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Tuesday, 20 April 2021 Student Competition Best of 8ECM

Form teams and find the best solutions in the fields of Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science.

The competition is announced as part of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics - 8ECM, taking place online from 20 to 26 June 2021. The 8ECM is one of the largest events in mathematics in 2021 and one of the most important scientific events in Slovenia, hosting over 1000 mathematicians from around the world. The main sponsor of the 8ECM is the Slovenian Insurance Association, which will award cash prizes in the total amount of € 5,000 as part of this competition.

There are 4 challenges available. Students at all levels of studies are invited to apply for the competition within the 8th European Congress of Mathematics and win a cash prize of € 1,250!

Want to see if your team has what it takes? Join in the fun and apply today!

Visit the 8ECM website to find out more about the competition!


Tuesday, 20 April 2021 Triple i: Intuition, Imagination and Innovation in Suicidology Virtual Conference

We are pleased to invite you to the Triple i: Intuition, Imagination and Innovation in Suicidology Virtual Conference, the collaborative event brought to you this year by UP IAM Slovene Centre for Suicide, De Leo Fund Onlus and the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

Due to the epidemiological situation related to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we will be holding a virtual TRIPLE i conference again this year. Even in this difficult situation we wanted to offer opportunities for interaction and fruitful discussions between distinguished suicidologists and perspective young participants. For this reason, researchers from different institutions have connected to prepare a TRIPLE i Virtual Conference.

The three-day conference will take place in the online environment Zoom and will include various topics from the field of research and prevention of suicidal behaviourpresented by world-renowned experts in the field of suicidology. At the moment confirmed speakers are Prof. Rory O'Connor, Prof. Jo Robinson, Prof. Murad Khan, Prof. Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, Prof. Maurizio Pompili, Prof. Vita Poštuvan et al.

Additional information about the conference and the program can be found HEREYou can register for the conference HERE.

Please forward the invitation to your colleagues from the field of mental health or to your members.

Warm welcome!

Prof. Diego De Leo
Prof. Vita Poštuvan
Organizers of the TRIPLE i Virtual Conference

Thursday, 15 April 2021 Dr. Andrej Brodnik took over the presidency of ACM Slovenia for the next 2 years

On Friday, March 5, 2021, Prof. Dr. Andrej Brodnik took over the presidency of the Society for Computer Science and Informatics - ACM Slovenia.

ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM Slovenia is a Slovenian chapter of the world association. ACM Slovenia leads the organization of national computer competitions, namely the international competition in computer literacy Bober, the ACM competition in computer science for high school students RTK and the University Programming Marathon. The Association also participates in the international magazine Informatica and the multi-conference Information Society.

At their annual meeting, the members of ACM Slovenia elected to a 2-year mandate:

  • Prof. Dr. Andrej Brodnik (UP FAMNIT) - President,
  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Branko Kavšek (UP FAMNIT) - Secretary,
  • Prof. Dr. Ljupčo Todorovski (UL FMF) - Vice President.

Friday, 9 April 2021 Successfully organized first 3-day online training in the framework of the ERASMUS+ project ELBA

In the framework of the ERASMUS+ project ELBA (Establishment of training and research centers and courses development on intelligent big data analysis in Central Asia - 610170-EPP-1-2019-1-ES-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP) the first 3-day online training (from 24th to 26th March) for the Central Asia partners was successfully organized. The aim of this 3-day, 4 hours per day training was to provide the Central Asia (CA) participants with some preliminary training on relevant Big Data Analytics foundations.

In the 1st day of the training, prof. David E. Losada and Marcos Fernández-Pichel from University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (USC) introduced the participants to Python and the use of packages relevant to big data analytics.


On the 2nd day of the training, prof. Roberto Fontana and Sara Scaramuccia from Politecnico di Torino, Italy (POLITO) presented the participants with basic statistical methods in data science and some computational linear algebra for large scale problems.


In the 3rd and last day, prof. Branko Kavšek from UP FAMNIT, Slovenia wrapped-up the training by giving the participants an overview of the complete data mining process pipeline and showing some of the most used data mining repositories and platforms.


Friday, 9 April 2021 UP FAMNIT students organize a student conference

We are happy to announce that this year the students of UP FAMNIT (Društvo varstvenih biologov - Biodiva and Društvo študentov biopsihologije) joined forces, began to cooperate and announced the first Biological-Psychological Student Conference.

The conference will take place in Koper (at the UP Famnit premises), on October 9th and 10th 2021. It will be divided into biological and psychological module, and the presentations will be divided into undergraduate and postgraduate work (according to the level of study programme during which the work was prepared).

By attending the conference, students will be given the opportunity to expand their competencies by presenting their work in the form of a presentation or poster. All abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings, which will give participants one of the first references in COBISS. Due to the desire to spread knowledge, presentations in English will also be possible.

See this website for more information.

Thursday, 8 April 2021 COST Action Conserve Plants - This Spring Europe is Looking for Cowslips

This spring a group of scientists and nature observers around Europe invite everybody to take part in the biggest cowslip observation campaign Looking for Cowslips.

The idea of a pan-European cowslip flower observation stems from a popular science campaign, which started in 2019 in Estonia, where citizen scientists took a close look at the flowers of more than 200,000 cowslips. The campaign yielded novel insight both for applied and fundamental research.   

Foto: Kaarel Kaisel

The idea is easy: people go into nature, find a specific yellow spring flower – the cowslip (Primula veris) – look inside the flower and send the findings and some photos via webpage to researchers. After the blooming period is over, the scientists analyse the data and give feedback about the findings to all participants.  

»Taking part in this scientific research is easy and fun, a combination not so often heard,« commented Dr Tsipe Aavik, the lead researcher of the cowslip project. Everybody can participate because it does not need a special education and the organisers have designed web-platforms to make the process easier for the people. »In Estonia, a lot of families and children take part in this campaign we started here in 2019. During the pandemic, it is one recreational action people still can do in most parts of Europe – go into the wild. Why not add some extra fun activities like looking inside flowers and citizen science into the mix,« added Tsipe Aavik.

In Estonia during the spring of 2019 and 2020, the team of scientists and experts held a public campaign to collect an unprecedented amount of data about cowslip flowers. The results were surprising and demonstrate effectively how all people can contribute to fundamental science. The results are now published in the Journal of Ecology.  


A study coordinated by the ecologists of the University of Tartu and the Estonian Fund for Nature aimed to examine whether drastic landscape change, such as the loss of traditionally managed grasslands, has led to deviations in the morph balance of cowslip flowers. About half of cowslips have short-styled flowers (i.e. S-morphs), while the other half of individuals produce long-styled flowers (L-morphs). Recent evidence indicates that the loss of grasslands may shake the balance of different flowers with consequences for cowslip viability. Firstly, the data gathered in Estonia revealed a systematic dominance of short-styled morphs over long-styled morphs. Secondly, morph frequencies were more likely to deviate in smaller populations. Deviations increased in landscapes with higher human population density.

The findings still need to be examined further and the idea of a pan-European campaign blossomed. In order to collect data across Europe, the ecologists decided to implement the same citizen science approach. A specifically designed web platform facilitates an easy upload of data. “In addition, the task and importance of the cowslip observation campaign were explained in detailed guidelines, numerous videos, social media, and other communication platforms,” commented Tsipe Aavik, the lead researcher of the cowslip project.

This year the campaign spreads across Europe with the help of local partners. »We are very delighted that we have managed to get many schools, universities, research groups, NGOs, and other organisations interested in helping with collecting cowslip data on such an unprecedented scale,« commented Tsipe Aavik. »Even though the first discoveries on cowslip flower morphs were made already by the evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago, data obtained in the citizen science campaign helps us add novel aspects to this fascinating topic with a long history of research

The campaign still looks for partners who want to participate. At this point the cowslip observations campaign is underway in Estonia, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ukraine, Macedonia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Czechia.  

The campaign is supported also by the COST Action ConservePlants, which brings together botanists from more than 40 European and other nearby countries and is funded by the European Union. The Action chair Živa Fišer from the University of Primorska, explains: »The goal of the project ConservePlants is to connect European and other researchers, as well as all others who strive to save endangered plant species with different approaches. The approach of citizen science is becoming increasingly important in the research of serious scientific issues, which has also been demonstrated in the aforementioned campaign in Estonia. This is why we are happy to join the initiative of our Estonian colleagues.«

In Slovenia, the campaign is coordinated by the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska and the Botanical Garden of the University of Ljubljana. The campaign is also accompanied by other activities, such as the preparation of educational materials, short videos and promotion through social networks and other media.

  • Dr. Živa Fišer, local coordinator for Slovenia, University of Primorska; 
  • Dr. Blanka Ravnjak, local coordinator for Slovenia, Botanical Garden of the University of Ljubljana;
  • Dr. Tsipe Aavik, leader of the campaign Looking for Cowslips, head researcher, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu;
  • Kertu Hool, communication specialist, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu;

Read more on this web page.


Friday, 2 April 2021 Research position for a doctoral student at Fraunhofer WKI (Germany) in cooperation with InnoRenew and UP

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut in Braunschweig, Germany is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant (PhD student) in the area of wood engineering and mechanics focused on textile-reinforced timber.

This position is funded by an EU Center of Excellence, InnoRenew in Koper, Slovenia and the research will be conducted in cooperation with the University of Primorska. Fraunhofer WKI is a leading institution in wood research and has excellent facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and high-quality staff. A new research facility focused on light structural systems is scheduled to open in June 2021. It will include a shake-table, high-frequency shaker, dynamic test frame, environmental AFM, large-force DMTA and other equipment for material- and fire-related experiments.

The successful candidate will have a master's degree in Material Science, Textile Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related field, will have excellent analytical and mathematical skills, and the ability to work independently on challenging research tasks. While knowledge of the German language is not required, the candidate is expected to attain working knowledge of German within one year of appointment.

The focus will be fundamental interface behavior of composite-reinforced wood structural elements and connections and their fundamental behavior under mechanical and environmental stress. The research will be both, experimental and analytical.
This is a 12-month position, renewable for up to three years based on performance. This is a half-time position with full benefits following the German public service salary scale. The possibility to increase the appointment level after the first year exists and will depend on the candidate´s ability to formulate and communicate his or her own research ideas.

Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD).

More information is available on this link.

Thursday, 1 April 2021 Wednesday, 8 April 2021 first application term for Master's and Doctoral study starts

On 8 April 2021 the University of Primorska opens the 1st application period for Slovenian citizens and citizens of EU member states and for foreigners from non-EU countries and Slovenes without Slovene citizenship for the enrolment into Master's and Doctoral study programmes in the academic year 2021/2022.

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

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