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Thursday, 20 June 2024 Mathematicians from the University of Primorska successfully concluded the 50th International Workshop on Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science - WG2024

The 50th International Workshop on Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science - WG2024, which took place from June 19 to 21, 2024, in Gozd - Martuljek in Kranjska Gora, concluded today.

      

The WG International Conference has been striving for half a century to unite theory and practice by demonstrating how graph-theoretic concepts can be applied to various areas of computer science. The first edition was organized in 1975 in Berlin, Germany, and on its milestone anniversary, the conference was held in Slovenia for the first time.

The 50th edition was organized by UP FAMNIT and UP IAM, together with the Slovenian Society for Discrete and Applied Mathematics (SDAMS) and the Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Mechanics (IMFM).

This year's three-day event brought together 52 participants from 16 countries, including Slovenia, as well as from Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

Through the scientific programme, successful researchers and experts in the field presented the latest results and outlined opportunities for further research. The lectures were particularly enriched with interesting content by renowned lecturers, including:

  • Prof. Hans L. Bodlaender, also a recipient of the ToT award (University of Utrecht), with the lecture "Approximations of Treewidth and Other Graph Parameters,"
  • Prof. Shiri Chechik (Tel Aviv University) with the lecture "Approximate Shortest Paths and Distance Oracles,"
  • Michał Pilipczuk (University of Warsaw) with the lecture "Graph Classes and Logic."

In addition to the Plenary Lectures, there were 31 presentations given by conference participants.

This year's WG Test of Time Award (ToT), given for a highly influential paper presented at a previous WG conference, was awarded to Hans L. Bodlaender (this year's invited speaker), John R. Gilbert, Ton Kloks, and Hjálmtyr Hafsteinsson for their paper titled "Approximating Treewidth, Pathwidth, and Minimum Elimination Tree Height."

The Program Committee of the WG 2024  also awarded prizes for the best paper and best student paper, sponsored by Springer. More information about the award recipients can be found HERE.

The sponsors of the WG2024 are the European Mathematical Society and one of the leading international scientific publishers, Springer.

Book of Abstracts 

A list of past WG conferences is avaible HERE.

    

    

   

  

 

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 Extended Call for Doctoral Position - Complex Network Analysis

On May 15, 2024, University of Primorska (UP) announced a call for a doctoral position in the field of Complex Network Analysis. The candidate will be employed at the Andrej Marušič Institute (UP IAM) within the Computer Science and Informatics group and will become a PhD student at UP, as part of the doctoral program in Computer Science and Informatics at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (UP FAMNIT).

   

The employment contract will be for full-time work, 40 hours per week (100%), for a fixed term of one year with the possibility of extension, including a 3-month probation period. The expected start date is October 1, 2024.

Applicants should send written applications that include:

  • A curriculum vitae (including brief descriptions of all previous education, qualifications, and research or work experience),
  • A motivation letter for this doctoral position (maximum one A4 page),
  •  A link to their Github/Gitlab profile,
  • A list of publications (if any).

Please write "PhD Complex Network Analysis" in the subject line of your application. The application and all attachments should be in English and in PDF format. Send your application to: vanessa.pobega@famnit.upr.si. For information about the research topics, contact Assist. Prof. Aleksandar Tošić at: aleksandar.tosic@upr.si.

The application deadline has been extended to July 1, 2024.

For the complete text of the call, click here.

The University of Primorska reserves the right to extend the application deadline for justified reasons and to consider applications from candidates who did not submit their application within the initial deadline. 

Monday, 17 June 2024 UP is extending the call for young researchers

On March 15, 2024, University of Primorska published the Call for Young Researchers at the UP in 2024 for vacancies for young researchers who will train for the profession of researcher and carry out doctoral studies at UP, on the basis of a full-time employment contract, for a period of up to four years. 

Three positions for young researchers are extended, one of which is at UP IAM.

At the suggestion of the mentors, the deadline is extended until July 10th, 2024

Candidates who have completed a second-level study program in the last four years and have an average grade in all exams and coursework including the grade of the Master's thesis of at least 8.00, can apply. One young researcher will be selected for each mentor. UP will enter into a full-time, fixed-term employment contract with the selected young researchers.

 All other provisions of the call remain unchanged.

Call text is published here: Call for Young Researchers at the UP in 2024

Extension of the call text is published here: Extension of the call deadline

Application form: UP-MR-Application/2024


Thursday, 13 June 2024 Agronomy and Bioinformatics workshops for students of Škofja Loka Gymnasium

Today we hosted 27 students and two teachers from Škofja Loka Gymnasium

By participating in three different workshops, the curious students researched medicinal and aromatic plants, prepared an experiment to determine the viability of pollen and an experiment of in vitro germination of mature pollen. They also carried out some practical examples of bioinformation analysis themselves in the computer classroom.

The workshops were conducted by Assist. Prof. Alenka Baruca Arbeiter, Petra Gabrovšek and Assist. Prof. Matjaž Hladnik, all three from the Department of Applied Natural Sciences at UP FAMNIT.

The Science Day was held as part of the GDI UP project, which is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, and the European Union – NextGenerationEU.

At UP FAMNIT, we offer the following undergraduate study programs: MathematicsMathematics in Economics and FinanceComputer ScienceBioinformaticsConservation BiologyBiopsychology and Agronomy. Current application deadlines for enrolment are published here.

 


Monday, 10 June 2024 Summer working hours of the University Healthcare Centre

The UP University Healthcare Centre, which operates in the Koper Health Centre (ZD Koper),will be CLOSED from July to September 2024.

During this period, UP students and staff can contact:

  • Children's/school dispensary ZD Koper, Dellavallejeva 3, Koper, Tel.: 05 66 47 284, 05 66 47 285,
  • in urgent cases, the Emergency services of ZD Koper, Ljubljanska 6a, Tel.: 05 66 47 440.

All information about the Healthcare Centre

      


Friday, 7 June 2024 NEW PROJECT AT UP IN MAY: Project lead Prof. Dr. Martin Milanič

In May, one new Horizon project was approved at UP, from MSCA Staff Exchanges programme, aimed to promote innovative international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration in research and innovation through exchanging staff and sharing knowledge and ideas at all stages of the innovation chain.

      


HORIZON-TMA-MSCA-SE

COVER: (C)OMBINATORIAL (O)PTIMISATION FOR (V)ERSATILE APPLICATIONS TO (E)MERGING U(R)BAN PROBLEMS, PARTNERS, UP FAMNIT, LEAD PARTNER: GEBZE TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI, TURKEY, UP LEAD: DR. MARTIN MILANIČ from the Department of Applied Natural Sciences UP FAMNIT

In addressing urbanization and sustainable development challenges, this project proposes a collaborative effort to harness the power of combinatorial optimization methods and operations research. Focusing on graph theory applications such as graph coloring and domination, as well as broader optimization techniques like integer programming, our interdisciplinary team seeks to address urban problems across European and Third-Country partners. By integrating expertise from academia, local communities, and industry, we aim to develop tailored solutions that enhance quality of life while promoting sustainable development principles. The project's objectives include identifying local urban challenges, creating theoretical models for optimization, and implementing innovative solutions. Through workshops, trainings, and collaborative research, we will engage stakeholders to define and prioritize urban problems, laying the groundwork for practical applications of combinatorial optimization techniques. Key initiatives include exploring the “15-minute city” concept to improve accessibility and mobility, proposing optimization models for post-disaster management, optimizing the placement of semi-mobile clinics for healthcare accessibility, and developing solutions for public transport networks. The project's innovative program encompasses various activities, including problem definition, theoretical modeling, empirical research, and knowledge exchange. Through a structured work plan, we aim to foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, and capacity building among project partners. By leveraging the expertise and diversity of our international consortium, we seek to create sustainable solutions with lasting impacts on urban communities beyond the project duration. Overall, this project puts forward a concerted effort to bridge the gap between academic research and practical urban challenges, demonstrating the transformative potential of combinatorial optimization in urbanization.


Thursday, 6 June 2024 14th generation of UP FAMNIT graduates

On Thursday, June 6, UP FAMNIT celebrated the fourteen generation of graduates - there have been 124 of them in the last year – that will enrich the broader national and international community with their skills and knowledge as: graduate bioinformatics, conservation biologists, biopsychologists, mathematicians, financial mathematicians and computer science and agricultural engineers, masters of mathematics, nature conservation, biopsychology, psychology, data science,  computer science and sustainable built environments. 

   
                                                                The 14th generation of graduates 

The 14th generation of graduates was addressed by the Rector of the University of PrimorskaProf. Dr. Klavdija Kutnar, as well as the UP FAMNIT Dean, Prof. Dr. Ademir Hujdurović.  Congratulations on completing studies were also given by Vladan Jovičić, a former UP FAMNIT student and Director of Application Development at Dinit Card Services. 

Two students shared their memories and thoughts at the end of their study experiences at the faculty: Eva Krebl, graduate of the undergraduate study programme Biopsychology and Matteo Benussi, graduate of the master’s study programme in Nature Conservation. 

Wind Orchestra Koper brought a charming musical atmosphere to the ceremony. 

Following the tradition, this year too, a few students received rewards of the Faculty for their outstanding study and research achievements and the development of extracurricular activities. 

Recipients of the Faculty rewards are: of the Faculty rewards are: 

  • Miha Rupar, undergraduate study programme Bioinformatics, reward for study/research work, 
  • Adela Horvat, undergraduate study programme Conservation Biology, reward for study/research work, 
  • Staša Simčič, undergraduate study programme Conservation Biology, reward for study/research work, 
  • Andrej Erjavec, master's study programme Computer Science, reward for study/research work, 
  • Aljaž Kosmač,A doctoral study programme Mathematical Sciences, reward for study/research work, 
  • Ajla Šehović, master's study programme Mathematical Sciences, reward for study/research work, 
  • Lina Šenica, master's study programme Psychology, reward for study/research work, 
  • Elara Udvanc, master's study programme Psychology, reward for study/research work. 

Recipients of rewards for their active involvement in the development of extracurricular activities for students, based on the proposal of the UP FAMNIT Student Council: 

  • Matic Bončina, undergraduate study programme Computer Science, 
  • Gabriela Laznik Zalaznik, undergraduate study programme Biopsychology. 

We sincerely congratulate all graduates and recipients of rewards and wish them success in their further study, research and careers. 

        Award recipients

     
                             The Rector of the University of Primorska, Prof. Dr. Prof. Dr. Klavdija Kutnar

     
                                                The UP FAMNIT Dean, Prof. Dr. Ademir Hujdurović

    
                                                     Vladan Jovičić, UP FAMNIT alumni

      
        Eva Krebl, graduate of the undergraduate                             Matteo Benussi, graduate of the master’s 
              study 
programme Biopsychology                                    
study programme Nature Conservation

     
                                                                            Koper Wind Orchestra


Wednesday, 5 June 2024 Presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation – Ana Gubenšek

We invite you to the presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation Comparative analysis of biodeterioration by Parengyodontium spp. and bioprotection by Aureobasidium spp.: unravelling fungal strategies for degradation and protection of materials of the student Ana Gubenšek, enrolled in the doctoral study programme Renewable Materials for Healthy Built Environments.

The presentation will take place on Friday, 21 June 2024 at 15.00 in InnoRenew CoE, Livade 6a, 6310 Izola, room Pseudotsuga. The presenation will be available also at Zoom tool, to which you can access here.

Cordially invited!


Wednesday, 5 June 2024 Invitation to the defense of the diploma thesis – Konstantinos Fasouras (Computer Science, 1st cycle)

Konstantinos Fasouras, a student of the study program of Computer Science, 1st cycle, will present the diploma thesis entitled Matlab interface for EEG device Cognionics Quick-20 on Tuesday, 11 June 2024 at 09:00 via Zoom.

Link to Zoom:

https://upr-si.zoom.us/j/86565708380?pwd=7RAgTGucXVOaan9WNQsz13CPTPcLTO.1

Meeting ID: 865 6570 8380

Passcode: 244238

You are all kindly invited!


Tuesday, 4 June 2024 Natural Science Day of the Elementary School Elvire Vatovec Prade

At the beginning of the week, as part of the Natural Science Day, we welcomed 75 elementary school students and their teachers from Elvira Vatovec Prade Elementary School, which was held in Livade 1.0 building in Izola. 

After the warm welcome of the first group of students on Monday, June 3, 2024, we divided them into two groups, each participating in two workshops conducted by the Department of Applied Natural Sciences UP FAMNIT.

   

The first workshop, titled "Exploring Aromatic Plants in a Research-Oriented Way," conducted by Assist. Prof. Dr. Alenka Baruca Arbeiter from the Department of Applied Natural Sciences UP FAMNIT, introduced students to the world of medicinal aromatic plants, which are an important part of Mediterranean biodiversity. They learned about valuable medicinal and aromatic plants such as helichrysum, karst savory, and lavender, their morphological characteristics, and methods for obtaining essential oil and hydrosol as well as other plant extracts. The workshop was conducted as part of the GDI project. 

About 80 percent of agricultural and wild plants depend at least partially on pollination by insects. Another group familiarized themselves with pollinators through a lecture titled "Pollination - Invisible to the Eye, Yet Essential for Agriculture and Food," which was explained by Assistant Petra Gabrovšek. The students obtained knowledge about the difference between pollination and fertilization, and at the end, they also prepared an experiment under a light microscope and stereo microscope. 

The day after, on June 4, 2024, we welcomed another group of primary school students, who, together with their teachers, listened to interesting natural science topics prepared by the Department of Biodiversity at UP FAMNIT. 

    

The first workshop was conducted by student Tina Hajdinjak, who, as part of the activity "Wildlife Detective: Revealing the Invisible Wildlife around You," presented an innovative approach for monitoring biodiversity using modern genetic methods. Throughout the workshop, students acquired knowledge about field research, specifically learning how to obtain appropriate genetic samples from the environment or animals. This enabled the acquisition of data crucial for the conservation, management, and understanding of animal characteristics. 

In the second workshop, conducted by Špela Možgan Nose, the students experimented with gathering and using data on the observation of wildlife, where the mobile application SRNA was introduced, developed as part of the Step Change project - aimed at gathering data on wildlife.  

The last workshop was conducted by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Katarina Šoln from the Department of Biodiversity, titled "What Lies Beneath the Microscope?" where they learned about the operation of a light microscope.  

   

   

   


Thursday, 30 May 2024 10th Computers in Scientific Discoveries conference

Between 28 and 30 May 2024, the "Computers in Scientific Discoveries (CSD10)" conference took place at the University of Leuven in Belgium, bringing together researchers from the fields of mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and graph theory the 10th edition of this conference.

This year's conference relied on mathematical chemistry and graph theory. Prof. Dr. Tomaž Pisanski and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nino Bašić from the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies at UP FAMNIT shared their best practices as keynote speakers.

The lectures also included a section dedicated to the 75th birthday of Prof. Dr. Pisanski, a distinguished researcher in discrete and computational mathematics, and a long-time supporter of CSD. During the conference, Dr. Pisanski presented a lecture titled "Drawing graphs with geometric symmetry."

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bašić contributed with his lecture titled "Nut graphs and their symmetry".

Prof. dr. Klavdija Kutnar, Rector of UP, was a member of the CSD10 Scientific Committee.

At the 10th meeting, participants continued the deliberate multidisciplinary focus of these conferences, provided space for collaboration and continuation of the results of previous meetings, and expanded the range of topics covered.

The CSD conferences have demonstrated the existence of an enthusiastic community of researchers on several continents who are active in the fields of chemistry, computer science, and discrete mathematics. The series of CSD workshops and conferences began at Rutgers University with a workshop on discrete mathematical chemistry in 1998 in New Brunswick, USA. Eight years later, the sixth conference was held in Portorož and co-organized by UP IAM, UP FAMNIT, UP FTŠ - Turistica, IMFM - Institute of Mathematics, Physics, and Mechanics and UL FMF - Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. At CSD6 we were visited by scientist and lecturer Prof. Dr. Sir Harold Kroto, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996, together with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley. A year later, the prestigious laureate was awarded the UP Honorary Doctorate for 2013.

The next edition of the conference (CSD11), will take place in Slovenia in 2026, in organization of UP. For he next event, a special section will be dedicated to Prof. Dr. Patrick William Fowler, as he will celebrate his 70th birthday at the beginning of May 2026.


Thursday, 30 May 2024 UP, UL, and UM have enabled psychology students to present their research work

Today, the Psychological Master's Conference 2024 is taking place at UP FAMNIT.

The event is organized by the Department of Psychology at UP, in collaboration with the Departments of Psychology at UL and UM, as well as the National Committee for awarding the EuroPsy certificate.

Through this collaboration, universities have offered psychology students the opportunity to present their research work as they complete their studies. The organizers' goal is to encourage discussion and collaboration among psychology students from different universities. The conference provides an excellent opportunity for colleagues to share their work, network, and learn from each other.

At the beginning of the event, the heads of the Psychology Departments from the respective universities greeted the attendees: Assist. Prof. Tina Podlogar (UP), Prof. Eva Boštjančič (UL), and Assoc. Prof. Bojan Musil (UM). Prof. Anja Podlesek also addressed the participants, presenting the European certificate in psychology EuroPsy and supervised practices, as well as the SUPER PSIHOLOG (SUPER PSYCHOLOGIST) system.

The conference features various presentation formats, including the presentation of the disposition of master's theses, presentation of master's thesis results, and presentation of research work within the doctoral program. Students have between 10 and 15 minutes for each presentation. By the end of the program, there will be a total of 55 presentations divided into 11 thematic groups:

  • Interpersonal relationships, partnership, personality traits, and distress,
  • Peer violence and conflicts in the workplace,
  • Lifestyle in the modern world,
  • Cognitive psychology and neuropsychology,
  • Sexual health,
  • Work and organizational psychology,
  • Media, sleep, work, and rest,
  • Mental health and experiencing music,
  • Reproduction and family,
  • Counseling work, pedagogical approaches, and learning,
  • Humans in nature and modern society.

We wish all students great success in their further research endeavors!


Tuesday, 28 May 2024 T4EU WEEK AT THE UP ENDED

The University of Primorska, in cooperation with the University of Trieste, organised the first T4EU Week (Transform4Europe Week: Beyond Borders), in the new series of European University Transform4Europe Weeksfrom 20 to 24 May 2024.

On the first day, 20 May, the World Bee Day proposed by Slovenia, UP and UNITS welcomed the participants with special gifts - Slovenian honey prepared by UP, produced by our employees, and UNITS coffee. In this way, they showed the special nature of the surroundings with their cuisine and presented the guests with sustainable gifts.

The first part of the programme then took place in Trieste from 19 to 22 May, followed by a visit to UP, Koper and Izola from Wednesday 22 to 24 May. The programme was divided into break-out sessions dealing with the importance of entrepreneurial skills and the environmental, digital and social transition.

The first part of the programme then took place in Trieste from 19 to 22 May, followed by a visit to UP, Koper and Izola from Wednesday 22 to 24 May. The programme was divided into break-out sessions dealing with the importance of entrepreneurial skills and the environmental, digital and social transition.

  • Buildings Design driven by New European Bauhaus
  • Heritage beyond Borders for Societal Transformation: Interpretation and Education
  • Exploring Methods for Multicultural Social Science Research in the Contemporary Era
  • Environmental Genomics
  • Symmetry in Graphs
  • Suicide without Borders
  • Digital Marketing and Consumers Behaviour
  • Collaborative Innovation and Design of Solutions in Tourism

several events aimed at the general public took place. In this context, particularly in the context of the Research section: Open Science, Fair Data and Creative Commons, Pecha Kucha and Bridging Communities: Dialogue and Action for Inclusive Futures. Of particular importance was the satellite conference of the Rectors' Conference of the RS on Friday on the Internationalisation of higher education and the role of European universities in this process.

The T4EU week is also a great opportunity for networking and making new contacts among the participants. This was evident at the dinners and lunches as well as during the SportUP activities on the beaches of Koper, the social activities organised by ESN Primorska, a morning literary walk, a healthy breakfast and other activities.

On the occasion of the T4EU week, the InnoRenew CoE research institute also installed special benches on the terrace next to the Rectorate - the wood for them was sourced from known locations in Slovenian forests, and the design and production was done entirely in cooperation with the institute and UP maintenance staff. The Institute has also prepared a special baton that will accompany the weeks across Europe, as each university will hang a leaflet on the wooden tree and pass it on after the organised week. We look forward to continuing to go beyond borders and extend our strong European commitment to partners who want to change the environment for a better future.

            

      

   

   

  


Tuesday, 28 May 2024 Doc. Dr. Katja Adam Receives Finalist Certificate for the Prometheus of Science Award for 2023

The Slovenian Science Foundation (SZF) awarded Doc. Dr. Katja Adam, a researcher and lecturer from the Department of Biodiversity at UP FAMNIT, the Finalist Certificate for the Prometheus of Science Award for 2023 at yesterday's ceremony in Ljubljana.

Dr. Adam has been dedicated to researching and understanding the issues related to mosquitoes and their role as current and potential disease vectors for over fifteen years. In recent years, she has led several market projects at the Department of Biodiversity, including "Control of Tiger Mosquitoes in the Municipality of Nova Gorica," "Control of Tiger Mosquitoes in the Municipalities of Slovenian Istria," the COST project AIM - Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes (CA17108), and the CRP project "Control of Vectors of Vector-borne Pathogens in Slovenia." Her research has contributed to a deeper understanding of the life cycle, habitats, and factors influencing the reproduction and spread of mosquitoes. Her work has significant implications for developing effective mosquito control strategies, which is crucial from a public health perspective. As an expert on mosquitoes, she has represented Slovenia at numerous national and international conferences, mostly organized by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organization.

With the knowledge gained from her research, she has played an important role in preparing national preparedness plans for the occurrence of vector-borne diseases (Zika, chikungunya, dengue, West Nile virus).

Her work as an entomologist at the University of Primorska has also stood out in recent years due to her continuous dissemination of key information about mosquitoes to the general public. Her approach has succeeded in bringing science closer to the wider public without losing scientific precision. Her ability to convey scientific concepts in an understandable way has significantly contributed to raising awareness about the dangers associated with mosquitoes and promoting prevention in the fight against the diseases they transmit.

We are also pleased to announce that the CZ UP Aquarium Piran received the Prometheus of Science Award for Excellence in Communication for 2023. The award was received by the Aquarium's employees - the professional director, Dr Manja Rogelja, and the Aquarium's employees, Aljoša Gračner and Gorazd Lazar, who daily take care not only of the operation of the Aquarium itself, but also of the welfare of the animals that have their home in the Aquarium or visit it only for a short time, as well as the quality and regular implementation of research and promotional projects.Dr Manja Rogelja and Dr Gorazd Lazar are the most important people in the field of scientific research.

We sincerely congratulate all the award recipients!


Tuesday, 21 May 2024 Discovering Hidden Order in the Chaos: Video of the fifth lecture of Famnits' excursion into the mathematical universe 2023/24 is now available

The fifth lecture of Famnits' excursion into the mathematical universe 2023/24, titled "Discovering Hidden Order in the Chaos" was conducted by Alejandra Ramos Rivera, UP in IMFM The lecture took place live and via video conference link on Zoom.  

             

Have you ever wondered if there is a method to what appears to be randomness? Join us on a journey into the fascinating world where order is created out of what appears to be chaos. During this talk, the lectuter explored how patterns unexpectedly appear in seemingly unrelated things. From everyday situations to puzzles that baffle mathematicians, they show surprising cases where structure arises naturally. During talk they considered questions such as:  how large must the set of numbers, points or objects be in order to find a pattern? Can we always find a highly regular pattern? They looked at some examples and open problems in different areas of mathematics that people are interested in nowadays. 

Alejandra Ramos Rivera completed her undergraduate studies in applied mathematics at the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City (2012) and pursued a master's degree in mathematical sciences at the Mathematical Institute of UNAM (2014), where she worked in the field of abstract polytopes. She obtained her PhD in mathematics in 2019 at the Andrej Marušič Institute of the University of Primorska. She is currently employed at the University of Primorska and at the Institute of Mathematics, Physics, and Mechanics in Ljubljana. Her research interest lies in the application of algebraic tools for studying symmetry in discrete objects and related areas. 


Thursday, 16 May 2024 The successful conclusion of the 27-hour coding marathon: Famnit Hackathon 3.0

The Google Developer Student Club at the University of Primorska once again gathered programming and coding enthusiasts for the third year in a row at the Famnit Hackathon 3. 0. 

    

Beetwen 11 and 12 May 2024, the coding marathon brought together 47 passionate participants in 12 teams, which had been either formed on their own or at the Hackathon Team Building event before the Hackathon. 

Throughout the 27-hour event, participants demonstrated their creativity and teamwork skills where they showed their ability to solve challenges from one of the four introduced issues. There were represented 4 main categories: 

A) Fraud Detection and Prevention Solutions: Design algorithms to detect fraudulent activities in financial transactions and prevent unauthorized access. 
B) Cryptocurrency Payment Integration: Enable seamless cryptocurrency payments for online purchases.
 
C) Invent an innovative / flexible / adapted format for delivering information / content online
 
D) Smart Assistants
 

The best teams received generous prisez from spospors in the total amount of 1500 €, where first place won 750 €, the second 500 €, and the third-place 300€

Other teams also showed great effort and produced amazing solutions, moreover, some of them were also invited to further meetings with sponsors to discuss possible internships. 

We would like to thank all the companies and organizations that have shown interest in networking with our students: Outbrain, Dinit, Epilog and HICUP lab. Some of their representatives have taken on mentoring roles during the competition and formed the jury team for the final project evaluation. 


Google Developer Student Clubs are groups of undergraduate or master's students at individual universities in the international environment working in the field of Google technology. 

GDSC Primorska provides developers with a learning environment and in its circle invites students of all undergraduate and master's programs who strive to upgrade their knowledge and skills in the field of modern technology. Learning takes place in the form of interactive workshops and seminars, in which lecturers also participate, and members are equipped with their extensive knowledge and good practices. 

Club members are also happy to accept ideas and suggestions to better the community. You can contact them at gdsc.primorska@gmail.com. 

We also invite you to visit GDSC Primorska Facebook and Instagram profiles. 

 

 


Thursday, 16 May 2024 BEYOND BORDERS: T4EU WEEK AT UP

he University of Primorska, in cooperation with the University of Trieste, is organizing a T4EU Week (Transfor4Europe Week: Beyond Borders), from 20 to 24 May 2024. The main goal of the event is networking, exchange of views, experiences, knowledge and cooperation between students and staff from all 11 partner universities.

The first part of the T4EU Week program will take place in Trieste from 19 to 22 May and will then move to Koper, UP, from Wednesday 22 to 24 May. Bringing together the two border universities that are members of the T4EU alliance in a joint week-long program will offer a diverse range of events that will take place every day from morning to late evening.

The program is divided into streams, which address the importance of entrepreneurial skills and environmental, digital and social change. It is tailored to students at all levels as well as researchers and other staff. Lectures for T4EU higher education students follow a hybrid BIP (Blended Intensive Program) scheme that includes some online and 20 face-to-face classroom hours. Participants have the opportunity to earn 3 ICT after the lectures.

Events open to the general public include: Open Science, Fair Data and Creative Commons (22 May, 14.30-17.00 | ZOOM or live UP Brolo B7) and Bridging Communities: Dialogue and Action for Inclusive Futures (23 May, 14.00-16.00 | ZOOM | UP FM P1). You are invited to join them, live or online.

You can find out more about the programme HERE.


BECOME A VOLUNTEER AT T4EU WEEK!

UP invites you to get to know the background of the T4EU Week and JOIN US as a volunteer at the event

We need help for the events that will take place between Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 May 2024 in Koper / in different UP faculties, namely:

  • sports and social activities (see direct programme - link below)
  • preparation of the venue for the event (especially on Wednesday (Socerb - 11:30 - 13:30) ) and Friday (Muzejski trg - 16:00 - 18:00)
  • accompanying the groups to the locations (Wednesday to the ŠOUP (13.30-15.00)) / Thursday to the DŠD Koper for lunch (13.00-14.00)
  • registration of participants on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning
  • other as needed

Direct link to the T4EU Week programme in Canvahttps://rb.gy/7dhoui

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM

Warmly welcome! 


Thursday, 16 May 2024 FIRST ALUMNI BIOCAMP GATHERED ALUMNI STUDENTS AND NATURE ENTHUSIASTS

During the weekend of May 17th to 19th, 2024, alumni students of the Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, and Nature Conservation program reunited once again at the ALUMNI BIOLOGICAL CAMP. Throughout the two-day program, they reminisced about their student years and engaged in various activities offered by the camp.

 

The camp took place in the area of Rakov Škocjan, not far from the intermittent Cerknica Lake, the largest in Europe, which, offers countless opportunities for observing various plant and animal species.

As part of the camp, participants had access to five different thematic groups led by experienced experts in their fields, based on individual interests and shared knowledge about birds, amphibians, reptiles, pollinators, and butterflies.

   

After the field day, the picnic took place in a relaxed atmosphere. The following day, participants embarked on a group hike to Slivnica organized by Luka Kejžar (ŠportUP), providing additional bonding in nature.

This kind of event is multipurpose, as acknowledged by the co-organizers, Martin Senič and Nina Lončarević from the Department of Biodiversity at UP FAMNIT: "Undoubtedly, such a camp offers an additional opportunity for intergenerational networking among graduates and lecturers, forging new acquaintances, reminiscing, and exchanging experiences among participants. It also opens up additional opportunities for potential future professional, scientific, or other collaborations among participants who might not otherwise have (re)connected. Such events are invaluable as they strengthen relationships among individuals with similar interests, both personally and professionally."

     

Aja Bončina, an alumni of Conservation Biology and Nature Conservation at UP FAMNIT, saw the event as an excellent opportunity for reunion in a relaxed environment: "The Alumni Biological Camp is an exceptional experience. Here, former biologists of different generations come together and enjoy a pleasant atmosphere. We visit various terrains located in beautiful locations. In addition, we organize various activities, cook delicious meals, and record all observed species that we monitor."

The first alumni camp was attended by 30 participants, and due to positive feedback, organizers plan to repeat such camps in the future: "We are satisfied with the camp's execution. The seeds are planted, and for the first such specific event, the participation is more than satisfactory. Considering the positive response of the participants after the event itself, it seems that we will repeat the event soon."

The camp was organized by the Department of Biodiversity with the support of the Alumni UP, aimed at graduates of the Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, and Nature Conservation programs.

   

   

   

   

   

   

  

 

  

  

  


Wednesday, 15 May 2024 Invitation to the defense of the Master’s Thesis - Maša Hvala (Biopsychology, 2nd cycle)

On Tuesday, 21 May 2024, at 15:30 in the classroom Famnit-MP1, Maša Hvala, a student of the master's study program Biopsychology, 2nd cycle, will present her Master's Thesis entitled Experiencing pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period during coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

You are all kindly invited!


Wednesday, 15 May 2024 Open Phd Position - Complex Network Analysis

The University of Primorska (UP) is a medium-sized, internationally engaged university with 5,745 students, of whom 1,122 (or 19.5%) come from 39 foreign countries. It has 730 staff. The UP has 480 researchers and higher education teachers, of whom 59 (or 12.3%) come from abroad. The UP hosts more than 200 international researchers every year and enrols 190 PhD students.

UP carries out 79 study programmes in all three cycles, 16 of which are also held in the English language. In addition, the UP organises from 5 to 10 international summer schools on various topics every year as well as over 10 international scientific conferences, including at least a major conference, as it has done for several consecutive years, with more than 1,000 participants and under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia.

The Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (UP FAMNIT) is a member of the University of Primorska and was founded in 2006. A total of 1.035 students are enrolled in study programmes for the 2023/24 academic year, of which 768 were in undergraduate programmes, 215 in master's programmes, and 52 are enrolled in doctoral programmes. 


The research group of Assistant Professor Aleksandar Tošić is currently looking for a Doctoral researcher (PhD candidate) in Computer Science in collaboration with Innorenew CoE. The expected start date is 1st October 2024.


Your role

The successful applicant will be employed at the Andrej Marušič Institute, a PhD candidate at UP FAMNIT's Computer Science programme, and a member of the Information Processing group at InnoRenew CoE. The proposed PhD position will be a continuation of research on the topic of network analysis done by Dr. Aleksandar Tošić, and Dr. Niki Hrovatin. The unique collaboration with InnoRenew CoE is an opportunity to shape a fruitfully interdisciplinary research with other research groups. The candidates role is to identify, understand and finally model problems in other domains as graphs/network. Commonly such graphs are large and require careful considerations in terms of storage as well as computation. Parallel and Distributed computing plays a significant role in solving such problems in practice. The candidate will design software solutions that make use of the University's High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster to solve these problems, analyze and learn from the networks observed.

Your Mission

  • Research on the existing results on different techniques of graph encoding/storage, and network analysis algorithms
  • Disseminate results through scientific publications and talks at conferences
  • Obtain a PhD in Computer Science
  • Support for teaching of up to 4h per week
  • Work on ongoing and future research and industrial projects

What we expect from you

Master-degree in Computer Science or Applied Mathematics.

  • Programming skills are required. Ideally, candidates should be experienced in one or more of the following programming languages: Java, C++, Rust, Kotlin, typescript, and R.
  • Knowledge on data structures and algorithms is required. Candidates should be able to identify the ideal graph representation and algorithms for performing specific analysis on graph data.
  • Proven interest in interdisciplinary research, graph theory and network analysis.
  • Commitment, team spirit, a critical mind, and motivation are skills that are more than welcome.
  • Language: English is a must, Slovenian would be an asset.
  • Fulfill the requirements for doctoral students at the University of Primorska.
  • For more details, see: https://www.famnit.upr.si/en/education/doctoral/computer-science/#heading5
  • Planned research work

Analysis of Large Transactional Data:

Decentralized networks like Bitcoin and Ethereum are in essence an immutable record of transactions, or, in the context of smart contracts, as logs of state transitions. Due to their vast user base and applications, the transactional data of these networks hold important insights for business anlytics, market trends, consumer behavior as well as offering a detailed perspective on the networks' operational dynamics. However, these data are typically an untapped asset due to the vastness and difficulties in processing.

Our goal is to develop new methods and approaches to extract relevant information by applying graph theory concepts and using high-performance computing infrastructure. For context, we include a link to recent research that will be further investigated and built upon during the candidate's study period.

Analysis of mycelial networks:

Mycelial fungi grow as indeterminate adaptive networks that have to forage for scarce resources in an unpredictable environment. Development of contrast-independent network extraction algorithms has dramatically improved our ability to characterise these dynamic macroscopic networks and promises to bridge the gap between experiments in realistic experimental microcosms and graph-theoretic network analysis, greatly facilitating quantitative description of their complex behaviour. The research efforts can be split into designing algorithms for network reconstruction from microscopy images, and analysis of obtained networks in order to understand the intricate relationships between growth and the environment.

Collaboration networks:

In science, collaboration is an important aspect in knowledge transfer and co-creation. Collaborations are mainly observed through co-authoring scientific publications. The underlying network of collaborations has been studied extensively. However, these networks are less often enriched with other data sources i.e. funding, affiliations, title, etc. In an effort to observe interesting patterns, identify anomalies, potential threats and success stories, a collaboration network was built and enriched with other data sources. Analysis of these large networks may offer new insights into the effectiveness of existing research funding models. Additionally, discrete event simulation can be built by observing collaboration networks in order to test and validated different approaches to a sustainable and fruitful funding model for science.

How to apply

  • The applicants should send:
  • Curriculum vitae (including short descriptions of all prior educations, qualifications, and research or work experiences)
  • Motivation letter for this doctoral position (maximum one A4 page)
  • Github/Gitlab link
  • List of publications (if applicable)

to this email address: vanessa.pobega@famnit.upr.si. In the title (subject) of your email please write: PhD Complex Network Analysis. All materials should be in English and submitted in PDF format no later than 15th of June 2024.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For further information about the research topic, please contact Assistant Professor Aleksandar Tosić at the email address: aleksandar.tosic@upr.si.

The University of Primorska reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, extend the application period, and consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.


Wednesday, 15 May 2024 DISCOVER THE POWER OF CYBER DEFENSE

When? 29th May 2024 from 12 to 15 pm

Where? UP FAMNIT, Glagoljaška 8, Koper (VP3 lecture room)

Applications: HERE. Application deadline - 25th May 2024.

More: HERE!

       

You are invited to an expert consultation with a plenary lecture and a round table, where, together with recognized experts, we will learn about key aspects of cybersecurity, including understanding cyberattacks and identifying fraud. At the round table, we will also discuss the critical and safe use of information technology at work, in free time, and in communication. Experts will present examples of simple approaches to cyber self-protection. Welcome!

Round table participants:

  • Janez Mekinc, PhD, Moderator
  • Blaž Markelj, PhD, Head of the Cybersecurity Department at FVV
  • Aljoša Špeh, Head of the Computer Crime Investigation Department at the Koper Police Administration 
  • Boštjan Špehonja, Ethical Hacker
  • Boris Turk, Mastercard 

        


Tuesday, 14 May 2024 Slovenian mathematician awarded Order for Exceptional Merits by the President of the Republic of Slovenia

Prof. Bojan Mohar, a Slovenian mathematician specializing in graph theory, has been awarded the Order of Exceptional Merits for outstanding scientific achievements in both Slovenian and international contexts, as well as for his significant contribution to Slovenia's recognition in global scientific circles. The decree of the award is published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia. The recognitions were awarded by the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Nataša Pirc Musar, at a ceremony held at the presidential palace commemorating the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's membership in the EU and NATO alliance.

Dr. Mohar currently serves as the head of the Research Chair in Graph Theory at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and as the leader of the ERC Synergy Grant KARST project at FMF UL.

The awardee also collaborates successfully with the Department of Mathematics at UP FAMNIT, including his membership in the Board of Advisors of the international mathematical journal Ars Mathematica Contemporanea (AMC), which is published by UP in collaboration with professional societies.

We sincerely congratulate Prof. Bojan Mohar on this outstanding achievement!


Foto: Bor Slana/STA


Thursday, 9 May 2024 The Department of Information Sciences and Technologies UP FAMNIT participated at the partners meeting of the FTDCHE/Sollertia project in Hasselt, Belgium

On April 23, the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies UP FAMNIT was part of the intermediate meeting of the Erasmus+ KA220 FTDCHE/Sollertia project (Promotion of Transversal Digital Competences in Higher Education), which took place in Hasselt, Belgium.  

   
                                                                              Project partners 

The event was hosted by the Centre of Expertise in Education and Development located in the Diepenbeek Campus of the University of Leuven-Limburg (UCLL) in Hasselt, capital of the Flemish region of Limburg. This research centre studies the practice and exchange of knowledge on new discoveries about learning and development, educational vision, policy and innovation.

With the additional participation of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (Romania), the University of Primorska (Slovenia) and the University of Applied Sciences of Šiauliai (Lithuania), the attendees have planned the completion of the teaching materials of the pilot course on Digital Competences that will soon be launched online. This course is aimed at students and graduates of Higher Education from any discipline and addresses the acquisition of the most in-demand digital skills in today’s job market.

Currently, the materials already developed by this consortium of experts can be consulted free of charge on the Sollertia virtual platform without the need for registration. With the aim of promoting cohesion between partner countries, all content will be available in Spanish, Dutch, Romanian, Lithuanian and Slovenian, as well as in English, as an additional language to facilitate dissemination.

Finally, partners agreed to hold the next Transnational Project Meeting in Šiauliai, Lithuania, in September 2024 under the auspices of the University of Applied Sciences of Šiauliai (SVAKO).


Wednesday, 8 May 2024 Successfully acquired new research project at UP FAMNIT: KRAS4US - OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRESERVING THE BIODIVERSITY AND IDENTITY OF THE KARST

Interreg VI-A Italia-Slovenia 2021-2027

KRAS4US - OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRESERVING THE BIODIVERSITY AND IDENTITY OF THE KARST, LEAD ORGANIZATION, UP FAMNIT, UP LEAD: Assist. Prof. Sara Zupan from the Department of Biodiversity. 

The Kras4us project is primarily addressing the challenges consistent with the goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the EU climate change strategies, which place emphasis on active protection and conservation of a high level of biodiversity in the unique and highly threatened Karst region. The overall goal of the Kras4us project is to conserve and restore biodiversity in the transboundary Kras region, through the implementation of cross-border pilot actions and activities related to monitoring the status of bioindicator and umbrella species. The project will focus on species that are indicative of the conservation status of Karst habitats and biodiversity. Within the first work package (WP1), we will implement three pilot actions to support our green infrastructure objectives. Green infrastructure such as dry grasslands, ponds and dry-stone walls will be highlighted not only in terms of their importance for biodiversity conservation, but also as an outstanding cultural heritage, the visibility of which is part of the Karst identity. In the second work package (WP2), we will examine the status of biodiversity in areas affected by fire and identify areas where the status of populations of indicator species is favourable and what is the impact of different management practices after fires in the Karst. Monitoring of the selected indicator species will be carried out for the first time on lesser-known and monitored endangered species. The final strategic role of the Kras4us project will be complemented by pilot actions and studies in the third work package (WP3), which will test the potential for circular economies through the utilization of biomass from karst areas, including fire-affected sites, areas of overgrown grasslands, and wood from invasive alien species.

The aim of the project is to achieve new strategies to enable sustainable development in the area, which on one hand will allow local users (especially primary operators such as agriculture and forestry) to use biomass as energy, and on the other hand will also allow the development and conservation of biodiversity, as the circular economy will be developed with knowledge and respect for nature conservation. Cross-border cooperation will allow sharing of common monitoring approaches and measures to protect similar transboundary habitats in the Karst. The definition and development of circular economies using biomass as energy will be applied for the first time in the transboundary area of the Karst.


Wednesday, 8 May 2024 Science and fun for UP students at PRIMATIJADA 2024

28 students from UP FAMNIT have participated at Primatijada, an international sports-science event that has been gathering students from natural and mathematical sciences faculties from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia for almost half a century. Our students have presented their scientific work and won two prizes in the informatics field.

This year’s Primatijada was organized in Trebinje (Bosnia and Herzegovina), from 28 April to 2 May, gathering over 730 students of natural and mathematical sciences from the entire region. 28 students from UP FAMNIT have participated at the event and 19 of them have presented and defended scientific papers in the following fields: mathematics, informatics and biology. Our students won two prizes in the informatics field: 2nd place for Zhivko Stoimchev with the paper »Comparing Distributed vs Centralized applications using Blockchain technology with practical implementation« and 3rd place for Andrej Natev with the paper »Hit Song Prediction Using Machine Learning and Spotify Data«.

In addition to mathematics, informatics and biology, the fields of chemistry, physics and geography were also represented through the scientific part of the event. Students has the opportunity to master the skills of presenting and writing scientific papers, with the help of mentors at their faculties. The commission consisted of three professors/experts in the field of natural/mathematical sciences. Top three rated papers in twelve disciplines were announced by the commission.

Besides presenting scientific papers, students had the opportunity to join competitions in different sports disciplines: futsal, basketball, volleyball, handball, table tennis and chess. Besides competitive disciplines, there were also sports aimed at socializing and getting to know students from the region (darts, swimming, beach volleyball).

»I am really happy to see the number of our students at Primatijada more than double in comparison to last year. I think everyone had fun, which was most important and they will want to participate again next year,« said Pavel Jolakoski, student of the undergraduate study programme Computer Science and a member of UP FAMNIT Student Council.

Primatijada 2024 was once again a great place for networking, learning, and exchanging ideas, setting high standards for future events.

 


Monday, 6 May 2024 UP Career Fair 2024 - get to know potential employers and the labor market

Also this year, the University of Primorska is organizing the UP Career Fair 2024, which will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the UP FAMNIT multi-purpose space (entrance from the Museum Square in Koper.)

19 employers and organizations will present themselves at the UP Career Fair 2024. All participants have the opportunity to speak with their representatives and obtain information about vacant positions and the conditions for their occupation. Participants will also find out what personnel the companies will need in the following years, with what skills and competencies.

In order to make meetings with employers easier, the EMPLOYMENT CAFÉ is organized in the framework in which employers present their activities, staffing needs and opportunities for participation in the form of study practice, internships, employment opportunities, participation in projects and employment opportunities. In the application, you can select any number of employers you want to talk to.

Applications to the Employment Cafe make it easier and more efficient to organize interviews with selected employers. REGISTER FOR THE EVENT.

As part of the fair, we will also organize a seminar on Employment opportunities in Europe from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Snatori's meeting room in the foyer of the Rectorate of the University, during which Mateja Grajzer, a EURES consultant, will present to us where and how you can find work in European countries.

Brief presenatation of the companies

Adecco HR d. o. o.

Adecco H.R. HR Consulting d.o.o. is part of the large international group Adecco Group AG, the world's leading service management company in the field of recruitment and human resources management.

With a wide network of local branches all over Slovenia, with technological solutions, with the constant upgrading of new services in their offer, taking into account their invaluable long-term experience also in the international field and with a quick response, they ensure the selection of the most suitable candidates for all types of work.

Au Pair Slovenia

The Au Pair program in America offers a unique opportunity for girls and boys up to the age of 26.5 to spend a year in America, where they live with a chosen family, help with child care, and at the same time get an education and explore a new culture. It is an extremely rich experience that enables personal growth, acquisition of new skills and cross-cultural understanding, and weekly payment of $215 (approx. $11,000 per year).

Association for Culture and Education PiNA

Founded in 1998, PiNA has been promoting socially responsible practices and strengthening the culture of dialogue for more than twenty years. Since its foundation, PiNA has opened a space for meeting, informing, exchanging, connecting and cooperating in the field of social challenges. Initially as the first internet cafe in Slovenia in 1998, and until 2016 as a multimedia and youth centre, a member of the network of EUROPE DIRECT Slovenia points, as a meeting point for non-governmental organizations of the coastal-karst region, and from 2022 as a contact point for the Citizens, Equality, Rights and values (CERV) and an organization working in the public interest in the field of culture, youth and international development cooperation.

At the fair, information will be offered about opportunities for young people in the EU and the possibility of doing an internship or volunteering at PiNA.

Youth network No Excuse Slovenia

Youth network No Excuse Slovenia is a national youth organization in the public interest with a unique value system, active involvement in solving social problems and a long-standing practice of excellence in the field of implementation of competency models for young people, which are integrated holistically in the interdisciplinary "No Excuse Method". It focuses on the field of health and the environment.

The organization operates on two levels:

  • develops the personal competencies of young people and their potential and
  • transfers the necessary knowledge, experience and skills through the implementation of effective, long-term programs aimed at reducing health inequalities, increasing health and environmental literacy and promoting active citizenship.

They also work with several different work groups, from children to young people and educational workers and in different environments.

Young people will be presented with the opportunity to participate in preventive work, project management and implementation and preparation of educational programs or activities.

Škocjan Caves, Slovenia

The Škocjan Caves are the first monument in Slovenia and on the classical Karst, entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This places them in a place of honour among the natural monuments of the world. They are included in the list of globally important wetlands of the Ramsar Convention, as the first underground wetlands in the world. Together with the underground course of the river Reka, they are one of the longest Karst underground wetlands in Europe. The Škocjan caves are part of the MAB program. Man and the Biosphere (MAB) is a UNESCO intergovernmental research program that establishes a global network of biosphere reserves where biological diversity is preserved and sustainable development is promoted.

There are only 19 areas in the world that are simultaneously on the World Heritage List, on the Ramsar List of Internationally Important Wetlands and in the MAB program. Among them is the Škocjan Cave Park.

The administrator of the Škocjan Caves Regional Park is a public institution. The main activities of the institution are:

  • monitoring of natural and cultural heritage,
  • monitoring the situation and analyzing natural values,
  • participation in international projects, presentations and expert research of the park,
  • maintenance, restoration and protection of natural and cultural heritage,
  • taking care of professional presentation of the park and organization of training and
  • guiding visitors around the protected area.

The Škocjan Caves Public Service Agency, Slovenia will, among other things, present at the fair the conditions for filling the position of "project associate", which belongs to the Professional Service.

Epilog, d.o.o.

Are you breathing for hi-tech? Are you a polyglot in the programming world? Do you like to learn and see new opportunities in challenges? After completing your studies, are you looking for a job in a company that solves real-world challenges and also offers international opportunities?

Epilog d.o.o. opens the door for you where your passion for technology becomes a way of life. They have been writing their story since 1990. Since then, they have been developing and implementing the most demanding software solutions to support logistics processes. Or more simply: they connect people, machines and things into a single system.

They always behave professionally towards customers, friendly and cooperative towards colleagues. They are programmers, developers, system analysts, architects, electrical engineers, etc. At first glance, they are different, but they are united by one interest - and that is that they like to gain new knowledge, but they prefer to share it and teach each other something new. And this is regardless of whether they are sitting in an office in Ljubljana or Koper.

Epilog d.o.o. is looking for young professionals who are passionate about quality solutions and have an eye for detail. Those who are open to new knowledge in the field of quality, are ready to test their analytical skills and collaborate with developers in the creation of superior solutions - we suggest getting to know each other, because the QA job may be just for you.

Ljudska univerza - Adult education centre of Koper

The Adult Education Centre of Koper is the largest educational and counselling centre for adults in the Coastal-Karst region. Adults can complete primary and secondary education at the Adult Education Centre of Koper, attend numerous courses and workshops, seek career or education advice, and receive support for independent learning. Companies that cooperate with the Adult education centre of Koper get an attentive interlocutor who ensures quality training for employees, tailored to the needs of the client. In our 60 years of existence, they have touched almost every family on the Coast; in 2020 alone, every fourth resident of coastal municipalities received training or sought advice from us.

Their courses can be attended by individuals, but they also run them for completed groups at the request of companies and other institutions. You can acquire or improve your language and digital skills and take a step forward for your personal growth. They are also authorized to conduct foreign language and Slovenian exams.

They obtain a lot of funds for our work through national and European projects, which is why they also offer quite a few free programs. You can also get free career advice or self-study mentoring.

The quality of their work and programs is evidenced not only by many satisfied program participants but also by the national quality certificate in adult education - the POKI sign (We offer adults quality education), which they proudly wear.

The employees of the Adult Education Centre of Koper will present to you the possibilities of employment as teachers of: Slovenian, computer science, ICT, bookkeeping, chemistry, Italian, Spanish and in the Learning for Life Success program.

Postojna Cave d.d.

The company Postojna Cave d.d. cultivates and develops a rich tradition of managing tours and events, which dates back to the 1920s, when the cave was arranged for tourist visits. The company consists of several units, namely Postojnska jama with its associated hotel and catering business, Predjama Castle, Hotel Cerkna and the unique Villa Planinka in Jezersko.

You will be presented with employment needs in the professions: waiter, waiter's assistant, sommelier, cave tour guide, chef and chef's assistant.

SLOAM, Agency for Youth (Program Social Impact Award)

The Social Impact Award supports young entrepreneurs in the early stages of development who develop and implement innovative business solutions to solve social challenges. The program helps young people learn about the field of social entrepreneurship and take the first steps towards creating a social enterprise. Since 2009, they have jointly encouraged young social entrepreneurs in more than 25 countries.

The Admiral Group Slovenia

The Admiral Slovenia group combines top services in the fields of gaming, hotel management, catering and entertainment. The Admiral brand in Slovenia is represented by the umbrella company Novo investicije d.o.o., with its headquarters in Trzin. Today, Admiral Slovenija boasts 10 gaming lounges, 3 hotels and 4 restaurants in various locations across Slovenia (Ljubljana center, Ljubljana BTC, Lesce, Grosuplje, Maribor, Ptuj, Nova Gorica, Portorož, Kozina, Škofije). In addition to constant investment in the appearance of their locations, they also pay special attention to investments in the professional development of the skills of more than 300 employees. The Admiral group brings together top services in the fields of gaming, hospitality, catering and entertainment.

You will be presented with tenders for the jobs of a cook and a waiter in a restaurant.

Employment Service of Slovenia, Koper Regional Office

The Employment Service of Slovenia (ZRSZ) is one of the key institutions in the labor market. It has 12 regional services with employment offices all over Slovenia, 11 career centers and 12 offices for employers.

They provide services in the areas of employment counselling and placement, the EURES network, lifelong career guidance, implementation of active employment policy programs, implementation of unemployment insurance, employment and work of foreigners, and preparation of analytical materials and information on the labor market.

On average, employers publish approximately 1,000 vacancies per month in practically all activities at the Employment Service of Slovenia, the Koper Regional Office. In the first three months of 2024, the greatest needs were in the areas of health and social care, transport and storage, hospitality, construction, education, manufacturing, trade, public administration …

Dinit d.o.o.

Dinit's core business is processing card transactions. They are a young but daring company, which in the 15 years since its foundation has grown into a team with more than 100 employees, a presence in many Western European markets and a strong strategic position within the global card scheme Diners Club International. Together with their partners, they develop innovative information solutions that are modern, easy to integrate and cost-effective.

Dirnit employees will present you with job vacancies: .NET Application Developer, Java Application Developer, and IT Project Manager.

GoOpti d.o.o.

GoOpti is an international company/platform that deals with road passenger transportation. Their offer includes various types of transport, including low-cost group transports to airports and cities, private transports for business users and tailor-made transports, which are organized according to the wishes and needs of passengers.

The company employs young people in various positions and at the fair will present jobs for customer support contact center agent (m/f), implementation of assistance and call center activities for their passengers, logistician in the support center  (m/f), Implementation assistance and call center activities for passengers and drivers scheduling passengers, drivers and vehicles to ensure timely and safe transportation and Marketing and Business Analyst.

University of Primorska

The University of Primorska will also present itself at the fair, and its HR representatives will explain a little more about the current vacancies and present what the needs for personnel will be in the following years.


Friday, 26 April 2024 New application deadline 7 MAY | ALUMNI BIOCAMP

When? 17 May - 19 May 2024

Where?  Rakov Škocjan area

Registration: HERE. Deadline: 7 May  2024.

More: HERE

We invite you to join us for the first ALUMNI BIOLOGICAL CAMP and co-create with us!

The main objectives of the event are networking and a place for reunion, making memories, strengthening existing ties and weaving new friendships.


As as graduates, have been connected across generations by field-related events, the event will be organise as a relaxed field weekend, in the form of a mini biocamp. This will offer 5 thematic groups that you can join:

  • Amphibians,
  • Butterflies,
  • Pollinators,
  • Reptiles and
  • Birds.

Groups will be led by experienced mentors in each field. The fieldwork will be followed by a picnic evening, and the event will conclude with a hike on Sunday. It is also possible to attend part of the camp (more information in the registration form).

Participation is free!

The applications are accepting until 7 May 2024 or until capacity is reached (up to 50 participants). To secure a place in your preferred group, please apply as soon as possible, as they will distribute participants evenly between groups until places in each group are filled. Depending on the preferences expressed, priority will be given to the quicker ones!

   

PROGRAMME

  • Friday, 17 May 2024

A social evening. Arrival possible in the evening (expected from 18.00). Dinner and accommodation will be provided.

  • Saturday, 18 May 2024

From the morning until 17.00, there will be a field trip in groups. The purpose of the fieldwork is to renew or exchange knowledge and to socialise. At 5pm we will continue with a picnic and evening socialising. Meals and accommodation will be provided.

      

  • Sunday, 19 May 2024

Group hike up one of the surrounding hills, finishing at lunchtime. Field snack provided.

For further information on the course and content of the camp, please contact us at:

The project is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, and the European Union – NextGenerationEU. The project is implemented in accordance with the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) under the development area Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, component Strengthening competencies, in particular digital competencies and those required by the new professions and the green transition (C3 K5), for the investment measure Investment F. Implementation of pilot projects, the results of which will serve as a basis for the preparation of a roadmap for the reform of higher education for a green and resilient transition to a Society 5.0: project Pilot Projects for the Reform of Higher Education for a Green and Resilient Transition.

 

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Friday, 26 April 2024 New Doctor of Science, Campos Mijangos Cuauhtlii

Today, 26 April 2024, we welcomed another Doctor of Science at UP FAMNIT. 

Campos Mijangos Cuauhtli, student of the doctoral study programe Computer Science at UP FAMNIT has successfully defended his doctoral thesis Designing Interactive Paper Displays by Interlacing Physical and Digital Content Using Horizontal Touchscreen; under the mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Klen Čopič Pucihar, PhD, co-mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Matjaž Kljun, PhD. 

We sincerely congratulate the new Doctor of Science and wish him much success on his future journey in research!

     

    

    


Friday, 26 April 2024 Online Info Week for Master's studies

 If you are interested in studying at UP FAMNIT or you are still undecided about your postgraduate studies, join our Online Info Week for Master's study programmes from 20 May to 21 May 2024! 

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UP FAMNIT Master's study programmes are interdisciplinary and diverse, and offer to students everything they need: knowledge, project work, case study, research activities and well equipped laboratories. 

You are invited to join the presentations of our study programmes, which will be held from 20 May and 21 May 2024 via ZOOM. Study programmes coordinators will present our study and research activities and answer your questions as well. 

Programmes that are held in English language will be presented in English. 

There is a specific day and time of presentation for each Master's study program, so we invite you to see the list below. More information about our info events and Zoom links can be found here. 

Discover all Masters study programmes at UP FAMNIT! 

The CALL FOR ENROLMENT into UP FAMNIT postgraduate study programmes in 2024/25 is available HERE. 

You are invited to join us! 

DATE AND HOUR PROGRAMME
20 MAY, 5PM Biopsychology - ZOOM 
20 MAY, 5PM Nature Conservation - ZOOM
20 MAY, 5PM Data Science - ZOOM
20 MAY 5PM Mathematical Sciences ZOOM 
20 MAY 5PM Computer Science - ZOOM
20 MAY 5PM Psychology - ZOOM 
20 MAY 5 PM Sustainable Built Environments  ZOOM 
21 MAY 5 PM Data Science - PRESENTATION IN ENGLISH - ZOOM 
21 MAY 5 PM  Mathematical Sciences PRESENTATION IN ENGLISH ZOOM 
21 MAY 5 PM Sustainable Built Environments PRESENTATION IN ENGLISH - ZOOM 

 


Thursday, 25 April 2024 Rector's Conference - internationalization of higher education

The Rector's Conference of the Republic of Slovenia, together with CMEPIUS, is organizing a conference on the topic of internationalization of higher education, which will be held in English. The aim of the conference is to exchange opinions, reflect, share good practices and present opportunities for the development and strengthening of competences and the improvement of quality and teaching in the context of internationalization.

The target groups are: management of universities and faculties, international offices, heads of departments and internationalization policymakers at departments, faculties and universities and beyond, all interested parties. Registration is possible here.


Wednesday, 24 April 2024 ScienceBeat event for students of natural and business sciences

Pharmaceutical company Lek, a member of the Sandoz Group, in cooperation with Slovenian public universities, is organizing the top scientific and professional event ScienceBEAT, which will take place from September 11 to 14, 2024, in Ljubljana, Maribor, and Lendava. It enables young talents to enter the global network of professional excellence in the fields of science and entrepreneurship.

Participants will gain a unique insight into the trends and challenges of the modern pharmaceutical industry and experience the pulse of a global pharmaceutical company that is a leader in the development and production of biosimilar medicines and generic pharmaceutical products.

They will also have an exceptional opportunity for networking and gaining invaluable knowledge and professional insights from globally recognized scientist and entrepreneur innovators who are pushing the boundaries in their fields. At the event, participants will also gain practical experience through teamwork on a pharmaceutical-business challenge and an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills in practice. Finally, they will also receive access to a global network of experts and career opportunities in an agile and inspiring business environment based on inclusivity, fairness, and diversity appreciation.

At Lek, with various projects, they address young promising students and professionals from various fields who can collaborate with foreign experts in the international environment of the Sandoz global network, acquire new knowledge and skills, develop their talents and creativity, and build their careers. They aim to attract the best individuals from employment markets, faculties, research institutes, and other institutions in Slovenia and abroad.

The ScienceBEAT event is therefore intended for prospective students in the final year of undergraduate studies, as well as students of master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral studies in natural and business sciences from Slovenia and abroad. More information about the event and applications can be obtained on the ScienceBEAT - Lek website.



Monday, 22 April 2024 MEETUP 2024 STRENGTHENS THE ALUMNI UP COMMUNITY

On Thursday, 18 April 2024, the annual alumni meeting of the University of Primorska - Alumni MeetUP took place in the lobby of UP FAMNIT, which this year was marked by the first award ceremony of the UP Alumni Awards and Recognitions.

      

The Alumni Club of the University of Primorska officially brings together UP alumni and is an important meeting point for alumni to connect with each other, provide networking opportunities and encourage further professional and personal development, lifelong learning and further research.

This year's meeting was opened with a performance by the vocal group Kaelestis, which created a pleasant atmosphere. The UP Alumni were given some encouraging words by the UP Rector and the first PhD student of UP FAMNIT, Prof. Dr. Klavdija Kutnar, and the President of the UP Alumni Club, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mirko Prosen. The guest of honour, Dr. Gorazd Sedmak, Associate Prof. of UP FTŠ - Turistica and lead singer of the cult rock band Zmelkoow, gave the attendees extremely valuable advice on finding a balance between work and passion.

A great novelty of this year's MeetUP event was the awarding of the UP Alumni Awards to members of the UP community who have particularly distinguished themselves in their careers and lives. Supporters of our activities were honoured with UP Alumni Awards.

We would like to congratulate Đorđe Mitrović, an alumna of UP FAMNIT, for receiving the "Young UP" award, Đejmi Hadrović, an alumnus of UP FHŠ, for receiving the Alumni UP Award for Excellence, and Vanja Kosmina Novak, an alumna of UP FVZ, for receiving the Alumni UP Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Professional Field. We would also like to congratulate the recipients of the awards for their efforts, diligence and success – Tadej Rogelja, alumnus of UP FTŠ - Turistica, Lovrenc Habe, alumnus of UP PEF and Vasilij Žbogar, alumnus of UP FM. All the winners are the pride of the Alumni UP community and the University as a whole.

The meeting was successfully concluded with socializing and networking among students, alumni, professors, staff and all the other attendees, who made many new contacts, shared a lot of good advice, anecdotes, encouraging words, and left with a smile on their faces, new ideas, hopes and new friendships, while enjoying the banquet and music.

     

   

   

   


Friday, 19 April 2024 The doctoral thesis defence of the student Cuauhtli Campos Mijangos

Campos Mijangos Cuauhtli, student of the doctoral study programe Computer Science at UP FAMNIT will defend his doctoral thesis Designing Interactive Paper Displays by Interlacing Physical and Digital Content Using Horizontal Touchscreen; under the mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Klen Čopič Pucihar, PhD, co-mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Matjaž Kljun, PhD.

The defence will take place on Friday, 26 April 2024 at 9:00 on Zoom:

https://upr-si.zoom.us/j/89763642857?pwd=UGptT3FsVVVtK0l6d0xyd09SVDNiZz09

Meeting ID: 897 6364 2857 Passcode: 264850

The doctoral disertation will be available in the library UP in the following days.


Thursday, 18 April 2024 SECOND UPGRADE FAIR IN APRIL - EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE!

Your first degree is often an opportunity to think about the direction of your studies and career, as there are many different paths you can take. In order to provide as much support and help as possible to all students, UP has designed a postgraduate fair that goes beyond the presentation of faculty courses.

      

Thus, the fair was held on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in Museum Square and the UP Famnit foyer, where each faculty presented their own programs as well as the possibility of transferring between courses within a faculty or university, as conditions vary. In addition, the UP Career Center and the UP Human Resources Service offered advice - the latter also presented the various employment opportunities at the UP. Particular attention was paid to the possibility of a career orientation towards research, which was presented by both the UP IAM and the UP Science Center. The international orientation of the university was represented by the Internationalization section, where they were able to learn about the many opportunities for cooperation with foreign countries made possible by UP's strong international commitment. The student councils and the UP tutors provide and represent an important support for the colleagues during their studies.

A special feature of the event was the discussion points where students, alumni and staff were available to share their experiences and impressions about studying in parallel, changing programs completely, changing programs partially - acquiring other skills, re-enrolling at the same level of study after graduation, working as a young researcher at UP, working in UP's professional offices, studying at a more mature age and graduating after the thesis or thesis still needs to be written.

More information about each program will be provided to all interested students at faculty information sessions announced through their own channels.

    

 

 

   

   

    


Tuesday, 16 April 2024 THE FIRST WORKSHOP ON RADAR BASED HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION: Beyond Radar Waves

Within the EICS 2024 –the 16th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems, the first workshop on Radar-Based Human-Computer Interaction Beyond Radar Waves, will take place on 25 June in Cagliari, Italy.  

     

The organizer of the workshop is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Klen Čopič Pucihar from the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies UP FAMNIT, and one of the leaders of the Laboratory for Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Primorska - HICUP, along with experienced researchers in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. (Beyond Radar Waves: The First Workshop on Radar-Based Human-Computer Interaction (upr.si). 

                                     

Radar technology, traditionally employed in surveillance and object detection, has been recently used by HCI researchers for creating novel user experiences, including gesture-based interaction through radar sensing, material recognition, and enabling interactions through fabrics and surfaces. The participants in this workshop will explore fundamental, practical, and experimental challenges posed by radar-based interaction in numerous application domains, such as gaming, virtual and augmented reality, healthcare, emergency response systems, and smart environments. 

The workshop targets the emerging area of radar-based interaction with scientific explorations in Engineering Interactive Computer Systems. The target audience of this workshop consists of researchers and practitioners interested in RBI with a focus on engineering interactions and user interface. 

Important dates:

  • Paper submission deadline: May 10th, 2024  
  • Decision notification: May 31st, 2024  
  • Deadline for registration to the workshop: June 7th, 2024  
  • Final program of the workshop: June 15th, 2024  
  • Workshop (full-day): June 25th, 2024  
  • Chapter proposal for an RBI book: June 30th, 2024. Authors should provide a provisional title, the list of authors, and the abstract. This information will be used to submit a book proposal to the Springer HCI series.  
  • Submission of the book proposal by the workshop organizers to the Springer HCI series: July 7th, 2024.  
  • Decision notification: August 1st, 2024  
  • Post-workshop chapter submission: August 23rd, 2024  
  • Book enters production: September 2024 

After the Workshop: The results of the the workshop, structured according to the three dimensions (descriptive, comparative, and generative) will constitute the basis for a common paper and a potential submission to a journal. Furthermore, a book proposal to Springer HCI series is envisaged depending on the accepted papers. Other workshop results, such as videos and presentations, will be made available through the workshop website. 

Authors should prepare their submission according to Springer’s guidelines available > HERE 

Authors are strongly encouraged to consider submitting work related to evaluation, comparison and benchmarking of existing and novel radar-based interactive systems (where possible, including the datasets). This will form the core of joint journal publication. For other topics see call for paper. 

Submission guidelines – Beyond Radar Waves: The First Workshop on Radar-Based Human-Computer Interaction (upr.si) 

EICS 2024 is the sixteenth international ACM SIGCHI conference devoted to engineering interactive computing systems and their user interfaces, addressing one or more software quality factors, such as usability, user experience, reliability, security, etc. 


Tuesday, 16 April 2024 2-YEAR POSTDOC POSITION IN MATHEMATICS AT UP FAMNIT (MENTOR PROF. MARTIN MILANIČ, PHD)

The Departments of Mathematics of the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (FAMNIT) of the University of Primorska, and Andrej Marusic Institute (IAM) of the University of Primorska, are seeking a top early-career researcher for a postdoctoral position in the area of structural and algorithmic graph theory, in connection with a research grant of Prof. Martin Milanic, PhD.

    

The employment relationship will be concluded full-time 40 hours per week (100%), for a fixed period of 24 months, from the October 1st, 2024.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • The position is for two years,
  • Applicants must possess (or expect to obtain shortly) a PhD in Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related area, and show evidence of excellence in discrete mathematics or theoretical computer science. Candidates who completed their PhD recently or will do so by next September are encouraged to apply,
  • Relevant expertise in structural and algorithmic graph theory is required, including a solid knowledge of various aspects of graph theory, algorithms, and computational complexity theory,
  • The position will require teaching at most two courses per year in Mathematics or Computer Science programs at UP FAMNIT (depending on the candidate’s background and expertise),
  • The postdoctoral researcher will have access to a certain amount of funding for travel, conferences, and visitors,
  • The compensation is set according to the academic title by Slovenian law governing higher education and is expected to be about 1680 EUR / month after tax, which can increase to about 1780 EUR / month after the first 6 months (if the tax residency status is obtained).

DEADLINE AND APPLICATION PROCESS:

To apply, please send the following documents in electronic form to electronic form to razpisi@famnit.upr.si with the subject line “University of Primorska Postdoc 2024" in the Subject field:
- Curriculum Vitae,
- Publication List,
- Research Statement,
- Copies of at most three recent papers or preprints,
- Names and e-mail addresses of two or three persons who can be contacted for reference (and who have agreed to be contacted).

Informal inquiries may be directed by email to martin.milanic@upr.si.

Application deadline: 15 May 2024


Monday, 15 April 2024 The 5th lecture of Famnits' excursion into the mathematical universe 2023/24

 You are kindly invited to the 5th lecture entitled 

» Discovering Hidden Order in the Chaos 

which will be held on Wednesday, 24 April, at 18:00, in the lecture room- VP3 and via ZOOM. 

The lecture will be given by Dr. Alejandra Ramos Rivera, UP in IMFM. 

     

Have you ever wondered if there is a method to what appears to be randomness? Join us on a journey into the fascinating world where order is created out of what appears to be chaos. During this talk, we will explore how patterns unexpectedly appear in seemingly unrelated things. From everyday situations to puzzles that baffle mathematicians, we will show the surprising cases where structure arises naturally. During this talk we will consider questions such as:  how large must the set of numbers, points or objects be in order to find a pattern? Can we always find a highly regular pattern? We will look at some examples and open problems in different areas of mathematics that people are interested in nowadays.


Alejandra Ramos Rivera completed her undergraduate studies in applied mathematics at the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City (2012) and pursued a master's degree in mathematical sciences at the Mathematical Institute of UNAM (2014), where she worked in the field of abstract polytopes. She obtained her PhD in mathematics in 2019 at the Andrej Marušič Institute of the University of Primorska. She is currently employed at the University of Primorska and at the Institute of Mathematics, Physics, and Mechanics in Ljubljana. Her research interest lies in the application of algebraic tools for studying symmetry in discrete objects and related areas.

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, 11 April 2024 Launch of the NEBA Alliance at the NEB Festival in Brussels

The NEB Academy, a flagship initiative of the European Commission, has set out to accelerate the up- and re-skilling of architecture, construction, and engineering (ACE) professionals and adjacent actors. Through a network of training hubs across Europe that bundle regional competencies and facilitate access to contents on sustainability, circularity and bio-based material knowledges. A strong partnership of universities, regional training centres, authorities and EU associations has kicked of the NEBA Alliance to co-create this novel platform for the construction sector.

The urgency of the climate crisis and the construction sector being responsible for more than 40% of GHG emissions requires accelerating the transfer and adoption of climate change mitigation skills and tools to workers, businesses, policy makers, and the public. Therefore, Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, announced the NEB Academy in November 2022 as a main flagship of the New European Bauhaus.

The initiative will make training materials easily accessible and offer courses in real-time. They are delivered through an international network establishing a growing number of Hubs across Europe that have regional coverage and expertise in specific topics. In this way, these tailored programs support the transition from a linear and fossil-based system to a more circular, regenerative and distributive economy designed to thrive within the planetary boundaries.

The NEB Academy aims to raise awareness, improve skills, and encourage commitment among stakeholders to drive change. Enhancing biobased industrialisation and digitalisation in the construction sector, the second largest industrial ecosystem in the EU, will create opportunities to attract young talent and skilled workers, contributing to the growth of the circular bioeconomy and the EU Green Deal. The initiative supports the goal of creating 160,000 additional green jobs in the EU construction sector through the Renovation Wave.

The NEB Academy will establish an open marketplace to match high quality training offers with skills needs and demands of different target groups. Setting up a central portal and database of certified training materials, courses, and modules, along with a selection of best practices in pedagogies it will enable widespread scaling of training on bio-based materials in sustainable construction. The curated NEB Academy course catalogue, validated according to thematic domains and NEB values, will allow trainers and trainees to immediately find the best suited training opportunities.

“Providing training for actors all across the construction ecosystem, and spread all around Europe, will help increase the use of biomaterials and ensure more people have access to healthy, beautiful buildings for work, living, and learning.”

Prof. Andreja Kutnar, University of Primorska, Slovenia, Coordinator of NEBA Alliance

“I welcome the New European Bauhaus Academy Alliance, a powerhouse of 14 European partners, ready to launch its EU-wide training network. It will be a solid support for Europe's construction industry, addressing labour shortages and promoting knowledge sharing including on sustainable bio-based solutions, like the circular use of wood and other innovative materials.”

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

“The New European Bauhaus is about bringing the European Green Deal to our living spaces. To make it a success, we need to equip our construction sector with the skills and knowledge it needs to tap into the potential of sustainable solutions. This is where the NEB Academy will make a difference.”

Iliana Ivanova, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

“I welcome the New European Bauhaus Academy Alliance which, through its diverse expertise across the EU, will address skill gaps in the sustainable and circular construction sector and create better employment opportunities at the regional and national level, while promoting high-quality and inclusiveness in construction.

Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms

Source of original EC press release:
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_23_6593

NEB Festival Forum 2024 – official launch of the NEBA Alliance:
https://new-european-bauhaus.europa.eu/festival/forum_en  

Background information

NEBAP Hub: 1. University of Primorska, Slovenia, offers education in sustainable built environments research and education. It hosts the UNESCO Chair for Interpretation and Education for Enhancing Integrated Heritage Approaches and has established the first NEB Academy Pioneer Hub. upr.si

2. Holzbau Austria, the Federation of Austrian Carpenters representing SME-sized crafts enterprises and partner in national and European standardization (Timber Construction Europe). holzbauaustria.at

3. Lodz University of Technology, Poland, is a leading university in architectural and urban design, adaptive reuse, urban regeneration, heritage conservation, nature-based solutions in architecture and urban planning, and digital technologies (BIM, GIS). p.lodz.pl/en

Nordic Bauhaus Hub: 4. RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is the national institute and innovation partner, operating in transition management, applied research and development, testing, inspection and certification, and lifelong learning. ri.se

5. Aalto University brings together art and science and is a Nordic leader in higher education for design, architecture, art, art education, and media. The renowned Department of Architecture focuses on sustainable construction and is active in multidisciplinary research on living environments. aalto.fi

6. Estonian Academy of Arts is the only public university in Estonia providing higher education in fine arts, design, architecture, media, visual studies, art history, and conservation, and lifelong learning opportunities through the Open Academy. artun.ee

Central Hub: 7. Bauhaus Earth is a Berlin-based think tank, active on global climate impacts of buildings, policy roadmaps for biobased materials, transition management and capacity building programmes for public administrations. bauhauserde.org

8. TU Delft is among the top ranked universities in Europe in civil engineering, architecture, and mechanical engineering. A front runner in online education with over 3.5 million online learners worldwide, it offers 130 MOOCs, 10 online academic courses; 45 professional education courses; 35 short programmes by 400 dedicated instructors. https://online-learning.tudelft.nl

South Hub:9. IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Spain, is a pioneer in design & urbanism, sustainable construction, material technology, digital fabrication, advanced design computation, ecological design, robotics, hands-on design+build education. iaac.net

10. Regione Liguria is a territorial public institution that engages in intensive capacity building on NEB themes and culture for stakeholders such as municipalities, provinces, park authorities, research bodies, businesses, educational actors, citizens' associations and the tertiary sector. regione.liguria.it

11. CESEFOR Foundation of the Region of Castilla and Léon in Spain promotes the whole forest-based value chain towards sustainability, bioeconomy, and biodiversity conservation. A main priority is upskilling and new employment in wood construction and the habitat sector. cesefor.com

EU Outreach Hub: 12. InnovaWood is the European network for wood research, innovation and education with 70+ member organisations in 30 countries of Europe. IW chairs the Wood4Bauhaus Alliance of five European umbrella organisations in the wood sector. innovawood.com

13. EAAE European Association for Architectural Education is an international organisation of 150+ architectural schools aiming to advance the quality of architectural education and to promote the quality of architecture in Europe. eaae.be

14. BOKU / European Bioeconomy University is a network of eight leading universities in all sectors of the bioeconomy. EBU members share knowledge and educational formats, supporting each other in EU projects under Horizon, Erasmus, Marie Curie-Sklodoswka and other programmes. The BOKU University in Vienna holds the current presidency. european-bioeconomy-university.eu

EC CORDIS page cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101160532


Thursday, 11 April 2024 Successful conclusion of the ReNature project - restoring wetlands and meadows

After two years, the ReNature project - restoring wetlands and meadows successfully concluded in the Škocjan Caves Park, which are important for Natura 2000 and other protected species and habitat types in the Karst, the basin of Reka river and the Pivka intermittent lakes Nature Park

As part of the project, experts from UP Famnit (Department of Biodiversity) in the fields of biology, ecology, and nature conservation, as well as partners from the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, collaborated. They mapped and described ecosystem services (human benefits from the local landscape and nature) provided by meadow and wetland ecosystems. 

On Tuesday, 9 April 2024, the presentation of activities carried out over the past two years, followed by a press conference, and an excursion through the Karst Biosphere Reserve with a visit to restored wetlands, newly established grasslands, and high-stem orchards. 

    

The most extensive renovation of meadows was carried out in the area of Vremščica, where, under the guidance of the Veterinary Faculty (University of Ljubljana), they cleared 39 hectares of overgrown land, thus providing additional grazing space for the flock of indigenous Istrian Pramenka sheep, which will prevent re-overgrowth.  

A few more than five hectares of meadows have also been restored in the municipality of Pivka, thus contributing to the preservation of habitat for important bird and butterfly species. Near the Ravne Castle, they planted a small meadow orchard, as these are also becoming rare, yet they provide a home to several bird species. In the Brkini area, the Škocjan Caves Park has restored several wetland habitats, eight ponds, and one arched or locally known "velban" spring, which is a characteristic feature of the Brkini region. 

Experts also teamed up with locals, jointly recognizing the importance of preserving cultural landscapes and heritage. Village communities took over the task of maintaining the ponds. They reached agreements with farmers to assist in preserving the meadows. 

The areas areconsidered highly efficient carbon sinks and habitats for European protected species of animals and plants under the Natura 2000 network. Their functions are vital for the survival of various plant and animal species as well as for human activities, which are rapidly disappearing due to climate change, drought, erosion, changes in land use, and the introduction of alien plant and animal species. The project aimed to stop with disappearance.

ReNature is implemented within the framework of the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation programme. 

In addition to UP Famnit, the Municipality of Pivkathe Veterinary Faculty of the University of Ljubljana and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) were participating in the project, whose leading partner is the Škocjan Caves Public Institute. The 1.2 million euros worth project was financed in part by funds from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. 

     

     


Wednesday, 10 April 2024 Taking Citizen Science in a New Direction: The international project Step Change concludes

Last week, the 5th conference of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) took place in Vienna, including the closing event of the international Step Change project. Under the slogan »Taking Citizen Science in a New Direction, One Step at a Time,« partners presented the results of all working groups (Citizen Science Initiatives) and horizontal activities. Representatives of UP FAMNIT, the leading partner of the project, also attended the event.

As part of the conference, an associated event titled »Citizen Science Day« took place at the Natural History Museum in Vienna. Representatives from the molecular ecology group at UP FAMNIT presented various methods for monitoring wildlife in Slovenia (camera traps, the SRNA app, eDNA) and conducted a short memory game with children related to the SRNA app (for monitoring wildlife).

ECSA 2024 was held under the patronage of Dr.  Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of the Republic of Austria.

About the Step Change Project

The international Step Change project is conducted under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It is led and coordinated by the Department of Biodiversity at UP FAMNIT with prof. Elena Bužan as the project leader. The project, worth over 2 million euros, launched in March 2021 and is based on the expertise of 11 partners from 7 European countries and Uganda.

STEP CHANGE builds on the assumption that citizen science can play an even broader societal and scientific role than is generally acknowledged. The overall objective of the project is to explore the potential of citizen science and to formulate recommendations and instruments for better cementing this approach within R&I institutions as well as changing researchers’ mindsets on its value.

In Slovenia, the initiative focuses on wildlife conservation in Slovenia, which will contribute to additional development of the Hunting Information System (HIS) and further the cooperation between leading researchers of game in Slovenia and the Hunting Association of Slovenia.

The project will officially conclude on April 30, 2024.


Wednesday, 10 April 2024 WINGS FOR LIFE GROUP RUN WITH THE APP ORGANISED BY UP

For several years now, the first Sunday in May (5 May) has been marked by the Wings For Life run, which takes place in three ways - at a larger event, where runners are chased by a pursuit vehicle (this will be in Ljubljana) or with an app. This can be used by anyone who is going to run on Sunday at 13:00, or you can join one of the "app runs" organised by the app, where you are chased by a virtual car. This year, for the second time, this type of run will take place by the sea, organised by Sport UP, which is responsible for the recreation of students and staff at the University of Primorska. We will run from the building of the UP FTŠ Turistica to the last pier of the Portorož beach (short run, turning point after 2 km), to Seča (medium run, 4.4 km one way) or to the Sečovlje Salt Pans (8 km). This year our event is also supported by Radio Capris.

With the run, we want to first of all encourage students and staff to enjoy additional recreation and pleasant socialising, and above all to help the charity project, as we are aware of the importance of supporting good research projects. We would like to invite local and regional runners who have not chosen to run in the capital but would prefer to run in the company of others to join us. And we will all follow the slogan of the run - I run for those who can't.

We will be especially inspired by the SportUP Wings for life World Run 2023 - App Campus Run UP ambassador, namely our alumnus Aljoša Habjan, a graduate of Applied Kinesiology at UP FVZ. Aljoša was severely injured during his studies and became a tetraplegic. Nevertheless, he persevered and passed all the missing courses and subjects and successfully defended his final thesis entitled »Physical/sport activity of tetraplegics« in December 2022, under the mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Matej Plevnik. His story about the accident that did not stop him will surely be a motivation for all of us.

You can register for the run via the run app, where you can also make a donation of 18,00 EUR. There are no other costs for joining the organised run, and the UP Faculty of Education will also provide animation and childcare for the runners' children (from the age of 5, with prior registration HERE). After the run, all runners will be offered a drink and a snack on the terrace of the UP Turistica, where they can mingle and share impressions.

Not a runner, but interested in helping? We need hard-working hands to help direct runners along the route, hand out water and other refreshments and food, and help set up the event with us. Are you coming? Please sign up HERE.


Wednesday, 10 April 2024 Two new projects at UP FAMNIt and UP IAM in March

EUROPEAN COMMISSION'S EU4Health PROGRAMMEEUROPEAN COMMISSION'S EU4Health PROGRAMME

Modular Mental Health Toolbox, partners, lead organization: European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD), UP IAM, UP lead: dr. Vita Poštuvan

The MentBox project aims to bridge the gap between existing good practice in the field of mental health and the capacity of EU Member States to implement it effectively. The project aims to identify and adapt promising mental health interventions, especially those focusing on depression, suicide and non-clinical mental disorders. Through the Modular Mental Health Toolbox (MH Toolbox), the project will provide detailed guidance for implementation, including evidence-based interventions from past and ongoing EU-funded projects. These interventions will be optimized in collaboration with ministries, health professionals, patients and minority groups and tailored to the different EU Member States. Patients and people with experience will also contribute to the development of the measures to ensure their relevance and acceptance. Following the project, the MHToolbox will be managed by the European Alliance for the Prevention of Depression (EAAD), which is coordinating the project with partners UP, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Servicio Andaluz de Salud, Fundación Pública Andaluza Investiga and the Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks AISBL.

More

ERC COMPLEMENTARY SCHEME (ARIS)

Beyond sparsity: graph classes and width parameters, lead partner UP FAMNIT, partner UP IAM, project leader: dr. Martin Milanič, partner leader: dr. Nina Chiarelli

Graph Sparsity Theory by Nešetřil and Ossona de Mendez is a very active and rapidly developing topic in combinatorics and graph theory, with applications in many areas such as algorithmic graph theory, complexity theory and property testing. A recent focus of structural and algorithmic graph theory is the extension of the theory of sparsity of graphs to dense graph classes. The proposed project aims to present new ways and methods to achieve this goal. This is done along the following two interrelated lines of research: first, by advancing the recently emerged and rapidly evolving theory of graph width and depth parameters through a general framework based on graph measures and an in-depth analysis of known and novel graph parameters; second, by developing a biparametric theory of hereditary graph classes in which one parameter is bounded by a function of another, with the aim of identifying nontrivial structural and algorithmic implications. Our approach complements the theory of graph classes with bounded flip-width recently developed by Toruńczyk and will lead to a better understanding of tractability bounds for the maximum independent set and several other practically relevant graph optimization problems.

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Tuesday, 9 April 2024 Elham Motamedi Mohammadabadi, new Doctor of Science

Today, 9 April 2024, we welcomed another Doctor of Science at UP FAMNIT. 

Elham Motamedi Mohammadabi, student of the doctoral study programe Computer Science at UP FAMNIT has successfully defended her doctoral thesis User and Item Modelling Using Eudaimonic and Hedonic Characteristics for Personalised Recommender Systems; under the mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Marko Tkalčič, PhD and co-mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Mehdi Elahi, PhD. 

We sincerely congratulate the new Doctor of Science and wish her much success on her future journey in research! 

     

     

     


Tuesday, 9 April 2024 UP FAMNIT student won 3rd place at the final of the POPRI competition

Last week, on April 4th, 2024, the final of the National Youth Entrepreneurial Ideas Competition - POPRI took place in Nova Gorica, where as many as 103 aspiring young entrepreneurs competed in the final. 

Teams were categorised by primary school students, high school students, and young participants up to the age of 29, who obtained cash prizes and the opportunity to participate in international competitions and professional excursions abroad. Distinguished entrepreneurs on the jury decided who best developed their idea into a business model and presented it most confidently. 

    
                                    Matic Bončina, recipient of 3rd place in the final of the POPRI competition 

In the category of young participants up to the age of 29, Matic Bončina, a first-year student in the Computer Science programme (UP FAMNT), together with Matej Aleksov (University of Ljubljana), presented their idea in the final of the competition, where they introduced the online service Repono and secured an excellent 3rd place. A month earlier, they had won an excellent 1st place at the regional competition. 

   
                                                                               Repono Website

The online service is intended for students living in dormitories or private accommodations, allowing for the safe storage and relocation of belongings during vacations or off-season periods. The main purpose and operation of Repono are summarized by Matic Bončin, the service developer: “At Repono, we take care of everything, from providing packing materials to safely storing students' belongings and arranging pickup and delivery, all facilitated through a user-friendly online platform. This enables students to focus solely on their studies during exam periods without the additional stress of moving.” 

The top three teams in the category up to the age 29, will also be able to benefit from entrepreneurial training abroad within the Erasmus programme, facilitated by Ljubljana Technology Park.

This year, compete almost 30 percent more young people in the national competition for entrepreneurial ideas, which means 607 participants who have developed 203 innovative business models.  

Popri competition is organised by the Primorska Technology Park in cooperation with the Ministry of the Economy, Tourism and Sport, SPIRIT Slovenia Business Development Agency, and the Slovene Enterprise Fund (SEF), which also provides the prize pool of the competition. Other organizers are the Government Office for Slovenians Abroad, the City Municipality of Nova Gorica, and the Municipality of Šempeter-Vrtojba.  

Congratulations!

     

     

      


Monday, 8 April 2024 Open Call for Young Researchers at UP for 2024

The University of Primorska has published a Call for Young Researchers who will be trained over the next four years in a research and study programme. Each young researcher will carry out a research project under supervision, which will be structured within the framework of the specific research programme.

In 2024, there are four positions open for young researchers, with two positions available at UP IAM.

Candidates can apply to the call for the following mentors, in the following research fields and within the framework of the institution's research programmes.

Prof. Dr. Michel Lavrauw  – research field Mathematics, research programme P1-0285 Algebra, diskretna matematika, verjetnostni račun in teorija iger, UP Andrej Marušič Institute (UP IAM),

Prof. Dr. Enes Pasalic – research field Mathematics, research programme P1-0404: Matematično modeliranje in enkripcija: od teoretičnih konceptov do vsakodnevnih aplikacij, UP Inštitut Andrej Marušič (UP IAM).

Candidates must have completed a second-level degree programme within the last four years and have an average grade in all final assessments and examinations, including the Master's thesis, of at least 8.

Only one candidate can be selected per mentor. The candidate will be offered a full-time contract for up to four years. If there are several applicants, they will be ranked according to their overall score. The candidate with the highest score will be selected. In the event of two candidates scoring the same number of points, preference will be given to the candidate from the under-represented gender in the specific research field, if the research field is characterised by a gender imbalance of researchers at UP (more than 60 %/40 % in favour of/to the detriment of one gender).

The submission deadline is 15 June 2024, by the end of day. Applicants should submit their applications and supporting documents in electronic format (scanned PDF documents) to the following e-mail address: razpis.mr@upr.si.

Call for Young Researchers 2024  //  Application Form MR 2024 


Monday, 8 April 2024 YOU ARE KINDLY INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS FESTIVAL

The European Commission will organize the second New European Bauhaus Festival in Brussels during 9-13 April 2024. Among speakers will be also Dr. Andreja Kutnar, InnoRenew CoE director and the NEBA Academy coordinator, while the European Commissioner Iliana Ivanova officially opened the NEBA Academy, which is led by University of Primorska.

      

The European Commission in cooperation with the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is organizing the New European Bauhaus Festival which aims to bring together a wide range of stakeholders – industry representatives, opinion leaders, innovation experts, scientists and artists – to discuss the key issues enabling a sustainable transformation of our society.

Among the festival’s speakers will be Dr. Andreja Kutnar, InnoRenew CoE director and the NEB Academy coordinator: “At the festival I will present the story and the process of creating the NEB Academy at the University of Primorska and highlight the planned activities of the alliance which is composed of 14 partners from Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands.”

Iliana Ivanova, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, will officially launch the New European Bauhaus Academy at the festival, whose key objective is to develop an international alliance of education and training providers across Europe to offer tailored and high-quality services and training programmes in the field of sustainable buildings. The European Commission is convinced that the NEBA Academy is a strong support for the European construction industry, as it also addresses the important issue of labour shortages and promotes the exchange of knowledge on sustainable solutions, such as the circular use of wood and other innovative materials.

The festival will bring together people from all over Europe to share their vision and actions for a sustainable, beautiful and inclusive future. Various activities will include the announcement of the New European Bauhaus Prize 2024 winners. InnoRenew CoE is also among finalist to receive the prize.  

Participation in the festival is free and open to all, but the registration is required. You are kindly invited to attend!


Thursday, 4 April 2024 The doctoral thesis defence of the student Elham Motamedi Mohammadabadi

Elham Motamedi Mohammadabi, student of the doctoral study programe Computer Science at UP FAMNIT will defend her doctoral thesis User and Item Modelling Using Eudaimonic and Hedonic Characteristics for Personalised Recommender Systems; under the mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Marko Tkalčič, PhD and co-mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Mehdi Elahi, PhD.

The defence will take place on Tuesday, 9 April 2024 at 10:00 in Famnit-VP1.

The doctoral disertation will be available in the library at UP in the following days.

Cordially invited!


Tuesday, 2 April 2024 THE MASTER'S AND DOCTORAL DEGREE FAIR "UPGRADE - EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE!"

Do you know where to go from here? Know all your options? Are you hungry for new knowledge but think you're too old to study? Come and find out!

    

The University of Primorska is organising the second Master's and Doctoral Programmes Fair "UPgrade! - Expand Your Knowledge", which will take place on Wednesday, 17 April between 11 am and 5 pm at the Museum Square next to UP FAMNIT (in the case of bed weather we will be in the UP FAMNIT hall).

The event, which will offer much more than just a presentation of 2nd and 3rd cycle study programmes , will also provide visitors with information on

  • international mobility,
  • enrolment conditions and procedures,
  • the importance of competences,
  • career opportunities at UP, and
  • the reasons why you should choose to study alongside work in your later years.

From 3 pm onwards, students, alumni and staff will be available at various talking points to chat with you over coffee about their experiences and impressions, and to help you decide what to do next. They'll chat to you about:

  • parallel study,
  • changing course completely,
  • partial change of course - gaining other competences,
  • re-entering the same level of study after graduation,
  • working as a young researcher at UP
  • working in the professional services of UP
  • studying in mature years; and
  • completing your studies after you have only your diploma/final thesis to write.

Coffee and our great team are waiting for you!


Tuesday, 2 April 2024 Nuwan Tharanga Attygalle, new Doctor of Science

Today, 2 April 2024, we welcomed another Doctor of Science at UP FAMNIT. 

Nuwan Tharanga Attygalle, student of the doctoral study programe Computer Science at UP FAMNIT has successfully defended his doctoral thesis Improving interaction with radar-based gesture recognition when sensing through materials; under the mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Klen Čopič Pucihar, PhD and co-mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Matjaž Kljun, PhD. 

We sincerely congratulate the new doctor of science and wish him much success on his future journey in research! 

     

     


Friday, 29 March 2024 CALL FOR ENROLMENT INTO MASTER AND DOCTORAL DEGREE STUDY PROGRAMMES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025

On 28 March 2024 the University of Primorska announces the Call for enrolment into master and doctoral study programmes in the academic year 2024/2025.

   

In the framework of the Call for Enrolment into master study programmes, the University of Primorska announces the following free enrolment places for 35 study programmes:

  • 1.087 enrolment places for citizens of the Republic of Slovenia and EU citizens, of which 932 are for full-time study and 155 for part-time study,
  • 50 enrolment places for Slovenians without Slovenian citizenship, 150 enrolment places for citizens of Western Balkans countries, with which the Republic of Slovenia has a bilateral agreement in the field of education (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, North Macedonia) and 72 enrolment places for foreign citizens of non EU countries.
  • For the 1st year of study, there are also 56 enrolment places for candidates for parallel studies.

Six master study programmes are offered also in English language:

In the framework of the Call for Enrolment into doctoral study programmes, the University of Primorska announces 181 free enrolment places for 17 study programmes.

Six doctoral (PhD) study programmes are offered also in English language:

The first round application period for all candidates opens on 4 April 2024.

The list of study programmes with available enrolment places is available on:

>> for master study programmes<<

>>for doctoral study programmes <<


Friday, 29 March 2024 A 2-year postdoc position in Structural and Algorithmic Graph Theory (Koper, Slovenia)

The Departments of Mathematics of the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (FAMNIT) of the University of Primorska, and Andrej Marušič Institute (IAM) of the University of Primorska, are seeking a top early-career researcher for a postdoctoral position in the area of structural and algorithmic graph theory, in connection with a research grant of Prof. Martin Milanič, "Beyond Sparsity: Graph Classes and Width Parameters" funded by the Slovenian Research and Innovation Agency.

The Graph Sparsity Theory of Nešetřil and Ossona de Mendez is a highly active and rapidly developing topic in combinatorics and graph theory, with applications in many areas including algorithmic graph theory, complexity theory, and property testing. A recent focus of structural and algorithmic graph theory has been to extend the graph sparsity theory to dense graph classes. The proposed project aims at introducing novel ways and methods of addressing this goal. This will be done along the following two interconnected research lines:

  • first, by advancing the recently emerging and fast developing theory of graph width and depth parameters through a general framework based on graph measures and an in-depth analysis of known and novel graph parameters;
  • second, by developing a biparametric theory of hereditary graph classes in which some parameter is bounded by a function of another one, with the goal of identifying nontrivial structural and algorithmic implications. Our approach is expected to lead to an improved understanding of the boundaries of tractability for maximum independent set and several other practically relevant graph optimization problems. The successful candidate will be part of the Departments of Mathematics at UP FAMNIT and UP IAM and will work under the guidance of Prof. Martin Milanič.

Terms and conditions:

  • The position is for two years.
  • Applicants must possess (or expect to obtain shortly) a PhD in Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related area, and show evidence of excellence in discrete mathematics or theoretical computer science. Candidates who completed their PhD recently or will do so by next September are encouraged to apply.
  • Relevant expertise in structural and algorithmic graph theory is required, including a solid knowledge of various aspects of graph theory, algorithms, and computational complexity theory.
  • The position will require teaching at most two courses per year in Mathematics or Computer Science programs at UP FAMNIT (depending on the candidate's background and expertise).
  • The postdoctoral researcher will have access to a certain amount of funding for travel, conferences, and visitors.
  • The compensation is set according to the academic title by Slovenian law governing higher education and is expected to be about 1680 EUR / month after tax, which can increase to about 1780 EUR / month after the first 6 months (if the tax residency status is obtained).

Deadline and application process:

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, beginning April 15, 2024.

The starting date is flexible, but preferably not later than October 2024.

To apply, please send the following documents in electronic form to razpisi@famnit.upr.si with the subject line "University of Primorska Postdoc 2024" in the Subject field:

  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • Publication List,
  • Research Statement,
  • Copies of at most three recent papers or preprints,
  • Names and e-mail addresses of two or three persons who can be contacted for reference (and who have agreed to be contacted).

Informal inquiries may be directed by email to Martin Milanič (martin.milanic@upr.si).
 


Thursday, 28 March 2024 ALUMNI UP WEEK 2024 15.–19. APRIL 2024

Registration for Alumni Week UP 2024

The applications will be open from the 26. March till the 10. April 2024

     

Alumni UP Week is designed to foster connections between generations, professors, researchers, students and community partners. A wide range of workshops, lectures and other creative and multi-disciplinary content will take place live and online. Join us!

DIGITAL MONDAY, 15. APRIL 2024

16:00 - 18:30 Cybersecurity

  • Where: UP FTŠ Turistica (Obala 11a, 6320 Portorož), Lecture room 202 - 2nd floor
  • Lecturers: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Janez Mekinc and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Blaž Markel
  • Language: Slovenian

Join us for an expert colloquium with renowned experts to learn about key aspects of cyber security, including understanding cyber attacks, identifying scams such as phishing, and effective approaches to protecting electronic devices. The colloquium will feature an introductory lecture and discussion by eminent experts in the field of cybersecurity, followed by a panel discussion where you will contribute your own experiences, opinions and questions

13:00- 14:30 Uses and pitfalls of ChatGPT

  • Where: Zoom (https://upr-si.zoom.us/j/84290571373?pwd=dnpVaGZ2YTh6UEVJWFdVOFNIaWwrZz09)
  • Lecturer: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Igor Rižnar
  • Language: Slovenian

The topic of the workshop is the ChatGPT chatbot, its use and the pitfalls the user should be aware of. Chatbots give the user the feeling that they understand and answer questions in a grammatically correct and seemingly competent manner. They have evolved in a similar way to computer-aided translation tools. We will first briefly review the literature on artificial intelligence and large-scale language models, and then use a number of queries to check how reliable the answers are, paying particular attention to the pros and cons of using ChatGPT in an educational context.

HEALTHY TUESDAY, 16. APRIL 2024

9:00 - 10:00 Habits - forming new and quiting old ones

  • Where: Online
  • Lecturer: Luka Kejžar
  • Language: English

Habits are something we encounter every day. They are a key part of our lives, as they are involved in our sleep, work, diet, exercise and many psycho-social aspects of our lives.

In this workshop we will learn how habits are formed, why they can be a double-edged sword and how we can change them using different tools.

12:00 -14:00 Nutritional consultation

  • Where: UP FVZ (Polje 42, 6310 Izola), practice room 4 (ground floor, right corridor)
  • Lecturer: Asist. Prof. Špela Bužinel
  • Language: English and Slovenian

Participants will have the opportunity to take body composition measurements using a body analyser (i.e. a Tanita bio-impedance scale). Participants will get an insight into their body composition - body fat, lean body mass, muscle mass, etc. - and get these printed out. The results are briefly commented and explained to each group after the measurement (this means that everyone in the group waits until the last person in the group has finished, followed by a short 5-minute explanation of the results). At the same time, we briefly introduce the operation and the services that the nutrition counselling centre UP FVZ will soon be offering.

10:00 - 11:00 Using Simulation in Healthcare - Group 1

11:00 - 12:00 Using Simulation in Healthcare - Group 2

  • Where: UP FVZ (Polje 42, 6310 Izola), practice room 3
  • Lecturer: Jakob Renko
  • Language: Slovenian and English

The workshop will include a demonstration of the Simulation Classroom and the High Fidelity Simulator. It will also present the possibilities of research using simulators and simulations.

SUSTAINABLE WEDNESDAYS, 17. 4. 2024

11:00 - 14:00 Q&A on investing and trading on the stock exchange

  • Where: UP FM (Izolska vrata 2, 6000 Koper), Lecture room 10
  • Lecturer: Asist. Prof. Dr. Jan Frančeškin
  • Language: Slovenian

In recent years, the world economy has been put to the test. We have witnessed a global pandemic of COVIDA - 19 which turned into a period of elevated inflation in 2022. It is precisely this elevated inflation and the low interest rates on bank deposits that are forcing individuals and households to be exposed to riskier investments. This raises the key issue of financial literacy, which is a prerequisite for the prudent selection of a portfolio of slightly riskier investments.

16:00 - 17:00 Portorož villas - architectural heritage and tourism of quiet luxury at the turn of the 20th century

  • Where: UP FTŠ - Turistica (Obala 11a, 3620)
  • Host: Ma. Tomi Brezovec
  • Language: Slovenian

The exhibition shows the rich architectural heritage of Portorož, with an emphasis on the flourishing of villas as a building object of the wealthier class, which coincides with the rise of Portorož as a monastic resort at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. In parallel with the construction of hotels, villas began to dominate the Portorož Riviera at this time, adding a touch of luxury and exclusivity to the northern Adriatic spa resort with their architectural design and carefully landscaped surroundings. Leopoldina, Maria, Lidia and Amalia are just a few of the villas in Portorož, which are shown in the exhibition through architectural plans from the Koper Regional Archive (Piran Unit), as well as pictures and photographs of the sites. The exhibition is the result of the authors' collaboration in the study of the heritage of Portorož as a sustainable aspect of tourism development.

The exhibition will be on display in the Turistica Hall (ground floor of the Faculty of Tourism Studies, Obala 11a, Portorož) until 20 May 2024.

17:00 - 18:30 Roundtable: Sustainability Reporting and the new EU Sustainable Business Directives: challenges and practice

  • Where: UP FM (Izolska vrata 2, 6000 Koper)
  • Host: Prof. Dr. Roberto Biloslavo
  • Language: Slovenian

Speakers:

  • Vojko Rotar, Workers Director Luke Koper d.d.
  • Maja Brvar, Dun & Bradstreet (UP FM studnet)
  • Aleš Kranjc Kušlan, Institut Ekvilib
  • Nataša Gabršček, Hidria d.o.o.
  • Nataša Gladovič, Atlantic Droga Kolinska d.o.o.

Moderator:

Prof. Dr. Roberto Biloslavo, Professor at the Faculty of Management and Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Sustainable Development Management

MEETUP, 18. APRIL 2024, Annual Alumni Meeting of the University of Primorska

17.00-20.00, UP Famnit Auditorium (Glagoljaška 8, Koper)

  • Opening greetings by the Rector of the University of Primorska, Prof. Dr. Klavdija Kutnar and the President of the Alumni UP, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mirko Prosen
  • Discussion with the guest, Assoc. Prof. Gorazd Sedmak
  • Presentation of the Alumni UP Awards and Recognitions
  • Socializing

FUN FRIDAY, 19. APRIL 2024

12:00 - 15:00 Polyglot Caffe  

  • Where: UP FM (Izolska vrata 2, 6000 Koper) - INNOlab (ground flore)
  • Host: ESN Primorska
  • Language: English

Join us at Pollyglot Caffe in the INNOlab at UP FM. We invite you to join us for a social gathering where we will enjoy a pleasant atmosphere and bring together different languages and cultures.

The event will last from 2 to 3 hours, full of fun, surprises and pleasant moments. Delicious snacks and refreshments will be provided.

All you need to participate in the event is a good mood and a desire to socialise and learn.

You are welcome to join us and let's create an unforgettable time together.

16:00 - 19:00 Scavanger hunt

  • Where: Koper
  • Hosts: SportUP
  • Language: Slovenian and English

Get ready to discover the hidden corners of Koper and test your knowledge of the narrow city streets. The exact route will remain a mystery until the run.

19.00 - 21.30 Cinema visit: The Holdovers

  • Where: Art kino Odeon (Kraška 1, 6310 Izola)
  • Language: English (Slovenian subtitles)

The story follows a disgraced professor (Paul Giamatti) who is forced to stay on campus at a prestigious American school during the Christmas break, where he has to protect some students who have nowhere else to go. He eventually forms a bond with one of them - a troubled and cunning troublemaker (freshman Dominic Sessa) and the head cook at the school who has just lost her son in Vietnam (Da'Vine Joy Randolph). Three very different people will spend two weeks together, helping each other to understand that they are not bound by the past and can forge their own futures.


The project is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation and the European Union – NextGenerationEU. The project is implemented in accordance with the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) under the development area Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, component Strengthening competencies, in particular digital competencies and those required by the new professions and the green transition (C3 K5), for the investment measure Investment F. Implementation of pilot projects, the results of which will serve as a basis for the preparation of a roadmap for the reform of higher education for a green and resilient transition to a Society 5.0: project Pilot Projects for the Reform of Higher Education for a Green and Resilient Transition.


Thursday, 28 March 2024 The doctoral thesis defence of the student Nuwan Tharanga Attygalle

Nuwan Tharanga Attygalle, student of the doctoral study programe Computer Science at UP FAMNIT will defend his doctoral thesis Improving interaction with radar-based gesture recognition when sensing through materials; under the mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Klen Čopič Pucihar, PhD and co-mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Matjaž Kljun, PhD.

The defence will take place on Tuesday, 2 April 2024 at 11:15 in Famnit-MP1 and on Zoom:

https://upr-si.zoom.us/j/85891946265?pwd=NzNJYjVTcUszM1dEMFd0Y1owTys3UT09

Meeting ID: 858 9194 6265

Passcode: 039315

The doctoral disertation will be available in the library at UP in the following days.

Cordially invited!


Tuesday, 26 March 2024 Young enthusiasts tested their programming skills at the Faculty Programming Competition - FTP

Yesterday, the Faculty Programming Competition (FTP) concluded successfully at UP FAMNIT. The competition gathered 22 young computer science enthusiasts who enjoyed testing their programming skills in a fun and engaging way between December 11, 2023, and March 1, 2024.

Throughout the competition, students developed a program (player) that played a turn-based game against other programs (players). The main goal was to develop a strategy that responds best to the strategies of other competitors without being able to see their source code. 

The top spots were awarded to: 

  • 1st place: Jerman Blaž, Gimpelj Tilen (Team Bot)  
  • 2nd place: Petrov Ilija (Team Rakija)  
  • 3rd place: Vincek Aleks, Ahlin Jaka (Team BananaBurek) 

The competition's organizer, Assist. Prof. Aleksandar Tošič from the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies (UP FAMNIT), organizes the Faculty competition and further inspires young people for computer science through the conception, leadership, and organization of the programming competition.

A special thanks go to the following for the implementation of the event: InnoRenew CoEBlockchain and Language Technologies Lab, and the University of Primorska. 

We would like to sincerely congratulate all the participants! 

 


Friday, 22 March 2024 Invitation to the defense of the Master’s Thesis - Mina Markovič (Biopsychology, 2nd cycle)

On Monday, 25 March 2024, at 12:00 in the classroom Famnit-MP2, Mina Markovič, a student of the master's study program Biopsychology, 2nd cycle, will present her Master's Thesis entitled Anxiety, disordered eating and perceived external pressure on body image.

You are all kindly invited!


Friday, 22 March 2024 ISOPS XI – This September we are hosting the International Symposium on Phlebotomine Sandflies

The Department of Biodiversity at UP FAMNIT, in collaboration with the Society of Conservation Biologists (BIODIVA) and with the support of the CLIMOS project, will take over the organization of the 11th International Symposium on Phlebotomine Sandflies ISOPS XI.

The event will take place between September 9th and 13th at the Faculty of Tourism Studies of the University of Primorska in Portorož, Slovenia.

The symposium will be dedicated to the latest achievements in the fields of parasitology, microbiology, and medical entomology. ISOPS XI will bring together leading world experts and researchers from the mentioned fields, with the aim of exchanging knowledge, innovations, and experiences that are of great importance for progress in human and veterinary medicine.

ISOPS alternates between Europe, Asia, and one of the countries in South or North America, and it is an exceptional honor for us that Slovenian entomologists have been chosen to organize the 11th symposium. The event, expected to host 200 leading biologists, pharmacists, physicians, and veterinarians from around the world, will contribute to a rich exchange of knowledge and encourage further development in research in the field of medical entomology.

The central location of the symposium will be in Portorož at the Faculty of Tourism Studies. During the event, an excursion to the Škocjan Caves will also be organized, the first monument in Slovenia inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, as well as visits to Ljubljana and Bled.

 

Organizations can join in co-creating the symposium story through sponsorship partnerships. More information about sponsorship packages is available in the SPONSORSHIP BROCHURE.

Early-bird registrations are available until May 31st. You can register at this link.

For more information, please contact us at [e-mail: isops11@upr.si; Tel.: 00386 40 612 161]. We will be happy to answer all your questions and provide additional information about the symposium.

Official ISOPS XI website: http://isops11.si/


Thursday, 21 March 2024 EMPLOYEES 2.0 ALSO IN 2024

Celebrating UP's 20th anniversary on Wednesday, employees asked themselves how we can be an even better version of ourselves, a UP 2.0 version. This kind of reflection is not limited to round anniversaries, however, but also spurs us on, which is why the name for Wednesday's employee activities has been kept. We would like to thank all those who have made the effort to organise sports, educational and cultural activities, based on the wishes expressed in the employee surveys, for the beautiful act of building good and collegial relations. 

A meeting on the book "Why are you silent, Hava?", by the young Copra author Selma Skenderova, took place in the Armeria's Lobby, where the participants of the Walk with the Artists (Friday, 22 March) will be guided through Koper, and at this event, the participants chatted about the book during the walk.

Various workshops were held for the staff - 5x 5 LANGUAGE TIPS - for the second time, by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vladka Tucovič Sturman, during which she gave a practical presentation of the most frequently observed language slip-ups that need correction. A WORKSHOP ON THE BASICS OF BUSINESS BONTON was held at UP FM, led by Dr. Simona Kustec, and was aimed at all those who want to learn and understand the key skills for successful appearance in the business world. EMPATHETIC TRAINING: STRENGTHENING CONCENTRATION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL RESILIENCE IN THE WORKPLACE (UP IAM SCRS) - the participants of the workshop discovered the power of empathy to improve concentration and psychological resilience in the work environment.  UP COMMUNICATION OFFICE offered a workshop on DIGITAL COMMUNICATION - Karin Marinič, UP Social Media Editor, presented ways to optimise editing and traffic on social media, how to format posts and what to look out for when posting on different platforms. A workshop "WHY LEARN ARABIC?" was also held at UP FHŠ - with the help of Dr Polona Oblak, participants learned how to greet and introduce themselves in Arabic.

There were also lectures:

PRESENTATION OF THE VOLUMES: REFUGEE STORIES AND GLOBAL FACES OF AGING (UP FM) - the event started with Dr Primož Štrbenc talking about migrant flows from the Middle East, the wider Muslim world and Africa, followed by Dr Majda Naji presenting the two volumes.

OPTIMISATION OF SLEEP (UP FVZ, SPORT UP) - at the workshop, participants had the opportunity to learn about how sleep works, the impact of daily activities on sleep quality and practical tools they can use to improve the quality and duration of sleep and, consequently, their long-term health and well-being. The workshop was facilitated by Luka Kejžar (UP FVZ, SportUP).

HOW TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY? (UP FAMNIT) - with Dr Vesna Jug, they touched upon communication filters and barriers, different communication skills (positions in communication, forms of communication, active listening, checking understanding, asking questions and strong questions), assertiveness, etc.

The exhibition Portorož villas - architectural heritage and tourism of quiet luxury from the beginning of the 20th century was opened at UP FTŠ Turistica. The exhibition shows the rich architectural heritage of Portorož, with an emphasis on the flourishing of villas as a building object of the wealthier class of the population, which coincides with the rise of Portorož as a fashionable resort at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The opening was followed by a one-hour lecture by mag. Tomi Brezovec.

In the late afternoon, a lecture on self-improvement through fairy tales will be held at UP PEF, and a trip to the mathematical universe on the Sudoku game at UP FAMNIT.

    

     

   


Thursday, 21 March 2024 VICE-RECTOR PROMOTED FIVE NEW DOCTORS OF SCIENCE

On Thursday, 21 March 2024, a solemn promotion of Doctors of Science of the University of Primorska took place in the hall of the Armeria Palace in Koper. The Vice-rector of the University of Primorska promoted five new Doctors of Science, who completed their doctoral studies between October 2023 and by the end of February 2024. As of today, the University of Primorska has 336 Doctors of Science.

Dr. Katjuša GorelaDr. Katja Vrhunc Pfeifer and Dr. Niki Hrovatin were graduated at the ceremony and in the (excused) absence: Dr. Maheshya Weerasinghe and Dr. Željka Pećanin. 

At UP FAMNIT are two newly promoted Doctors of Science.

Maheshya Weerasinghe defended her doctoral dissertation at the UP Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies entitled  »Instructional Guidance in Extended Reality for Learning« under the mentorship of izr. prof. dr. Matjaž Kljun, izr. prof. dr. Alice Toniolo and prof. dr. Aaron Quigley and co-mentorship of izr. prof. dr. Klen Čopič Pucihar and izr. prof. dr. Angela Miguel.

Doctoral dissertation summary

This thesis aims to contribute new knowledge on how Extended Reality (XR) technologies can be used to design and develop interactive, adaptive Experiential Learning (ExL) systems that can be integrated into future learning environments. This is accomplished by (i) presenting a comprehensive design space grounded in XR technology and the theoretical underpinnings of learning and instructional guidance, and by (ii) conducting three different user studies (VRNaV, ArigatŌ, VocabulARy), each focusing on an interactive experiential learning system developed based on a particular configuration of the presented design space.

Niki Hrovatin defended his doctoral dissertation at the UP Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies entitled  »Enabling Decentralized Privacy Preserving Data Processing in Sensor Networks« under the mentorship of izr. prof. dr. Jernej Vičič and co-mentorship of prof. dr. Michaël Mrissa.

Doctoral dissertation summary

This thesis advances sensor networks by addressing privacy and centralization challenges. It introduces a unique privacy-preserving protocol using layered cryptography for arbitrary in-situ computation, and new efficient methods for distributing the processing load of machine-learning tasks across sensor network nodes. These innovations will lead to scalable, efficient, and secure sensor networks that can perform analytics in the network without the need for extra cloud facilities.

Katjuša Gorela defended her doctoral dissertation at the UP Faculty of Education entitled  »Representation of poverty in Slovenian fairy tales and in reading books for the second educational cycle of primary school« under the mentorship of doc. dr. Barbara Zorman

Doctoral dissertation summary

The doctoral dissertation is a three-part research focused on the analysis of poverty in Slovenian fairy tales collected in the most relevant fairy tale collections and in reading books for grades 4, 5 and 6 of primary school. The doctoral dissertation argues that the school environment, and within it in particular the literature classroom and the treatment of Slovenian fairy tales, is the appropriate place to introduce and expose children to problematic issues such as poverty. A list of twenty Slovenian fairy tales thematising poverty from different angles has been created for this purpose. The list is intended for teachers and those who are committed to destigmatising and eliminating the social exclusion of the poor.

Katja Vrhunc Pfeifer defended her doctoral dissertation at the UP Faculty of Education  entitled  »The intervention competences of educators in residential treatment centres in crisis situations« under the mentorship of doc. dr. Nina Krmac and co-mentorship of prof. dr. Ivana Borić

Doctoral dissertation summary

The doctoral dissertation presents the first comprehensive analysis of crisis situations in Slovenian residential treatment centres faced by educators. It is also an analysis of the situation in the field of crisis intervention and thus the formulation of the necessary set of basic and specific competences that educators need for effective intervention. The research involved all residential treatment centres in Slovenia, and based on the information obtained, in addition to the competency framework, we have developed proposals for effective intervention, specific to each crisis situation.

Željka Pećanin defended her doctoral dissertation at the UP Faculty of Management entitled »A model of consumer buying behavior when deciding to purchase "superfoods"« under the mentorship of dr. Tina Vukasović.

Doctoral dissertation summary

Nowadays, there are more and more products on the market that meet consumer needs. In recent decades, it has been a great challenge for many manufacturers, retailers and, ultimately, marketers as well as advertisers to become familiar with consumer behaviour and the factors that influence people’s purchase decisions. We explored mutual correlations between selected purchasing factors and their impact on consumer purchase decisions when buying superfoods in Slovenia. We also presented superfoods and looked for substitutes among native foods, comparing their prices. With quantitative research we came to the conclusion that the leading factors in the purchase of superfoods is advertising. We also find that consumers who have a higher personal income need less exposure to advertising compared to consumers with a lower personal income in order to decide to purchase superfoods. In any case, it would be difficult to get consumers to decide to buy superfoods without an incentive, in this case advertising.


Wednesday, 20 March 2024 TEN FULL PROFESSORS INAUGURATED AT UP

On Tuesday, 19 March 2024, a solemn inauguration of full professors of the University of Primorska took place in the hall of the Armeria Palace in Koper. Vice-rector prof. dr. Štefko Miklavič, with Deans of UP FAMNIT, UP FVZ and UP PEF, handed over the decisions on the election to the title of ten new full professors of the University of Primorska. 

Among the inaugurated professors are also colleagues of UP IAM and UP Famnit.

DR. DUNJA BANDELJ, FULL PROFESSOR IN THE FIELD OF »PLANT PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING« AND RESEARCH COUNSELLOR

Dr. Dunja Bandelj graduated in the field of agronomy from the Biotechnical Faculty at the University of Ljubljana in 1998. As a young researcher, she continued her doctoral training in the field of agronomic sciences at the Biotechnical Faculty, where she focused on research in the molecular genetics of olives. In 2008, she was employed as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Information Technologies and became head of the Department of Applied Natural Sciences. Since then, she has been employed at UP FAMNIT and actively involved in the management of the faculty, as the head of the Department of Applied Natural Sciences, coordinator of the Agronomy study program, a member of the faculty and university Senate. In 2016, she became vice-dean for student affairs.

After completing her PhD in 2005, she actively took a leading role in studying the genetic resources of the most important Mediterranean fruit species. Her research work was directed towards the development of microsatellite markers, which are an indispensable tool in studying the diversity and relatedness of plants at the DNA level, for the traceability of plant material on the market, for managing collections of agricultural plants, parental testing, and with DNA profiling, also for the accurate identification of varieties. Together with the research group of the University of Primorska, she was among the first in the world to develop a larger number of olive genic microsatellites and genomic microsatellites for studying figs and other species of the genus Ficus. In recent years, she has intensively researched the aromatic plant immortelle. With her research team, she was the first to sequence the genome and transcriptome of immortelle and developed a larger number of microsatellites, that contribute globally to the understanding of kinship relations among species from the genus Helichrysum, and are used to control the geographic origin and identity of the plants. Her significant achievements also include the published nucleotide sequence of the entire chloroplast DNA of Immortelle and the chloroplast microsatellite markers developed from it. Dr Dunja Bandelj's research is clearly application-oriented and aims to solve challenges in agriculture. At the University of Primorska, she was involved in the establishment of the most modern genetic-molecular laboratory, which enables UP researchers to participate competitively in global research. She was also involved in establishing the Conservation Biology from Molecules to Ecosystems research programme group.

To date, Dr. Dunja Bandelj has co-authored 49 original scientific articles, of which she is the first or lead author in 27 articles. She has also published five independent chapters in scientific monographs and three major professional monographs. Her works have been cited 464 times. She was the lead researcher of several national ARIS and CRP projects as well as international projects under the SEE-ERA and INTERREG programs in the field of genetics and plant production.

Dr Dunja Bandelj was involved in the accreditation of study programmes in the fields of agriculture, biopsychology and bioinformatics at UP FAMNIT. She is pedagogically involved in the study programmes Agronomy, Conservation Biology and Bioinformatics, where she teaches subjects in genetics, agroecology and plant production. She has mentored or co-mentored 20 graduate or master's students and mentored two doctoral students. In 2006, she received the Svečana lista (Certificate of Honour) from the University of Primorska for her research work.

DR. SIMONA KRALJ FIŠER, FULL PROFESSOR IN THE FIELD OF »BIOLOGY« AND RESEARCH COUNSELLOR

Dr. Simona Kralj Fišer graduated in behavioural biology from the Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Ljubljana in 2002. Between 2003 and 2004 she conducted research for her PhD thesis at the Konrad Lorenz Research Station for Ethology and at the University of Vienna. In 2006, she joined the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences (ZRC SAZU) as a young researcher and defended her PhD thesis, for which she received the ZRC SAZU prize, in 2009. In 2010, she was awarded a Humboldt Foundation project and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hamburg. In 2011 she returned to ZRC SAZU, where she was awarded an ARIS postdoctoral project. Since then, she has been continuously employed at ZRC SAZU, first as an assistant and now as a senior research fellow. In 2012 she obtained her habilitation in the field of ethology and since 2013 she has been working as a lecturer at the University of Primorska. Between 2019 and 2023, she worked as a coordinator of the Master's and PhD programmes at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU.

Dr Simona Kralj Fišer's research is in the fields of behavioural biology, evolutionary biology and ecology, and focuses on various interesting aspects related to animal behaviour and life history traits. Her work is particularly distinguished by her research on sex differences in behaviour and morphology, investigating the genetic and developmental mechanisms underlying these differences. Her research uses a combination of quantitative genetic and experimental approaches, including pedigree breeding, quantitative genetics, genomics and transcriptomics. She also studies mating strategies and systems and sexual size dimorphism, in particular the architecture of sex-specific traits and how maternal effects may influence phenotypic differences between the sexes. An important part of her research is devoted to the study of within-species differences in personality, examining how sexual selection influences personality traits, the genetic architecture of these traits and their sex differences. She collaborates with a wide range of researchers and institutions to publish her findings, making important contributions to our understanding of the evolutionary and ecological basis of animal behaviour.

Dr Simona Kralj Fišer has co-authored 52 original scientific articles, of which she is the first or lead author in 28, and two chapters in monographs, with a total of 852 net citations. Dr Simona Kralj Fišer is the leader of the programme group "Biodiversity: patterns, processes, predictions and conservation". She has led or participated in a number of research projects, working mainly with the Faculty of Biotechnics, the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (FAMNIT) and the National Institute of Biology.

Dr Simona Kralj Fišer's pedagogical work includes teaching at the University of Primorska and at the ZRC SAZU Graduate School. At the University of Primorska, she works at the Department of Psychology at UP FAMNIT, where she lectures in Behavioural Genetics. She has been a mentor or co-mentor for more than 16 graduates or master students and a mentor and co-mentor for two PhD students. She is or has been involved in PhD student supervision committees at the University of Singapore and at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), and two of her students have been awarded prizes for the best thesis or PhD thesis for their work.

DR. MARKO OREL, FULL PROFESSOR IN THE FIELD OF »MATHEMATICS« AND RESEARCH COUNSELLOR

Marko Orel completed his bachelor degree study in Pure Mathematics in 2004 at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of University of Ljubljana. Then, he was employed as a young researcher at the Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Mechanics in Ljubljana. He completed his PhD study in mathematics in 2009 at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics.  After a short period of time working at the company Proinstal d.o.o. and as a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, in the school year 2009/2010 he got a temporary position as a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering of University of Ljubljana.  His first experience with the University of Primorska was in the school year 2008/2009, when he had tutorials for the course Probability at UP FAMNIT. At the same faculty he got a position as an Assistant Professor in 2010. In the following years, the employment at UP FAMNIT was supplemented by partial employments at the Andrej Marušič Institute and at the Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Mechanics.  In 2017, he was elected to the title of Associate Professor in Mathematics at the University of Primorska.

Initially, the research work of Marko Orel involved preserver problems in matrix theory. Already during his PhD study, he started to combine preserver problems with a graph theoretical area that include the study of graph homomorphisms and cores. The intersection of the two research fields involved several mathematical structures over a finite field. In a more recent research work, he built some new bridges that connect matrix theory and graph theory one side and finite geometry and coding theory on the other side.

The research publications of Marko Orel are spread into 13 different research journals and books. Among them we can find journals as Linear and Multilinear Algebra, Journal of Combinatorial Theory - Series A, and Finite Fields and their Applications. In particular, he is the sole author of 11 scientific articles and one book chapter that combine in total for 279 pages of original research work. He served as a referee for 11 different journals with impact factor. 

Marko Orel has teaching experience at the University of Primorska, University of Ljubljana, University of Nova Gorica, and at the University of Rijeka. In total he had 28 different course lectures and tutorials at 9 different faculties. Since he joined the University of Primorska, he had several leading and administrative functions. In particular, he is a board member of University of Primorska since 2011 and the vice-dean for science and research at UP FAMNIT since 2012.

DR. ADEMIR HUJDUROVIĆ, FULL PROFESSOR IN THE FIELD OF »MATHEMATICS« AND RESEARCH COUNSELLOR

Dr. Hujdurović graduated in mathematics from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Tuzla in 2009. He completed his studies with a maximum average grade of 10,00. Since 2010, he has been employed at the University of Primorska. He was first employed as a young researcher at UP IAM. In 2013, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Prof. dr. Dragan Marušič and the co-mentorship of Prof. dr. Klavdija Kutnar. He was then employed as an assistant with PhD at UP FAMNIT, and since 2015 as an assistant professor and research associate. In 2018, he became vice-dean for international and inter-university cooperation at UP FAMNIT. He obtained the title of associate professor in 2019. He has been the dean of UP FAMNIT since November 2019, and in June 2023 he was re-elected for a second term as dean of UP FAMNIT.

The research work of dr. Hujdurović is graph theory, primarily focusing on the study of the properties and characterization of graphs that possess a certain degree of symmetry. Some of the most important results of Dr. Hujdurović are the proof of the conjecture about the non-existence of non-trivially unstable circulants of odd order, as well as the solution of some open questions regarding the intersection density of transitive permutation groups.

Dr. Hujdurović has so far co-authored 34 original scientific articles in SCI-listed journals, with a total of 132 pure citations. As a researcher, he is a member of the program group Mathematical modelling and encryption: from theoretical concepts to real-life applications, within which he participated in numerous research projects in the field of mathematics. In 2019, he received the award for scientific excellence of the University of Primorska, and in 2023 the Kalman Visiting Fellow award of the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Since 2023 he is a managing editor of SCI journal Ars Mathematica Contemporanea.

The pedagogical work of dr. Hujdurović includes participation in the implementation of study programs of all levels in the field of mathematics and first-level study programs in the field of computer science and informatics at UP FAMNIT. He was a mentor or co-mentor for three doctoral dissertations and three master's theses in the field of mathematics. Dr. Hujdurović was a member of the organizing committee of a large number of international mathematical conferences and summer schools, including a member of the organizing committee of the 8th European Mathematical Congress. He was an invited lecturer at international conferences and universities in Turkey, Austria, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, USA, South Korea, Hungary, New Zealand and Croatia.

DR. RUSSELL STEPHEN WOODROOFE, FULL PROFESSOR IN THE FIELD OF »MATHEMATICS« AND RESEARCH COUNSELLOR

Dr. Russ Woodroofe was born and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He moved across town to the University of Michigan for his bachelors degree.  He finished his bachelors in science in 1998, with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science (with honors in both).  After a brief period working as a programmer, Russ moved to Cornell University for graduate study in Mathematics, where he completed his PhD in 2005.  His dissertation was titled "Shelling the coset poset", and was directed by Ken Brown.

Dr. Woodroofe's first job after the PhD was at Cornell's medical college campus in Doha, Qatar, where he taught premedical calculus.  In 2008, he began a postdoc with John Shareshian in the Department of Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis.  He moved in 2012 to Mississippi State University as a tenure-track assistant professor of Mathematics.  While at Mississippi State, he spent a semester in 2016 visiting the University of Miami; and he visited the University of Primorska several times on guest researcher grants.  Dr. Woodroofe came to the University of Primorska in the fall of 2017 as an associate professor, and has been here since.

The research work of Dr. Woodroofe is broadly centered around combinatorics, group theory, and topology.  He is an expert in the technique of shellability.  He has built tools to shell lattices of subgroups and cosets, and similar lattices.  He is perhaps best known for his work in combinatorial commutative algebra, which demonstrated to researchers in that field how to make good use of techniques from topological combinatorics and graph theory.  His recent work concerns application of Smith-Oliver theory to posets of groups or cosets, and application of techniques inspired from algebraic geometry to Erdős-Ko-Rado problems.

Dr. Woodroofe has published 22 mathematical articles, including an article in the Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery and two articles in Advances in Mathematics.  He also has a significant package of mathematical software, with his Gap.app computer algebra frontend and distribution. 

At FAMNIT, Dr. Woodroofe has taught courses for mathematics, computer science, and bioinformatics students, in topics around topology, analysis, and combinatorics.  He advised the PhD thesis of Andrés Santamaría-Galvis.  He also advised two masters theses of students at Mississippi State, and has advised formal and semi-formal undergraduate research projects for eight students.  In 2011, he received the Guido L. Weiss Teaching and Service Award from the Department of Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis.

DR. MIKLÓS KRÉSZ, FULL PROFESSOR IN THE FIELD OF »COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATICS« AND RESEARCH COUNSELLOR

Dr. Miklós Krész completed his Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1994 at the University of Szeged, Hungary. During his final year of study, he was awarded the Republic Scholarship for outstanding academic achievements.  After graduation, he worked as an assistant researcher in the Research Group of Automata Theory at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He also spent one year at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, supported by a research scholarship from the International Soros Foundation, where he served as a teaching assistant. Upon returning, he gained industrial experience as an actuary (insurance mathematician) at Hungary’s largest insurance company and as a development mathematician at a research and development communication technology subsidiary of a German technology transfer center.

Continuing his academic journey, Miklós Krész pursued a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Szeged, earning his degree in 2005. During this time, he joined the Department of Applied Informatics at the same university, where he has been a college professor since 2010. Between 2011 and 2018, he assumed the role of Department Head. Alongside his colleagues, he co-founded a research and development start-up whose main product was a network analysis software for risk assessment. This software found applications in leading banks, insurance companies, and telecommunication firms.

Since 2006, Miklós Krész has been actively involved in teaching at the University of Primorska. Initially, he served as an Erasmus teacher, and from 2009, he took on the role of lecturer in the Computer Science MSc program. In 2011 he was granted the title of assistant professor and  since 2017, he has held the position of associate professor. In October 2017, Dr. Krész became part of the newly established interdisciplinary center, InnoRenew CoE, where he assumed the role of research group leader. Currently, he serves as the head of the Research Department Information Processing. Additionally, since March 2018, he has been a senior researcher at the Institute Andrej Marušič, University of Primorska.

Miklós Krész’s main research areas are industrially motivated discrete optimization methods, data driven industrial solutions and the integration of operations research and data science methodologies. Both fundamental and applied research in the above fields is in the focus of his interest. He has co-authored 75 original scientific articles, and four chapters in monographs, with a total of almost 300 pure citations. He was a leading expert in over 50 interdisciplinary and industrial projects. He was the Secretary General of the Hungarian Operations Research Society and currently he is the vice chair of SI MATH IN - Consortium for Industrial Mathematics (Slovenian network of EU-MATHS-IN: European Service Network of Mathematics for Industry and Innovation). 

Dr. Miklós Krész has an extensive teaching background. At the University of Szeged, he covered a diverse range of subjects, including Formal Languages and Automata, Information Systems, Operations Research, Statistics, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Mining.  At the University of Primorska he is actively involved in both the Computer Science and Data Science MSc programs. Specifically, he serves as the main lecturer for the courses Selected Topics in Theoretical Computer Science and Mining Massive Data. Additionally, he co-coordinates the Data Science Seminar course. Dr. Krész’s commitment extends to the Renewable Materials and Healthy Built Environment PhD program, where he participates in teaching various courses and the lecturer of the Design and Analysis of Experiments course. Furthermore, he also delivered specialized courses at the University of Turku, Finland, covering topics such as Algorithm Engineering, Optimization, and Data Mining. He has been a mentor or co-mentor of 15 MSc students and a supervisor or co-supervisor for four PhD theses.

dr. Lara Lusa, redna profesorica za področje »Statistika« in znanstvena svetnica

Dr. Lara Lusa je leta 1998 diplomirala iz statističnih in aktuarskih ved na Univerzi v Trstu ter leta 2002 doktorirala iz Uporabne statistike na Univerzi v Firencah. Po doktoratu je delala kot raziskovalka na Nacionalnem Inštitutu za proučevanje in zdravljenje tumorjev v Milanu, na Inštitutu molekularne onkologije v Milanu ter na Nacionalnem Inštitutu za rak v Bethesdi, ZDA. Od leta 2008 do 2016 je bila zaposlena na Inštitutu za biostatistiko in medicinsko informatiko na Medicinski fakulteti v Ljubljani, kjer je leta 2016 pridobila naziv izredne profesorice in kjer je še danes dopolnilno zaposlena.  Od leta 2016 je zaposlena na Univerzi na Primorskem, na Fakulteti za matematiko, naravoslovje in informacijske tehnologije.

Raziskovalno delo dr. Luse zajema področje razvoja statistične metodologije za potrebe medicinske statistike.  Najbolj odmevni so njeni članki s področja visokorazsežnih podatkov. Njeno trenutno raziskovalno delo se osredotoča na začetno analizo podatkov. Od leta 2016 je članica mednarodne pobude STRATOS (STRengthening Analytical Thinking for Observational Studies), ki vključuje strokovnjake številnih različnih področij biostatistike, kjer je sopredsednica delovne skupine o začetni analizi podatkov in članica delovne skupine o visokorazsežnih podatkih.

Bibliografija dr. Luse do sedaj obsega 85 izvirnih znanstvenih del v revijah s faktorjem vpliva, od tega je prva ali vodilna avtorica v 21 člankih, skupno število čistih citatov presega 2500 in njen indeks citiranosti h je 26. Ima tudi 14 člankov, ki so opredeljeni kot izjemni dosežek po metodologiji Javne agencije za znanstvenoraziskovalno in inovacijsko dejavnost Republike Slovenije. Za svoje raziskovalno delo je leta 2020 prejela Zoisovega priznanja za znanstvene dosežke pri razvoju metodologije medicinske statistike, leta 2021 je bila prejemnica nagrade za zanstveno odličnost Univerze na Primorskem. Svoje raziskovalno delo je predstavila z vabljenimi predavanji na mednarodnih konferencah in na univerzah v tujini.

Pedagoško delo zajema izvajanje predmetov s področja statistike in uporabne statistike na vseh nivojih različnih študijskih programih na Univerzi na Primorskem in na Univerzi v Ljubljani. V slovenskem prostoru aktivno sodeluje v dejavnostih Statističnega društva Slovenije, od leta 2013 je sourednica revije Metodološki zvezki – Advances in Statistics and Methodology, od leta 2016 pa predsednica programskega odbora mednarodne konference Applied Statistics.


Tuesday, 19 March 2024 21ST UP SOLEMN ACADEMY

The University of Primorska celebrates its anniversary every year in the week around 17 March, since it was entered in the Court Register on 17 March 2003. Thus, every year, the UP Week takes place, and within it there is always a Solemn Academy, at which the UP awards prizes to all those who have contributed to the reputation, development and success of the University through their work or activities.

This year's Academy started with a special occasion - in the company of the first Rector, Dr. Lucija Čok, both Rectors - Dr. Rado Bohinc and Dr. Dragan Marušič, Dr. Klavdija Kutnar, who wore the current insignia during her first term, accepted the new insignia. The first Rector's insignia was donated by the designer Oskar Kogoj at the time of its creation, and now all those who proudly and responsibly wore it have put it in a commemorative frame with their signatures. With the new decade, the design of the new insignia was donated to the University by the academic painter Dr. Tilen Žbona, a teacher at the University of Primorska and the initiator of the establishment of the Visual Arts and Design art study programmes at the University of Primorska.

            

The participants were first addressed by the Rector of UP, Prof. Dr. Klavdija Kutnar, who emphasised in her speech: »Our university, which is still mostly portrayed only as the youngest and smallest public university in the Republic of Slovenia, is thus taking a leading role in shaping the future of the construction ecosystem in the European Union and is committed to the three core values of the New European Bauhaus: sustainability, beauty and inclusion.«

Lana Erjavec, President of the UP Student Council, gave a special greeting to the students: »I would like to thank all the students for your significant contribution to co-creating our academic community. I appreciate that you dedicate your free time and energy to improving the experience of all UP students. I am always impressed by how driven we are, eager for knowledge and willing to make the world a better place.«

Last year, we hosted the keynote speaker Mariya Gabriel, in her role as European Commissioner, who has made her efforts to strengthen higher education institutions a reality through the creation of ENIHEI - the European Network of Innovative Higher Education Institutions, of which UP is a member. This year, she was invited to be the keynote speaker, but had to limit her presence to a video address, due to her commitments related to the assumption of the Presidency of the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria. We will meet her in person at UP when she will be awarded the UP Honorary Doctorate for 2023. In her address, she emphasized: »I'd like to congratulate everyone at the University of Primorska and thank your fore being an active participant in key European initiatives in the areas of higher education. You are a concrete example, how by connecting the spheres of innovation and education we can encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of the next generation.«

             


The UP Prizes for 2023 were awarded.

Recipients of the University of Primorska awards for 2023

PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA - PROF. RADO BOHINC

On the proposal of the Rector of UP, the 2023 title of Professor Emeritus of the University of Primorska is awarded to Prof. Rado Bohinc for his outstanding achievements in the development of his scientific discipline, for his dedication to teaching and supervising activities, and for his contribution to building up the reputation and visibility of the University of Primorska.

Dr. Rado Bohinc was the Rector of UP from 2007 to 2011, during which time he was also a teacher and researcher at UP. In almost 40 years of scientific activity (his first monograph was published in 1981), he has published 40 scientific monographs, 17 independent scientific papers or chapters in monographs, 52 original and 12 review articles. Dr. Rado Bohinc’s research interests have in many respects been characterised by his field of employment: business law, comparative corporate governance, social responsibility, economic democracy, social economics, property ownership, university and higher education, science and research, public governance (public administration, the public sector), EU law, political systems, human rights, and the media. He has been a long-serving lecturer in all three study cycles at both the University of Ljubljana and the University of Maribor. He was first employed at UP as a visiting professor, then in 2007 as Rector and later as a teacher at UP FM.

Dr. Rado Bohinc has always been active in governance bodies at various social and institutional levels. During his term of office at UP, he contributed crucially first to the financial rehabilitation of the University, then to the development of study programmes and faculties, especially the advancement of the University’s research activities and, last but not least, to its investment development. During that time, he was also the President of the Slovenian Rectors’ Conference and the Alps-Adriatic Rectors’ Conference (2010–2011). He made a significant contribution to the international standing of UP by concluding numerous international agreements. He served as Rector of UP and performed other academic leadership positions with responsibility, dedication and conscientiousness, striving to increase UP’s quality, excellence and international standing.

SOLEMN CHARTER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA - ASST. PROF. ALEKSANDAR TOŠIĆ (UP FAMNIT IN UP IAM)

On the proposal of the UP Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies and the UP Andrej Marušič Institute, the 2023 UP Solemn Charter is awarded to Assist. Prof. Aleksandar Tošić for his significant contribution to the development of UP in all of its activities and for his extremely successful integration of scientific research work with industrial projects.

Dr. Aleksandar Tošić received his PhD at UP, where he completed all three cycles of his studies. He works at the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies at UP FAMNIT, where he regularly receives excellent evaluations as a lecturer. His scientific interest is distributed systems, especially distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) and blockchains. He has published several high-profile works, including 11 scientific papers in SCI-listed journals in the last three years, two of which were published in A’’ journals. The integration of his research with industrial projects is especially important, and is reflected not only in his successful work in industry but also in his applying for and supervising six Creative Pathways to Knowledge projects. These are aimed at introducing students to working on projects with companies, including projects with successful industrial applications. He is also extremely active in the popularisation and visibility of his research field: his smart floor innovation was exhibited at the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for several months. Lastly, he continues to inspire young people to get involved in computer science through designing, managing and organising the Faculty Programming Competition.

UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE AWARD - ASSOC. PROF. ANNA MAŁGORZATA SANDAK (UP FAMNIT IN UP IAM)

On the proposal of the UP Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies and the UP Andrej Marušič Institute, the 2023 UP Scientific Excellence Award goes to Assoc. Prof. Anna Małgorzata Sandak for her outstanding research in wood science and her leadership of a prestigious ERC project.

Dr. Anna Małgorzata Sandak completed her PhD studies in 2010 at the University of Poznan, Poland. She has been employed at UP since 2016, working as a researcher and transferring her knowledge to Master’s and PhD students of renewable materials and sustainable built environment at the Department of Applied Natural Sciences of UP FAMNIT. She is also head of the Materials research department at InnoRenew CoE. Since coming to UP, she has carried out scientific research, teaching and leading the way in popularising science and improving the visibility of UP. In particular, she has organised numerous international conferences and workshops, and is a member of the editorial boards of many international journals. She has published over 90 scientific papers, 7 of which were published in 2023. She is a world-renowned and internationally engaged researcher, which is demonstrated by the outstanding number of international grant projects she has been awarded, including the first ERC Consolidator Grant led by a female researcher. Her five-year ARCHI-SKIN project, titled “Bioinspired living skin for architecture”, worth almost €2 million, focuses on the development of a protective biocoating made from engineered living materials.

GOLD MEDAL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA - ASSOC. PROF. JERNEJ VIČIČ

On the proposal of the Rector of UP, the 2023 Gold Medal of the University of Primorska is awarded to Assoc. Prof. Jernej Vičič for his particularly significant contribution to the development of UP by establishing IT support for the administrative processes underpinning educational, research and support activities.

Dr. Jernej Vičič completed his doctoral studies at the University of Ljubljana in 2012 and has worked at UP since 2001. His research interest is language technologies, particularly language and translation models of natural languages and distributed systems. He is head of the UP Distributed Systems and Language Technologies Laboratory – D(LT)^2, and has interdisciplinary links with the Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts as well as with InnoRenew CoE. Particularly noteworthy is his leadership of the project Smart, Resilient and Sustainable Communities – European Digital Innovation Hub. In addition to conducting scientific research and teaching at UP, he is also responsible for the IT support of education and research. For many years now, he has been in charge of the Moodle learning platform at all the faculties. As head of the Centre for Application Design and Development (UP IAM CORA), he manages the development team of the UNIS personnel information system and the travel orders application – a unique open source integration system that allows the control and integrated use of information from different sources. The system also provides a comprehensive overview of the data of staff, research projects and other university projects, as well as extracts used in reporting, which is an essential element of the informatisation of the university.

SREČKO KOSOVEL AWARD FOR UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA STUDENTS - ANA KUDER (UP FAMNIT)

On the proposal of UP FAMNIT, the 2023 Srečko Kosovel Award for UP Students goes to Ana Kuder for her Master’s thesis Assessing cognitive sequelae of COVID-19 using telepsychological testing under supervisor Assist. Prof. Maja Smrdu and co-supervisor Assist. Prof. Bojan Rojc.

Ana Kuder has graduated from the Psychology MA programme at UP FAMNIT. She approached her excellent Master’s thesis with extraordinary independence, a remarkable ability for analytical thinking, use of the latest scientific sources and detailed familiarity with statistical analytical methods. Her work, which perfectly integrates various contemporary areas of knowledge in cognitive psychology and the use of psychodiagnostic tools, explores the cognitive functioning in people who have survived a mild or moderate case of COVID-19 and compares them with those who have not been affected or who had been affected more than a year before. Her research work includes setting up and carrying out Biological-Psychological Student Conferences at UP. She is also a member of SiNAPSA, the Slovenian Neuroscience Association, where she helps to organise the annual Neuroscience Conference. She has already published two scientific papers in indexed journals and presented her work at several conferences and symposia. Shortly after graduation, she completed her traineeship in healthcare and passed her professional examination. At the beginning of this academic year, she became a research assistant in clinical neurophysiology at University Medical Centre Ljubljana.

SREČKO KOSOVEL AWARD FOR UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA STUDENTS - DR. SARA ZUPAN (UP FHŠ)

On the proposal of the UP Faculty of Humanities, the 2023 Srečko Kosovel Award for UP Students goes to Dr. Sara Zupan for her PhD thesis The influence of geographic and ecological isolation of populations of the false ringlet butterfly Coenonympha oedippus (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) on genetic structure and phenotype expression, under supervisor Assoc. Prof. Jure Jugovic and co-supervisors Prof. Elena Bužan and Assoc. Prof. Valentina Brečko Grubar.

Dr. Sara Zupan completed her PhD in Geography at UP FHŠ with an extremely extensive and multifaceted doctoral thesis, whose results have been published in five scientific papers. The PhD thesis excels at applying an outstanding interdisciplinary approach, in which the author combines elements of geography, genetics and ecology, thus providing a comprehensive understanding of the factors influencing the habitat and populations of the false ringlet butterfly (Coenonympha oedippus) in Slovenia, an endangered species of pan-European importance. Dr. Sara Zupan is employed at the Department of Biodiversity of UP FAMNIT, where she is active in both the scientific area and in education. Her innovative teaching and her involvement in the INOVUP project show her desire to improve the quality of higher education. She has also participated in several projects, helped organise conferences and brought together four institutions in the Interreg Italy-Slovenia Kras4us project application. She is an exceptional researcher and educator who exceeds high expectations in all areas of her work.

GOLD MEDAL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA - UP FHŠ GROUP OF CO-WORKERS TO OBTAIN UNESCO CHAIR

On the proposal of UP FHŠ, the 2023 Gold Medal of the University of Primorska is awarded to a group of associates from the UP Faculty of Humanities for facilitating the establishment and acquisition of the first UNESCO Chair in the Humanities in Slovenia and the first at UP.

Specialist trends point to the need for an inclusive approach to heritage management. In August 2021, the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris approved the establishment of a new UNESCO Chair for Interpretation and Education for Enhancing Integrated Heritage Approaches at UP FHŠ, which became operational in 2022. It is only the fourth Chair in Slovenia and the first in the humanities. The Chair fills a gap in the existing UNESCO Chairs around the world, recognising that the key to sustainable heritage management lies in interpretation and education through integrated heritage approaches. The activities of the Chair are based on the world-renowned International Summer School of Museology and other educational and research activities of UP FHŠ, organised in collaboration with the Škocjan Caves Regional Park, Slovenia’s oldest UNESCO destination. The newly established Chair has thus put UP on the world map of the most prominent and excellent institutions in heritage studies, strengthening its reputation, excellence and visibility at the international level. The following people have made the establishment of the Chair possible through their long-standing heritage research and teaching: Prof. Irena Lazar, Assist. Prof. Neža Čebron Lipovec, Assist. Prof. Zrinka Mileusnić, Assoc.Prof. Katja Hrobat Virloget and Assoc. Prof. Alenka Tomaž.

SOLEMN CHARTER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA - ASST. PROF. ŽIGA KOZINC (UP FVZ)

On the proposal of the UP Faculty of Health Sciences, the 2023 UP Solemn Charter is awarded to Assist. Prof. Žiga Kozinc for his significant contribution to the development of UP in all of its activities and for his incisiveness and excellence in scientific research.

Dr. Žiga Kozinc received his PhD from UP FVZ in 2021, having been employed there since 2020. Immediately after his PhD, he obtained an internal university postdoctoral project, and, this year, also an ARIS postdoctoral project. He has contributed to strengthening the international visibility of UP both through established collaborations with a number of experts from abroad and his scientific excellence in foreign journals, which is recognised in his appointment to both editorial and review boards. He is the author or co-author of 113 scientific papers, ranks 2nd among sports researchers with 2,863 points (SICRIS) and is a co-author of a patent in metrology. Moreover, he is an excellent teacher, being one of the most highly rated lecturers. He supervises students in their final theses in all study cycles (including those who have won some faculty- and university-level prizes) and in the publication of scientific papers. On his own initiative, several students have presented their papers at conferences. He has been involved in curricular renewal, has designed lifelong learning courses and co-authored a textbook. He is singled out by students as one of the best teachers – extremely accessible, responsive, professional and fair.

UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE AWARD - PROF. ŠTEFAN BOJNEC (UP FM)

On the proposal of the UP Faculty of Management, the 2023 UP Scientific Excellence Award goes to Prof. Štefan Bojnec for achieving outstanding results in scientific research in the social sciences.

Dr. Štefan Bojnec completed his doctoral studies in 1988 at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Zagreb, and has worked at the University of Primorska since 2003. He is head of the Department of Economics at UP FM and a lecturer and teacher in seven courses. In 2023, he published a total of 19 original scientific papers, 9 of which were published in top international social science journals indexed by SCI, SSCI and A&HCI. His high-profile work is confirmed by the numerous citations of his publications – 1,696 in WOS and 2,112 true citations in Scopus in the last 10 years. He has also been awarded numerous projects, especially in the last few years. The most recent ones are AGRIGEP from the prestigious Horizon programme, WE-GREEN from the Erasmus+ KA2 programme and one ARIS basic project. He is also involved in three targeted research projects. His international engagement is evident in the five bilateral cooperation projects he has carried out in the last year and in his membership of the editorial boards of more than 20 international journals. He is also a member of around 10 international professional associations, an evaluator of Horizon 2020 projects and a member of the German Scientific Advisory Board of IAMO. 

UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE AWARD - PROF. ANDREJA ISTENIČ (UP PEF)

On the proposal of the UP Faculty of Education, the 2023 UP Scientific Excellence Award goes to Prof. Andreja Istenič for having achieved outstanding results in scientific research in didactics.

Dr. Andreja Istenič completed her doctoral studies in 2002 at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana, and has been employed at the Department of Educational Sciences of UP since 2005. She is in charge of the in-house research programme Post-digital Learning Environment and Educational Technology for Innovative Learning and Career Paths. She is one of the leading researchers in education and has a high citation record (593 WOS citations and 847 Scopus citations), with 829 true citations and 138 citations for her most outstanding work over a five-year period. Her career is characterised by successful and dedicated teaching, supervising students in all study cycles, and by strong international engagement. For example, she has been appointed to a five-year term by the American Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) as a member of an expert panel formulating educational development policies in the USA. She is currently an editor at Taylor & Francis and has served as editor of various journals and special anniversary issues of foreign journals. Her good cooperation with foreign organisations is reflected in the extensive list of guest lectures and degrees awarded by foreign universities in Russia, Australia and the US.

EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023 - ASSOC. PROF. ARMAND FAGANEL (UP FM)

On the proposal of the UP Faculty of Management, the 2023 UP Educational Excellence Award goes to Assoc. Prof. Armand Faganel for his outstanding educational work and for sharing both theoretical and practical knowledge with his students.

Dr. Armand Faganel completed his doctoral studies in 2015 at UP FM, where he has been working since 2003, currently as an associate professor in marketing. He is a lecturer and teacher of several courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is a dedicated university teacher, a thesis supervisor and a long-standing head of the Marketing Department. His research interests include inter-organisational and consumer marketing, sales, service quality perception in higher education and brand management. His dedication to teaching is evident from the many reviews from his students, who describe him as a lecturer who approaches the subject in a way that is always new, innovative and exciting. In his work with students, it is clear that he wants to give the best experience possible since he constantly involves them in his scientific work, while at the same time familiarising them with the real-world working environment during their studies. He keeps in touch with his graduates, thus forming a bridge between theory and practice, which he understands very well thanks to his many years of experience as a manager in retail, wholesale and the automotive industry.

SREČKO KOSOVEL AWARD FOR UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA STUDENTS - MATEJ VREČIČ (UP FM)

On the proposal of the UP Faculty of Management, the 2023 Srečko Kosovel Award for UP Students goes to Matej Vrečič for his thesis The pitfalls of investing in cryptocurrencies under supervisor Assoc. Prof. Suzana Laporšek.

Matej Vrečič has graduated from the Management BA programme at UP FM. In his thesis, he dealt with the highly topical area of cryptocurrencies. Applying a clear theoretical background, he explained the existence and functioning of cryptocurrencies and the pitfalls of investing in cryptocurrencies for individual investors and society as a whole. The thesis demonstrates an in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of the chosen topic. At the end of the thesis, he even puts forward suggestions for improvement and specifically points out that the lack of regulation in this area may lead to crypto crime. He displayed remarkable independence and research curiosity when drawing up his final project thesis. The fact that this is an area where research is lacking and few sources are available confirms that the thesis is a particularly significant contribution to the profession and to raising financial literacy in cryptocurrency investing. His thesis is extremely topical, as it deals with one of the most exciting yet relatively poorly researched areas in the financial world. As one of the first in Slovenia, it represents an important step towards awareness and knowledge of the risks and pitfalls of cryptocurrencies.

UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA PRIZE FOR UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA STUDENTS - LANA ERJAVEC (UP FVZ)

On the proposal of the UP Faculty of Health Sciences, the 2023 UP Prize for UP Students is awarded to Lana Erjavec for her exceptionally active involvement in curricular and extracurricular activities at UP and for conveying the voice of the students.

Lana Erjavec has been actively engaged in the curricular and extracurricular life of the Faculty and the University since her enrolment at UP FVZ. She has become a role model for many students through her actions, commitment, motivation, her genuine empathy and self-sacrifice. She has thus contributed to building a community and a sense of belonging, which was lost among students in the post-COVID era, raising awareness of social responsibility among students. She has helped develop and promote the entire tutoring system and the UP FVZ and UP Student Councils. She has been involved in the launch of the student magazine Ad Salutem and helped break down taboos and stigma surrounding several social issues among students. She has also promoted the acquisition of informal skills and participation in the UP FVZ and UP Alumni Clubs. Since November, she has been the UP representative on the Transform4Europe (T4EU) Student Council. Besides competently handling many tasks, she is above all an admirable person, still finding time for voluntary work to which she has been committed for many years, at SOS telefon, a helpline for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Lana Erjavec proves that by being organised, determined and willing it is possible to successfully balance one’s studies and extracurricular activities.

UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA PRIZE FOR UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA STUDENTS - ALJA POLANEC (UP PEF)

On the proposal of the UP Faculty of Education, the 2023 UP Prize for UP Students is awarded to Alja Polanec for her active involvement in curricular and extracurricular activities at UP and her tutoring work.

Alja Polanec has shown outstanding dedication and commitment at faculty and university level. After having taken over the organisation of events for students, her work has developed into active participation in both the Student Council and the tutoring team. As the coordinator of UP PEF Tutors, she has monitored and advised students and new tutors, and has transferred her experience to the university tutoring system, which has gained new dimensions, success and momentum with her involvement. She has demonstrated versatility and the ability to handle a wide range of responsibilities, which she does with pleasure, great energy and conscientiousness. She is a member of the Faculty Student Council, Vice President of the University Student Council and a member of the Transform4Europe (T4EU) Student Council. In addition, she is extremely passionate about acquiring new knowledge, as she is a student of Adult Education at UP PEF and Biopsychology at UP FAMNIT, and takes part in conferences both as a volunteer and as an active participant. Her work in different capacities reflects a high level of responsibility, organisational skills and an outstanding commitment to the student community.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA FOR 2023 - BLANKA PALČIČ (RECTORATE UP)

On the proposal of the UP College of Deans and Directors, the 2023 Acknowledgement of a Member of the UP Support Staff is awarded to Blanka Palčič for her conscientious work and successful stewardship of the important UP GDI project.

Blanka Palčič joined the UP team in December 2010. Today she is in charge of the sound operation of the Scholarship Fund, is a trustee of the UP Board of Trustees and has established the UP Alumni Office. She has been entrusted with the management of the important GDI UP project – Green, Digital and Inclusive UP, co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, and the European Union – NextGenerationEU. Thanks to her effective organisational skills, she is in charge of the timely reporting and implementation of the project in accordance with the provisions set by the funding bodies. She demonstrates a high sense of protocol and precision in the organisation and high-quality delivery of various events and workshops. She has earned the respect and trust of the various stakeholders involved in her work and tasks by constantly reinforcing the reputation of UP, while also demonstrating a high level of loyalty to the University.

    

   

     

     

     

     

     

     


Friday, 15 March 2024 Königsberg: A Hidden Key to Graph Theory's Door: Video of the third lecture of Famnits' excursion into the mathematical universe 2023/24 is now available

The third lecture of Famnits' excursion into the mathematical universe 2023/24, titled "Königsberg: A Hidden Key to Graph Theory's Door"  was conducted by Dr. Blas Fernandez from the Department of Mathematics UP FAMNIT. The lecture took place live and via video conference link on Zoom. 

             

Unnoticed within the pages of history rests the unfamiliar city of Königsberg. While modern maps may find it hard to precisely locate, one particular quirk in its geography has made it one of the most recognizable cities in mathematics. Right in the middle of this city, where the Pregel River flowed, lay two interconnected islands joined to the riverbanks by seven distinct bridges. Residents became captivated by a simple question: Could one traverse all Königsberg's bridges without retracing their steps? This innocent and curious question challenged the minds of mathematicians and forged the very essence of graph theory. The lecturer presented the secret role that Königsberg had, unlocking the door to the amazing world where graph theory began. Dr. Fernandez unraveled the essential ideas behind graphs— visual representations of interconnected nodes —and dive into their wide applicability for solving all sorts of different problems. 

Blas Fernandez, born in 1992 in Alberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina, finished his Master’s thesis in Mathematics at the National University of La Plata in 2018. Before defending his thesis, he was at the University of Primorska as part of the Erasmus programme. At the beginning of the academic year 2018/2019, Blas enrolled in the doctoral Mathematics study programme at the University of Primorska, where he made remarkable progress in the field of algebraic combinatorics. He is the author of twelve high-quality articles and has presented several results from his doctoral dissertation at international conferences and research seminars. 


Friday, 15 March 2024 Open Call for Young Researchers at UP for 2024

The University of Primorska has published a Call for Young Researchers who will be trained over the next four years in a research and study programme. Each young researcher will carry out a research project under supervision, which will be structured within the framework of the specific research programme.

In 2024, there are four positions open for young researchers, with two positions available at UP IAM.


Candidates can apply to the call for the following mentors, in the following research fields and within the framework of the institution's research programmes.

Prof. Dr. Michel Lavrauw – research field Mathematics, research programme P1-0285 Algebra, diskretna matematika, verjetnostni račun in teorija iger, UP Andrej Marušič Institute (UP IAM),

Prof. Dr. Enes Pasalic – research field Mathematics, research programme P1-0404: Matematično modeliranje in enkripcija: od teoretičnih konceptov do vsakodnevnih aplikacij, UP Inštitut Andrej Marušič (UP IAM).


Candidates must have completed a second-level degree programme within the last four years and have an average grade in all final assessments and examinations, including the Master's thesis, of at least 8.

Only one candidate can be selected per mentor. The candidate will be offered a full-time contract for up to four years. If there are several applicants, they will be ranked according to their overall score. The candidate with the highest score will be selected. In the event of two candidates scoring the same number of points, preference will be given to the candidate from the under-represented gender in the specific research field, if the research field is characterised by a gender imbalance of researchers at UP (more than 60 %/40 % in favour of/to the detriment of one gender).

The submission deadline is 15 June 2024, by the end of day. Applicants should submit their applications and supporting documents in electronic format (scanned PDF documents) to the following e-mail address: razpis.mr@upr.si.


Thursday, 14 March 2024 Invitation to the defense of the Master’s Thesis - Katja Povše (Psychology, 2nd cycle)

On Tuesday, 19 March 2024, at 14:00 in the classroom Famnit-MP4, Katja Povše, a student of the master's study program Psychology, 2nd cycle, will present her Master's Thesis entitled Gratitude as a mediator of perfectionism and psychological wellbeing among students.

You are all kindly invited!


Thursday, 14 March 2024 Simulation of autonomous driving with dr. Toralf Trautmann

Toralf Trautmann, a distinguished physicist and professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Dresden (HTWD), presented a of autonomous driving and advancements in automotive software on March 14, 2024, in Izola.

Attendees gained insight into advanced automotive software and its development at the event.

Within his visit to UP FAMNIT, Dr. Trautmann shared his knowledge and experience also at the Monday computer seminar on March 11, 2024.

He focused on the development and testing of advanced driver assistance systems, surrounding sensors (Lidar, Radar, Camera) and data fusion, approval processes for autonomous vehicles, as well as the development of software and prototyping using Matlab/Simulink. At the seminar he presented the research, which emphasizes the necessity of sensor fusion for improving detection quality and addresses the physical limitations of sensors, proposing design adaptations for better visibility.

More about the current testing procedures and development activities of the Automotive Mechatronics Laboratory at HTWD is also presented in this video.

The video recording of the seminar is available at this link.


Thursday, 14 March 2024 Brain Awareness Week

How to enhance intimacy in romantic relationships? Is sexual education in primary school sufficient to fully understand sexuality? These and many other questions were discussed together with experts from various fields at this year's Brain Awareness Week at UP FAMNIT.

Brain Awareness Week is an international initiative that takes place every year in the third week of March. During this time, various educational events are held throughout Slovenia, aimed at raising awareness among the general public and professionals about the latest findings in the field of human brain and nervous system research. Under the auspices of the Slovenian Society for Neuroscience, SiNAPSA, a diverse range of lectures, workshops for younger and older audiences, roundtable discussions, and film evenings with discussions are organized.

A series of events was organized by students of biopsychology and psychology in collaboration with the Association of Biopsychology Students in Koper. In addition to the main events in Ljubljana, Brain Awareness Week took place at UP FAMNIT from Tuesday, March 12, to Friday, March 15.

Leila Winkler and Larisa Lara Pohorec, both graduates of Biopsychology at UP FAMNIT, were the coordinators of the group organizing the events at UP FAMNIT. Students of biopsychology, psychology, and young employees of UP FAMNIT actively participated in event preparation.

The common theme of this year's events revolved around topics related to sexuality, intimacy, and eroticism. During the lectures, participants gained insight into addiction to online pornography and how mindfulness can help us in dealing with these issues. Additionally, some myths that arose due to inadequate sexual education at home and in schools were clarified.


Wednesday, 13 March 2024 Invitation to the defense of the Master’s Thesis - Lara Gregorčič (Psychology, 2nd cycle)

On Monday, 18 March 2024, at 13:30 in the classroom Famnit-MP2, Lara Gregorčič, a student of the master's study program Psychology, 2nd cycle, will present her Master's Thesis entitled Leadership styles and self-efficacy in basic schools of the Goriška statistical region.

You are all kindly invited!


Tuesday, 12 March 2024 UP FAMNIT student won 1st place at the POPRI competition

Last week, at the Primorska Technology Park, the semi-final selection of the entrepreneurial ideas competition – POPRI, took place, bringing together young enthusiasts from all over Slovenia. 

Matic Bončina, a 1st-year student in the Computer Science program (UP FAMNIT), together with Matej Aleksov from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, successfully identified a problem and received an excellent 1st place for their solution. 

He's shared his first thoughts on the entire process of development of the Repono online service, of which he is very proud: "We are very proud that our solution to mandatory relocations, which causes trouble for students every year, has been recognized. We are excited about participating in the final in Nova Gorica. With the funds that we have already obtained, we are keen to improve the product and achieve the ultimate mission of making the academic years the best years in students' lives."

What is Repono? Repono is an online service that serves for the safe storage and relocation of students' belongings during holidays or items they don't need outside the season. This allows students to focus on things that truly matter - studying, gaining work experience, and enjoying a carefree summer. 

This year, compete almost 30 percent more young people in the national competition for entrepreneurial ideas, which means 607 participants who have developed 203 innovative business models. About half of them managed to reach the semi-finals, and the best will contest in the final, held on 4 April 2024 in Nova Gorica. 

Popri competition is organised by the Primorska Technology Park with the cooperation with Ministry of the Economy, Tourism and Sport, SPIRIT Slovenia Business Development Agency, the Slovene Enterprise Fund (SEF), which also provides the prize pool of the competition. Other organizers are the Government Office for Slovenians Abroad, the City Municipality of Nova Gorica, and the Municipality of Šempeter-Vrtojba. 

Congratulations on the first place and good luck in Nova Gorica!​

   

       


Friday, 8 March 2024 THE RESEARCH INSTITUTE INNORENEW COE AMONG FINALISTS FOR THE NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS PRIZES 2024

The European Commission selected the research institute InnoRenew CoE, out of 530 applications, as one of the finalists for the New European Bauhaus Prizes 2024. Today the public voting for the prizes started.

The application prepared by InnoRenew CoE experts stood out from over 530 applications for its quality, alignment with NEB values and principles, and potential to promote beauty, sustainability, and inclusion.

     

InnoRenew CoE became a hub for a future-oriented scientific and industrial community focused on sustainable building with renewable materials,” said Eva Prelovšek Niemelä, InnoRenew CoE architect and Head of Creativity & Society research department, and added: “We have successfully brought new hope and knowledge to the city of Izola, a former industrial city in Slovenia, with many events, trainings, conferences, scientific projects, designs, and collaborations.”

The research institute InnoRenew CoE not only designed and constructed the largest wooden building in Slovenia following restorative environmental and ergonomic design (REED) principles, but at the same time created the building to serve as a research object itself. The institute’s researchers can therefore deploy, test, and demonstrate new solutions, technologies, and systems to assess building materials, construction systems, occupant wellbeing, and social engagement. At the same time they are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and innovative approaches with the wider community. Since the official opening of the building in 2022, it has gathered, hosted, attracted and been visited by over 30.000 people. Thus, they are inspiring people to use wood for buildings, furniture, and other objects of daily use. Additionally, the building is the headquarters of the NEB Academy Pioneer Hub for Sustainable Environments with Renewable Materials. The NEBAP Hub activities will provide training, led by the University of Primorska, to accelerate the decarbonisation of homes and buildings across Europe and beyond.

Designing the largest timber building in Slovenia had a complex task beyond the design itself,  as it had to demonstrate how the physical transformation of a post-industrial place could bring new spirit and sociotechnical development by creating an engaging scientific hub.

With the construction of the InnoRenew CoE building we successfully created a new science hub that brings collaboration between research institutes, universities, private companies, vocational trainers, schools, and the local, national, and international community, and it became a special landmark and place to be in Slovenia,” emphases Eva Prelovšek Niemelä. Further she pointed out the pleasure that the excellence and ambitions of InnoRenew CoE were recognized also by the New European Bauhaus community and the European Commission.

The InnoRenew CoE decided to apply for the prize as they believe that the institute itself is an example of good practice, demonstrating a beautiful, sustainable and inclusive environment. From today, 6 March at 12:00 CET until 27 March 2024, at 18:00 CET, the public voting of finalists for the New European Bauhaus Prizes 2024 is possible at the NEB Prizes platform.

Two out of the 20 winners of competition will be determined by the results of public voting, while others will be selected by an expert jury. Winners of the NEB Prizes 2024 will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place during the second edition of the New European Bauhaus Festival, in Brussels. The Festival will bring together people from all across the globe to share their vision about a sustainable future. Among them will be also dr. Andreja Kutnar, InnoRenew CoE director, who will present the story and the process of creating the NEB Academy at the University of Primorska and the planned activities of the NEBA Alliance, also led by University of Primorska.

The New European Bauhaus prizes are meant for projects that demonstrate its core principles and values in practice, and encourage the younger generation to develop new concepts and ideas.

You are kindly invited to take part in public voting and support the InnoRenew CoE project!

    


Thursday, 7 March 2024 Live demonstration of an AEB vehicle

We are pleased to invite you to a seminar and a live demonstration of an AEB vehicle featuring Toralf Trautmann, a distinguished physicist and professor of Automotive Mechatronics at the University of Applied Sciences Dresden (HTWD). 

    

During the Monday (RIN) seminar, Prof. Trautmann will share insights into his extensive research in the field and unfold the fascinating journey of how he and his group developed an Autonomous Vehicle. 

Additionally, Prof. Trautmann will give a live demonstration of an AEB vehicle on Thursday, 14 March 2024, at 3 pm, in the parking lot in front of the Livade 1.0 building in Izola. The event is open to all enthusiasts interested in Automotive Software and its development. 

His research areas include the development and testing of advanced driver assistance systems, surrounding sensors (Lidar, Radar, Camera) and data fusion, approval processes for autonomous vehicles, as well as the development of software and prototyping using Matlab/Simulink. 

Presentation of the current test procedures and development activities of the Laboratory for Automotive Mechatronics at the Dresden University of Applied Sciences (HTWD) is available HERE.


Tuesday, 5 March 2024 LIFE BE-WoodEN project kick-off meeting

University of Primorska's researchers attended the kick off meeting of the LIFE BE-WoodEN – Buildings and Education in Wood Ecosystem for the New European Bauhaus project. It was held 27-28 February 2024 in Genoa, Italy.

The two-day meeting was the first in-person meeting between researchers at the University of Primorska, the project coordinator Universita degli studi di Genovaand other project partners – Regione Liguria, ART-ER Universita degli studi di Firenze, Federazione Italiana delle industrie del legno de IT, Comite Europeen de Coordiantion de l'habitat social aisbl and Politechnika Wroclawska.

The meeting began with an opening address by the University of Genoa’s rector, Mr Federico Delfino. Later participants reviewed the overall content of the project and presented the establishment of the NEB Academy Pioneer SUD Hub. A special focus was on the presentation of the planned communication and dissemination activities with external stakeholders. A timetable for the implementation of various seminars, the autumn school and the podcast were adopted. They held also the Steering Committee meeting.

Prof. dr. Andreja Kutnar, the project leader at UP IAM, presented the process of establishment of the New European Bauhaus Academy Pioneer Hub for Sustainable Built Environments with Renewable Materials (NEBAP Hub).

The following day, the project coordinator organised a tour of Imperia and ARTE Imperia, where participants took part in the first press conference and visited the pilot project for the building restructuring in Imperia. The municipality bought the building to carry out a sustainable renovation, where 18 social housing units and two common areas for the elderly are planned. They will renovate the building by using wood and other natural materials, test innovative methodologies and include on-site demonstrations.

      

The project is financed under the LIFE2027 initiative of the European Commission and aims to promote the decarbonization of buildings, improve circularity in the building sector, and overcome barriers hindering the widespread use of wood and bio-based materials.


Monday, 4 March 2024 Prof. Ademir Hujdurović was awarded the Kalman Visiting Fellowship to the University of Auckland

Prof. Ademir Hujdurović, Dean of UP FAMNIT, was awarded the Kalman Visiting Fellowship to the University of Auckland. This Fellowship is named after John Kalman, who was a professor of Mathematics at the University of Auckland from 1964 to 1993, and a leading promoter of New Zealand mathematics. The Fellowship is generously supported by a grant from the Margaret and John Kalman Charitable Trust.

This Fellowship is awarded each year to an early career academic to enable them to visit the University of Auckland for a period of several weeks. The Kalman Visiting Fellow would be a faculty member of another University. The purpose of the Kalman Visiting Fellowship is to enable successful mathematicians to visit the University of Auckland and to participate in the intellectual life of the University. The Visiting Fellows participate in and contribute to research activity, give seminars and engage in informal discussions on research topics with staff and students in the Department of Mathematics (and other Departments within the Faculty of Science and University as appropriate).

As part of the fellowship, the Dean of UP FAMNIT visited the University of Auckland this February and held a seminar titled "The Erd˝os-Ko-Rado property of transitive permutation groups".

Prof. Ademir Hujdurović and Assoc. Prof. György Kiss from the Department of Mathematics at UP FAMNIT also attended the Symmetries of Discrete Objects conference (SODO 2024 Auckland) at the University of Auckland, which took place from 12 to 16 February. They contributed with the talks titled "Stability of Cayley graphs" (by Prof. Ademir Hujdurović) and "Geometric constructions of small regular graphs with girth 5 and 7" (by Assoc. Prof. György Kiss).


Prof. Ademir Hujdurović at the SODO 2024 Auckland conference


SODO 2024 Auckland conference participants


Thursday, 29 February 2024 The Department of Biodiversity invites you to the next seminar on terrestrial topics

The next seminar on terrestrial topics, titled "From threats to resilience for a multi-scalar approach to the "Natura 2000" Network the article 6.3 of the Directive 92/43/EC" will be conducted by Pietro Giovacchini,  Wednesday, March 6, 2024, in Livade 1.0 (Livade 6, Izola), Lecture Room Epsilon (ground floor), from 12:00 to 13:00.

     

Satisfactory management of Natura 2000 sites”: is it always necessary a more detailed approach in the analysis of the project? For example, environmental fragmentation can be measured particularly where the impact shows different effects on the biotic group across a more detailed scale. For other reasons, the rock quarries abandoned for over 10 years, where up to seven breeding or wintering bird rock species included in the Red Lists have been found, constitute an example of resilience over a large territory. Article 6.3 of the "Habitats" Directive evaluates the main effects that the project may have on the site concerned. However, the authorization process envisaged by the same article of the Directive is often indicative in the document of an inadequate cultural formation which implies a multi-scalar approach, for example, due to the lack of an evaluation of cumulative effects or planning strategies. If the environmental interference with the Natura 2000 network is out of this area, in a scenario with anthropic threats in which value taxa coexist (e.g. Discoglossus sardus, annexes II and IV of Directive 92/43/EEC), the analysis of the ecological system and the elements of the landscape unit equally aim to verify the impact on the species, especially if compared to an adequate reference scale for the critical issues inherent in a meta-population.


Pietro Giovacchini attained his Master's degree in Natural Science in 1997) and his Professional Master program in Biomonitoring and Management of the Coastal Zone in 2004, in both cases at the University of Siena. Currently, he is doing his PhD at the Department of Environmental, Geological and Polar Sciences and Technologies at the University of Siena University, his PhD thesis Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the management of Protected Areas through the Use of objective indicators: An Application to a system of zones wetlands of the Tyrrhenian coast. Apart from his PhD, he works as an officer of the public authority “Regione Toscana”, where he mainly deals with natural resources and management of the Natura 2000 network.

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, 28 February 2024 The Department of Biodiversity was part of the largest scientific gatherings on the topic of fisheries

Between 19-23 February 2024, the GFCM Forum on fisheries science in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea took place in Antalya, Turkey, organized by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean and Food and Agriculture Organization (UN). 

The Department of Biodiversity at UP FAMNIT participated in the thematic session "Better Science for Better Advice," addressing the topic of Management Strategy Evaluation for fisheries advice, where Matic Jančič shared his experiences about the projects LIFE EUROTURTLES and LIFE DELFI, with a talk entitled "Inadequacy of Protected Species Bycatch Monitoring in Bottom Set Net Fisheries in the Eastern Adriatic Sea." 

About talk: In collaboration with local fishermen, the authors identified a significant incompatibility between officially published bycatch monitoring data and the observed amount of bycatch in