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Wednesday, 1 April 2020 Prototypes of 3D printed face masks delivered to the General Hospital Izola for testing

The University of Primorska joined the initiative Zaščitimo Slovenijo and in collaboration with the General Hospital Izola and Technological park Ljubljana printed first protective face masks. The first prototypes of the masks have been already delivered to the hospital, where they are currently being tested in real environment. 

Masks are made by the researchers from the UP FAMNIT Human-Computer Interaction Lab, who are currently printing masks day and night. The purchase of 3D printers was recently enabled by the InnoRenew CoE project. 

These masks are compatible with microbiological filters used in hospitals. The model of the filter, that served as a basis for the mask, is certified to be 99.99% effective in guaranteeing protection. They are intended for multiple use, they are made out of PLA material and they are made in two sizes (male and female).

The university is also supporting other projects to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. Some are already being implemented and you can read about them here, others are in a testing phase, while some are still being developed. The combining factor of all of them is the wish of the university to proactively support the epidemic management. 



Wednesday, 1 April 2020 Survey on University of Primorska student's satisfaction during isolation

Dear students!

At the University of Primorska we would like to find out more about your well-being and any challenges you might face in current situation. For this reason, we have prepared a short voluntary and anonymous survey. 

The management of the University is pleased to note that the work processes in all areas of the university work are more or less running smoothly thanks to the quick and efficient adjustment of employees and students.

We invite all of you to participate in the survey and suggest additional improvements for the work processes and personal collaborations.

You will find the survey on this link. The survey will be actieve until Monday 6 April 2020.

We thank you in advance for all your contributions and wish you a lot of health!


Tuesday, 31 March 2020 Wednesday, 8 April 2020 first application term for postgraduate study starts

Wednesday, 8 April 2020 starts the first application term for Master’s and doctoral study programmes at UP FAMNIT, which:

  • lasts until 27 August 2020 for Slovene citizens and EU citizens,
  • lasts until 1 July 2020 for Slovene nationals without Slovene citizenship and non-EU citizens.

All information about the application procedure are available on this link.

Candidates are invited to check our programme’s presentation and visit us on 8 May 2020 at 16.00 during the Open day! The exact Open day’s programme will be published later in the section Education/ Enrolment.

For more information please contact the Student Services (e-mail:

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 Triple i conferene cancelled

We regret to inform you that due to the current epidemiological situation regarding the spread of the virus/disease SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), we have decided to cancel this year's Triple i in Suicidology conference.

Although there is still some time to go before the planned conference date, and we believe that by then the situation will change for the better, the circumstances are currently too uncertain to plan the event.

In case you have any questions, please send us an email to
Thank you for your understanding and we hope you will join us next year!

With warmest regards,
UP IAM Slovene Centre for Suicide Research

Monday, 23 March 2020 New PhD Programme Renewable Materials for Healthy Built Environment

It is our pleasure to announce that the University of Primorska has been granted accreditation for the PhD Programme Renewable Materials for Healthy Built Environments which be implemented at UP FAMNIT.

The core area of the study program is wood science, with the emphasis on sustainable building design through interdisciplinary integration with other scientific fields (eg the role of IT in ensuring health to users of wooden, sustainable and zero-energy buildings).

The study programme offers a complete set of skills and knowledge in the fields of engineering, wood, and architectural science with aspects of health and information technology. These skills not only have the advantage of being highly applicative in the natural environment, but offer an interdisciplinary approach that is necessary to keep up with the development of contemporary construction science, or successfully work in the academic sector, public administration, or the economy.

The basic objective of the study programme is to educate top experts in the field of renewable materials for healthy built environments with a deep understanding of theoretical concepts, broad technical knowledge and the ability to independently develop new knowledge. Graduates will be able to develop and improve renewable materials for healthy built environments in Slovenia and beyond, as well as for further development of the profession at academic level.

The study programme will be implemented in Slovenian and English in the next academic year at UP FAMNIT, more information will be available on the Faculty website shortly. 

Thursday, 19 March 2020 Call for scholarships from the UP Scholarship fund for the academic year 2020/2021

The Career Center of University of Primorska published the Public call to obtain scholarships from the Scolarship fund of University of Primorska for the academic year 2020/2021. 

The Scholarship Fund of the University of Primorska (hereinafter the Fund) is based on a partnership between the University of Primorska (hereinafter UP), municipalities, and the private sector. Its aim is to reward and encourage the best students of UP, offer their knowledge to potential employers during the course of their study process, and provide opportunities for employment to these students as soon as they finish their studies. The objective of the Fund is at the same time to support all UP students in achieving the best possible results in their studies.

With this Public Call, the University of Primorska invites all:

  • candidates for enrolment in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd cycle study programmes of UP and
  • students who, in the academic year of 2020/2021, will be enrolled in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd cycle study programmes of UP,

to apply for this public call, and thus express their interest in joining the Fund.

Candidates for scholarship express interest in the public call by submitting their application. With inclusion in the Fund the selected candidates are placed in a special register of the best students at UP and gain the opportunity to conclude a one-year scholarship contract. Scholarship contracts will be concluded between UP, Fund partners (employers), and students with whom there is a mutual interest in the conclusion of the contract. By signing the scholarship contract the student agrees that in the case that employment is offered to him by a partner of the Fund (employer) he will, after completing his education, accept the offer and complete employment for at least as long as he was receiving the scholarship.

The amount of the scholarship for the academic year of 2020/2021 is from 200,00 EU per month, respectively 2.000,00 EU per academic year, to 1.000,00 EU per month (10.000,00 EU per academic year), depending by the enrolled cycle of study and the obtained score. 

Application deadlines: May 15th, June 15th, July 15th, August 15th, and September 30th, 2020. The application is submitted in due time if it is submitted between March 13th, 2020 to September 30th, 2020.

More information:


Career Center of University of Primorska, Center for Lifelong Learning and Career Orientation
Adress: Titov trg 4, 6000 Koper, Slovenija
Phone: +386 5 611 76 33 or+386 5 611 76 36

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 Prof. Tamás Szőnyi recipient of the Széchenyi Prize

It is our great pleasure to inform you that Prof. Tamás Szőnyi, doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, professor of Computer Science at the Eötvös Loránd University and at UP FAMNIT, is one of the recipients of the Széchenyi Prize in recognition of his extensive professional role in public life. 

The Széchenyi Prize is a prize given in Hungary by the state in recognition of those who have made an outstanding contribution to academic life in Hungary.

Dr. Tamás Szőnyi is a internationally recognized Hungarian mathematician, doing research in discrete mathematics, particularly finite geometry, block designs, coding theory, combinatorics. In 2001, he received the Doctor of Science title from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and is the creator of a successful school in finite geometry. At UP FAMNIT, Prof. Szőnyi is currently delivering lectures on Coding Theory.

We congratulate Prof. Tamás Szőnyi, PhD for this excellent achievement and important award!

(Prof. Szőnyi at the 2016 PhD Summer School in Discrete Mathematics, Rogla - Slovenia)

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 Undergraduate study: first application term for EU citizens postponed

Due to the epidemy of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) disease in the territory of the Republic of Slovenia, the first application term for undergraduate study programmes for EU citizens has been postponed. 

Candidates shall now apply no later than 9 APRIL 2020

All information about the application procedure is available here.

Friday, 13 March 2020 Library TeMeNa CLOSED until 28 March 2020

We would like to inform you that the TeMeNa library will be closed until 28 March 2020.

You can extend the borrowing time via email or the virtual library Cobiss.

If you have any questions you can contact us at

Thank you for your understanding!


The Minister of Health issued an order to announce epidemy of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) disease in the territory of the Republic of Slovenia and to ban the gathering of people in schools and universities.

The University of Primorska accepted relevant measures before the orders were announced. All our measures are in line with the orders and will be valid until further notice. In this time:

1) the study process will remain adapted and will be, where possible, implemented on-line. There are no study activities happening at the premises of the university (students receive specific guidelines from individual faculties),
2) there is no student and employee recreation,
3) all events, extracurricular activities, lifelong learning and other activities are postponed,
4) alternative forms of work are possible for all employees, including research and administrative staff,
5) all business trips abroad are limited,
6) we still urge everyone to pay special attention to hand and cough hygiene,
7) we urge everyone to follow verified and official information, especially the WHO,
8) we appeal to everyone to refrain from discrimination and to remain respectful to each other.

We wish all of you to remain healthy!

Sunday, 8 March 2020 Important notice - Cancellation of pedagogical processes at UP (March 9 - March 20)

In view of the current situation regarding the coronavirus COVID-19, we would like to inform you that for the next 14 days (from Monday, March 9, 2020 to Friday, March 20, 2020), the pedagogical processes (lectures, tutorials, ...) at the University of Primorska are canceled. We will keep you informed regarding a replacement the failed pedagogical process.

The instructions from Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, National Institute for Public Health, and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia state that it is necessary to act preventively and to adjust the measures taken by a particular institution to the situation. After examining the information from all the above institutions, and that of Italy's "Istituto Superiore di Sanita dell 'Italia" (NIJZ equivalent in the Republic of Slovenia) considering the fact that Italy is the largest focal point of COVID-19 in Europe, the above measures have been taken for preventive reasons. Our university interacts daily with neighboring Italy.

In the coming days, you will also receive further instructions for continuing classes at a distance (for example, using e-classrooms, distance lectures, ...).

We will keep you informed of any further changes or measures.

Monday, 2 March 2020 Prof. Dr. Vladimir Batagelj, co-author and co-editor of a new book published by Wiley

It is our pleasure to inform that Prof. Dr. Vladimir Batagelj, researcher at the University of Primorska and at the University of Ljubljana, is one of the authors as well as one of the editors of the book Advances in Network Clustering and Blockmodeling that has been just published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The book offers an integrated treatment of network clustering and blockmodeling, covering all of the newest approaches and methods that have been developed over the last decade. Presented in a comprehensive manner, it offers the foundations for understanding network structures and processes, and features a wide variety of new techniques addressing issues that occur during the partitioning of networks across multiple disciplines such as community detection, blockmodeling of valued networks, role assignment, and stochastic blockmodeling.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., commonly known as Wiley, is an American multinational publishing company founded in 1807 that focuses on academic publishing and instructional materials. The company produces books, journals, and encyclopaedias, in print and electronically, and educational materials for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students. Wiley Open Access publishes authoritative peer reviewed open access journals across many research disciplines.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 Coronavirus: University of Primorska response

At the University of Primorska we are regularly following the development of the coronavirus situation.

All pedagogic, research and professional activities of the university will continue to operate fully, as well as travels to and from abroad. We will also continue to cooperate with our partners as usual. We recommend all our students and colleagues abroad to continue with their planned activities.

The exception are activities which cannot be implemented due to the limitations imposed by partner institutions (e.g. closure of the university, postponing the semester, limiting visits, etc.). If the partner institutions impose such actions due to the coronavirus, that can be understood as force majeure and we can still claim the costs incurred with the majority of co-financers.

We are regularly following the development of the disease and we will follow the guidelines and instructions of state institutions. The university leadership also met today with the representative of the National Institute for public health and is preparing potential measures, if needed.


So far, we advise all students and staff to:

  • act preventively (employing the same actions as to prevent the spread of the seasonal flu, especially be mindful of the regular and thorough hand washing, hygienic coughing and distance);
  • read and follow the guidelines of the World Health Organisation;
  • follow official information about the disease’s development and preventive measures;
  • also follow guidelines and instructions of local authorities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Additionally, we ask all students and staff, who notice symptoms of weaker health (cough, fever) to stay at home until they regain their health.

Simultaneously, we guarantee that we respect personal views and we are bound to honor potential stricter personal measures taken by individuals (taking annual leave or using past overtime, work from home where and when possible, wearing personal protective gear and similar).

If in doubt, students and employees can also speak to Aleš Oven at 051 232 948.

Friday, 21 February 2020 Prof. dr. Tomaž Pisanski became a member of International Expert Council of the Mathematical Center in Akademgorodok

We are glad to announce that prof. dr. Tomaž Pisanski became a member of International Expert Council of the Mathematical Center in Akademgorodok.

The Center was established in 2019 as a consortium of Sobolev Institute of Mathematics and Novosibirsk State University. The International Expert Council members are leading scientists who discuss the Center’s research agenda and form its staff.

We are very proud that Center recognised prof. dr. Pisanski outstanding academic achievements and experience in international liaison as one of the key factors in creating an infrastructure of international scientific, technical and innovative technological cooperation and providing an advanced level of fundamental and applied research in mathematics and related fields.


Monday, 10 February 2020 New cooperations with Germany, Austria, Croatia and Japan

UP IAM and UP FAMNIT researchers continue having succes on bilateral projects funded by the Slovenian Research Agency, that support research cooperation between slovenian and foreign institutions. In recent calls, they have been successful in acquiring new projects that will connect them with scientists from Germany, Austria, Croatia and Japan.

Such bilateral collaborations are very important and, in fact, a necessary practice for the scientific community, as they strengthen already established or facilitate new collaborations between researchers working in similar institutions around the world on similar topics. Strengthening cooperation also enables the scientific and technological progress of the participating countries.

For the next two years, our researchers in the field of mathematics and computer science will work on the following projects:

  • Title: Mixed Reality for Reading Support
    Institutions: UP IAM and Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Germany)
    Leader: dr. Matjaž Kljun
  • Title: Fair division under conflict constraints
    Institutions: UP IAM and University of Graz (Austria)
    Leader: dr. Martin Milanič
  • Title: Structural and symmetry properties of graph products
    Institutions: UP IAM and Montanuniversitat Leoben (Austria)
    Leader: dr. Edward Tauscher Dobson
  • Title: Augmented Reality for Remote Expert Assistance
    Institutions: UP IAM and Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
    Leader: dr. Matjaž Kljun
  • Title: Codes, their preservers, and corresponding incidence structures
    Institutions: UP IAM and University of Rijeka (Croatia)
    Leader: dr. Marko Orel

Congratulations on the new projects!

Friday, 31 January 2020 Call for enrollment into UNDERGRADUATE study programmes in 2020/21

Starting from 12 February, all candidates can apply for undergraduate study programmes at UP FAMNIT. In 2020/21 Academic Year, we will offer the following study programmes: Conservation BiologyBioinformatics (available also in English), BiopsychologyComputer Science (available also in English), Mathematics (available also in English), Mathematics in Economics and FinanceMediterranean Agriculture.

All information about the application procedure are available here.


Candidates can apply in three terms:

  • first application term: from 12 February to 18 March 2020,
  • second application term: from 20 to 28 August 2020,
  • third application term: from 24 to 25 September 2020 unitl 12:00.


Candidates can apply in four terms:

  • first application term: from 12 February to 22 May 2020,
  • second application term: from 27 May to 17 July 2020,
  • third application term: from 10 August to 11 September 2020, 
  • fourth application term: from 24 to 25 September 2020 until 12:00.

​Questions regarding the application procedure shall be adressed to the University of Primorska - ADMISSIONS OFFICE (tel.: +386 5 611 76 30, e-mail:

For questions regarding study programmes, teaching staff, and other study matters, contact UP FAMNIT Student Services (tel.: +386 5 611 75 75). 

Thursday, 30 January 2020 Prof. Tomaž Pisanski, PhD awarded with the recognition of »Prometeus of science for excellence in communication« for life achievements

On Tuesday, 28 January, the Slovenian Science Foundation has delivered the yearly awards and recognitions to individuals and organisations that are active in the field of promoting science and science communication in Slovenia. Our researcher and UP FAMNIT Head of Department of Information Sciences and Technologies, Prof. Tomaž Pisanski, PhD was awarded with the recognition of »Prometeus of science for excellence in communication« for life achievements.

Prof. Tomaž Pisanski is an internationally known researcher working in the field of discrete and computational mathematics, with applications in natural sciences, engineering and social sciences. He is one of the pioneers of topological graph theory in the world and the founder of the world-renowned Slovenian school of graph theory. His most important contribution to the global scientific community is based on the use of discrete mathematics methods in natural sciences and technology. His contribution to the development of the representations of graphs, which is used in mathematics as well as in chemistry, biology and other sciences, is also remarkable. Thanks to him, Slovenian science in these fields is recognized and appreciated globally, and his intensive cooperation with researchers and research institutions from all over the world, as well as his membership in numerous scientific organizations and associations abroad, has had a strong influence on the development of Slovenian science for decades.

Under the guidance of Prof. Pisanski the University of Primorska, in cooperation with other institutions in the field of mathematics in Slovenia, successfully applied for the organization of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics. The Congress will be held in Portorož in 2020 and it will be the most important scientific event in Slovenia. His contribution to the communication of science includes also the work as editor in many scientific journals. He is one of the two founding members and editor-in-chief of the international mathematical journal Ars Mathematica Contemporanea - AMC.

Prof. Tomaž Pisanski demonstrates excellence in communication in science, both within the international scientific and professional public and beyond, as he has also participated in many programs on popularization of science for a wider and target audience. Through lectures and workshops, as well as mentoring to many young scientists, he passed on his knowledge, experience and views on the work and role of the scientist in modern society, as well as his passion for scientific research, thus inspiring many younger researchers to work in science.

(Photo: Prof. Tomaž Pisanski, PhD, Edvard Kobal, PhD, president of the board of the Slovenian Science Foundation and Samo Kranjc, president of the Award Committee. Photo credits: Slovenian Science Fundation)

Among the other receivers of the recognition, there are seven more employees of the University of Primorska: Prof. Irena Lazar, PhD, Prof. Jurka Lepičnik Vodopivec, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Nives Kovač, PhD, Assist. Prof. Janja Plazar, PhD and authors of the on-line university news portal UP budi - Mirella Baruca, Anja Curk Repič and Damjan Muhič.

We congratulate all our reserchers and employees for their important work on the fiel of popularisation of science!

Friday, 10 January 2020 Winners of Mathematical Advent Calendar 2019

In December, the fourth implementation of the Mathematical Advent Calendar took place, in which both elementary and high school students participated in solving mathematical tasks. For the third year, young mathematical enthusiasts have also been offered tutorials in English.

174 competitors have signed up for the quiz. Most of them were from Slovenia, but also competitors from Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Macedonia and Slovakia participated.

Practical tasks from everyday life were handled by participants from December 2 to December 20, 2019, with only one day available for each task.

The recipients of the awards are:

- competitors from Slovenia:
Elementary school: Kristina Gortan, Veronika Klemenčič, Alina Jelenič;
Secondary School, 1st and 2nd year: Jakob Burja, Miha Abram, Klara Podlipnik;
Secondary School, 3rd and 4th year: Maša Toplak, Max Sablatnik, Nika Šardi;

- competitors from abroad or competitors who have completed the tasks in English:
Filip Milisov, Matteo Dunis, Etian Križman.

We sincerely congratulate all the participants on their hard work and knowledge.

We hope that there will be many of them who choose to study mathematics!