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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Latest news

Expected IPS Senate Meetings:

12 September 2017
10 October 2017
14 November 2017
12 December 2017
16 January 2018
20 February 2018
20 March 2018
17 April 2018
15 May 2018
12 June 2018
10 July 2018
11 September 2018
9 October 2018
Materials for the Senate meeting should be submitted at least 15 days before the meeting before 12 p.m. (midday).
The next diploma conferment ceremonies are scheduled for 27 June 2017.
The IOM Institute in Trieste opened a vacancy call for a postdoc position. The call in available here. The deadline for application is 25 August 2017.

Accommodation for doctoral students, application until September 21, 2017

Dom podiplomcev Ljubljana (Dormitory for postgraduate students) offers subsidized accommodation for young researchers and scholarship holders (i.e. third-level students who have no citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia and do not have the status of a young researcher and receive a scholarship in the Republic of Slovenia). Their call for new students is open until September 21, 2017:

Other doctoral students can also apply for accommodation at Dom podiplomcev at an economic price if there are rooms available. 

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JOŽEF STEFAN INTERNATIONAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL in cooperation with JOŽEF STEFAN INSTITUTE, Jamova 39, Ljubljana announces a call for enrolment into the 2017/2018 academic year

*Applications for enrolment to the Sensor Technologies programme are available only for doctoral studies.  

Info Day

The dates of the Info Day will be announced on the IPS website in the news section. We will gladly send you any further information via our email (

Enrolment Deadlines

Candidates for enrolment into postgraduate study programmes can apply in six enrolment deadlines:
1st Enrolment Deadline: The 1st enrolment period is from 27 February to 6 March 2017.
2nd Enrolment Deadline: The 2nd enrolment period is from 7 March to 2 May 2017.
3rd Enrolment Deadline: The 3rd enrolment period is from 3 May to 27 June 2017.
4th Enrolment Deadline: The 4th enrolment period is from 28 June to 29 August 2017.
5th Enrolment Deadline: The 5th enrolment period is from 30 August to 15 September 2017.
6th Enrolment Deadline: The 6th enrolment period is from 16 September to 30 September 2017.

Number of Open Positions

Doctoral degree study programmes for citizens of the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union: 20 open positions are available for each year at the Information and Communication Technologies programme, and 15 positions at all other programmes.

Master degree study programmes for citizens of the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union: 15 open positions are available for each year at each study programme.

Up to 50% of open positions are available for all other candidates. Parallel studies, change of study programme and other transitions are subject to the same rules as apply for the first enrolment.

Applications for Enrolment

The candidates submit their application for enrolment electronically through the eVŠ web portal which can be accessed through:

  1. With a qualified digital certificate, the printed form is not sent by post but the application for enrolment is entered into eVŠ by the end of the application deadline. By the deadline, the candidate shall send to the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia, by registered post, the attachments to the application which are requested in the call for enrolment (on the attachment, a reference to the number of application for enrolment and the study programme the candidate is applying for should be stated).
  2. Without the qualified digital certificate (with a username and password), the candidate shall submit the application form electronically to eVŠ, print it, sign it and send it with all the attachments requested in the call for enrolment by registered post by the end of the application deadline to the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The applications will be considered to have arrived on time:

  1. if the application was filled out and submitted with electronic signature in the eVŠ by the end of the application deadline and
  2. if the application was filled out in the eVŠ, printed in the same form as was submitted in the final version to the eVŠ, signed and sent by registered post to the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School by the end of the application deadline.

Mandatory attachments to the application:

  • short CV
  • Diploma or Degree Certificate – (certified) copy of the diploma certificate of the highest acquired education 
  • Motivation letter for studies at a particular study programme and the description of the research field (1 Page) 
  • Transcript of records – (certified) copy of the entire diploma supplement or a transcript of records with the average grade (from previous studies)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
  • Description and certificates of work experience (optional)
  • Photo for documents

Doctoral Studies Enrolment Requirements:

Students eligible to apply for enrolment into doctoral study programmes have graduated from:

  • a 2nd cycle study programme,
  • a direct master’s degree study programme, if evaluated with 300 credit points,
  • an earlier (before Bologna declaration) study programme for the university degree.

Graduates from earlier study programmes for acquiring specialisation who have concluded professional higher education programme have to fulfil study obligations worth 30 credit points of individual research work to enrol in the third-cycle study programme.

Graduates from earlier study programmes for acquiring the master of science degree or specialisation who have concluded the study programme for university degree shall be given recognition for 60 credit points worth of study obligations in the third-cycle doctoral study programme. Upon enrolment supplementary exams worth 24 credit points will be assigned individually to such candidates in order for them to acquire all the necessary knowledge. The exams are selected from the courses of the doctoral study programme. The sum of all credit points acquired from mandatory supplementary exams, individual research work, seminar II and III and potential elective courses amounts to 120 credit points, so the candidate acquires, together with the recognised 60 credit points, 180 credit points altogether.

If the number of candidates exceeds the number of available positions, the candidates are sorted and selected based on the criteria published on the website.

Master Studies Enrolment Requirements:

Eligible for enrolment in the first academic year of second-cycle study programmes are candidates who have graduated in the first-cycle study programmes in natural sciences, technical disciplines or computer science earning at least 180 credit points, or have completed higher education studies in these fields comprising at least three years of lectures. Candidates must also be proficient in English, which they can prove by language proficiency certificates.

Graduates from first-cycle study programmes in other disciplines, totalling 180 credit points, should address their applications to the IPS Study Commission, which defines study obligations to be met by candidates before enrolment in the first academic year. These obligations are defined from the teaching modules of the first-cycle study programme depending on the dissimilarity of the disciplines concerned, and total between 10 and 60 credit points. Candidates can fulfil these obligations either during their first-cycle degree studies, through advanced training programmes or by passing the relevant exams before enrolment in the master’s degree study programme.

Candidates who have completed first-cycle undergraduate study programmes, totalling 240 KT, in natural sciences, technical disciplines or computer science may enrol in the second academic year of the second-cycle studies and will be given recognition for 60 credit points worth of study obligations. On enrolment, their compulsory exams earning 18 to 21 credit points will be individually determined so that they can obtain knowledge and skills complementary to their previous studies. The student shall additionally have to acquire 60 credit points from individual research work, master thesis and other selected courses.

Other candidates that acquired more than 180 credit points during their undergraduate studies, specialist studies or in some other forms of education can address a request to the IPS Study Commission, which will discuss each case separately and determine the number of recognized second-cycle study obligations (60 credit points to the maximum).

In case the number of applicants exceeds the number of positions available, they shall be sorted and accepted on the basis of the following criteria: Achievements in the first-cycle studies (average and diploma grades), eventual work experience and other study or research achievements, prizes and awards stated in the CV and letter of motivation for studies.

Detailed Description of Study Programmes:

The Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies programme comprises the following fields of research:

  • nanomaterials: functional and quantum nanomaterials, magnetic nanoparticles, nanoceramics, nanowires, layered and single-layered nanomaterials,
  • properties of nanomaterials: research of electronic magnetic and optical properties in complex nanosystems and nonlinearities with femtosecond spectroscopy, 
  • application of nanomaterials as catalysts, nanosensors, electronic and computer elements and in biotechnology, pharmaceutical technology and environmental technology, 
  • molecular foundations of life sciences: nanobiology, molecular and structural biology, biochemistry, proteomics, cell biology etc.

The Information and Communication Technologies programme comprises the following fields of research:

  • computer structures and systems, including embedded, parallel and distributed systems,
  • knowledge technologies, intelligent systems, language technologies,
  • contemporary concepts in telecommunications, 
  • advanced internet technologies and applications, security and protection in ICT systems, 
  • automation, robotics and biocybernetics, computer automation and control.

The Ecotechnologies programme comprises the following fields of research:

  • sustainable development with the integration of environmental, technological, economic, social and health goals,
  • environmental management systems, environmental control and development,
  • enhancement of the effective use of raw materials and energy, waste minimisation and recycling, 
  • reduction of negative effects of production and transport on environment and people, as well as planned improvement of the endangered environment, 
  • development and application of clean technologies and products,
  • technology management.

Doctoral study programme Sensor Technologies comprises the following fields of research:

  • physical and chemical sensors,
  • sensors for ionizing photons and particles,
  • biosensors,
  • sensors and information and communication technologies.

Place of studies: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Duration of studies: 2 years for master study programmes and 3 years for doctoral study programmes.

The study programmes are published on the following website:


Call for archival abstracts is open until December 22, 2016: 

The details about the Conference (important dates, conference fee,
accommodation, contact addresses, etc.) can be found on the web site:


Can engineering solutions mitigate the climate change before we need to adapt? How can we build low carbon energy systems? How can we integrate water, energy, transport, waste and food systems so that we decouple development from growing use of resources? What are the societal and economic challenges before implementing clearly beneficial engineering solutions? What is the role of sustainable cities and regions?

These and many other questions are being asked and answered by researchers participating in the Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES Conference), also known as Dubrovnik Conference, an event devoted to scientists, engineers, policy makers, students and other
interested parties in the field of sustainable development. The first six SDEWES Conferences were held in Dubrovnik. Following the great success of the 10th SDEWES Conference in Dubrovnik with over 1200 abstracts submitted and more than 500 participants from 65 countries, the next one, the 11th, took place in Lisbon,
Portugal, with 694 abstracts and 304 participans from 51 countries. The 12th SDEWES Conference in Dubrovnik aims to live up to the success in previous years.

The 12th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems – SDEWES Conference, to be held in Dubrovnik in 2017, is dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge based economy, taking into account its economic, environmental and social pillars. One of the main issues of the coming decades is to improve efficiencies by integrating various life supporting systems, using waste from one, as resource in other, and in exact moment when it is beneficial to all, integrating electricity, heating, cooling, transport, water, buildings, waste, wastewater, industry, forestry and agriculture systems. Sustainability being also a perfect field for interdisciplinary and multi-cultural evaluation of complex system, the SDEWES Conference has become a significant venue for researchers in those areas to meet, and originate, discuss, share, and disseminate new ideas: 

Sustainability comparisons and measurements (metrics and indices; multi-criteria analysis; external costs; exergy analysis; footprint methods; emergy; life cycle analysis)

Green economy and better governance (circular economy; low carbon development/economy; resource efficiency; water reuse; jobs and regional development; macroeconomic analysis; financial and regulatory mechanisms; models and tools; rebound effect; energy economics; environmental economics; development economics; sustainability economics)

Smart energy systems (markets; demand response; integration of power, heating/cooling, transport, water and waste sectors; smart grids; dynamic electricity pricing, microgrids)

Energy policy (security of supply; climate change mitigation; energy transition; renewable energy support schemes; energy efficiency policy; employment creation; carbon pricing; markets; fossil fuel subsidies)

Smart transport systems and policy (fuel/carbon economy; transport electrification; congestion and road pricing; multimodal management; alternative fuels; social aspects; autonomous mobility; railways; shipping; aviation)

Water-energy nexus (water management; water system analysis; water pricing; water desalination; hydro energy; water-renewables integration, water resources; river basin management; arid areas)
Environmental policy and management (waste management; wastewater management; climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; air pollution policy; water pollution policy; land management; biomass management; rewilding; social aspects; strategic environmental impact assessment, environment and corporate social responsibility, quality management systems; environment management systems; eco management and audit schemes; occupational health and safety assessment systems; hazard analysis and critical control point; integrated management systems)

Agricultural policy (energy and water use in agriculture and food processing; food vs. biofuels; sustainability of biofuels production;)
Social acceptance (reform; NIMBY; nuclear; wind; biofuels; hydrogen; hidden and special interests; cost based pricing; inclusion; fossil fuel subsidy; green economy and employment; gender issues; energy poverty; energy affordability)

Sustainable resilience of systems (resilience of energy systems; resilience of water systems; resilience of environmental systems; resilience of agricultural systems; resilience of social systems; resilience of engineering systems )

Sustainable tourism (green hotels; certification)

Urbanism (smart cities; urban planning; zoning; transport; zero energy buildings/districts; sustainable energy action plans; district heating/cooling)

Regional planning and cooperation (sustainable islands; regions and cities; 100% renewable regions; )

Research, innovation and development (industry-academia partnership; quadruple helix; knowledge based society; knowledge management; learning curve; technology foresight; science diplomacy)

Education in sustainable development (governance; environmental awareness; higher education; engineering education)

Energy system analysis (energy planning; power system planning; smart energy systems; smart energy networks; natural gas system planning; 100% renewable energy systems; high penetration of renewables; island energy systems; development of energy planning tools; internalizing environmental externalities; electrification of transport; storage vs. grids vs. demand management; long term demand planning; integration of power and district heating systems; integration of power and water systems; integration of power and transport systems; power to gas)
Transport management (transport system analysis, dynamic road pricing; electrification of transport)

Renewable energy resources (biomass; biofuels; second generation biofuels; biogas; hydro; wind; solar; geothermal; wave and ocean; technical and economic potentials; barriers; cost and benefits; integration)

Primary energy resources (oil/oil peaking; gas; coal/coal peaking; nuclear fuels)

Renewable electricity generation systems (biomass; hydro; wind; offshore wind; high altitude wind; photovoltaic; concentrated solar thermal power; geothermal; wave; tide; ocean thermal)
Thermal power plants (clean coal; combined cycles; advanced cycles; flexible operation and cycling; carbon capture and storage/sequestration/reuse; nuclear)

District heating and/or cooling in smart energy systems (integration of renewable heat; cogeneration; industrial waste heat; waste to energy and CHP; power to heat; electric boilers; heat pumps; integration of CHP with district heating and electricity markets; heat maps; distribution)

Nano and micro technologies and science for sustainable development of energy, water, and environment systems
Advanced sustainable energy conversion systems (fuel cells; thermoelectric; thermionic; organic; ORC; waste heat recycling; thermoacoustic; piezoelectric)

Renewable heat systems (biomass; biofuels; biogas; solar; geothermal)

Biofuels and biorefineries (biodiesel; bioethanol; biogas; second and third generation biofuels; waste to biofuels; algae; anaerobic digestion; BTL; biorefineries; alternative fuel vehicles; infrastructure; sustainability assessment; pyrolysis; torrefaction; coproduction)

Alternative fuels (hydrogen; electro-fuels; power to gas; synthetic fuels; BTL; DME; CNG; resources; production; vehicles; infrastructure)

Hybrid and electric vehicles (first generation hybrid; plug in hybrid; charging; batteries; infrastructure)

Water treatment for drinking water

Water desalination (distillation; reverse and forward osmosis; electrodialysis; energy recovery; discharge management)
Waste and wastewater treatment and reuse (avoiding waste; composting; recycling; waste to energy; anaerobic digestion; gasification; mechanical biological treatment; mechanical heat treatment; plasma arc waste disposal; pyrolysis; RDF/SRF; combustion modelling)

Modelling for pollution avoidance and energy efficiency (CFD models; air pollution spreading; water pollution spreading; heat and mass transfer modelling combustion modelling)

Cogeneration, trigeneration, polygeneration (heat/cold and power; water and power; biofuels and power; transport and energy; food and energy; applications and operation strategies)

Storage (heat/cold storage; hydrogen storage; hydropower as storage; pump storage; compressed air storage; batteries; water storage; biofuels storage; storage optimisation modelling; financial support mechanisms; power market arbitrage)

Electricity transmission and distribution (grid extension and robustness; long distance transmission; power quality)
Gas security of supply (diversification; shale gas; extension of transmission pipelines; LNG; Southern Corridor)

Energy and water efficiency in industry and mining (cement and lime; construction materials; glass; pulp and paper; food industry; metallurgy; chemical industry; process optimisation; kilns; boilers; heat exchange networks; pinch analysis; exergy and exergoeconomic analysis; energy audits; water use and waste minimisation; eco-innovation; total site integration; life cycle assessment; eco-design and eco-labelling; product cycle assessment; cleaner production, environmental impact assessment)
Energy efficient appliances (smart appliances; labelling and standards; user behaviour)

Buildings (nearly zero energy buildings; passive buildings; smart buildings; smart metering; ICT; load and demand side management; green buildings; building codes and standards; buildings certification; HVAC; insulation; renewables integration; heat pumps; storage; sustainable architecture)

Energy markets (market/price coupling; liberalisation/deregulation; modelling; demand response; role of district heating; desalination and water pumping; storage; retail markets; grid parity; net metering)

Emission markets (emission trading system; cap and trade; transport participation)

Political aspects of sustainable development (long term planning; sustainable development goals; the role of political leaders and of voters; international conflict vs. sustainable development; security and sustainability; resource and political security)

IPS obtained Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020 and is participating in the ERASMUS+ 2016 program, which allows for exchanges of students and professors.

The candidates are requested to fill the bilateral agreement and provide information about the contact person at foreign university, starting date and length of requested exchange to IPS Secretariat (

The IPS Senate will decide on received proposals until the funds are available.

Erasmus Policy Statement, Erasmus Charter and draft of a Bilateral Agreement on Erasmus exchange are published among documents for collaborators.

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