Partnerships Being a company relying on the application of new technologies, innovation and scientific discoveries in all business segments, NIS continually puts effort in scientific and educational projects and science promotion, teaming up with partners who regard raising science awareness and social engagement of youth as some of the basic values. Petnica Research Centre Being a company that fosters innovation and research, for seven years running NIS has been investing into programmes of Serbia’s best-known source of young science talents. The Petnica Research Centre (PRC) is an individual and independent organisation focused on developing and promoting the culture of science, scientific literacy, education and culture. PRC’s activities are predominantly oriented to youth – school children and students, and to introducing teaching staff to new techniques, methods and information in various areas of natural and technical sciences and humanities. Being aware of Petnica’s importance, every year the Company makes donations to ensure the centre’s unhindered operation, including organising various courses, summer schools, camps and seminars, and academic conferences “Stepping into Science.” Owing to these forms of support, Petnica has successfully completed 100 programmes with over 2,000 participants over the past few years. Science Festival Being the major event for promoting science and education in the society, back in 2012 the Science Festival was recognised as a project through which our commitment to innovation and research is put into practice. Over the years the Festival has emerged as the most distinguished popular science event in the region of South East Europe, which attracted 26,000 people in 2014, the year NIS became the general sponsor of the event. Through innovative exhibitions, workshops and interactive exhibits, NIS is also a participant in the festival, introducing attendees in an interesting way to oil production and exploitation processes and other activities of the only oil company in Serbia. EXIT Fund NIS has been supporting EXIT, the largest music festival in South East Europe, since 2009 and this cooperation took the form of joint activities with the EXIT Fund in 2009. NIS has recognised the EXIT Fund to be a partner that has a similar mission – to drive social changes through youth involvement and development, affirmation of knowledge and showing positive role models. Through a programme “Youth Heroes” launched in 2014, NIS and EXIT Fund joined forces in supporting and promoting “youth heroes,” talented young people who distinguished themselves with their activism, initiatives and scientific and educational accomplishments. Introducing positive role models and their success stories, often unknown to the public, we believe is one of the key ways to offer youth a positive model to look up to, thus contributing to building Serbia into a prosperous society. Thus a vast number of those accomplishing major success with their hard work, learning, creativity and entrepreneurship will leave the shadows of the negative role models and inspire their peers, but also the entire community, to follow their lead vigorously.