Dr. Tome Antičić became in 2017 the State Secretary for science and EU funds at the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education. His main tasks are to reform the structural funds system in Croatia concerning science, and to implement new science bylaws that emphasize excellence, project success, mobility, and a much closer interaction between science and high-tech industry.
Before his post at the Ministry, dr. Tome Antičić was the director of the Rudjer Boskovic Institute (RBI), the most prestigious and the largest research institute in Croatia in basic sciences, with 850 employees. He introduced an emphasis on transforming RBI into a much more competitive scientific institution. As a result, RBI, with 5% of Croatian scientists, now has 50% of Croatian Horizon 2020 projects.
Dr. Tome Antičić was also active in numerous Horizon 2020 initiatives and projects. In particular, he was the Coordinator of FP7 project: “Upgraded Facility for Development of Silicon and Diamond Particle Detector Systems”, and is the co-author of the recently started Horizon 2020 ERA Chair project: “Expanding Potential in Particle and Radiation Detectors, Sensors and Electronics in Croatia”- the largest European physics project in Croatia. Further, he is the Croatian delegate to the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), and recently became the Croatian representative to the ESFRI Physical Sciences and Engineering Working Group.
Dr. Antičić is an experimental particle physicist who spent his career at CERN, receiving his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1997, Masters from Cambridge University, and B.Sc. from the University of London.