The mission of MedILS is to create a new original scientific culture in the studies of life and its manifestations, by implementing the world’s highest standards of scientific work, style and ethics.
MedILS is an international “renaissance” project, somewhat inspired by the Florence Academy of Medicis, and set up as a scientific, social and even political experiment. Its primary goal is to breed a specially trained generation of young scientists: creative, multidisciplinary professionals trained to “think the unthinkable” and do experiments about it.
MedILS is to become a “hotbed” of original intellects with a freedom to doubt and to practice a connective/synthetic thinking in high-risk innovative research.
People, not projects, will be selected because we expect the projects to be so original as to be absent from the current global repertoire of projects. The results of the research work in the course of training will be only a welcome byproduct of the primary activity of MedILS. MedILS will be a place for brain-storm gatherings, meetings and practical courses; a center of excellence in the studies of life and its manifestations, in general the study of complex systems, but no research project will be excluded a priori. MedILS is both a global international project with the European cultural imprint and a local Croatian and South-East European project.
Local, only in the sense of importing the world’s highest standards of scientific work, style and ethics – and creating a new original scientific culture – in this disfavored part of Europe.
Its mission is to create together – rich and poor – a new scientific culture that even the rich and developed do not have. Therefore, at MedILS, rich and poor will be paid equivalently to their competence.
Why such an Institute now?
The explosion of biological, biomedical and biotechnological research over the last decades has created a serious bottleneck to its own development. Too much is being published even in the top journals; high complexity, cost and technicality of the bio-research led to a worrisome situation in which the contributions of young scientists are rare, if not absent.
Multidisciplinary, multicultural, interdisciplinary and international are the desired prefixes for the new generation of scientists.
Such scientists will be also capable of communicating science and research not only among themselves but also to the media and the general public, i.e., the taxpayers who really pay for their research. New brand of scientists will also create their personal and collective ethical values in relation to their research work. To my knowledge, there is no academic institution in the world having this as the teaching and training priority.
Why in Split, Croatia?
However, a positive reason for Split is that this particular Mediterranean region is geographically, climatically and culturally quite exceptional, and is a rich source of creative young talents. Geopolitically, this Institute should become the Center of scientific excellence for the South-East Europe. The success of the MedILS project should play a positive role in the political stabilization of this troubled area of Europe.
To bring the world-class science, work style and work ethics into this region would offer the opportunity for top scientific training without the unavoidable expatriation of young future scientists.
But we want to be more ambitious than that: we want MedILS to become a unique place worldwide – due to the presence of unique people working and living in an exceptional, high quality social and physical environment – a place that will be sought for by the “best and brightest” intellectually courageous risk takers from the whole world.