GSI researcher becomes Minister of Science of Montenegro
The physicist Dr. Sanja Damjanovic, who has had close ties to GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung since her time as a doctoral candidate, has been appointed the new Minister of Science of Montenegro. Prime Minister Duško Marković presented his cabinet after the parliamentary elections in October 2016.
The scientific managing director of GSI and FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), Professor Paolo Giubellino, is delighted about the young physicist’s appointment. “We’re proud that a researcher from our ranks is now a minister of science, where she can work at the political level to contribute her expertise and international experience to the benefit of society. We wish her much success in her new position. Dr. Sanja Damjanovic will certainly benefit from the experience she gathered at GSI and the nuclear research center CERN,” he says.
Dr. Damjanovic, 44, has been working on international research teams at GSI and CERN since 1999. In 2007 she also played a key role in initiating the cooperation agreement between her homeland, Montenegro, and the nuclear research center CERN. In her new position as Minister of Science, Sanja Damjanovic will continue to be able to draw on this experience. “My work at GSI and CERN, both of which are world-famous international research centers, was certainly one of the reasons why I was chosen to perform this task for my homeland, Montenegro. The experience that I’ve collected will serve me well in my new position, where it will be a major asset.”
Sanja Damjanovic was born in Niksic, Montenegro. After studying physics in Belgrade, she earned her doctoral degree at Heidelberg University in Germany. The doctoral supervisor of her dissertation on “Electron-Pair Production in Pb-Au Collisions at 40 AGeV” was the former scientific managing director of GSI, Professor Hans J. Specht. After obtaining her doctoral degree, she took on a postdoc position at GSI and Heidelberg University. This was followed by a scholarship at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and project work at CERN and GSI.
In the area of basic research, Sanja Damjanovic focuses on the experimental physics of high-energy nuclear collisions. In applied research, her emphasis is on studies of the radiation fields created by high-energy particle beams. These aspects are of importance for the protection of accelerators, for example, as well as for beam diagnostics and the radiation protection of personnel. Sanja Damjanovic has worked in beam diagnostics at the Accelerator Department of GSI since 2014. For some of this time, she has also had an associate contract at CERN.