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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 Coronavirus: University of Primorska response

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

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

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

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

 

So far, we advise all students and staff to:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Congratulations!


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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations on the new projects!


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

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

All information about the application procedure are available here.

EU CITIZENS

Candidates can apply in three terms:

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

NON-EU CITIZENS AND SLOVENE NATIONALS WITHOUT SLOVENE CITIZENSHIP

Candidates can apply in four terms:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Friday, 10 January 2020 Winners of Mathematical Advent Calendar 2019

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

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

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

The recipients of the awards are:

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

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

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

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