International Center for Research and Training in Science and Technology (CISTRAT) held the inaugural and first plenary session of the new convocation of its Governing board. Dr. Ivona Lađevac, deputy director of the Institute, was selected as one of the members. This appointment confirmed the quality of cooperation between the Institute and the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Technology for Development (CASTED).

The mission of CISTRAT, founded in 2012, is to promote international cooperation, professional training and exchange of experiences in the research of science and technology strategy and policy by giving full scope to the experience and advantages of its hosting organization, CASTED, the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations, and the purpose of UNESCO.