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Scientific Cooperation


Scientific Cooperation

Italy and Slovenia have excellent cooperative relationships in the field of science. Large Slovenian research institutes, such as the Jožef Stefan Institute and the Kemijski Inštitut – the Slovenian National Institute of Chemistry, have several cooperation agreements with numerous Italian universities, businesses and Institutes. In addition, there are several Italian scholars who visit Slovenian institutions and vice versa. Please find below some recent examples of Scientific cooperation.

Call for Joint Projects of Scientific-Technological Research between Italy and Slovenia - January 2018

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has published a call for proposals to collect joint scientific and technological research projects within the framework of the scientific and technological cooperation program between Italy and Slovenia, for the period 2018-2020. Mobility costs will be financed for researchers involved in projects focusing on ICT, blue growth, physics and astrophysics, technologies applied to agriculture, forestry and food security, cultural heritage. The project proposals must be submitted by 15 February 2018.

Third Joint Committee FVG-Slovenia - January 2018

The third Joint Committee between the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia, whose delegations were led respectively by the President of the Region Debora Serracchiani and by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, Karl Erjavec, was concluded on 19 January. In their final statement, the parties have, among other things, declared their interest to work in the field of research, focusing their collaboration on nanotechnologies and maritime technologies. In addition, in view of ESOF 2020, with Trieste as the capital of science, joint events will be promoted with the involvement of Europe and the
Western Balkans.

Coordination Committe of Ministers of Italy and Slovenia - October 2017

On the occasion of the Coordination Committee of Ministers of Italy and Slovenia, the Ambassador of Italy in Ljubljana, Paolo Trichilo, and the Slovenian State Secretary for Education, Science and Sport, Tomaž Boh, signed a bilateral Work Program on scientific-technological collaboration.

Jožef Stefan Institute Days - March 2017

During the Jožef Stefan Institute Days, held on 20-25 March, special attention was given to the cooperation with Italian institutes. In particular, March 20 and 21 saw as protagonists Prof. Maurizio Fermeglia, Rector of the University of Trieste and Prof. Erio Tosatti, from the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA). Both professors dedicated their sessions to the topic of nanotechnology.

Italy - Slovenia: Research day at the AREA Science Park - November 2016

The AREA Science Park in Trieste hosted the bilateral meeting between Italy and Slovenia, on 17 November. The meeting’s focus was the project Atlach (Advanced technology laboratory for cultural heritage), created around Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, in collaboration with the Universities of Trieste, Ljubljana, Nova Gorica and Koper, the Institute for the protection of goods cultural heritage of Slovenia and the Jožef Stefan Institute, with which it intends to create a laboratory dedicated to the study, management and enhancement of cultural heritage. In 2016, the University of Trieste had around 20 active cross-border projects, in areas ranging from life sciences to physical and social sciences, and other fifty potentials projects waiting for EU’s approval. The fields of physics and high technology also saw important partnerships, which involved, among others, the National Research Council (Cnr), in areas ranging from new materials, to sensors and to industrial cooperation. A particular case of industrial cooperation is the Kyma Tehnologija d.o.o., constituted by Elettra Sincrotrone in 2007 and based in Sežana, Slovenia; a world market leader in light sources and in the supply of technologically advanced devices necessary for their operation.

The Italian-Slovenian collaboration in this field involves not only universities but also the Oncological Institute of Ljubljana, giving rise to innovation and training programs financed with five million euros. One of the objectives of the meeting was to coordinate strategies of "Intelligent Specialization" developed in various Italian and Slovenian regions for the implementation of joint projects on energy, the environment, cultural and natural heritage, new materials, health, water and agriculture.

Scientific conferences organized by the OGS Institute of Trieste - April and June 2016

The Italian Cultural Institute (IIC), in collaboration with the Slovenian partners, organized a mini-cycle of “two voice” conferences on topics related to seismology geology and the marine sciences, with the aim of making from the research conducted by the specialists of the OGS (National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics) more accessible.

The April’s meeting was based on the theme earthquakes and seismic hazard, in which Prof. Dario Slejko, Prof. Martina Čarman took part. The meeting was dedicated to the study of the 1976 seismic events and the following years and intended to focus on the potential genetic-seismic of the alpine-dinaric area. These same earthquakes, very well documented, have led the OGS and the ARSO’s creation of a cross-border seismometric network that allows the localization in real time of earthquakes also of low magnitude and a punctual mapping of the risk. The June’s meeting, on the other hand, had sea sciences as a theme, where Prof. Marina Lipizer and Prof. Andreja Ramšak intervened. The cycle of meetings enhanced the already vast network of scientific cooperation between Italian and Slovenian public and private institutions and scholars, and presented the most important jointly undertaken researches on the territory that goes from Friuli to the Gulf of Trieste and the internal areas of Slovenia.

Cooperation in the field of Electronic Ceramics - 2016

The Department of Electronic Ceramics of the Jožef Stefan Institute, in collaboration with Kemijski Inštitut, the University of Ljubljana, the University of Nova Gorica, Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria) and the University of Milan, is active in the research of the synthesis, properties and applications of materials for electronics and energetics, mainly complex multifunctional materials and structures that can perform multiple functions.

Fast Model Predictive Control for Magnetic Plasma Control - FMPCFMPC - 2015-2018

Since 2015 the Jožef Stefan Institute collaborates with the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)/Research Consortium for Energy, Automation and Electromagnetism Technologies (CREATE) in a three-year project called "Fast Model Predictive Control for Magnetic Plasma Control - FMPCFMPC".