appropriate, activities at relevant local research and educationinstitutions. For example, these institutions should be involvedin engineering feasibility studies, the design of telecommunicationand transportation networks, and health monitoring networks.
In conjunction with the Mine Action Center planned for Sarajevo,Glenn Schweitzer (National Research Council) and Martin Prochnik(U.S. Department of State, retired) suggested that The World Bank and U.S. Department of Defense should establish an International Landmine Research and DevelopmentCenter in Sarajevo to address global problems of landmines with specialemphasis on Bosnia-Hercegovina and Croatia.
Ivo Slaus (Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) and other participantsadvocated that the U.S. Department of State should strengthen the bilateral science and technology agreementwith Croatia, which is financed through a joint fund and operatedby a joint board. Dr. Slaus also felt a similar program should beintroduced with Bosnia-Hercegovina.
Individual meeting participants suggested that The National Research Council could pursue the following activties: (a) continue to explore withUSAID opportunities for providing additional support for higher educationand research in the region, including establishing an applied researchgrants program administered by the NRC; (b)examine the feasibilityof involving European institutions as well as non-governmental organizations,such as the Inter-Academy Panel and the International Council onScientific Unions, in future activities; (c) send a team of expertsto the region and/or organize a European-based meeting on the importanceof science and engineering in Bosnia-Hercegovina and Croatia in 1997;and (d) sponsor studies on important regional issues, such as energy,transportation networks, environmental problems, and public health.