The small grants program “d-r Ljupčo Melovski” issues an annual public call for grants for young ecologists. Grantees conduct one or two year projects with a strong research component aiming at (i) developing national ecological research and/or conservation capacities, (ii) raising public ecological (and environmental) awareness and (iii) making scientific ecological contributions, nationally.

So far, the Macedonian Ecological Society has conducted the program five times. In 2009 and 2010, we supported 15 students and enthusiasts, many of whom are currently working on research and conservation in local organisations (MES included), universities and even abroad. It was thus clear that the program’s aims were being met, but it was nevertheless, difficult to maintain it financially. Fortunately, and to our great pleasure, we were able to revive it a decade later (2020) with financial help from the Sigrid Rausing Trust. It now carries the name of one of the most prominent late Macedonian ecologists Prof. Ljupčo Melovski, PhD., a long-time president of MES and the initiator of this program in 2009.

Concluding with 2022, a total of 40 small grants  and six intermediate grants have been awarded. We are excited to finalize the first intermediate grants by the end of 2022 and read about their results in their submitted research papers!


Contact: Dragan Arsovski

Project News:

Establishing Methods for Determining and Monitoring Volatile Organic Compounds in the Air of Skopje – Ivona Sofronievska

According to the European Environmental Agency (EEA) report, the effect of air pollution is the biggest environmental health risk in our country i.e. there are 120 deaths per 100.000 citizens as [...]


The abundance of freshwater habitats in the region of  DemirHisar results with the desire to make inquiries about nature and looking for answers to questions obtained through scientific research [...]

The distribution and conservation status of the relic fern Ophioglossum vulgatum on Kozhuf mountain – Ana Varelova

During this phase, phytocoenological relevés were made at the Asan Cheshma site, in order to determine the type of Ophioglossum vulgatum’s habitat. The identification of previously collected [...]

Еcosystem Research of Forest Mires in the Heart of Shar Mountain – Marija Trencheva

What kind of plant species live in high mountain mires? How do they breathe or feed when in wetlands there is a lot of water and very few oxygen? Are some plant species alive thanks to the [...]

Diversity and distribution of saproxylic coleopteran fauna on Jablanica Mountain and the river banks of Crn Drim and Radika II – Srna Majstorovic

Every single one of our fieldwork activities is awaited with great eagerness to go out in the field in search of our favorite insects. The saproxylic beetles were rather active this time around, [...]

Determination of habitats according to the habitats directive in Markovi Kuli and assessment of conservation status- Sara Cvetanoska

From the beginning of May, the realization of the project “Determination of habitats according to the directive of habitats in the MN” Markovi Kuli “and assessment of the [...]

Valorization of water and wet habitats on Mountain Kozuf using diatoms – Anastasija Videska

With the field work coming to a timely end, we become more infatuated with the beauties Mount Kozuf has to offer. Holding great еnthusiasm and ambition towards scientific exploration, we decided [...]

Diversity and distribution of beetles on Shar Mountain II – Aleksej Anovski

During July, August and September our team had more than 15 field activities. It was especially important that we managed to visit Crno Ezero and Rudoka. We collected new materials on the species [...]

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