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Thursday, 30 June 2022 Four positions are open for young researchers at UP IAM

University of Primorska has published a Public Tender for the selection of candidates for the Young Researchers training programme in 2022. Five PhD students will do research work with their mentors while studying and ultimately obtain a doctorate of science. All mentors were selected through a Public Tender published by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), namely at the Andrej Marušič Institute (UP IAM) and the Faculty of Health Sciences (UP FVZ).

Mentors and research fields

At UP IAM, candidates may apply for four positions with selected mentors within scientific disciplines and in selected:

Enes Pasalic – research field: Mathematics; research programme: P1-0404 Mathematical Modelling and Encryption: from Theoretical Concepts to Real-Life Applications, UP Andrej Marušič Institute

Miklós Krész – research field: Computer science and informatics; research programme: P1-0404 Mathematical Modelling and Encryption: from Theoretical Concepts to Real-Life Applications, UP Andrej Marušič Institute

Dragan Marušič – research field: Mathematics; research programme: P1-0285 Algebra, discrete mathematics, probability and game theory, UP Andrej Marušič Institute

Bojan Kuzma – research field: Mathematics; research programme: P1-0285 Algebra, discrete mathematics, probability and game theory, UP Andrej Marušič Institute

Only one candidate can be selected per mentor. If several candidates apply to the public tender, they will be ranked according to their overall score under the selection criteria. The candidate with the highest score will be selected. If the selected candidate withdraws or fails to provide the necessary supporting documents by the deadline set in the public tender, the next candidate will be selected based on the overall score obtained.

The deadline for application is 1 August 2022.

The Public Tender, the application guidelines and all additional information are available on the website of the University of Primorska at the following link: https://www.upr.si/en/news-and-announcements/razpis-za-mlade-raziskovalce-v-letu-2022-


Wednesday, 29 June 2022 Sidra Aslam, new Doctor of Science

Yesterday, 28 June 2022, we welcomed another doctor of science at UP FAMNIT.

Sidra Aslam, a student of the doctoral study programme Computer Science at UP FAMNIT has succesfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled Decentralized Data Privacy and Security for the Web of Things, mentored by Full. Prof. Michael Mrissa, PhD.

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


Monday, 27 June 2022 SRNA: New app for monitoring wildlife

Monitoring (checking the distribution, numbers, etc.) of wildlife populations is fundamental for successful conservation or management plans of wildlife populations, whether we are talking about hunting or strictly protected species. Regular and systematic monitoring of several species is also required by Slovenian and European legislation. Not only researchers, but also nature lovers today can make an exceptional contribution for a better monitoring and understanding of wildlife populations and their needs.

To conduct easier, better and more systematic monitoring of selected species of wild animals, we developed an application called SRNA in cooperation with the Hunting Association of Slovenia and three research institutions (University of Primorska, University of Ljubljana and Faculty of Environmental Protection of Velenje). The app allows those interested to record the observations of different animal species in nature.

The SRNA app can be downloaded via QR code or this link.

Those observations will contribute to a better understanding of wildlife, but you can also simply test their wildlife identification skills through a quiz (English version will be available soon). The collected data will not only improve our understanding of wildlife, but also contribute to better management and protection of wild animals (large mammals and selected bird species) in Slovenia. The broad distribution of smartphones and the development of dedicates apps makes it now possible for everyone to contribute and the role of “citizen scientists" is becoming extremely important. By connecting citizen science data with large datasets obtained from environmental observations, researchers can now address aspects previously unattainable with their strength alone.

You too can become a Citizen scientist!

By recording observations of both common and rare or endangered species, you can contribute to the understanding of their distribution and numbers, which will help researchers identify their densities and how the population is doing. Such knowledge will make it possible to develop conservation and management strategies enabling a harmonious coexistence of all species.

The app is available for both smartphone and computer and only asks for a one-time registration by email. Despite allowing for multiple data to be recorded, the app is user friendly and guides you from the beginning to the end of entering an observation by internal links and transparent/clear menus. Through the app, you will be able to get a graphical overview of your own entries and the overall information for the whole country. Additionally, you will be able to contact the researchers in the team with questions related to the project or their observation by writing to: stepchange@famnit.upr.si

Researchers will keep you informed about the results and the most active participants will be rewarded. We will also reward the individuals with the most entries.

We kindly invite all of you to download the app and start recoding your observations of wildlife whenever you encounter one, doesn’t matter if it is during a challenging hike or during a stroll in the countryside!


Sunday, 26 June 2022 University of Primorska successfully hosted the EMS Council Meeting

The University of Primorska, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (UP FAMNIT), hosted the EMS Council Meeting, which was held 25 – 26 June, 2022 in Bled, Slovenia.

The event was following the 8the European Congress of Mathematics, one of the largest events in mathematics in Europe, that was held last June in Portorož.

The EMS Council is the governing body of the European Mathematical Society (EMS), the primary European organization dedicated to the development of mathematics in Europe. The Council meets every second year, at the meeting delegates to the council were elected for the period of four years by the following categories of members: Full members, Associate members, Institutional members, and Individual members. One of the four representatives for the Institutional members was Prof. Dr. Klavdija Kutnar, Rector of the University of Primorska.

The Council is also responsible for electing the President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer and other members of the Executive Committee who are elected for a period of four years.

The election of the next EMS president, among other delegates, took place in Bled as well, since Prof. Dr. Volker Mehrmann, who is the current EMS president, is concluding his term in 2022. Delegates are elected for a period of 4 years, while the president can hold only one term. A full list of delegates is available here

»The meeting of the European Mathematical Society was very successful. Everything that we had planned, could be done in spite of some challenges. Among other, we voted for the new president, so we have new members, that we welcome. We reached success also concerning in-person attendance. It was particularly important for us to come back to in-person meetings, so let me take this opportunity to thank the colleagues from Slovenia, in particular colleagues from the University of Primorska, for organizing this in a very impeccable way,« concluded Prof. Dr. Barbara Kaltenbacher, EMS Executive Committee member from the Austrian Mathematical Society.

 


Thursday, 23 June 2022 The doctoral thesis defence of the student Sidra Aslam

Sidra Aslam, student of the doctoral study programe Computer Science at UP FAMNIT will defend her doctoral thesis Decentralized Data Privacy and Security for the Web of Things; under the mentorship of Full Prof. Michael Mrissa, PhD.

The defence will take place on Tuesday, 28 June 2022 at 9:00 in Famnit-VP3 (UP FAMNIT, Glagoljaška 8, 6000 Koper).

The doctoral disertation is available in the library at UP FAMNIT.


Thursday, 23 June 2022 UP FAMNIT researchers prove that working in virtual reality for a week has a negative impact on human productivity

A study conducted by UP FAMNIT researchers and colleagues reveals that working in virtual reality (VR) has a significantly more negative impact on people’s productivity compared to working in a physical office environment.

Maheshya Weerasinghe, Klen Čopič Pucihar and Matjaž Kljun from the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies at UP FAMNIT alongside with a research group including Verena Biener, Snehanjali Kalamkar, Negar Nouri, Eyal Ofek, Michel Pahud, John J. Dudley, Jinghui Hu, Per Ola Kristensson, Stephan Streuber and Jens Grubert, revealed important scientific findings that help lay the groundwork for further research by clearly highlighting current shortcomings and identifying opportunities to improve the VR work experience.

As part of the IEEE ISMAR 2022 Conference (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Conference for Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) and Virtual Reality (VR) 2022), the article entitled »Quantifying the Effects of Working in VR for One Week« will be published in the IEEE TVCG journal (IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics), which includes contributions in the field of computer graphics, information and scientific visualization, visual analytics, virtual and augmented reality, with emphasis on theory and algorithms.

In addition to publication in the prestigious IEEE TVCG, our researchers' article also attracted the attention of New Scientist, the world's most popular weekly science and technology publication, which covers international news from a scientific perspective and raises extensive questions about life, space and what it means, to be human.

»People working full-time in a virtual-reality environment have lower productivity and well-being, and increased anxiety, according to a new study. The research shows that, despite companies such as Microsoft and Facebook owner Meta investing heavily in VR and the immersive virtual world of the metaverse, the technology isn’t yet ready for widespread use in the workplace, while some people may never be able to use it effectively,« briefed Matthew Sparkes for New Scientist.



Source: https://arxiv.org/pdf/2206.03189.pdf

Given the limitations of current technology and the fact that VR provides a virtual approximation of the real environment, the researchers did not expect that working in the VR environment would exceed the efficiency of working in the physical environment, which is also confirmed by the results. Already on the first day, two participants stopped participating in the study due to migraine, nausea and anxiety. On the other hand, the results of the study showed, that participants are gradually overcoming negative first impressions and initial discomfort, which can serve as a baseline for future optimization of VR systems.

The full article is available here.

The IEEE ISMAR conference attracts the world's leading researchers from both academia and industry, and this year's 21st in a row will be held for the first time in Southeast Asia, in Singapore, from 17 to 21 October, 2022, in a hybrid version.

In addition to the article »Quantifying the Effects of Working in VR for One Week«, IEEE TVCG will publish two more articles by UP FAMNIT researchers: »VocabulARy: Learning Vocabulary in AR Supported by Keyword Visualisations« (authors: Maheshya Werasinghe, Klen Čopič Pucihar, Verena Biener, Aaron Quigley, Alice Tonilo, Angela Miguel, Jens Grubert, Matjaž Kljun) and »Arigato: Effects of Adaptive Guidance on Engagement and Performance in Augmented Reality Learning Environments« (authors: Maheshya Werasinghe, Klen Čopič Puciigley, Aron , Alice Tonilo, Angela Miguel, Matjaž Kljun).

Congratulations to our researchers and other authors!


Monday, 20 June 2022 Fully funded PhD in Mathematics - Cryptography at University of Primorska

The Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies at the University of Primorska (UP FAMNIT) is offering one fully-funded PhD scholarship at the Center of Cryptography.

We welcome applications from EU as well as International students who are enthusiastic about working as part of a multidisciplinary team focusing on mathematical cryptographic research in the following areas:

  • Boolean functions with high nonlinearity (bent functions, AB functions, planar functions …),
  • Linear codes,
  • Cryptanalysis (classical and quantum).

The selected candidate will be offered a tailored research project at UP FAMNIT.

What does the scholarship include?

The selected candidate will receive a 36-48 month scholarship which includes:

  • monthly payments of around EUR 1000 neto,
  • tuition fees,
  • research equipment and a working desk,
  • yearly budget for other research costs for covering fieldwork and conference attendance.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates should demonstrate outstanding academic potential with a strong Master’s ang Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or related subject. Good understanding of finite fields, vector spaces, algebraic and combinatorial techniques is desired. Familiarity with Sage, Mathematica, Magma or similar program packages is a plus.
Candidates must be born in 1994 or younger.

Candidate’s obligations

Besides the regular coursework required for the doctoral study programme (more information available here), 2 hours per week of teaching assistant work (e.g. running lab sessions, consulting students, drafting and correcting coursework, etc.). The teaching assistant work is only conducted during term time (32 weeks per year).

If coming from outside of EU the selected candidate will need a proof of fluent English language ability. Selected candidates will start their studies at the latest on 1st of October 2022. The selected candidate is expected to complete their doctoral studies in a minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 years.

How to apply?

Applicants for the scholarship need to include the following documents (if not in English or Slovenian all documents need to be officially translated and provided with documents in the original language):

  • a motivational letter,
  • a Curriculum Vitae (personal details, work experience, education and training, language skills, awards and recognitions, previous research work, publications) - maximum 4 pages,
  • a certified copy of any previously completed higher-level education degrees: e.g. bachelor degree, master degree, etc.,
  • course transcripts, GPA (grade point average) certificate of exams and tutorials,
  • a reference letter,
  • if you will need a visa to study in Slovenia, a copy of the page of your passport that gives your full name, passport number, etc.

Applicants should send this information in zip file to enes.pasalic@famnit.upr.si and nastja.cepak@iam.upr.si.

Application deadline is 30 July 2022.

For further information regarding application, enrolment and other administrative procedures please read the following, or contact Student Services.

Lead Supervisor: Prof. Enes Pasalic, PhD

More information: Center of Cryptography


Members of the center (from left to right): Dr. Samir Hodžić, Dr. Nastja Cepak; Prof. Enes Pasalic, PhD, Sadmir Kudin, Rene Rodriguez Aldama, Amar Bapić


Thursday, 16 June 2022 Project ENGREEN completed

The ENGREEN project - a 29-month project for preservation of green infrastructure in the cross-border cultural landscape Italy-SloveniaI, in which UP FAMNIT, VeGAL - Agenzia di Sviluppo del Veneto Orientale, ZRSVSN and Municipality of Dolina also cooperated with the Škocjan Caves Regional Park, ended today.

As part of the collaboration UP FAMNIT researchers collected data on ponds in western Slovenia and in the part of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Through its activities, the ENGREEN project has achieved its purpose of preserving the biodiversity of the area and significantly contributed to the restoration of dry walls, ponds, small wetlands, glaciers and the preparation of joint guidelines and plans for an integrated strategy for biodiversity conservation and development.

According to the director of the Škocjan Caves Park, Mr Stojan Ščuka the project "significantly contributed to the inventory of ponds, wells and drywalls and their renovation, which will continue as part of new already acquired projects (ReNature) and projects that are still in preparation (ENGREEN 2)." He added that "cooperation with the University of Primorska had a significant impact on the results and exceptional success of the project through various field tasks and deepened the existing cooperation, which will continue with various activities outside the project and in all subsequent projects in their area«.


Director of the Škocjan Caves Park, Mr Stojan Ščuka

Assist. Prof. Martina Lužnik, from the Department of Biodiversity at UP FAMNIT adds that "in two years they examined a large part of ponds (and other water bodies) in the Karst, Slovenian Istria and Brkini, collected data on the condition of ponds and the presence of amphibians, monitored karst grasslands and butterflies.". There was also monitoring of the recovery of the population of the extremely endangered butterfly False ringlet (lat. oenonympha Oedipus) after the fire (2019) in Cerje. By removing alien species, they have improved both the condition of ponds (removal of goldfish) and the habitat for False ringlet (removal of spider mites from grasslands), and the dissamination achieved with "ENGREEN" BIOLOGICAL EVENINGS with interesting, current and diverse biological topics.


Assist. prof. Martina Lužnik

As part of the project, UP Famnit also intensively included students - they even conducted 2 summer schools - where they were able to participate intensively in field research, and quite a few students chose this topic to prepare a final thesis in both 1st and 2nd level study programs.

The key activities of UP Famnit's cooperation within the project were:

• preparation of an overview of green infrastructure in the program area, and in particular the collection of existing data on ponds in western Slovenia and part of Friuli Venezia Giulia;

• survey of a large part of ponds (and other water bodies) in the Karst, Slovenian Istria and Brkini and collection of data on the condition of ponds and the presence of amphibians;

• review of karst grasslands and butterflies: monitoring the recovery of the population of the extremely endangered False ringlet butterfly after the fire (2019) in Cerje (2020, 2021, 2022);

by removing alien species, they improved the condition of ponds (by removing goldfish from 8 ponds) and the habitat for False ringlet butterfly (by removing spider mites from grasslands), and

great reach with "ENGREEN" BIOLOGICAL EVENINGS with interesting, current and diverse biological topics - more or less related to green infrastructure.


Members of the ENGREEN Project Team at UP Famnit, Assist. Katja Kalan, PhD, Assist. Prof. Jure Jugovic, Assist. Prof. Vladimir Ivović, Assist. Martin Senič,  Assist. Sara Zupan, Assist. Prof. Martina Lužnik

 


Friday, 10 June 2022 12th generation of UP FAMNIT graduates

Today, June 10, UP FAMNIT celebrated the twelfth generation of graduates - there have been 92 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, mathematics with financial engineering, data science,  computer science and sustainable built environments.

The 12th generation of graduates was addressed by the rector of the University of Primorska, Prof. Dr. Klavdija Kutnar, as well as the UP FAMNIT Dean, Assoc. Prof. Ademir Hujdurović. Congratulations on the completion of the studies were also given by Tomaž Lešnik, Director of Business Development and Sales at Dinit d.o.o.

Two students shared their memories and thoughts at the end of their study experiences at the faculty: Cita Jenko, graduate of the undergraduate study programme Biopsychology and Aljaž Kosmač, graduate of the master’s study programme in Mathematical Sciences.


Foto: Pavel Fičur

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. Below we publish the recipients of rewards for the last two years.

Recipients of the Faculty rewards are:

  • Maruša Penca Kocjan, undergraduate study programme Conservation Biology reward for study/research work,
  • Marjana Tomažič, master's study programme Nature Conservation, reward for study/research work,
  • Niki Hrovatin, doctoral study programme Computer Science, reward for study/research work,
  • Ajla Šehović, undergraduate study programme Mathematics, reward for study/research work,
  • Manca Vodopivec, undergraduate study programme Mathematics, reward for study/research work,
  • Ines Knežević, undergraduate study programme Biopsychology, reward for study/research work,
  • Cita Jenko, 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:

  • Inga Raič, undergraduate study programme Computer Science,
  • Nadeen Al Hawamdeh, undergraduate study programme Computer Science.

  • Foto: Pavel Fičur

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


Thursday, 9 June 2022 Successful conclusion of the ALTNLP conference

The Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (UP Famnit) has successfully concluded hosting the ALTNLP conference (The international conference on agglutinative language technologies as a challenge of natural language processing) on Wednesday, 8 June 2022.

The two-day conference was co-organised by UP Famnit Information Technology Department with its partner institutions Urgench State University, and Universidad del Pais Vasco, Basque Center for Language Technology (HITZ).

The conference was opened with a welcoming speech by Assoc. Prof. Jernej Vičič and Assist. Prof. Branko Kavšek, the organisers and representatives of the DIST UP Famnit. All attendees were greeted and welcomed by Prof. Dr. Štefko Miklavič, Vice-Rector for Scientific Research and Development of the University of Primorska, and Prof. Dr. Eneko Agirre, Director of the HITZ Centre.

The ALTNLP conference brings together researchers in linguistics, language technologies and machine learning in the field of agglutinative and morphologically rich languages. This year's conference was held virtually and brought together experts from 12 countries to present their latest findings in their respective fields, and also to network for possible future collaborations in research projects.

More information about the conference is available here.

  


Wednesday, 8 June 2022 Students of the Dušan Bordon Primary School attended the Natural Science Day at Famnit

Yesterday, June 7, 2022, our faculty hosted students from the Dušan Bordon Primary School who attended the NATURAL SCIENCE DAY AT FAMNIT.

Through various activities, lectures, experiments and workshops, they got to know the diverse world of science and had fun.

After the introductory greeting of the Dean and a walk around the faculty, dr. Alenka Baruca Arbeiter invited students to the world of research of medicinal and aromatic plants. As part of the workshop "Aromatic Plants and Distillation", they learned about methods for obtaining essential oil and hydrolate.

In the continuation of the science day, dr. Ana Zalokar explained, what the board game Snakes and Ladders and the movement of stock prices have in common. The workshop “From Snakes and Ladders to Stock Prices” gave them an insight into two examples of the Markov chain. They played board games and counted the routes, forecasting the weather and at the same time observing what was happening on the stock market.

Dr. Živa Fišer and students of Conservation Biology Lana Božič and Tinka Terčon presented to the students, how and in what way plants attract animals and how flowers differ to attract specific insects. The workshop "How and with what plants reward animals for spreading pollen?" Included a lot of work with practical aids, which the students were enthusiastic about: "We liked the most, that we could actually do something practical. It's best when we can test ourselves in something."

 

The science day ended with a workshop on mental health, where we talked about stress and the factors, that affect the feeling of stress and why it is important to seek help. Through the discussion and activities within the workshop "Are you ok? Ok!", Eva Sedlašek and Manca Kosmač from the Department of Psychology tried to introduce students to the concept of mental health and the factors that affect it.

"It's very important that we try to solve our problems. On the one hand, we have positive, protective factors that help us with our mental health, and on the other hand, there are risk factors that increase our distress. The number of factors is not as important as is the value on each individual factor," concluded Eva Sedlašek.


Tuesday, 7 June 2022 Presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation – Aleksandar Tošić

We invite you to the presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation Blockchain application in existing systems and architectures: an empirical study of the student Aleksander Tošić, enrolled in the doctoral study programme Computer Sciece.

The presentation will take place on Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 11.00 on Zoom:
https://upr-si.zoom.us/j/2711197445?pwd=ZGk0ZDZQb1NkcG5yWnE4Z3Y4aS9Edz09
Meeting ID: 271 119 7445
Passcode: 826129


Monday, 6 June 2022 A successful 13th edition of the TRIPLE i in Suicidology Conference 2022

The TRIPLE i: Intuition, Imagination and Innovation in Suicidology conference successfully concluded on Wednesday, 1 June 2022 at the University of Primorska. The two-day event was organised by the Andrej Marušič Institute, Slovene Centre for Suicide Research (UP IAM SCSR) in collaboration with the De Leo Fund Onlus.

This year, the conference was held in a hybrid format - in the Zoom online environment and simultaneously at the premises of the University of Primorska. The in-person attendees were aspiring students of the Psychology and Biopsychology postgraduate study programmes, which are successfully implemented at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (UP Famnit).

Assoc. Prof. Vita Poštuvan, Deputy Head of the Slovene Centre for Suicide Research (SCSR), said about the hybrid format of the conference: »The online implementation allows the event to be attended by people from all over the world. At this year's 13th conference, we had participants from about 35 countries. Personally, I am most pleased with those accompanying us from low and middle-income countries, as they would most likely not be able to attend the classic form of the conference. With the online implementation of the event, we enabled all listeners to obtain high-quality first-hand information. Witnessing their satisfaction, and how they transfer what they have learned into suicide prevention practice, makes our work and the continuation of this event worthwhile.«

All attendees the were greeted by Prof. Diego De Leo, Head of the Slovene Centre for Suicide Research and Assoc. Prof. Vita Poštuvan, Deputy Head, and Prof. Klavdija Kutnar, Rector of the University of Primorska, who also welcomed the participants.

This year's programme included topics on suicide research and clinical work with suicidal people. Internationally renowned experts in the field of suicidology Prof. Stephen Platt, Prof. David Gunnell, Prof. Holly C. Wilcox, Prof. Danuta Wasserman, Prof. Kairi Kõlves, Prof. Lanny Berman, Prof. David A. Jobes, Prof. Nicola Veronese, and others contributed to the insightful and well-rounded programme.

Dr. Vita Poštuvan summarized her impressions with a final thought: »This year's programme once again offered an extremely stimulating debate. In addition to the classic topics addressing suicidal behaviour and risk factors, such as the covid epidemic, social factors, loneliness, groups of people at risk (adolescents) – this year's programme brought together important topics on research methods, ethics and assessment, and interventions in clinical situations. The programme was broad and the participants were extremely satisfied at the end. «

We invite you to visit the ŽivŽiv?! website, where experts and people with personal experience write about mental health and suicide.

For more photos check the Andrej Marušič Institute (UP IAM) profiles on Facebook and Instagram.


Monday, 30 May 2022 Second application term for undergraduate studies for non-EU citizens

Today, 30 May 2022, starts the second application term for non-EU citizens for the enrolment in the undergraduate study programmes at UP FAMNIT and it lasts until 27 july 2022.

There are available places for the study programmes listed below:

  • Bioinformatics (Slovene version),
  • Mathematics (Slovene and English version),
  • Mathematics in Economics and Finance,
  • Mediterranean Agriculture,
  • Conservation Biology.

All information about the application procedure are available here.

For more information please contact the Student Services (e-mail: referat@famnit.upr.si, tel. + 386 5 611 75 75) or the Admissions Office of University of Primorska at vpis@upr.si


Monday, 30 May 2022 TRIPLE i in Suicidology Conference 2022

 

We are pleased to invite you to the 13th TRIPLE i conference: intuition, imagination and innovation in suicidology. The conference will be held from 31 May to 1 June 2022 in the Zoom online environment and in person at the premises of the University of Primorska (Meeting room, Titov trg 4, Koper, Slovenia). The event is organised by Andrej Marušič Institute, Slovene Centre for Suicide Research in collaboration with the De Leo Fund Onlus.

TRIPLE i is an international annual conference organised by the Slovene Centre for Suicide Research (UP IAM SCSR) in memory of the late Prof. Andrej Marušič and is held each year around the time of his birthday. The aim of the conference is to promote intuition, imagination and innovation in research and prevention of suicide and suicidal behaviour.

The programme includes topics of suicide research and clinical work with suicidal patients (theory, research, prevention, and interventions in suicidology). Existing difficulties in both research and clinical work will be specifically addressed.

The two-day conference will host internationally renowned experts in the field of suicidology such as Prof. Stephen Platt, Prof. David Gunnell, Prof, Holly C. Wilcox, Prof. Danuta Wasserman, Prof. Kairi Kõlves, Prof. Nicola Veronese, Prof. Lanny Berman, Prof. David A. Jobes, and more.

For more information visit the platform ŽivŽiv?! available here. In case you have additional questions, please send an email to triple-i@upr.si.

Students, professionals, scholars, practitioners or others interested in the topic of suicidal behaviours from different fields and different parts of the world are invited to join the conference. Let the TRIPLE i be the opportunity to express and practice your intuition, imagination and innovative ideas.

Warm welcome!


Diego De Leo and Vita Poštuvan


Thursday, 26 May 2022 1st Famnit Hackathon – another successful event carried out by Famnit students

On 21 and 22 May 2022 GDSC Primorska - Google developer Student Club at University of  Primorska successfully carried out the 1st Famnit Hackathon!

A Hackathon is a social coding event that brings computer programmers and students from other programmes together to improve upon or build a new software program.

8 teams of 3 students from Computer science, Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Psychology and Management study programmes have participated in the event. The teams had been either formed on their own, or on the Hackathon Team Building event prior to the Hackathon.

3 main categories were represented:Solutions to the sea overexploitation (A), Responsible Consumption (B) and Health & Mental Wellbeing (C).

Category winners:

(A) Danilo Radonjić, Amar Bapić, Selma Crnkić
(B) Riste Micev, Dimitar Pelivanov, Damjan Dimitrov
(C) Amila Mirvić, Jaša Selinšek, Natalija Robič

The overall winners, who won in the Responsible Consumption category, took the main prize of 500 EUR provided by Dinit Card Services, while the best idea award went to Zhaneta Koceva, Berna Asanova and Marija Zhivkovikj.

                                      

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: Dinit Card Services, Trapview, Mistral, Aquarium Piran, InnoRennew CoE 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.

»The hardest part of organizing was coming up with a competition concept, that would be interesting both to students and companies involved. Also getting sponsors, but we were glad to have had a lot of companies dedicate their otherwise free time to our Hackathon. What made us happy is that the company representatives were happy with the work Famnit students produced and we helped students network with potential employers,« said the GDSC representatives.

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.

 

 


Wednesday, 25 May 2022 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 26 May to 3 June 2022!

        

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 26 May to 3 June 2022 on ZOOM.

Study programmes coordinators will present our study and research activities as well as answer your questions.

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.

PROGRAMME OF THE WEEK

PROGRAMME

TIME

26 may 2022

Biopsychology (SLO)

5:00 PM

Psychology (SLO)

6:00 PM

30. maj 2022

Computer Science (SLO)

5.00 PM

31. maj 2022

Data Science (EN)

4:00 PM

Mathematical Sciences (SLO)

5:00 PM

Mathematical Sciences (EN)

6:00 PM

2. junij 2022

Nature Conservation (SLO)

6:00 PM

3. junij 2022

Sustainable Built Environments (SLO)

5.00 PM

Sustainable Built Environments (EN)

6:00 PM

 

Click HERE and discover all Master's study programmes at UP FAMNIT!

For more information: promo@famnit.upr.si

The CALL FOR ENROLMENT into UP FAMNIT postgraduate study programmes in 2022/23 is available HERE.

You are invited to join us!


Wednesday, 25 May 2022 Famnit student Diar Gashi achieved remarkable success on the Open International Internet-Olympiad in mathematics 2022

UP FAMNIT students have been competing at the Open International Internet-Olympiad in mathematics (OIIO) for many years and every time they are ranked among the best contestants.

Once again, they excelled at this year's competition.

The first round of the competition took place on February 25 where 6 Famnit students took part in the competition:

  • Todor Antić (Mathematics, 3rd year),
  • Jelena Glišić (Mathematics, 3rd year),
  • Milan Milivojčević (Computer Science, 3rd year),
  • Matjaž Madon (Mathematics, 2nd year),
  • Lazar Marković (Mathematics, 2nd year),
  • Diar Gashi (Mathematics, 1st year).

In the second round of the competition, which took place on March 26, as many as five students qualified (Diar Gashi, Milan Milivojčević, Jelena Glišić, Matjaž Madon in Todor Antić), among which Matjaž Madon and Milan Milivojčević scored the highest.

Diar Gashi ranked highest among Famnit students, advancing to the 3rd, final round of the competition, which took part on May 12, occupying the excellent 2rd place and receiving the 1st prize.

Diar Gashi

We sincerely congratulate all contestants and wish them much success in future!


Tuesday, 24 May 2022 The programming team of Famnit students represented the University of Primorska at the CERC competition

After last year's successful participation in the University Programming Marathon (UPM), which has been taking place at three Slovenian universities at the same time for a quarter of a century (UL, UM and UP) under the auspices of ACM Slovenia, Famnit's students Ina Bašić, Jelena Glišić and Ajla Šehović also competed in the SCERC (Central Europe Regional Contest), which is an integral part of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), the largest and most prestigious university computer science competition in the world.

In cooperation with the ACM Slovenija association, the University of Ljubljana hosted the Central European Regional Programming Contest (CERC) for the first time in Slovenia on 23 and 24 April this year.

This year, Slovenia was represented at the CERC competition by four teams from the University of Ljubljana, two teams from the University of Maribor and one team from the University of Primorska, consisting of Famnit students.

Dr. Andrej Brodnik (competition leader) from the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies at UP FAMNIT also contributed to the implementation of the competition.

Congratulations to the competitors who represented the University of Primorska at CERC 2021!

 

                       
Ina Bašić, Ajla Šehović and Jelena Glišić


Monday, 23 May 2022 Presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation – Kenny Štorgel

We invite you to the presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation Certain Graph-Theoretic Invariants and Decompositions: From Structure to Bounds and Algorithms of the student Kenny Štorgel, enrolled in the doctoral study programme Mathematical Sciences.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, 1 June 2022 at 10.00 in the classroom FAMNIT-Avla Glagoljaška.


Monday, 23 May 2022 Project STEP CHANGE is in full swing – Steering Committee Meeting at UP FAMNIT

Last week, Faculty of mathematic, natural Sciences and Information Technologies hosted a Steering Committee Meeting for STEP CHANGE, an international project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

A three-year project, with a funding just over 2 million euros is coordinated by the researchers from the Department of Biodiversity at UP FAMNIT. The project, launched in March 2021, will draw on the expertise of 11 partners from 7 European countries and Uganda Uganda (including Oxford University, Aarhus University in Denmark and Tor Vergata University in Italy), to increase the mutual responsiveness of science and society while boosting the capacity of scientific investigation over phenomena that cannot be completely seized within conventional disciplinary boundaries.

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.

Through 5 Citizen Science Initiatives, the project partners obtain important information in the fields of health, energy and the environment. The project assumes active public participation in scientific or research projects - hence the term "Citizen science". 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 (HAS).

Representatives of all partner institutions attended a two-day meeting, held at UP FAMNIT, during which they reviewed current activities within all five initiatives and examined the public response in the countries where the initiatives are currently taking place.

"I am glad that after one year of online meetings, we were finally able to meet live in Koper. The meeting was an exceptional opportunity to get to know each other better and share invaluable experiences", concludes prof. Elena Bužan, the project leader.

The next STEP CHANGE Steering Committee Meeting will take place in November 2022 in Brussels, with participation of the European Commission representatives.

More information about the project: https://stepchangeproject.eu/

 


Thursday, 19 May 2022 The book »Symmetry in Graphs« by authors from the University of Primorska published by Cambridge University Press

The book »Symmetry in Graphs« was published by Cambridge University Press in the series Cambridge Studies in Advanced Mathematics. Authors of this first full-length book on the major theme of symmetry in graphs are Ted Dobson, Aleksander Malnič and Dragan Marušič, researchers of the University of Primorska.

Books within the Cambridge Studies in Advanced Mathematics series aim to introduce the reader to an active area of mathematical research. Besides being suitable for graduate students, the treatments are applicable for experts from other branches of mathematics, seeking access to research topics.

 

ABOUT »Symmetry in Graphs«

The book begins with the basic material, leading the reader towards major problems and most active research themes of this fast-growing field, which forms a part of algebraic graph theory. Authors motivate the detailed discussion of individual topics that follow the introduction.

It is concerned with the study of highly symmetric graphs, particularly vertex-transitive graphs, and other combinatorial structures, primarily by group-theoretic techniques. Investigations of the field shed new light on permutation groups and related algebraic structures.

Featuring many examples and over 450 exercises, it is an essential introduction to the field for graduate students and a valuable addition to any algebraic graph theorist's bookshelf.

REVIEWS

»The book is an excellent introduction to graph symmetry, assuming only first courses in each of group theory and graph theory. Illustrative and instructive examples of graphs with high symmetry are given along with motivating problems. The theory of group actions is interspersed throughout the book, as appropriate to the development of the graph story, and there are separate chapters treating different research directions, for example, vertex-transitive graphs and their automorphism groups, the Cayley Isomorphism Problem, and Hamiltonicity. The book provides a seamless entry for students and other interested people into this fascinating study of the interplay between symmetry and network theory, with extensive lists of exercises at the end of each chapter, and important research problems on graph symmetry discussed throughout the book, and especially in the final chapter.«
Cheryl Praeger - University of Western Australia, Perth

»Dobson, Malnič and Marušič have done us a real service. They offer a thorough treatment of graph symmetry, the first text book on the topic. What makes this even more useful is that their treatment is detailed, careful and gentle.«
Chris Godsil - University of Waterloo, Ontario

»A book like this is long overdue. It brings together a vast array of important and interesting material about graph symmetries, and is very well presented. Congratulations to the authors on a fine achievement. «
Marston Conder - University of Auckland

More about the publication can be found here.


Tuesday, 17 May 2022 Presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation – Nina Krohne

We invite you to the presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation »Suicidal Behavior in Women: The Role of Intimate Partner Violence and Resilience to Suicidality« of the student Nina Krohne, enrolled in the doctoral study programme Suicidology and Mental Health.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, 25 May 2022 at 13.00 via Zoom on link:

https://upr-si.zoom.us/j/86243631813

ID: 862 4363 1813


Monday, 16 May 2022 Presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation - Blas Fernandez

We invite you to the presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation On certain problems related to Terwilliger algebras and distance-balanced graphs of the student Blas Fernandez, enrolled in the doctoral study programme Mathematical Sciences.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, 25 May 2022 at 17.00 in the classroom FAMNIT-VP3 and via Zoom on link:

https://upr-si.zoom.us/j/84794175297?pwd=Mp81hohK67WQyaIPHKjINaGOtZQL14.1#success


Friday, 13 May 2022 Famnit Hackathon: growing networks, meeting company representatives and making new friends

GDSC Primorska is organising a UP FAMNIT Hackathon on the faculty level!

A Hackathon is a social coding event that brings computer programmers and students from other programmes together to improve upon or build a new software program.

When and where?
21 and 22 May at Avla (Famnit, Glagoljaška 8).

Theme?
Sustainable development, health and wellbeing.

Students from all Famnit programs are invited to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams. A few days before the event, you will have the chance to form teams at our welcoming event. All teams should have 2-3 members from the Computer Science/Mathematics programme, out of 4, to ease the implementational part.

Apply immediately if you are willing to work with new people, have fun, grow your network, get in touch with the sponsoring companies, win and earn some prizes.

Application form: https://forms.gle/sK3BA8spYWxWb3ZW7

See you at the Famnit Hackathon!

                               


Thursday, 12 May 2022 Forest Genetic Monitoring Training School in Kaunas, Lithuania

The Forest Genetic Monitoring Training School will be organized within the framework of ConservePlants COST Action (CA18201), with the support of International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and aims at training Postdoctoral fellows, Ph. D. candidates, early career scientists (M.Sc. Level or above), and practitioners (M.Sc. level or above) involved in genetic conservation actions.

Instructors: Prof. Filippos Aravanopoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Prof. Darius Danusevičius (Vytautas Magnus University), Dr. Darius Kavaliauskas (Bavarian Office for Forest Genetics), Prof. Om Rajora (University of New Brunswick)

Date: 5July – 8 July 2022

Place: Kaunas, Lithuania

Local organiser: Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Institute of Forestry, Kaunas, Lithuania

Local contact: rita.verbylaite@lammc.lt

The immediate objective of the Training School is to provide participants with knowledge about genetic and genomic aspects of Forest Genetic Monitoring and about how to start Forest Genetic Monitoring programs, including the selection, establishment and maintenance of plot; background information on indicators and verifiers; overview of fieldwork, laboratory and data analysis.

The mid-term objective is to foster collaborations, in research and training on FGM, and to establish a network of FGM Plots for different tree species.

Applicants should apply by 15 May using the form.

More about the programme can be found here.

    


Thursday, 12 May 2022 Call for papers for the conference MATCOS-22

The Middle-European Conference on Applied Theoretical Computer Science (MATCOS-22) will be held October 13-14 2022 in Koper, Slovenia. The conference is organised by the University of Primorska, Andrej Marušič Institute (UP IAM), and the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (UP Famnit) in cooperation with InnoRenew CoE.

MATCOS-22 will be held in conjunction with the 25th Multi-Conference on Information Society, October 10th - 14th, 2022, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

During the past years, other fields have used several subjects, methods and approaches of Theoretical Computer Science, and several results have been integrated into practical applications. Solutions for NP-hard problems, algorithmic-oriented AI and data science, new models and methods in system biology and bioinformatics, automata theory approaches in software and hardware verification, practical quantum computing solutions and the development of other prospective new models of computation are good examples to buttress the above statement.

There is a special emphasis on use in applications such as simulation, bioinformatics, digital signal and image processing, data science, digital forensics, logistics, smart homes/cities and IoT, computational social science etc.


Paper submission deadline is July 17th, 2022.

Papers must be in English and provide sufficient details to allow the program committee to assess their merits. The submissions of regular papers, as well as their final versions, are limited to 4 pages sharp and will be published in an Information Society multi-conference proceeding.

Only submissions sent in pdf format via EasyChair will be accepted (in the submission indicate whether you are submitting a regular paper or a short paper). The link is available here.

For more detailed information on paper submission, travel and accommodation information, and general info regarding the conference, please visit http://matcos.iam.upr.si.

All personal inquiries must be sent to matcos@iam.upr.si.

                                   


Wednesday, 11 May 2022 Presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation - Sadmir Kudin

We invite you to the presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation Specifying bent functions outside M# and some results on correlation immune functions of the student Sadmir Kudin, enrolled in the doctoral study programme Mathematical Sciences.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 at 10.00 in the classroom FAMNIT-VP2.


Tuesday, 10 May 2022 Student Dren Neziri received the Golden award at the Jurij Vega Awards Competition

After a successful performance at the International Mathematical Kangaroo organized by the DMFA of Slovenia and receiving the Bronze award, Dren Neziri, a UP FAMNIT student, entered the national Jurij Vega Awards Competition, which took place on April 23 in Ljubljana.

At the 7th Student Mathematics Jurij Vega Awards Competition (also organized by DMFA), Dren Neziri took an excellent 3rd place and thus received the Golden award and 3rd Prize.


Dren Neziri at the Vojtěch Jarník International Mathematical Competition 2022

In addition to Famnit's student, Tamara Logar (UP FVZ) also took part in the national competition, which was attended by 35 students, and received a silver award.

The competition for students in mathematics was first held in the school year 2006/07 and covers two levels of competition: the school competition for the Bronze award and the national competition for the Silver and Golden awards.

In addition to popularizing mathematics, the organizers of the competition strive to deepen and expand mathematical knowledge over the complexity of the regular program in mathematics for higher education. Moreover, such an event is a good starting point for comparison between students and for discovering and encouraging mathematically gifted students.

The tasks for the school competition, which this year was attended by 402 competitors (21 of them from the University of Primorska), are prepared by the International Mathematical Kangaroo Competition Commission, and the tasks for the national competition are in the domain of the National Competition Commission.

»The school competition required a bit more coordination compared to the national competition, as students competed in several locations at the same time. Both competitions, school and national, are of the same format, but the tasks in the national competition are of course more demanding. Solving tasks with encirclement certainly facilitates the work of the commission, as the data processing process is easier and faster,« said dr. Nino Bašić from the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies at UP FAMNIT, Secretary of the National Competition Commission.

All the results are available here.


Friday, 6 May 2022 Presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation - Rene Rodriguez Aldama

We invite you to the presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation Generic constructions of minimal codes from special classes of functions over finite fields of the student Rene Rodriguez Aldama, enrolled in the doctoral study programme Mathematical Sciences.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, 11 May 2022 at 11.00 in the classroom FAMNIT-VP3.


Friday, 6 May 2022 EDUFarm project – invitation for participation for farmers in protected areas in Slovenia

Managing a farm in a protected area is a challenge in itself, as a well-balanced relationship between the economy and nature conservation must be upheld. The pilot project EDUFarm (Preservation of biodiversity of agricultural landscape through development and integration of educational model in agricultural activity) that is led by researchers from the Department of Biodiversity at UP FAMNIT, focuses on developing an efficient and economically sustainable model of farm management conservation of biodiversity.

The project was created with the desire to raise awareness of farm owners and other target groups (schools, Universities, and general public) about the importance of conserving and protecting biodiversity in the agricultural and cultural landscape, identifying biodiversity indicators and developing an economically sustainable farm management model.

More information about the project and the research group, which also includes the Mahne Farm and the Lambergar Farm, can be found here.

Prof. Elena Bužan, PhD (project manager), >assistant Sandra Potušek and Aja Bončina have prepared a survey questionnaire, through which they want to gain insight and consider the perspective of the farmers in protected areas in Slovenia, and the importance of preserving biodiversity in the agricultural landscape.

The results gained from this survey will be the basis for the development of a decision tree, which will serve as a tool to improve the preservation of biodiversity on farms, while enabling them to make the best use of existing financial mechanisms i.e. government and EU support, available for biodiversity conservation.

The results will also provide an understanding for the reasoning behind potential non-use of these existing financial mechanisms. Subsequently, this would offer a more detailed insight into why the measures and financial support that is available for preservation of biodiversity in the agricultural landscape is not utilized systematically.

All farms in protected areas are invited to complete the questionnaire: https://1ka.arnes.si/a/ed095227

 

 


Friday, 22 April 2022 POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA - PROJECT STEPCHANGE

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PRIMORSKA (UP FAMNIT) - PROJECT STEPCHANGE

Project description:

The University of Primorska is the coordinating institution of the Horizon 2020 project Step change focusing on citizen science for wildlife monitoring.

Field of expertise: wildlife monitoring, ecology, management, conservation, citizen scienc

Terms and conditions:

  • Applicants must have a relevant university education with a completed doctoral/PhD degree and a strong potential in researc
  • Relevant knowledge and willingness to work in ecological statistics
  • Willingness to supervise graduation/master theses, and to promote young scientists
  • Excellent spoken and written English is required. Slovene would be advantageous.

Your tasks:

You should be able to implement a comprehensive approach to combine spatial and presence information with fragmentation of the landscape, timeframe, ecological characteristics of the area etc. You are also expected to be able to run and test models to validate collected data and infer past and future trends and you are expected to contribute to project management. Good communication skills with stakeholder would be appreciated.

We offer:

  • Contract of Employment for full time (40 hours/week) for period untill 30th April 2024
  • The position will be paid according to category of the Collective agreement for employees at Slovenian universities

Application instructions:

Interested applicants are requested to send the application in electronic form to stepchange@famnit.upr.si, and “Postdoc in wildlife management” in the object. Please attach in pdf format:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how you fit the description
  • A CV
  • a list of publications highlighting the with five the most relevant ones.

Application deadline: May 15th, 2022


Thursday, 21 April 2022 Call for Student Tutors for the 2022/2023 Academic Year is now open!

The new Rules on the tutoring system at the University of Primorska are in force, and as a result the new application deadline for student tutors is now open earlier.

We invite you to (re) apply for tutors in the upcoming academic year 2022/2023 and enrich your student experience and the experience of your younger colleagues.

What is tutoring?

Tutoring is an organized help to students based on a personal approach. The call is open for the following positions:

  • tutors,
  • tutors for foreign students,
  • tutors to help students with special needs.

Who is tutoring intended for?

Student tutoring is intended primarily for first-year students who find themselves in a new living and educational environment. Tutors help them with important information and integration into the new environment.

Tutors for foreign students offer support to newcomers who come to UP for exchange or full-time study. Tutors help them integrate into the new environment as well as with administrative and language barriers.

Tutors for students with special needs enable students to adapt more quickly and integrate successfully into the student environment and study.

You can apply online through the Call for Student TutorsThe application deadline is Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

Introductory training for tutors will be organized in May 2022.

The organization and operation of the tutoring system is regulated by the Rules on the tutoring system at the University of Primorska (Pravilnik o tutorskem sistemu na Univerzi na Primorskem). An official English translation will be available shortly soon.

 For additional questions, please contact: promo@famnit.upr.si


Tuesday, 19 April 2022 Join the lecture »Strange presences in the Tuscan Archipelago, two study cases on alien (and invasive?) lizard and snake«

On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, the eighth lecture from the series of  Famnitovi Biološki večeri 2021/22 will take place. The lecture entitled »Strange presences in the Tuscan Archipelago, two study cases on alien (and invasive?) lizard and snake« will be given by dr. Marco Alberto Luca Zuffi.

The event will take place via ZOOM at 7 p.m., in English.

                                  

ABOUT THE LECTURE

Zoogeographical aspects of reptile distribution in the Tuscan Archipelago (Northern Thyrrenian Sea) show remarkable interesting matters for many of the herpetological fauna. The recent unexpected presence of Podarcis siculus on the Gorgona island was described, including the putative continental origin (genetic data) and actual density and distribution on that island (N-Mixture model simulations). On Montecristo island, on the contrary, the supposed endemic viper (Vipera aspis montecristi, now Vipera aspis hugyi), has recognized as actively introduced in historical times, from Sicily, to be used as a theriaca component.

 

ABOUT THE LECTURER

Dr. Marco Alberto Luca Zuffi
Born on 1960, a degree in Natural Sciences in 1983, PhD in Evolutionary Biology in 2007. Curator of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at the Natural History Museum, University of Pisa, Calci (Pisa), Italy, since 1988. Founder of the Italian Society of Herpetology, member of the European Herpetological Society (past General Secretary). Expert in functional morphology, ecology and behaviour of Squamates and Chelonians. Author and coauthor of about 100 impact factor papers, and more than 150 other scientific papers (peer review, volume chapters, proceedings, etc.). Tutor of more than 100 students.

 

       

A video recording of the lecture will be available after the event here.


Wednesday, 13 April 2022 Presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation – Mariem Zouari

We invite you to the presentation of the topic of the doctoral dissertation "Biocarbon-based waterborne functional coating for integrated adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of indoor volatile organic compounds" of the student Mariem Zouari, enrolled in the doctoral study programme Renewable Materials for Healthy Built Environments .

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, 19 April 2022 at 16.00 at InnoRenew CoE (Livade 6A, 6310 Izola) and via Zoom:

https://upr-si.zoom.us/j/81337571310


Monday, 11 April 2022 Additional enrollment places for displaced persons from Ukraine with temporary protection

On 7 April 2022, the Senate of the University of Primorska approved additional places for candidates - displaced persons from Ukraine with temporary protection for enrollment in bachelor's, master's and doctoral programmes at the University of Primorska for the academic year 2022/2023. University of Primorska (UP) offers to displaced persons from Ukraine with temporary protection additional places at all levels of study.

The application deadline for this category of applicants is 1 September 2022, at the national level for enrolment in undergraduate programmes, and for enrolment in Master's and doctoral programmes they are subject to the same application deadlines as Slovenians without Slovenian citizenship, foreigners from countries that are not members of the European Union.

As of today, an invitation is also open to investors in the UP Scholarship Fund, which has been providing scholarships since 2008, and this year they can also apply as donors. New this year is, an additional call for persons with recognised international protection or temporary protection of displaced persons, which will make it easier to apply for the enrolment call.               


Monday, 11 April 2022 Today starts the ALUMNI UP WEEK (11.–15. 4. 2022)

                   

The Alumni Club of the University of Primorska (hereinafter Alumni UP) is an official association that unites graduates of the University of Primorska and the Alumni Clubs of the faculties of the University of Primorska. It represents an important connection of graduates, offers opportunities for networking and the promotion of further professional and personal development, lifelong learning, research and, last but not least, socializing.

Alumni UP Week is the result of previous efforts and represents a starting point for the further development of Alumni UP activities and activities planned by individual Alumni clubs of the University of Primorska faculties.

The long-term goal for Alumni UP is to develop as a community of members and friends of the University of Primorska who share inspiring stories, information, knowledge and skills, so we invite you to become a part of our story. You can find the application form HERE.

We will celebrate the first Alumni UP Week in the spirit of cooperation and creating new connections. You are invited to join us!

PROGRAMME

Monday, 11. 4. 2022, from 18.00 to 19.30, UP PEF
ALUMNI UP PEF: PEFcast live: Digital ADDICTION, Guest: Miha Kramli

Tuesday, 12. 4. 2022, from 18.00 to 19.00, Atrium UP PEF
ALUMNI UP PEF: Opening of the photo exhibition and performance of the orchestra

Wednesday, 13. 4. 2022, form 14.00 to 17.00, Great  hole UP FTS Turistica, Portorož
32. Graduation ceremony at the UP FTŠ Turistica

Wednesday, 13. 4. 2022, from 17.00 to 19.00, Armerija
ALUMNI UP: Creating Connections: The contribution of the Alumni Club to the development of the university and society? (social event with a round table)

17.00 Introductory greating of the rector of the Eniversity of Primorska, prof. dr. Klavdija Kutnar
17.10

Round table »Creating Connections:  The contribution of the Alumni Club to the development of the university and society?«

Speakers: predsident of the Alumni UP, assoc. prof. dr. Mirko Prosen

Tjaša Likar, Alumni UP FHŠ

Marko Grgurović, Alumni UP Famnit

Vasilij Žbogar, Alumni UP FM

assoc. prof. dr. Sabina Ličen Alumni UP FVZ

Ajda Zvonar, Alumni UP FTŠ Turistica

Elen Stanič, Alumni UP PEF

Moderators: Janja Spevan in Lovrenc Habe

18.00

String quartet PRIMA (Nejka Čuk: 1. violin, Anika Ploj: 2. violin, Sara Štrancar: viola, Luka Mužina: cello)

18.10–19.30

Networking

Thursday, 14. 4. 2022, from 10.00 to 20.00, UP FM
24. Graduation ceremony at the UP FM

Thursday, 14. 4. 2022, at 19.00, zoom
ALUMNI UP FVZ: FVZvečer

ALUMNI UP FHŠ: Humanistic Days (all week) 


Monday, 11 April 2022 Enjoy the nature and help scientists at the same time: UP invites you to the spring cowslips hunting campaign

This spring, Europe is looking for spring cowslips!

Also this spring, Slovenia is joining the action of observing spring cowslips. We invite everyone who likes to spend time in nature and would like to contribute to real scientific research to participate.

The idea of ​​pan-European observation was born to researchers from Estonia who wanted to obtain as much data as possible about the spring cowslip in Estonia. They have taken an approach in which the role of researchers is taken over by amateur naturalists and is therefore called "citizen science". That year, in Estonia, with the help of children and adults who provided data on cowslips, they obtained data on as many as 200,000 plants.

         

What is it really about?

The idea is simple: we go to nature and find a place where spring cowslips (Primula veris) grow. We take a look at their blossom and send our observations along with some photos via smartphone to the researchers. After the end of flowering, when all the data has been collected, the scientists analyze the data and send feedback to all participants on their findings.

"Participating in this scientific research has proven to be easy and fun, which we don't hear so often," commented Dr. Tsipe Aavik, lead researcher of the Spring Cowslip project. Everyone can participate, as the work is simple and participants do not need additional training, in addition, researchers in Estonia have set up a website through which we can easily enter data. "In Estonia, many families and children took part in this campaign, which we started in 2019." During the pandemic, this action proved particularly welcome, as it encouraged people to spend time in nature. "Why not add a fun activity to a walking in nature, which also benefits scientists?" adds Tsipe Aavik.

Estonian scientists were positively surprised by the great response from citizens. With their help, they obtained important information about the state of the spring cowslip in Estonia and the results were published in the prestigious scientific journal Journal of Ecology. Therefore, they decided to expand the campaign in 2021 to more countries.

What did the research show?

A study coordinated by ecologists from the University of Tartu and the Estonian Nature Fund sought to examine whether drastic changes in the landscape, such as the loss of traditionally managed grasslands, led to deviations in the morphic balance of spring cowslip blossom. The spring cowslip has - like all its relatives, such as the trumpet - blossoms of two shapes: about half of them have blossoms with a short pistil and long anthers (briefly called "S blossom"), and the other half blossoms with a long pistil and short anthers ("L blossom"). Recent research has shown that grass loss can upset the balance in the frequency of S and L blossoms. This has important implications for cowslips as they affect the performance of populations. Data collected so far in Estonia have revealed the predominance of S blossoms over L blossoms. The deviation also turned out to be greater in smaller populations and in those areas where the human population density is higher.

                   

But new questions are opening up. Are similar deviations characteristic of other populations in Europe? What is the actual situation of populations elsewhere in Europe? And so the idea of ​​a pan-European cowslip observation campaign was born. The approach is the same - anyone who would like to add a pebble to the mosaic of this extensive research can join the observation.

The specially designed web platform https://cowslip.science/ now translated into many languages, including Slovenian, and allows easy data upload. In 2022, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

The ConservePlants project, funded by the European Union and bringing together botanists from more than 40 European and other nearby countries, has also contributed to expanding the campaign to many European countries. The head of the ConservePlants project, Živa Fišer from the University of Primorska, says: “The goal of the ConservePlants project is to connect European and other researchers, as well as all others who strive to save endangered plant species with different approaches. The amateur science approach is also becoming increasingly important in the research of serious scientific issues, which has also been shown in the above-mentioned study of the spring cowslip in Estonia. That is why we were happy to join the Estonian colleagues' initiative as part of the ConservePlants project."

In Slovenia, the campaign is coordinated by the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska and the Botanical Garden of the University of Ljubljana, while the coordinator for Slovenia is Dr. Živa Fišer from the Department of Biodiversity at UP FAMNIT. The campaign is also accompanied by other activities, such as the preparation of educational materials, short videos and promotion through social networks and other media.

More information:
https://cowslip.science/
Dr. Živa Fišer, Local Coordinator for Slovenia, University of Primorska; ziva.fiser@upr.si

   


Wednesday, 6 April 2022 After a two-year break, our students are returning with new successes from the Czech Republic

Between 31 March and 3 April, the 30th traditional Vojtěch Jarník International Mathematical Competition, the oldest mathematics competition for students in the European Union, which UP FAMNIT students have traditionally participated in for many years, took place in Ostrava (Czech Republic). This year's competition was held after a two-year break, and was again attended by UP FAMNIT students, who achieved outstanding results.

In the first category (for 1st and 2nd year students or under 22 years of age) Famnit was represented by Dren Neziri, Diar Gashi (both 1st year of Mathematics) and Dorotea Redžepi (2nd year of Mathematics). In the second category our faculty was represented by Ajla Šehović (3rd year of Mathematics).

                                 

Student Dren Neziri reached the best results, finishing 10th with 15 points, for which he also received a certificate.

                                             

All the results are available on the links below.
https://vjimc.osu.cz/j30results1
https://vjimc.osu.cz/j30results2

Among the competitive problems was also included the problem proposed by dr. Slobodan Filipovski. (Task 3, Category 2). All the problems are available here.

Congratulations to our students and we wish them many successful competitions ahead!


Friday, 1 April 2022 New success stories of international cooperation and mobility of UP FAMNIT professors and researchers

International cooperation and mobility of professors and researchers is one of the basic values of the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (UP FAMNIT). In this academic year, 44.1% of students from abroad are enrolled at UP FAMNIT, while 26.6% of foreign teachers and researchers are engaged in pedagogical activities.

Our professors have connected with professors and researchers from prestigious foreign universities who visit us regularly. In addition to longer visits, participation numbers in various events are also high, including traditional international conferences co-organized by UP FAMNIT. In 2021, the faculty also organized the 8th European Congress of Mathematics (8ECM), the biggest mathematical congresses to date according to the number of participants (1,771 mathematicians from 77 countries) and events organized in a hybrid form.

We promote mobility within existing schemes (Erasmus+, CEEPUS) and within bilateral agreements on different levels (national, university, faculty), as well as possibilities outside formal programmes, in individual arrangements . Often, teachers, researchers are students additionally participate as invited speakers and guest lecturers at universities abroad, at international scientific conferences, meetings and summer schools in various scientific fields.

Training as part of the Cost action ConservePlants CA 18201

Between 29 March and 1 April 2022 in Podgorica (Montenegro), UP FAMNIT, in cooperation with BGCI – Botanic Garden Conservation International (UK), Portuguese Botanical Societ and the Natural History Museum of Montenegro, participated in the training of plant classification assessors to the red lists by IUCN categories and criteria. The training was part of the Cost Action ConservePlants CA 18201 and involves 40 participants - mainly botanists working in different regions - from 14 different European countries. The aim was to train experts in workshops in the field of research and protection of plant diversity to plan and prepare both global and national red lists, which are key documents for ensuring an appropriate biodiversity protection plan. The training was also attended by dr. Peter Glasnović from the Department of Biodiversity UP FAMNIT.

       

ELBA (Establishment of training and research centers and Courses development on Intelligent BigData Analysis in Central Asia) Management Meeting

Within the ELBA Project (Establishment of training and research centers and Courses development on Intelligent BigData Analysis in Central Asia), last week our University representatives Ariana Ferfila, dr. Jernej Vičič and dr. Branko Kavšek successfully completed the 1st face-to-face Management Meeting at our Italian partners - Politechnico do Torino. As the last year of the project already started, they discussed the final steps and reporting activities needed to be carried out for the efficacious completion of the project.

In February this year, as part of the ELBA project, we hosted a 10-day international training of university professors in the field of intelligent data analysis at UP FAMNIT. More about the training, coordinated and carried out by dr. Branko Kavšek, is available here.

  

                                  


Thursday, 31 March 2022 Students of the University of Primorska competing in mathematics

At the International Mathematical Kangaroo Competition, organized by the DMFA of Slovenia, two students from the University of Primorska advanced to the national level, while seven students received the bronze award.

Dren Neziri (UP FAMNIT) and Tamara Logar (UP FVZ) will be entering the Jurij Vega Awards Competition, which is a competition in mathematics on a national level, taking place on April 23, 2022, in Ljubljana.

In the competition, which does not require knowledge of higher mathematics, but mainly the ability of logical thinking, 402 students participated nationwide, 21 of whom were from the University of Primorska. Most successful students received the Bronze award, while silver and gold awards, as well as some prizes, are awarded at the national level of the competition.

Students from the University of Primorska that received the Bronze awards are:

  • Todor Antic (UP FAMNIT)
  • Etian Križman (UP FAMNIT)
  • Tamara Logar (UP FVZ)
  • Dren Neziri (UP FAMNIT)
  • Tadej Peršolja (UP FHŠ)
  • Ajla Sehovic (UP FAMNIT)
  • Dolores Ugrin (UP PeF)

We sincerely congratulate the students, and we wish the winners a successful continuation of the competition!

 


Monday, 28 March 2022 Call for enrolment into postgraduate study programs at UP FAMNIT

Call for enrolment into postgraduate study programs at UP FAMNIT in the academic year 2022/23 is now published!

Application terms for EU citizens:

  • first application term: from 6 April to 24 August 2022,
  • second application term: from 8 to 15 September 2022,
  • third application term: from 22 to 23 September 2022.

Application terms for non-EU citizens and Slovene nationals without Slovene citizenship:

  • first application term: from 6 April to 12 August 2022,
  • second application term: from 19 to 26 August 2022,
  • third application term: from 8 to 15 September 2022,
  • fourth application term: from 22 to 23 September 2022.

Candidates for enrolment in the doctoral study programmes must do the following:

  • hold an interview with the study programme Coordinator after the submission of the application,
  • choose a mentor and obtain his written agreement before enrolling.

Call and information for candidates regarding the application are published in this link.

Candidates can obtain all information from the Student Services Office (e-mail: referat@famnit.upr.si, phone 05 611 75 75).

You are kindly invited to follow our info events page, where further information regarding the presentations of postgradute study programmes at UP FAMNIT will be published.

                    


Friday, 25 March 2022 New postdoctoral positions in the field of mathematics or theoretical computer science available

A postdoctoral position at the University of Primorska – mentor Assist. Prof. Nino Bašić

The Departments of Information Sciences and Technologies of Andrej Marusic Institute (UP IAM) and Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (UP FAMNIT) at the University of Primorska, are seeking a top early-career researcher for a postdoctoral position.

Polyhedral self-assembly is a very appealing research field, both in the area of synthetic biochemistry and also mathematics. A great attention was paid to modelling self-assembly from a single-chain peptide. A mathematical model was established that heavily relies on the use of special double traces of graphs. A lot of research territory still remains open, for instance the study of multiple-chain self-assembly. Of course, the mathematical model has to be adopted accordingly to enable multiple chains. It has to take into account both parallel and anti-parallel dimers, as well as homo- and hetero-dimers. The research goal is to develop a model that is as general as possible, while still manageable. An important component of the project are computer simulations (including the use of computer clusters and multicore systems).

The candidate will also have the opportunity to be involved in research of other topics in chemical graph theory which are pursued by the local research group, such as spectral properties of molecular graphs, chemical hexagonal complexes, core and nut graphs, altans of chemical graphs etc.

The successful candidate will be part of the Departments of Information Sciences and Technologies at UP IAM and UP FAMNIT, and will work under the guidance of  Nino Bašić.

Terms and conditions:

  • The position is for two years.
  • Applicants must possess a PhD in mathematics or theoretical computer science (or closely related area) upon taking up the position (but not necessary at the time of the application).
  • The position comes with a teaching load of 1-2 courses per semester on the Mathematics / Computer Science / Bioinformatics / Data Science study programs offered at UP FAMNIT.
  • The starting salary is about 1550 EUR / month after tax (2286 EUR gross).

Deadline & Application process:

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until May 1, 2022, or until the position is filled.
Starting date: negotiable but preferably not later than October 1, 2022.

To apply, please send the following documents in electronic form to Nino Bašić (nino.basic@famnit.upr.si) with the subject line "UP Postdoc 2022" in the Subject field:

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

Informal inquiries should be addressed to Nino Bašić (nino.basic@famnit.upr.si).

 


Thursday, 24 March 2022 The call for the dr. Uroš Seljak Award is open

The award is designed to encourage and support scientific publications of students in first- and second-cycle study programs in Slovenia, and to encourage mentoring students.

Candidates for the award can only be nominated by individuals who have the title of higher education professor or researcher. The proposed candidate must meet the following conditions: they must be enrolled in the first- and second-cycle study programs at one of the higher education institutions in Slovenia during the time of their research work that led to the scientific publication; their work needs to be published and not only submitted for publishing.

Application deadline is April 30, 2022, by 11:59 p.m.

The winner receives a certificate of recognition for the best scientific publication for the first- and second-cycle study programs and $ 10,000 in cash.

The mentor of the winning student receives a plaque.

The award winner will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated relevance of the publication, indicating further advances in science in a specific field in Slovenia or abroad,
  • Notable importance of a scientific publication in terms of its innovation,
  • High impact factor (citations).

More information and application forms available at this link (only in Slovene).


Wednesday, 23 March 2022 New postdoctoral positions in the field of computer science available

Postdoctoral position at the University of Primorska:
Data-driven optimization for sustainable network design, mentor Prof. Michaël Mrissa

Using networks to model real-world problems is a powerful tool, as they provide an efficient abstraction that can be used to analyse the structure of the task at hand. Sustainability plays an important role in the design of these networks when considering various optimisation questions. The focus of the research is to analyse the underlying structure of selected real-world problems and design efficient network representations for them. The researcher should maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of the relevant fields, publish research results in high-impact journals, and present research and development at scientific and professional conferences.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD in computer science, operations research, applied mathematics, or related area
  • Research record demonstrating expertise in related fields
  • Solid background in algorithm design and discrete optimisation
  • Strong command of at least one major high-level programming language (e.g. C++, Java, Python)
  • High motivation to carry out interdisciplinary research projects
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken English

Preferred qualifications

  • Strong operations research background
  • Knowledge of optimization and modelling software
  • Knowledge of simulation software
  • Experience in implementing graph algorithms
  • Experience in grant writing, international project participation
  • Experience implementing and working in interdisciplinary research projects

Deadline & Application process:

The deadline for submitting applications is April 30th, 2022.
Starting date: negotiable but preferably not later than October 1, 2022. The position is for one year.

To apply, please send the following documents in electronic form to Michaël Mrissa (michael.mrissa@upr.si) with the subject line "UP Postdoc 2022" in the Subject field:

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

Informal inquiries should be addressed to Michaël Mrissa (michael.mrissa@upr.si).

 


Tuesday, 22 March 2022 As many as 11 new projects of bilateral scientific research cooperation with the USA at UP FAMNIT and UP IAM

The Departments of Mathematics UP IAM and UP FAMNIT were once again successful in the public tender announced by the Research Agency of the Republic of Slovenia (ARRS) for co-financing scientific research cooperation between the Republic of Slovenia and the United States of America in the period 2022-2024.

The University of Primorska has received a total of 12 new projects, 11 of which are in the field of mathematics. In addition, another bilateral cooperation project was acquired by Michael Mrissa, who works at the InnoRenew CoE Institute and the University of Primorska. At the Faculty of Management, the project was acquired by Tina Vukasović.

The ARRS public tender co-finances mutual visits of Slovenian researchers from the United States, which carry out joint scientific research projects aimed at strengthening cooperation with the USA and increasing mobility of Slovenian researchers as well as top US researchers coming to Slovenia. Additionally, the aim is to increase the number of submitted projects from Slovenian researchers, both for proposals of the EU Framework Programs, as well as other international calls in research and innovation programmes.


The co-funded projects led by UP FAMNIT and UP IAM employees are:


Title: Matroids with Transitive Automorphism Group
Institutions: UP Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies and University of Mississippi
UP project leader: Edward Taucher Dobson
Field: Mathematics

Questions regarding the symmetry of combinatorial objects have a long history and are still very active research topics. Usually, these questions are asked about digraphs and graphs, sometimes about designs such as Steiner triple systems, and occasionally about error-correcting codes. We propose to consider these, and related questions, for matroids, a combinatorial object which is a joint generalization of graphs and linear algebra. 


Title: Certain structural properties of Cayley graphs
Institutions: UP Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies and Kennesaw State University
UP project leader: Ademir Hujdurović
Field: Mathematics

We plan to investigate strong independent sets and strong cliques in Cayley graphs. Cliques in Cayley graphs are also interesting from the point of view of studying the intersection density of permutation groups, namely intersecting sets of a permutation group G correspond to cliques of the Cayley graph on G with the connection set S being the union of all point stabilizers.


Title: Computer Algorithm Development for Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Macromolecules
Institutions: UP Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies and Kennesaw State University and National Institutes of Health (NIH)
UP project leader: Dušanka Janežič
Field: Mathematics

The goal of the proposed research is to introduce new improvements in molecular dynamics simulation of macromolecules that increase the accuracy and efficiency of present-day simulation approaches. Our goal is to develop new methodological solutions for prediction and study of protein binding sites, based on graph theoretical approaches, combined with molecular dynamics simulations. One of the goals of this project is to combine ProBiS web server with molecular dynamics methods into a new freely available web tool: ProBiS-ATLAS: Protein interaction atlas for prediction of genetic variations involved in drug interactions and disease development enabling the discovery of molecules, relevant to pharmaceutical research.


Title: Certain problems in hypergraphs, graphs, and games
Institutions: UP Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies and Rutgers University, MSIS Department, RUTCOR
UP project leader: Matjaž Krnc
Field: Mathematics

In the course of this project, we plan to focus on the following: Problem 1: The Bi-SP conjecture. Problem 2: On the avoidable paths. A path is called avoidable if every linear extension may be extended to an induced cycle. Problem 3: An efficient characterization of threshold 3-uniform hypergraphs. A hypergraph is said to be threshold if there exists a linear weight function on the vertices separating the independent sets from the dependent ones. Problem 4: Deterministic graphical games with no Nash equilibria. We plan to analyze the existence of deterministic graphical games that have no Nash equilibria in pure stationary strategies, with respect to additive effective payoffs. Problem 5: Exact transversals in graphs and hypergraphs. We plan to study the related exact transversal hypergraph operator, study conditions under which it is involutive, and examine connections with strong cliques in graphs and related concepts.


Title: Preserver problems in quantum mechanics
Institutions: UP Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies and  the Department of Mathematics, Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University
UP project leader: Bojan Kuzma
Field: Mathematics

Spectrum preservers on unbounded operators. In a mathematical formulation, quantum-mechanical observables (i.e., things that can be observed and measured) are modelled with (unbounded) self-adjoint operators acting on a complex separable Hilbert space. As part of the project, we intend to classify all additive transformations that map (unbounded) self-adjoint operators into themselves and preserve their spectrum. Isometries of complexified norms. Any real vector space can be complexified, ie. made into a complex vector space by extending the scalars; the procedure is unique. In contrast to this, for a given norm on a real space, we can define several different complex norms on the complexified space, all of which extend the initial real norm. Preserver problems in quantum information sciences. Tensor products play a key role in quantum mechanics and quantum information theory: In mathematical terminology, a quantum state is described by a positive-semidefinite matrix of trace-one; the tensor product of two (or more) states describes a joint bipartite (or multipartite) system.


Title: Computational aspects of some combinatorial games on Ferrer's diagrams
Institutions: UP Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies and Rhodes College
UP project leader: Riste Škrekovski
Field: Mathematics

Combinatorial game theory is a large and growing field that includes in its scope a wide range of game types, generally focusing on two-player games in which both players have perfect information and there are no moves of chance. Sprague and Grundy introduced a method of quantifying game positions for impartial normal-play games, i.e., those in which both players have the same possible moves in each position. These Sprague-Grundy values are a generalization of winning and losing positions. 


Title: Chemical graphs on steroids
Institutions: UP Institute Andrej Marušič and University and The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA)
UP project leader: Nino Bašić
Field: Mathematics

Fullerenes and benzenoids are important chemical compounds. In mathematical chemistry, they are modelled by fullerene graphs and benzenoid graphs. Much of the mathematical chemistry literature is concerned with their mathematical properties. The research will proceed in several directions. In the present project we will refine the notion of the Pentagonal Incidence Partition. Both of the topics will also be considered in relation to Clar and Fries numbers, two graph invariants of fullerenes and benzenoids. We also plan to investigate the computational complexity of determining the Clar number (and several associated values) in fullerenes and nanotubes.


Title: New bounds in extremal graph theory
Institutions: UP Institute Andrej Marušič and University and Mississippi State University
UP project leader: Slobodan Filipovski
Field: Mathematics

In this project we will establish new bounds on the maximum number of edges in K_r - free graphs in terms of the order n and the maximum degree d_1, in terms of the order n and the minimum degree d_n, and in terms of n and both d_1 and d_n.  Moreover, we will show that the bounds obtained in this project are better than the corresponding bounds of Mantel and Turán. More precisely, we show that the upper bounds on the maximum sizes of K_r -free graphs of specified maximum or minimum degrees given by our theorems are smaller than or equal to the upper bounds on the maximum sizes among all K_r -free graphs. 


Title: Distance-regular graphs with exactly three irreducible T-modules with endpoint 1, all of which are thin
Institutions: UP Institute Andrej Marušič and University and Seattle University
UP project leader: Štefko Miklavič
Field: Mathematics

Our research concerns a combinatorial object known as a graph. A graph is a finite set of vertices, together with a set of undirected arcs or edges, each of which connects a pair of distinct vertices. We say that vertices x, y are adjacent whenever x, y are connected by an edge. The concept of a graph is useful because mathematical, as well as intuitive notions, can be formulated in terms of adjacency. Our research concerns a type of graph said to be distance-regular.


Title: Studies in duality: graphs on surfaces and conformal hypergraphs
Institutions: UP Institute Andrej Marušič and Rutgers University, MSIS Department, RUTCOR
UP project leader: Martin Milanič
Field: Mathematics

The project will focus on the study of selected open problems in graph and hypergraph theory. Graph theory is a young branch of discrete mathematics that has developed rapidly in recent decades, largely due to many applications in the modern world in such diverse fields as computer science, sociology, biology, logistics, and so on. A graph is a combinatorial object consisting of a finite set of vertices and a set of edges each connecting two vertices. A hypergraph is a generalization of a graph where an edge can be formed by any subset of vertices. The project will address two central research topics related to two types of duality.


Title: Combinatorial structure and algebraic properties of a Q-polynomial graph for which the adjacency algebra is closed
Institutions: UP Institute Andrej Marušič and University of Wisconsin
UP project leader: Safet Penjić
Field: Mathematics

The alternating central extension of q-Onsager is generated by q-Onsager along with some extra central elements. This raises a question that the project leader plan to work on. Our problem is: Can we find any elements in our algebra \T, that are not in T, but commute with everything in \T? Such elements might be the missing generators for the alternating central extension of Q-Onsager or U^+_q.


Title: Decentralized communities for building monitoring
Institutions: InnoRenew CoE and Oregon State University
Project Leader: Michael Mrissa
Field: Computer Science

Nowadays, due to low cost sensors, mature data infrastructure and internet, monitoring data of mass timber buildings built in different parts of the world are made available. There is a huge potential in these data, especially if they are used in a federated way. However, there are multiple challenges. This project looks into some of the challenges and aims at developing a methodological framework to realize this potential. The objectives of this project are:

  • To define lifecycle activities of mass timber buildings, decisions on which they depend, and the information required to support these decisions and the organizations in charge of them.
  • To identify requirements and characteristics of an Information Management Framework (IMF) to ensure that (federated) monitoring data can provide needed information at the right time, to the right people with high-quality information.
  • To define monitoring/measurement methodology/strategy (what sensors, what to measure, how to select spots for measurement, the required frequency of measurements, what the distance between sensors should be, how to communicate data, etc,) which would provide data with sufficient granularity in location as well as in time to be further used in IMF.

Congratulations to all our researchers!


Tuesday, 22 March 2022 After last year's success, UP FAMNIT students are organizing the 2nd edition of the Biological-Psychological Student Conference

    

We are pleased to present you the second edition of the Biological-Psychological Student Conference, organized by students of Društvo varstvenih biologov - Biodiva and Društvo študentov biopsihologije, with the support of the University of Primorska, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (UP FAMNIT) in Koper.  

The aim of the conference is to promote science, encourage students to get involved and participate in the scientific community, motivate them to pursue research, enhance their competencies in written and oral presentations of professional papers and connect young students and future professionals.  

Participants can present their final papers in undergraduate studies, master theses, dissertations, group projects, seminars or topics of their interest in the form of oral presentations or posters. Along with the application, participants are required to submit an abstract of the submitted topic, based on which the expert committee, consisting of professors and assistants from the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies in Koper, will select the researches which will be presented at the conference. For more proper evaluation the topics will be divided into two categories: undergraduate studies and graduate / doctoral studies (taking into account the degree of study during which the topic was covered).  

Upon participation, all abstracts will be published in the book of abstracts at COBISS (Co-operative Online Bibliographic System and Services, Slovenian Library Information System), and all participants will receive a certificate of presentation and a corresponding reference.  

The conference will take place in person on September 15th - 17th 2022, in Koper, Slovenia (University of Primorska, UP Famnit) and will be divided into two modules: biological and psychological modules.

The biological module refers to study programmes in the field of biology, environmental science, nature protection and similar study programmes.

The psychological module refers to study programmes in the field of psychology, biopsychology, psychotherapy and neuroscience.

Students from other study programmes (e.g. pedagogic study programmes) can also participate if they are applying with a research-based on a biological or psychological topic. Presenting at the conference is possible in Slovenian or English. Furthermore, all conference participants will have the chance to attend lectures by guest professors. 

The registration fee for participants is 40 euros and includes the book of abstracts (pdf), reference (COBISS), lectures by guest professors, coffee breaks, promotional material and social programme participation.

The application period is March 15th - April 15th, 2022. Registration is possible via the application form on the official website: https://bio-psi-konferenca.famnit.upr.si/en/registracija

It is also possible to register as a passive participant who would like to attend student presentations and lectures by guest professors, with the possibility of participating in the social program. The registration fee for passive participants is 10 euros. The period for registration of passive participants is March 15th - September 1st, 2022. Registration is possible via the application form on the official website: https://bio-psi-konferenca.famnit.upr.si/en/registracija

Due to the unpredictable situation around the SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic, the conference will be organized in accordance with the prescribed epidemiological measures that will be in force at the time of the conference. 

All news related to the registration and participation at the conference will be published on the website in Slovenian and English. Information will also be available on the social networks Facebook and Instagram

For any additional questions, the organizers are available via the official conference email biopsi.konferenca@upr.si.  

We are looking forward to another successful conference!


Monday, 21 March 2022 Izleti v matematično vesolje: Prime divisibility of binomial coefficients by Dr. Russ Woodroofe

We invite you to this year's fifth lecture entitled »Prime divisibility of binomial coefficients« by Dr. Russ Woodroofe (UP Famnit), which will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at 18.00, in VP3 (UP FAMNIT) and via ZOOM link.

How many ways are there to pick k objects out from a bin of n objects?  The answer is given by the binomial coefficient "n choose k".  We'll show you how to easily determine whether a binomial coefficient is divisible by a prime, even when the numbers involved are quite large.  We'll apply this criterion to a problem that arose in my work with John Shareshian.  The distribution of prime numbers will make an unexpected cameo appearance.

Russ Woodroofe received his PhD in 2005 from Cornell University in the USA. Since 2016 he has been an Associate Professor at UP FAMNIT. Prior to that, he lectured at Mississippi State University, at Washington University in St. Louis (both in the USA), and at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (Qatar). His research field is topological combinatorics, where he often combines geometry, symmetry and algebra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The full program of this year's cycle of lectures is available here.

You are kindly invited!


Friday, 18 March 2022 Prizes and recognitions of the University of Primorska awarded to employees and students at the 19th Annual Academy

In 2003, on March 17 exactly,  University of Primorska was entered in the court register. Yesterday, March 17, 2022, we celebrated its 19th birthdday on the Ceremonial Academy in the Hall of St. Francis, where awards and prizes of the University of Primorska were presented.

In the introductory part of the ceremony, Klavdija Kutnar, PhD, Rector of the University of Primorska, greeted the visitors and highlighted the key achievements of the last year. Katja Kosem, Vice President of the UP Student Council, presented the students' wishes in regard to the covid-19 epidemic. The keynote speaker was Mag. Robert Ljoljo, President of the Management Board of Lek d. d., who stressed the importance of cooperation in mixed research teams, as they bring together different views. Among other, he mentioned a joint project with UP FAMNIT, which allowed mutual exchange of knowledge. 

The Rector, together with the Vice-Rector and the Deans, presented the awards of the University of Primorska, among them employees and students of UP FAMNIT.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jasna Prezelj

Nominated by UP FAMNIT and UP IAM, the Golden Plaque of the University of Primorska is awarded to Jasna Prezelj for her contribution to the development of the UP and for her important role in the successful realization of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics, which strengthened the reputation and visibility of UP in both the global university network and the wider Slovenian society.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jasna Prezelj is a higher education teacher in the field of mathematics who received her Doctorate in 2000 from the University of Ljubljana and is the leading expert of her generation in the field of complex analysis. She has been employed at UP since 2014. In addition to scientific research and pedagogical work, she also promotes the popularization of science and the visibility of the UP. She is the founder of the Mathematical Advent Calendar, which UP FAMNIT has created annually from 2015 onwards. As an extremely active member of the organizing committee of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics (taking care of sponsorship and donor funds, organization of the contests, organization of the section in the field of complex and quaternionic geometry and of satellite conferences for representatives of Slovenian insurance companies and actuarial associations), she contributed to its successful implementation in 2021.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jasna Prezelj

Prof. Dr. Elena Bužan

Nominated by UP FAMNIT and UP IAM, the University Award for Scientific Excellence of the University of Primorska for 2021 is awarded to Elena Bužan for the publication of 10 original scientific articles in the Web of Science in 2021.

Prof. Dr. Elena Bužan received her Doctorate from the University of Ljubljana in 2007, and has been employed at UP FAMNIT since its establishment. Her research area includes a number of intertwined sciences, such as molecular ecology, biochemistry, conservation biology, conservation and the genetics of population and immunology. A special emphasis of her research is on the use of molecular biology techniques in basic and applied research in the fields of evolution, biogeography and conservation of natural heritage.

Her bibliography consists of 53 original scientific articles (10 of which were published in 2021) in the Web of Science database and includes 523 in-text citations. Among other things she is successful at obtaining international projects. She is the project manager of Horizon "STEP CHANGE: Science Transformation in EuroPe through Citizens involvement in HeAlth, coNservation and enerGy rEsearch", and has participated in the successful implementation of three more Horizon projects and in a number of other research projects.

The nominee is also a national coordinator of the European Reference Genome Atlas initiative and a member of the editorial board of the international scientific journal Ornitologia Neotropical.


Prof. Dr. Elena Bužan

Besfort Shala

Nominated by UP FAMNIT, the »Srečko Kosovel« award for students is awarded to Besfort Shala.

Besfort Shala, under the mentorship of Assoc. Prof.  Russ Woodroofe, wrote the final project paper titled “The Probabilistic Zeta Function of a Finite Lattice”. In the work, Besfort examines a definition of Ken Brown's 2000 article. The little-studied definition of this article generalizes the Dirichlet series, obtained from (the coset lattice of) a group, to a similar series obtained from any lattice. The original purpose of the task was for the student to try to calculate what happens to this series on simple cases, such as a partition lattice. The student was quick to notice that the partition lattice does not usually give ordinary Dirichlet series because rational numbers appear in the base. As a result, he continued to demonstrate a more cautious version of this as well as similar results for other types of lattices. A student research project is successful when a student tells a mentor something they do not already know. According to the mentor, this happened early and several times in this project. In fact, the student was quite independent, as several ideas for definitions came mostly alone. The result of the project is a well-written dissertation, which is almost a publication-worthy article.

Amar Bapić

Nominated by Student Council UP and UP FAMNIT, the Recognition of the University of Primorska for students of the University of Primorska is given to Amar Bapić.

Amar Bapić is a doctoral student of 3rd year Mathematical Sciences at UP FAMNIT. From 2018, he has been an active member of the UP FAMNIT Student Council and, from 2020, also its Vice-President. During this time, he actively participated in the organization of numerous events for students. He aims to equip students with as much useful information as possible, and at the same time he remains available to them for individual questions. He also manages the (graphic) creation of content by getting as close as possible to the students. Since 2019, he has been a representative of students on the UP Management Board. In the academic year 2020/21, he was the head of volunteers at the 8th European Congress of Mathematics, hosted by our university in Portorož in June 2021. In addition to his role as a volunteer coordinator, he helped with the creation of a large pool of promotional materials and in obtaining databases to facilitate analysis of information about congress participants. He was also part of the technical support group for the operation of the Zoom videoconferencing system at the location and online. At any given opportunity he also promotes the UP on the international level (visits to primary and secondary schools, universities, presentations). Among other things, he toured the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Tuzla this past year, presenting the benefits of volunteering at 8ECM and study programmes at UP, and presented a system of cooperation of foreign students with tutor students at Erasmus Days 2021 organized by UP. His role as a tutor at UP FAMNIT began in 2021.


Amar Bapić

The list of award recipients and the justifications can be viewed here.

We congratulate all receipents of The University of Primorska awards!

                                    


Friday, 18 March 2022 This year again among the participants of the Open International Internet-Olympiad in mathematics 2022

UP FAMNIT students are once again traditionally participating in the Open International Internet-Olympiad in mathematics 2022 (OIIO 2022).

The first round of the competition took place on February 25, these are the 6 Famnit students who were competing:

  • Todor Antić (Mathematics, 3rd year)
  • Jelena Glišić (Mathematics, 3rd year)
  • Milan Milivojčević (Computer Science, 3rd year).
  • Matjaž Madon (Mathematics, 2nd year)
  • Lazar Marković (Mathematics, 2nd year)
  • Diar Gashi (Mathematics, 1st year)

In the second round of the competition, which will take place next Saturday, March 26, as many as five students qualified, among which Matjaž Madon and Milan Milivojčević scored the highest. The best placed in the 2nd round will advance to the third, final round of the competition, where they will compete for prizes in the final ranking.

UP FAMNIT students have been competing at the OIIO for many years and every time they are ranked among the best contestants. Last year, Laura Ogrin ranked highest among Famnit students, advancing to the 3rd round of the competition and receiving a 3rd prize.

We sincerely congratulate all contestants and wish them much success in the next rounds of this year’s competition!

 


Thursday, 17 March 2022 Scientific excellence at InnoRenew CoE and University of Primorska awarded with prestigious European Research Council grant

Dr. Anna Sandak, InnoRenew CoE research group leader and associate professor at UP FAMNIT is the first woman in Slovenia to attain a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. Dr. Sandak and her team will use the €1.99 million award to develop engineered living materials that interact, adapt and respond to environmental changes. 

 

Dr. Anna Sandak is the first woman in Slovenia to successfully attain a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. An InnoRenew CoE research group leader and associate professor at the University of Primorska, Dr. Sandak is dedicated to the science of renewable materials and biomimetic solutions for new materials design. Her research promotes the knowledge-based use of bio-inspired materials in modern sustainable buildings. 

The awarded project, Bioinspired living skin for architecture (ARCHI-SKIN), will use the €1.99  million ERC funding to develop a protective biofilm made from engineered living materials. Recognized as one of the most stable biological systems on earth, most biofilm studies focus on preventing their formation. The beneficial use of biofilms for protection has largely been unexplored. Dr. Sandak and her team aim to change this during the five-year ARCHI-SKIN project.

ARCHI-SKIN researchers will explore the design principles underlying fungal biofilm to advance knowledge about the biological system’s chemistry-structure-properties.  Mechanisms of biofilm formation, structure, function and performance will be studied. The ARCHI-SKIN project will use cutting-edge tools in life cell imaging, data science and machine learning. The idea is to develop a bioactive protective coating system that works in harmony with nature and benefits from the synergetic efforts of living fungal cells, bio-based ingredients and bioinspired concepts for materials design.

Dr. Sandak will develop a biofilm that protects biomaterial, concrete, plastic and metal surfaces. One remarkable functionality will be its natural self-healing property. ARCHI-SKIN’s novel approach to materials protection will advance the development of engineered living materials that can interact, adapt and respond to environmental changes. The project will provide a new dimension that has not existed for materials—life—and change how we perceive, experience, understand, design, use and transform materials. 

Dr. Sandak has a doctorate in wood science and a master’s in biology. She was born in Poland, but her professional career took her to Japan for five years. She then moved to Italy, where she worked at the National Research Council – Trees and Timber Institute (CNR-IVALSA). In 2017, she moved to Slovenia, where she currently leads the Wood Modification research group InnoRenew CoE. She is also an associate professor at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies. 
InnoRenew CoE and the University of Primorska are proud to have an ambitious and dedicated international team aiming at scientific excellence. Obtaining this prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant from competitive EU funding will support scientific and research activities that enable breakthroughs in green solutions for a sustainable society. 

The European Research Council (ERC), established by the European Union in 2007, is the premier European funding organization for frontier research. The ERC funds creative researchers of any nationality and age on projects across Europe. The ERC is part of Horizon Europe, and in this round of funding, 313 projects, for a total of €632 million, were supported.

 

              


Tuesday, 8 March 2022 Women in Science on International Women's Day

Between 11 February (International Day of Women and Girls in Science) and 8 March (International Women's Day), the University of Primorska presented women researchers who have achieved important milestones in their research work in the last year.

Among them were also reasearchers from UP FAMNIT, who shared their thoughts on the position of women in science.

Dr. Vita Poštuvan, Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology at UP FAMNIT, receiver of Zois recognition for important scientific achievements in suicidology and mental health, Deputy Chair of Slovene Centre for Suicide Research, received a core project »Humans in the grip of Covid-19: Psychological consequences of the epidemic and preventive protective measures to stop the spread of infection« (ARRS) last year. In her interview for UP, she said that what always amazed her about gender relations is that men predominate in positions of power in her profession as well, nevertheless, she never felt any particular differences at our university.

 
Dr. Vita Poštuvan

One of the main principles of our faculty is interdisciplinarity, which is highly appreciated by dr. Elena BužanProfessor and Vice-Dean for Quality Assurance at UP FAMNIT, leader of the »STEP CHANGE« project (Science Transformation and Europe through Citizens Involvement in HeAlth, conservation, and energy research) of Horizon 2020, which began in 2021. Dr. Elena Bužan is also the »BGE - Biodiversity Genomic Europe« (a € 20 million project, that will start on 1 September 2022) manager for Slovenia.         

  
Dr. Elena Bužan              

»Changing the mindset of people is not easy to achieve and especially not quickly. The mission of scientists is to share new discoveries with society. At our university, we strive to communicate about our work in various ways and, above all, to pass on knowledge to students who are our future,« said dr. Andreja Kutnar, the director of the InnoRenew Institute, which completed the construction of the largest wooden building in Slovenia in 2021, and Professor at the Department of Applied Natural Sciences at UP FAMNIT. She has acquired an important basic project with Austrian partners (»Development of wood composites with higher protection against impact sound to improve the quality of life«), funded by ARRS.   

            
               Dr. Andreja Kutnar                           

On the field of plant studies, their conservation in the natural environment and reproductive biology, dr. Živa Fišer, lead of the COST action »An integrated approach to conservation of threatened plants for the 21st Century« and Study Programme (Nature Conservation) Coordiantor at UP FAMNIT, has provided a lot of scientific contributions. In her work, she strives to implement reasearch projects, that would help to preserve species, that are tied to specific habitats and are threatened with local extinction, although she is aware that sometimes researchers do not have the last word on this.                

  
         Dr. Živa Fišer               

Concluding thoughts on the WOMEN IN SCIENCE CAMPAIGN were given by dr. Klavdija Kutnar, researcher, professor at UP FAMNIT and rector of the University of Primorska: »We came to the Times THE list, we received a Marie Curie scholarship, many new projects of the Horizon program, in Slovenia we were two and a half times more successful in obtaining projects than last year and I could go on and on. I am very proud of our successful researchers. In 2021, we were more successful in obtaining national projects compared to previous years, and many of these projects, which we acquired as a leading institution, were acquired by researchers, young researchers, so there is no need to fear for the future of our university.«

Following her response to the invitation to join the international organization of the Association of Women Rectors, the University of Primorska will also be on the list of women-led universities in the world.


Dr. Klavdija Kutnar

Full interviews are available on the University of Primorska media centre website.

Happy International Women's Day!


Sunday, 6 March 2022 Researchers at UP FAMNIT gained another Horizon Europe project

UP Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Computer Science has acquired the CLIMOS project (Climate Monitoring and Decision Support Framework for Sand Fly-borne Diseases Detection and Mitigation with Cost-benefit and Climate-Policy Measures), which will establish an early warning system for diseases they are transmitted by sand flies.

The project leader at the University of Primorska is Assist. Prof. Vladimir Ivović, head of the Department of Biodiversity at UP FAMNIT, working with Katja Kalan, PhD and assistant Sara Zupan.

The project, with a total value of almost 10 million euros, will last 36 months and consists of a consortium of 29 partners from 16 countries. The main goal of the project is to establish an early warning system for diseases transmitted by sand-flies (Diptera, Phlebotominae), including all endemic sand fly vectors and the main pathogens (Leishmania parasites and phleboviruses).

Sand-flies transmit diseases with their bite by ingesting the pathogens (parasites and phleboviruses) through the blood and then transferring them to a new host during their next feedings. Sand-flies breed in a milder climate zone and have spread to northern Europe in recent years due to global warming and climate change. They are found in Istria, but also in Austria, southern Germany, northern Italy and France.

There are no effective vaccines to control sand-fly infections, and there are no surveillance or control structures in Europe for sand-flies and the pathogens they transmit.

CLIMOS takes on the challenge to redress this situation through the comprehensive assessment of the Sand Fly Borne Diseases (SFBDs) in Europe. Together, European and international expertise will combine systematic vector surveillance, field experiments and pathogen identification with regional microclimate and global scale climate and environment modelling capabilities, and observation systems (such as Copernicus) to address the five well-defined, measurable, verifiable, and realistic specific objectives.

The results of the CLIMOS project will provide an early warning system and supporting structures for more accurate climate modelling, health, and infection risk projections. The ultimate goal of the project is to produce forecasts that will help policy makers provide interactive maps for risk management and conduct cost-benefit assessments.

We sincerely congratulate our researchers on this success!

 

 

 


Thursday, 3 March 2022 Representatives of the US Embassy in Slovenia visit the University of Primorska

Assoc. Prof. David B. DeVallance, Vice-Rector for Internationalization at the University of Primorska received the guests today at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies, where they presented two programs to students and staff.

The Student Entrepreneurship and Internship (SEI) program is especially interesting for undergraduate and master's students since every year it enables internships for 20 students in companies that are part of the AmCham Slovenia network.

"During the two-week program, which will take place from 11 to 22 July this year, students without any experience in entrepreneurship and economy will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures on entrepreneurship, visit Slovenian institutions in banking and economy sector (Bank of Slovenia, Slovene Chamber of Commerce, etc.) and work on their own project, which they will bring from a basic idea to a sales pitch for potential investors. As part of the SEI program, students will, later on, join companies within the AmCham network, where they will complete a paid two-week internship and gain valuable experience as well as professional opportunities,” explained Charlotte Taft from the US Embassy.

The deadline to apply for the SEI program is 11 March. If you missed the morning presentation, you can join another info session online this afternoon, March 3, at 5 p.m. Registration is required to participate: https://sforce.co/35kfkmD

Following this, Špela Sušec, exchanges coordinator at the US Embassy, ​​presented three Fulbright programs intended for Slovenian doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers visiting the USA and for American citizens visiting in Slovenia. In this year's call, which is expected to be open from March until the end of June, candidates will be able to apply for a visit at their chosen institutions in the United States for the academic year 2023/24, either for 1 or 2 semesters, depending on the program.

Some of the former Fulbright scholars at the University of Primorska also attended the meeting, namely Prof. Dragan Marušič, Prof. Dušanka Janežič, Safet Penjić, Ph.D. and the Rector of the University of Primorska, Prof. Klavdija Kutnar, who welcomed the participants at the beginning of the presentation.

   

Prof. Dušanka Janežič from the Department of Applied Natural Sciences at UP FAMNIT pointed out the importance of participating in the program: “The Fulbright Scholarship provides doctoral students and researchers not only with full financial support for studying abroad, but also with administrative assistance in transitioning to a new environment, such as health insurance, relocation of family members, and other support. «

Prof. Klavdija Kutnar, who was a Fulbright Scholar at Ohio State University between 2010 and 2011, further emphasized the distinguished opportunity to become a Fulbright Scholar, having visited several US institutions and working with top experts from her research field herself and thus gaining invaluable experience.

Safet Penjić, Ph.D., an assistant at UP FAMNIT and a Fulbright Scholar in 2018-2019, said that the overall experience was very positive, and recommended that doctoral students get acquainted with the program already at the beginning of their studies.

More information about Fulbright programs is available here.

After the presentations, the guests from the US Embassy also visited the new InnoRenew building in Izola.

   


Wednesday, 2 March 2022 New Horizon Europe project at the University of Primorska - The Biodiversity Genomic Europe (BGE)

Biodiversity Genomic Europe (BGE) is a project that connects 33 partners from continental Europe, the UK, Canada and the USA.

It brings together two large consortia, the first one is the European Reference Genome Atlas (ERGA; https://www.erga-biodiversity.eu), which is an important part of the Earth Biogenome Project (EBP; https://www.earthbiogenome.org). The aim of ERGE is to modernize laboratory and bioinformatics tools for sequencing the reference genomes of European species and thus make an important contribution to the cataloging and characterization of the genomes of the entire eukaryotic biodiversity of the Earth over a period of ten years.

The second consortium is BIOSCAN (https://ibol.org/programs/bioscan/), a part of the International Barcode of Life (IBOL; https://ibol.org) network that aims to determine the DNA bar code sequences of global biodiversity as a new tool for taxonomic identification of species. The DNA barcodes will be placed in the Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) - a repository that includes a reference library of DNA barcodes that can be used to assign identities to DNA sequences of unknown origin.

The University of Primorska participates in the BGE project as the coordinator of the Slovenian consortium ERGA, which connects eight Slovenian institutions working in the field of molecular ecology and nature protection: The University of Maribor, the University of Ljubljana, the Faculty of Environmental Protection in Velenje, the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and of Art, the National Institute of Biology, the Forestry Institute of Slovenia and the Natural History Museum of Slovenia. As a hotspot for biodiversity, Slovenia will be able to determine the entire reference genomes of as many as 80 species as part of the project, which will be selected by researchers from members of the Slovenian consortium.

The University of Primorska also participates in a citizen science campaign, implemented within the Step Change project (https://stepchangeproject.eu), funded by the Horizon Europe 2020. The project leader is Prof. Elena Bužan, who is also the BGE project manager for Slovenia and the coordinator of the Citizen Science Committee at ERGA.

The € 20 million project will start on 1 September 2022 under the coordination of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center from the Netherlands. The aim of the project is to identify over 800 reference genomes of European species and over 10,000 DNA bar codes.

Prof. Elena Bužan commented: "We are very proud that in a very short time we managed to connect all Slovenian institutions working in the field of genomics and nature protection in this consortium, and thus including Slovenia as a biodiversity hotspot. I believe that this is the beginning of remarkable cooperation in Slovenian, European and global arena, and among researchers that are working in the field of genomics and biodiversity. The project will also contribute to raising awareness among various stakeholders (ministries, industry, NGOs, citizens) about the importance of genetics and genomic biodiversity for acquiring new knowledge and development in the fields of bio economy, agriculture and medicine. It will also raise awareness on the importance of genetic design as an important factor in adapting species to upcoming environmental changes. New knowledge will greatly enhance the value of research, the connection between researchers and end-users, and, perhaps most importantly, trust between various stakeholders.”

 

Congratulations to our researchers!

 

 

 


Friday, 25 February 2022 Tilen Genov received the Prometheus of Science Award for Excellence in Communication

The Slovene Science Foundation has announced this year's recipients of the Prometheus of Science Awards for Excellence in Communication, which has been awarded since 2003. Among them is Assist. Tilen Genov from the Department of Biodiversity at UP FAMNIT.


Tilen Genov

As the pioneer of scientific research and study of marine mammals in Slovenia, Tilen Genov is also the founder and president of the Morigenos society, and has been leading and directing its activities for two decades.

Morigenos – Slovenian Marine Mammal Society is an independent, scientific, non-profit, non-governmental organisation that combines scientific research, monitoring, education, public awareness, capacity building and management, to achieve effective conservation of the marine environment and biodiversity.

The scientific publications of the Morigenos Society are an important contribution to the science of marine mammals internationally and and Morigenos team members are actively participating in several research projects and organisations all over the world, for example the European Cetacean Society. Besides that, Morigenos is the only Slovenian organization with the status of a partner organization to ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Neighbouring Atlantic Area), of which Slovenia is a contracting party.

      

Although the beginnings of his research were not easy, Tilen Genov made an important contribution to raising awareness and educating the general public on this topic. “It started with a great deal of curiosity. There is a lot of doubt and disbelief on the part of others, including the profession. No funding, no serious support, no one at the time believed that someone in Slovenia could seriously deal with this and develop the matter, not even some 'kid' (I was still a high school student at the time). It literally started by taking the train or hitchhiking to the coast, equipped only with my grandfather’s binoculars. I slept in hostels or even on the boats of some people who came towards me. Long hours of staring at the sea from different hills and occasional going out to sea with a fisherman or individuals who saw something good in it. I remember how people laughed at me when I told them we were trying to study dolphins here. The general perception was that these animals do not exist in our country. that they appear occasionally,Tilen Genov said in an interview with the Regional Obala portal.

Receiving the award, he emphasized the importance of the contribution of new scientific findings at the global level: “For example, the temporal separation of dolphin social groups, which we have described in our country, is unique at the global level. We have also developed a new method of identifying dolphins by faces, which is also a novelty at the global level."

The full interview in Slovene is published here.

Congratulations!


Friday, 25 February 2022 Applications for the SEI internship are open, and more information on the Fulbright program

AmCham Slovenia, in cooperation with the US Embassy in Slovenia, connects study and business paths through the Student Entrepreneurship and Internship (SEI) program for eleven years.

It is a program that connects study and business paths, while enabling Slovenian students to gain their first work experience under mentorship, increased employment opportunities, and at the same time provides them with an introduction to understanding business and coming up innovative business concepts. There are 20 places available in the program in 2022. Slovenian students, aged between 19 and 28, in their second or higher year of undergraduate or master's studies can apply. The application deadline is March 11, 2022!

More details about the program will be presented by Charlotte Taft from the US Embassy on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 10.00 at UP FAMNIT (Famnit VP3 Lecture Room, Second Floor, Galgoljaška 8, Koper). The presentation will also be attended by SEI Alumni, who will be available for any additional questions.

For those who will not be able to attend the live presentation, there will be another session available on the same day via Zoom, from 17.00 to 18.00. Registration is required, registration form is available here: https://sforce.co/35kfkmD

After the session on the SEI programme, Špela Sušec will present the Fulbright program, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The presentation is planned for both Slovenian doctoral students and employees who are interested in studying and doing research in the United States. More information about the program is available here. Former Fulbright Scholars of the University of Primorska will also share their experiences. The presentation of the program starts at 10.45 in the lecture hall Famnit VP3.

We look forward to welcoming you at both presentations!


Tuesday, 22 February 2022 UP Scholarship Fund 2022/23 - Public call for obtaining scholarship

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

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

  • candidates for enrolment in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd cycle study programmes of UP and
  • students who, in the academic year of 2022/2023, will be enrolled in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd cycle study programmes of UP,

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

The e-application deadline is September 15th, 2022.

You can find more information at Career center of the University of Primorska, Center for Lifelong Learning and Career Orientation website.

  


Monday, 21 February 2022 Orientation days - Welcoming Erasmus students at UP

On Friday and Saturday (18 and 19 February 2022) both Koper and Škocjan Caves were filled with young international energy from students, that will attend lectures at our University during the spring semester. Orientation days welcomed more than 70 students from 23 countries – most come from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, and Turkey.

      

They were greeted by international offices as well as volunteers who decided to be a part of it because of their own experience: “We were inspired by the memory of our Orientation days, that was a great inspiration and a great experience, as we got to be out and around all day, meeting new people from different countries and it made the day really fun.” (Volunteers Marko from  Macedonia and Luka from Serbia)

On Friday, they first got to know the University, the forms for the Administrative Unit, and a few words in Slovene. PSEN and ŠOUP gave them information about the system for student subsidized food and social activities. After refreshments with typical local food, they discovered Koper through the traditional Treasure Hunt.

We would like to thank the Primorska Exchange group who took over this Treasure Hunt this time. Their representative Inga was happy to help: “We are so happy that our participants explored Koper, interacted with locals, broke communication barriers between themselves and between locals, and had a fun time overall! It was a pleasure to organize, thank you to our volunteers for all their help and collaboration and to our university for supporting us."

         

The event was also well received by students, who, in addition to a helping hand for their beginnings, were given a great opportunity to meet and make new friends in a new environment. This is certainly not an easy task as the tasks of treasure hunting were not easy either: “The most difficult game was the one in which we had to combine pictures with dishes - even the Slovenian participants did not know them. I really don’t know how we managed to win, probably just because we were fast. The tasks were not easy, but they were certainly a lot of fun.” (Alessandro from Italy) 

Pantelios from Greece also shared his impressions: “I liked the whole experience, it was nice to get a little better familiarity with the streets of Koper. It was also nice to meet new people and share the experience. The tasks were hard enough to challenge you, but not too hard to be too much Even though we didn't win, it was a great experience.” 

Saturday was the time for students for an excursion to the Škocjan Caves Park, not only the only monument in Slovenia inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List but also a partner of the UNESCO chair of interpretation and education for enhancing integrated heritage approaches with the University of Primorska – which will be marked wit inauguration meeting on 22 February 2022.

      


Wednesday, 16 February 2022 InnoRenew CoE celebrates grand opening of its new building in Izola

InnoRenew CoE celebrated the grand opening of its new building in Izola with a ceremony attended by the institute’s partners and special guests, including Dr. Mitja Slavinec, State Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Danilo Anton Ranc, Director-General of the Wood Industry Directorate at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, and Danilo Markočič, Mayor of Izola.

 

InnoRenew CoE celebrated its fifth anniversary with the grand opening of its newly built home in the Livade district of Izola (Slovenia) on 15 February 2022. With this, the institute has acquired a unique facility for research and innovation in the field of renewable materials and healthy living environments. Tuesday’s ceremony marked the culmination of five years of strong collaboration between InnoRenew CoE, founding and project partners, policymakers, industry, and other important stakeholders.

When we started the construction two years ago, we together built the wooden tree,Dr. Andreja Kutnar, InnoRenew CoE director, said. “Today, we are sitting in our new home, reaping the fruits of our strong joint efforts.

Participants at the event received wooden apples made from Slovenian wood by Jože Koželj, a Slovenian craftsman, symbolizing the fruits of collaboration and looking towards new ideas and discoveries, just as the Newton apple helped to discover gravity. 

The InnoRenew CoE building was made possible through infrastructure investment co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund. Dr. Mitja Slavinec, Republic of Slovenia’s State Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, and Danilo Anton Ranc, Director-General of the Wood Industry Directorate at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, were in attendance to remark upon this outstanding achievement.

As you know, we have recently adopted a modern scientific research law with a large consensus of stakeholders, and we are striving to create conditions for your successful and stimulating work and research environment,” Secretary Slavinec said. “We believe that the entire investment is a very good opportunity, especially in connecting science and economy.”

The work of InnoRenew CoE in the field of wood research and use of wood contributes greatly to the development of the woodworking industry in Slovenia,Danilo Anton Ranc added. “Slovenia is the third most forested country in Europe, and wood is one of the essential elements in the transition to a low-carbon society. It is important that we look for ways to add as much value as possible to our strategic raw material and, at the same time, reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This project of building the largest wooden building in Slovenia is an excellent example of good practice, which will greatly contribute to achieving these goals, and the new building will put the Slovenian wood industry on the world map.

A hybrid combination of timber, concrete and steel, the InnoRenew CoE building is a unique example of sustainable construction within the country, representing the transfer of research knowledge into industrial practice.

Eva Prelovšek Niemelä, InnoRenew CoE architect, who designed the building with Aarne Niemelä and the collaboration of InnoRenew CoE scientists, gave a video presentation about the building’s design and construction process. She highlighted the integration of ongoing research and monitoring by the institute’s researchers. The wooden section of the building took 850 cubic meters of wood, the humidity of which was measured in 400 places during construction. Construction from cross-laminated timber proceeded quickly, being completed in just five weeks. The building is also equipped with permanent sensors that will further research to determine wood durability and analyze the effects of wooden construction on human health and well-being.

VG5, a leading construction company, and its partner Marles hiše Maribor, along with Projekt and Proplus, supervision companies, are responsible for successfully constructing the InnoRenew CoE building—the largest wooden budling in Slovenia.

The grand opening ended with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, building tours, and viewing of the “Papiro-logía – Circular Design and the Use of Paper in Interior Design” exhibition. Created within the InnoRenew project framework by the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region from paper donated by the Pulp and Paper Institute, this exhibition highlights continuing cooperation between the project partners. DS Smith d.o.o. and industrial designers from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, collaborated in the exhibition.

This important achievement would not be possible without the support and rewarding cooperation of InnoRenew CoE’s project partners—the University of Primorska, Fraunhofer WKI, the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, the Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, University of Maribor, Pulp and Paper Institute, Zavod eOblak, National Institute of Public Health, Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region and InnoRenew CoE.

 


(Cutting the ribbon, from left to right: Bogdan Božac, Danilo Anton Ranc, Eva Prelovšek Niemela, dr. Andreja Kutnar, dr. Mitja Slavinec, Uroš Kodelja, Miha Brlan)

 


(From left to right: Danilo Markočič, Danilo Anton Ranc, dr. Mitja Slavinec, dr. Andreja Kutnar, dr. Zdravko Kačič)

 

 

 


Wednesday, 16 February 2022 Considerable interest in Famnit study programs during this year’s Info Days

Last Friday and Saturday, Virtual Information Days for future students were held at all Slovenian universities. Similar to last year, we recorded considerable interest in UP FAMNIT undergraduate study programs.

The students were able to follow the presentations online, prepared by the coordinators and professors in study programs: Mathematics, Mathematics in Economics and Finance, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Conservation Biology, Biopsychology and Mediterranean Agriculture.

Saturday afternoon was reserved for presentations in English for students coming from abroad who are interested in studying Mathematics, Computer Science or Bioinformatics.

Both Friday and Saturday, Famnit’s undergraduate and graduate students were available for questions, while answering high school students ’questions for a good hour. If there are any questions still left unanswered, we invite you to send your queries to the UP FAMNIT Student Council at studentski-svet@famnit.upr.si or contact the FAMNIT student-tutors directly, who are happily available for any additional information. The list of student-tutors is published here.

     

 

For questions related to the application and enrollment procedure, you can contact the Office of Student Services (referat@famnit.upr.si) or the Admissions Office of the University of Primorska. The University's website also contains material with all the information regarding the application and admission procedure for enrollment in the study programs of the University of Primorska.

If you are interested in attending the lectures before coming to study at UP FAMNIT or other faculties of the University of Primorska, you will be able to attend the Open Lectures Weeks, which will take place between 21 February and 4 March 2022. The full program of lectures and other events is published here. We will be announcing all events during the coming weeks via our website and on UP FAMNIT social networks via Facebook and Instagram.


Tuesday, 15 February 2022 First application term for undergraduate studies at UP FAMNIT in 2022/23

Today, 15 February 2022, starts the first application term for the enrolment in the undergraduate study programmes at UP FAMNIT.

Non-EU citizens can apply for enrolment in undergraduate study programmes from 15 February to 23 May 2022.

EU citizens and Slovene nationals without Slovene citizenship can apply for enrolment in undergraduate study programmes from 15 February to 18 March 2022.

The call and additional information regarding the application for candidates are published on this link.

Candidates can obtain all information from the Student Services Office (e-mail: referat@famnit.upr.si, phone 05 611 75 75).


Thursday, 10 February 2022 Virtual Info Days 2022

Are you thinking about studying at UP FAMNIT?

Join our Virtual Info Days on Friday and Saturday, 11 - 12 February 2022!

 

We have prepared many different online activities that will provide you with all the necessary information about living in Koper and studying at the University of Primorska. Future freshmen will have the chance to (virtually) enter the Faculty, learn about working in modern laboratories, and meet with assistants and professors. All the while, students will be available for chatting and answering questions about study obligations, extracurricular activities, accommodation, and everything that is related to the study experience at UP FAMNIT.

A detailed event schedule and ZOOM links are available below. All general presentations of study programs will be held in Slovene, however, for study programs that are also implemented in English, presentations will be held in English as well (12 February, 15-16:30).

Virtual info days will be held via Zoom. Click this link to join:

https://upr-si.zoom.us/j/89222477459

A short introduction and a virtual tour of the Faculty will be followed by the presentations of our study programmes:

  • Mathematics / Mathematics in Economics and Finances,

  • Computer Science,

  • Bioinformatics,

  • Conservation Biology,

  • Biopsychology,

  • Mediterranean Agriculture.

For technical support contact: promo@famnit.upr.si; Mobile: 00386 51 412 630.

 

FRIDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2022

Time Content Zoom link
9:00 [IN SLOVENE]
Student dormitories of the University of Primorska: presentation of UP Student dormitories (presentation of dormitories, tenders, specialties, chat with resident students)
ZOOM
10:00–11:30 [IN SLOVENE]
FAMNIT - presentations of study programs
ZOOM
11:30–12:00 [IN SLOVENE]
Šport UP: active break with ŠportUP (exercise and infromation of the free sports offer for UP students)
ZOOM
12:00–13:00 [IN SLOVENE]
Application and enrollment procedure: presentation of the application and enrollment procedure (UP Enrollment Office - description of the enrollment and application procedure, presentation of the Scholarship Fund)
ZOOM
13:00–14:00 [IN SLOVENE AND ENGLISH]
Q&A with our students
ZOOM
15:00–16:30 [IN SLOVENE]
FAMNIT - presentations of study programs
ZOOM

SATURDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2022

Time Content Zoom link
9:00 [IN SLOVENE]
Student dormitories of the University of Primorska: presentation of UP Student dormitories (presentation of dormitories, tenders, specialties, chat with resident students)
ZOOM
10:00–11:30 [IN SLOVENE]
FAMNIT - presentations of study programs
ZOOM
11:30–12:00 [IN SLOVENE]
Šport UP: active break with ŠportUP (exercise and infromation of the free sports offer for UP students)
ZOOM
12:00–13:00 [IN SLOVENE]
Application and enrollment procedure: presentation of the application and enrollment procedure (UP Enrollment Office - description of the enrollment and application procedure, presentation of the Scholarship Fund)
ZOOM
13:00–14:00 [IN SLOVENE AND ENGLISH]
Q&A with our students
ZOOM
15:00–16:30 [IN ENGLISH]
FAMNIT - Presenting Study programmes in English (Mathematics, Computer Science, Bioinformatics)
ZOOM

 


Wednesday, 9 February 2022 Erasmus+ (KA131) Open Call for Academic Year 2022/2023 published

Erasmus+ Open Call for students is published. Applications are now open for exchanges for studies or traineeship in the period from 1 June 2022 to 30 October 2023.

The application deadline is 28 February 2022.

The Open Call and all documentation are available on this link.

You are invited to apply!


Wednesday, 9 February 2022 An international academic alliance established to advance innovative mass timber building research

Climate change is increasing pressure on the built environment and building sector to transform from a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central solution. The development of mass timber technology and the use of wood to construct mid to high-rise buildings can serve as a pathway to a more sustainable future, meeting a rapidly growing global urban population needs while decreasing carbon emissions and increasing human health benefits.

International networking and collaboration with researchers at the cutting-edge of mass timber technology, wood science and data-driven infrastructure safety is key to achieving the much-needed breakthroughs to advance innovative mass-timber buildings.

InnoRenew CoE and Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies at the University of Primorska is partnering with researchers at The College of Forestry at Oregon State University and Faculty of agriculture and forestry at the University of Helsinki to create an international, informal alliance to share mass timber technology data related to structural health monitoring. Structural health monitoring refers to analyses of data generated from sensors and information technologies that observe and monitor changes over time in buildings.

For a wide and systematic use of data from mass timber buildings, there remains a need for standardization and collaboration among researchers. The alliance will utilize first-hand data from three mass-timber projects, the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center (PFSC) in Corvallis, Oregon, USA, InnoRenew CoE in Slovenia, and the Hyytiälä forest station in Finland (University of Helsinki), to help create standards for structural health monitoring. The alliance will collect unique and innovative structural systems data, develop benchmark data for further applications, and cross-reference with other projects.

The PFSC is a three-story building completed in 2019 at Oregon State University and utilizes mass-timber structural elements. These include self-centering, rocking, cross-laminated timber (CLT) shear walls, CLT-concrete composite floor systems, a mass plywood panel roof system, and glulam beams and columns. To determine if the building is performing under static, dynamic, and environmental loads as expected, the PFSC serves as a full-scale living laboratory equipped with sensors. The sensors monitor outdoor and indoor climate conditions, heat and moisture transfer in CLT assemblies, moisture content of structural elements, movement of CLT floor and wall panels, tension losses in CLT shear walls, and global dynamic behavior of the structure.

The InnoRenew CoE’s building, the biggest wooden building in Slovenia, is a hybrid combination of timber, concrete and steel. It was designed according to state-of-the-art principles of contemporary sustainable construction following the principles of REED (Restorative Environmental and Ergonomic Design) based on research outputs from the InnoRenew CoE.

In Finland, four new mass timber buildings at the Hyytiälä forest station, Faculty of agriculture and forestry of the University of Helsinki, are under construction and will be completed in 2022. The structures and walls are CLT, while flooring and roofs are laminated veneer lumber (LVL) based. The buildings are 1-2 story comprising a large catering and studying/conference hall and three accommodation buildings with studio-type rooms. Wooden (walking) bridges and platforms connect the facilities. Two of the buildings will be used to collect data, research structure and material characteristics, and monitor indoor air quality. The buildings offer an opportunity to research human health and well-being, both perceived and experimentally measured.

The academic partners agree to cooperate in exchange for the mutual advancement, support and development of joint projects, publications and scholarship opportunities. Partners will develop standard practices for future structural health monitoring projects by creating standardized data collection, processing and management protocols, and establishing a common methodology for reporting project outputs. To inform transparent governance, ownership and regulation, the network will develop a repository and website with information about projects, data and outputs.

The alliance aims to further expand by attracting researchers from around the world to contribute to new knowledge and future developments in the field of built environment.

For more information about joining the alliance, contact:

InnoRenew COE and University of Primorska:
Andreja Kutnar, andreja.kutnar@innorenew.eu

Oregon State University:
Mariapaola Riggio, mariapaola.riggio@oregonstate.edu

University of Helsinki:
Ritva Toivonen@helsinki.fi
Laura Alakukku@helsinki.fi

 


Friday, 4 February 2022 University of Primorska is co-creating opportunities for staff development in Central Asia

A 10-day international teacher-training in the field of Intelligent Big Data Analysis is concluding at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies, University of Primorska (UP FAMNIT). The training is a part of the ERASMUS + project ELBA, where highly profiled specialists from universities in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan are participating. The purpose of this training is to implement a multidisciplinary package of module-based courses for bachelor and master students at the 10 partnering universities in Central Asia.

According to participants, the seminars are very informative and the project itself is very engaging. “We are learning about the importance of the Intelligent Big Data Analysis (IBDA) models and extracting the information,” adds Shokhjakhon Abdufattokhov from the Department of Control and Computer Engineering at the Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

“The lectures are general in content and not limited to certain areas, so we can all apply the knowledge to our specific research areas and university study programmes. The plan is that once we finish this training we will be able to implement the knowledge in developing new courses on IBDA for our students in undergraduate and master’s study programmes, especially in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning. The primary reason for our visit is to take the theory and knowledge that will help us build a curriculum on IBDA”, says Abdufattokhov.

         

His research field is artificial intelligence, a technology that enables a machine to simulate human behaviour. Machine learning is a subset of AI which allows a machine to automatically learn from past data without programming explicitly. The goal of AI is to make a smart computer system that solves complex problems.

But how does the IBDA fit in all of this?

Intelligent data analysis reveals implicit, previously unknown, and potentially valuable information or knowledge from large amounts of data. Intelligent data analysis is also a kind of decision support process. Rule finding is working out rules contained in the data set by means of certain methods or algorithms.

“I am applying machine learning to control theory. To put it simply – I am now working on projects of smart buildings where we have sets of big data available to us. To process this data, we have to choose the right algorithm and features, this is IBDA. We can also use it to analyse business intelligence or do market analytics to find out about consumer shopping habits. Some of the colleagues here are interested in building models for the coal mining industry or for predictions in civil engineering. You can extract some really useful features that can give you very exact predictions”, explains Abdufattokhov.

International guests had the opportunity to meet with the Dean of UP FAMNIT, Assoc. Prof. Ademir Hujdurović, and the Rector of the University of Primorska, Prof. Klavdija Kutnar. During their free time they also had a chance to visit Koper: “To tell you the truth, we really like Koper”, they add. “We’ve had a historic tour of the city centre and it was very interesting. The town prompts you to visit Koper, not just once in your life, but again and again.”

         

The training that was coordinated by Assist. Prof. Branko Kavšek from the University of Primorska is ending on 4 February 2022, however, the project is far from being concluded. Another training will follow at the one of the other partner institutions in Europe, after that IBDA centres will be established in universities across Central Asia and multidisciplinary packages of module-based courses will be implemented in universities’ curriculum.

In the meantime, UP FAMNIT continues providing great research and establishing international cooperation, as well as offering excellent study programmes in the field of Information technologies. To find out more about studying Computer Science (at undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level) and Data Science (at master’s level) at Famnit, we invite you to visit the upcoming Information Days on 11 and 12 February. More information available at www.famnit.upr.si.

 


Wednesday, 2 February 2022 Call for enrolment into undergraduate study programs at UP FAMNIT

Call for enrolment into undergraduate study programs at UP FAMNIT in the academic year 2022/23 is now published!

Application procedure for enrolment in the first year of study

Non-EU citizens and Slovene nationals without Slovene citizenship can apply in four terms:

  • first application term: from 15 February to 23 May 2022,
  • second application term: from 30 May to 27 July 2022,
  • third application term: from 12 August to 5 September 2022,
  • fourth application term: from 22 to 23 September 2022.

EU citizens can apply in three terms:

  • first application term: from 15 February to 18 March 2022,
  • second application term: from 19 to 23 August 2022,first application term: from 15 February to 18 March 2022,
  • third application term: from 22 to 23 September 2022.

Call and information for candidates regarding the application are published in this link.

Candidates can obtain all information from the Student Services Office (e-mail: referat@famnit.upr.si, phone 05 611 75 75).

You are kindly invited to join our info events, where further information regarding the program specifics and application process will be available.

                    


Thursday, 27 January 2022 Gimnazija Koper high school students attend the UP FAMNIT Mathematics Day

Yesterday, the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies hosted the traditional Mathematics Day, which was organized for third-year students of the Gimnazija Koper by professors of mathematics at UP FAMNIT.

Accompanied by mathematics teachers, 95 students were divided into three groups and listened to lectures on the applicability of mathematics in everyday life.

Prof. Marko Orel, PhD, explained to the students the connection between mathematics and the operation of CT devices, as it was mathematics that contributed to the development of the first tomographs, which provided a more accurate insight into the human body. Students learned that with the help of mathematical equations, such devices can separate our bones and organs from the air and plot what is going on in our body.

Prof. Aleksander Malnič, PhD, presented three classic ancient Greek problems - how to construct the side of a cube with twice the volume of a given cube, how to divide a given angle into three equal parts and how to construct a square with the same area as a given circle. On the topic of game theory asist. Žiga Velkavrh explained how we can use mathematics to research strategic decision-making in theory and practice.

Mathematics is also often used in biology, especially to understand complex processes in nature, using mathematical models. The useful value of mathematics in biology was lectured by dr. Barbara Boldin. Dr. Nastja Cepak presented the field of cryptography and the use of ciphers in the past and today. Cryptography dates back more than 1,000 years, and with its help we can securely communicate through unsecured channels.

Finally, assoc. prof. Mihael Perman, PhD, explained why we probably encounter many situations in which there are several conflicting statements, which at first glance are all correct. These are paradoxes in probability, and with the students they examined if they were real or apparent.

      
Lecture by dr. Nastja Cepak

"When teaching mathematics at school, students mostly calculate and use formulas that they have to learn by heart, sometimes it is difficult to imagine the usefulness of mathematics in real life," says Neva Ećimović, professor of mathematics at Gimnazija Koper.

"Theory and good basics are important, so students can upgrade their knowledge, but at the Mathematics Day, which is prepared every year by FAMNIT, they have a very good opportunity to learn mathematics in a different way and get additional motivation to learn, which is sometimes lacking in learning about theory. ” She adds that students are enthusiastic about Mathematics Day every year, because in this way they learn about the usefulness of mathematics.

The Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska offers six undergraduate study programs, including Mathematics and Mathematics in Economics and Finance. More information about study programs and studying at Famnit can also be found at the upcoming Information Days, which will take place on 11 and 12 February 2022.


Friday, 21 January 2022 An International Teacher Training as part of the ELBA Project

Between 24 January and 4 February, UP FAMNIT will host a 10-day international teacher training as part of the ERASMUS + project ELBA - Establishment of training and research centers and courses development on intelligent big data analysis in Central Asia.

The project ELBA is aimed at creating opportunities in training of highly profiled specialists in the field of Intelligent Big Data Analysis (IBDA) with different multidisciplinary backgrounds, and enabling the access to highly efficient modern IBDA instrumentation based on EU expertise and technologies which will contribute to sustainable development of educational institutions, local business enterprises and society at large.

The aim of the project is to improve academic capacity of professionals through developing and implementing multidisciplinary package of module-based courses for bachelor and master’s students, as well as professionals from the field of engineering of Intelligent Big Data Analysis (IBDA) in Central Asia countries, with collaboration with the industry.

To this end, training courses will be held over the next two weeks, attended by 28 teachers from four partner countries (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan).

The training programme for the Machine Learning and Data Mining on Big Data is published here.

UP FAMNIT has already hosted a similar training in September 2018, as part of the ECCUM project.

 


Monday, 17 January 2022 Announcement: Lectures during the week of 17 - 21 January 2022

All lectures and tutorials for UP FAMNIT study programs will take place remotely during the week of 17 - 21 January 2022. Exceptions are seminars and laboratory work that must be carried out in the practice room (lecture room FAMNIT-Museum2), and colloquia.

The decision was made due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 infections and consequent isolations and quarantines, which can significantly affect the implementation of the examination period (January 24 - February 18, 2022). It is planned that the exams will be held entirely on the faculty premises.