Saturday, 17 July 2021 Acad. Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon guest at UP
On Friday, 16 July 2021, the University of Primorska hosted the President of the European Research Council (ERC), Acad. Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, whose visit in Slovenia is part of a wider event dedicated to science and research in the frame of the Slovenian presidency of the EU Council. The panel discussions with Prof. Bourguignon about research in Europe in view of pandemic was attended by UP leadership, and by representatives of other Slovenian scientific research institutions, among them Prof. Zdravko Kačič, Rector of the University of Maribor, Prof. Mladen Franko, Vice-Rector for Education at the University of Nova Gorica, Prof. dr. Roman Jerala, from the National Institute of Chemistry, Dr. Tomaž Boh, Director General of the Directorate for Science at the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (MIZŠ), Dr. Andreja Umek Venturini, ERC contact at MIZŠ, and representatives of UP members and InnoRenew CoE Research Institute.
The first part of the discussion, led by Prof. Tomaž Pisanski, was focused on excellence in science and on different criteria for evaluating the quality of scientific research, where individual scientific fields shall not be compared with each other. Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon invited researchers to be ambitious and dare to take risks, to apply and realize new ideas. »Don’t be conservative,« he said.
During his visit, Prof. Bourguignon had a meeting also with UP FAMNIT students and researchers.
Prof. Bourguignon with UP FAMNIT researchers and Prof. Daniel Kráľ, holder of two ERC grants, with his doctoral students, who are currently on a research visit at Famnit.