute has demonstrated outstanding strengths in the study of organic pollutants, in particular emerging contaminants, the study and management of water resources, food, the study of inhalable particulate matter, toxic gases and environmental health.
UNL stands out in the main international rankings; it is ranked in the top 9 in Europe in the QS World University Rankings 2021 among universities founded less than 50 years ago. In 2021, UNL is the Portuguese institution whose scientific articles have the highest impact on a global scale, with 12.6% of all scientific output in the top 10% of the most cited publications. At the national level, UNL also leads in the normalized impact of its output, which is 19% above world average, and is also the number one in terms of research collaboration. The NOVA School of Science and Technology has a vast experience in research development and innovation due to its multidisciplinary nature and investment in fundamental and applied research in diverse areas (e.g. materials, environment, biotechnologies, IT technology, circular economy). The research activity of the School is recognized by the European Research Council (ERC), which supports outstanding researchers with pioneering ideas and is highly competitive; until now it has obtained 9 ERC scholarships, which attests the College's involvement in cutting-edge international research.