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Archive 2016

December

12/28/2016

The Slovene Human Resources and Scholarship Fund opened a call for grants for Doctoral studies for citizens of India.


The call is published at:

http://www.sklad-kadri.si/si/razpisi-in-objave/naslovnica/razpis/n/stipendije-za-izobrazevanje-tujih-drzavljanov-v-sloveniji-216-jr/

English translation of this call is expected soon!

Eligible candidates must complete university studies in India by September 30, 2017 at the latest, and must be less than 28 years old on October 1, 2017.

12/28/2016
12/23/2016
We invite you to the 10th Institute colloquium in the academic year 2016/17. The colloquium will be held on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana.
prof. dr. Andrej Košmrlj

Princeton University, Princeton, USA


Elasticity, Geometry and Buckling

In this colloquium we present how geometrical shape affects the mechanical properties of thin solid shells and how buckling instabilities change the geometry of periodic microstructures in materials. Using methods rooted in statistical mechanics, we find that random shape fluctuations and thermal excitations of thin solid sheets significantly modify their mechanical properties. Sheets subject to such fluctuations are much harder to bend, but easier to stretch, compress and shear. In spherical shells thermal fluctuations also effectively produce negative surface tension, which is equivalent to applying external pressure. We find that small spherical shells are stable, but for sufficiently large shells this thermally generated “pressure” becomes big enough to crush spherical shells. Finally, we show how methods from solid-state physics can help us deduce the geometry of buckled periodic microstructures. Buckling instabilities can change the microstructure symmetries, including a spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking, which drastically modifies the material properties.

To read the abstract click  http://www.ijs.si/ijsw/Koledar_prireditev. Past colloquia are posted on  http://videolectures.net/kolokviji_ijs.

Cordially invited!
12/23/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Igor Perišić entitled: Determination of geographical origin of Slovenian milk using elemental composition and stable isotope approach. The Defence is scheduled for Thursday, January 5th, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
 
12/20/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Victor Vega Mayoral: Photophysics of transition metal dichalcogenides obtained from liquid phase exfoliation. The Defence is scheduled for Friday, January 13th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
12/19/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Rok Rudež: Development of thick-film oxide-based electronic ceramics. The Defence is scheduled for Friday, January 6th, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Kolar Lecture Hall (K-7).
 
12/16/2016

TECNIOspring PLUS published an open call for researchers with a PhD and at least 4 years of work experience in the field of research. TECNIOspring PLUS is a mobility programme co-funded by the European Union (H2020 - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions) which aims at promoting applied research with a focus on technology transfer with Catalonia.

Read more about the call: http://www.catalonia.com/en/innovate-in-catalonia/tecniospringplus/tecniospringcall.jsp
12/14/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Mojca Presečnik: Microstructural and thermoelectric characteristics of p-type ceramics in the Ca-Co-O system. The Defence is scheduled for Thursday, December 22nd, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
12/14/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Robert Vidmar: Proteomic characterization of legumain and its physiological substrates. The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, December 21st, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
12/13/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Daniele Vella: Photophysics of atomically thin MoS2 devices. The Defence is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20th, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
12/6/2016

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, invites applications for a Tenure Track Group Leader in Aquatic Biofilm Research (with an emphasis on ecotoxicology).

Read more: https://www.mps.si/dokumenti/Utox_TT_Biofilm_advertisement.pdf

 
12/1/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Denis Kutnjak: Discovery and diversity studies of viruses with next generation sequencing. The Defence is scheduled for Monday, December 12th, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at B1 Lecture Room, Biological Centre, Večna pot 111, Ljubljana.
 

November

11/25/2016

Neutron activation analysis – an important analytical tool in environmental research

Professor Borut Smodiš

IPS Lecture Hall, December 1, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) is an isotope-specific analytical technique for the qualitative and quantitative measurement of the elemental mass. The technique is based upon the conversion of stable atomic nuclei into radioactive nuclei by irradiation with neutrons, and the subsequent measurement of the radiation emitted during the decay of these radioactive nuclei. First, the most important milestones in the method development is presented. The various modes of NAA are elaborated, along with the basic measurement equations and calibrations. Analytical characteristics, strengths and opportunities as well as its weaknesses in comparison with other analytical techniques are discussed.

Due to its complementarity with other methods for trace elements, NAA has always played an important role in environmental analytical chemistry. Samples particularly well suited for NAA compared to other analytical techniques include in particular solid materials that are difficult to bring completely into a solution, are easy to contaminate during preparation of the test portion, are unique and should keep their integrity and solid materials for which other techniques are lacking matrix-matching calibrators. Some typical examples, both from other laboratories, as well as from our own experience, are presented.
11/25/2016
We invite you to the 9th Institute colloquium in the academic year 2016/17. The colloquium will be held on Wednesday November 30th, 2016 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana. The colloquium will be in Slovene language.
 
11/25/2016

Radon dosimetry

Professor Janja Vaupotič

IPS Lecture Hall, December 1, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Radon is a radioactive noble gas, originating in the earth’s crust from α-transformations of radium, a member in the thorium, uranium and actinium radioactive chains. Because these elements are present in the majority of minerals, though at low levels mostly, radon is also to be found everywhere in our environment: in soil gas, water and air, always accompanied by its short-lived radioactive products. Breathing air with radon and its products has been recognised as contributing about half of the effective dose a member of the general public receives from all natural radioactivity, and present a major cause of lung cancer, second only to cigarette smoking.
 
Monitoring radon in the air of a living and working environment is only the first step to assess exposure to radon and keep it satisfactorily low. It should be followed by a reliable dosimetry, which is a prerequisite to reveal the related health detrimental effect. Radon dosimetry is peculiar because it deals with radon as a gas and its products as nano-aerosol particles.

In the lecture, the main steps in radon dosimetry from a measured radon concentration to the resulting effective dose, will be presented and discussed. The key parameters used as input in dose calculation will be explained, with emphasis on the secular equilibrium between radon and its short-lived products, and a fraction of unattached radon products, governed by the concentration and size distribution of nano particles.

11/18/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Petra Planinšek: Plant uptake of selected natural radionuclides from contaminated environment. The Defence is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the Reactor Centre Podgorica.
 
11/15/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Olivija Plohl: Dissolution of fluoride upconverting nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions and their protection with amphiphilic coatings. The Defence is scheduled for Friday, November 25th, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
11/15/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Vladimir Kuzmanovski: Integrating decision support and data mining for risk evaluation and management: A methodological framework and a case study in agriculture. The Defence is scheduled for Friday, November 25th, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
11/15/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Marja Jerič: Thermoelectric materials based on doped strontium titanates. The Defence is scheduled for Thursday, November 24th, 2016, at 12:00 at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
11/15/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Evgeniya Khomyakova: Integration of screen-printed bismuth ferrite thick films onto ceramic and metal substrates. The Defence is scheduled for Thursday, November 24th, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
11/15/2016

Domain-wall conduction in ferroelectric BiFeO3controlled by accumulation of charged defects

Tadej Rojac, Andreja Benčan, Goran Dražić, Naonori Sakamoto, Hana Uršič, Bostjan Jančar, Gašper Tavčar, Maja Makarovič, Julian Walker,Barbara Malič & Dragan Damjanović

Nature Materials (2016) doi:10.1038/nmat4799
The publication is available at:

http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nmat4799.html 
11/10/2016
We invite you to the 8th Institute colloquium in the academic year 2016/17. The colloquium will be held on Wednesday November 16th, 2016 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana. The colloquium will be in Slovene language.
 
11/7/2016

The lecture, entitled Unraveling the interaction bewteen nanoparticles and supramolecular structures will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the IPS lecture hall.

Unraveling the interaction bewteen nanoparticles and supramolecular structures

Professor Janez Štrancar

Living cells and numerous supramolecular structures are complex systems, being in disequilibrium almost all the time. By the introduction of the nanotechnologies several questions arise about the influence of the nanoparticles on the biological systems and about the possible impact on biological structures, especially if they can irreversibly change. In the lecture I will show how the biophysics addresses the unspecific interactions between nanoparticles and molecules as well as supramolecular structures such as biological membrane.
11/4/2016

 

IPS participates at the national event Slovenia in the Fourth Industrial Revolution hosted by the Partnership for Green Economy of Slovenia

 
11/2/2016

You are cordially invited to the lecture of prof. Stefan Zaefferer (Max-Planck Institut) entitled:

Electron channelling contrast imaging (ECCI): an amazing tool for observations of crystal lattice defects in bulk samples

The lecture will be on Friday, 4 November 2016, at 10 a.m. at the IMT meeting room (Inštitut za kovinske materiale in tehnologije, Lepi pot 11, Lj.).

Electron channelling contrast imaging (ECCI): an amazing tool for observations of crystal lattice defects in bulk samples

 

Stefan Zaefferer

 

Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 40237 Düsseldorf, Germany

*E-mail: s.zaefferer@mpie.de

 

Electron channelling is a contrast mechanism in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) which allows, using backscattered electrons, direct observation of crystal lattice defects like dislocations, stacking faults, strain fields and others in a volume close to the surface of a bulk sample. Although the technique is long-time known it is only with the advent of suitable microscopes that it can be fully exploited. In particular it is important that the instrument, like a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM), delivers a beam with very small beam convergence, high brightness and small spot size. Furthermore, the backscatter detector must be large and quick.

Using ECCI it is possible to observe lattice defects in a number of different materials, including all kinds of metals, ceramics and even some minerals. Since the samples are observed in bulk form and not as thin foils, the defects are potentially seen in a more natural arrangement because no stress release occurs during sample preparation. Furthermore, the bulk nature of the samples allows performing straining or heating experiments more easily as with TEM samples.

We will present a short overview on the theory of ECCI [1], followed by some examples indicating the practice of the technique [1]. Finally we will show some advanced applications like Burgers vector determination in conjunction with hydrogen embrittlement of superalloys and 3D ECCI on creep dislocation structures in a single crystal Ni-base superalloy [2].

 

[1] S. Zaefferer, N.-N. Elhami, (2014) Theory and application of electron channelling contrast

imaging under controlled diffraction conditions, Acta Materialia 75, 20–50.

[2] F. Ram, Z. Li, S. Zaefferer, M. Hafez Haghighat, Z. Zhu, D. Raabe, R. C. Reed.(2016), On

the origin of creep dislocations in a Ni-base, single-crystal superalloy: an ECCI, EBSD, and

Dislocation Dynamics-based study, Acta Materialia 109, 151-161

October

10/24/2016
We invite you to the 5th Institute colloquium in the academic year 2016/17. The colloquium will be held on Tuesday October 25, 2016 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana.
dr. Sofiane Benhamadouche

Électricité de France (EDF) Research and Development, Chatou, France

Turbulence modeling for incompressible single phase flows in nuclear engineering

The colloquium will start with a brief presentation of EDF R&D and its Fluid Mechanics, Energy and Environment Department. Then, after an overview of the main numerical tools utilized in different fields, the talk will focus on the use of Code_Saturne, EDF in-house and open-source computational fluid dynamic (CFD) software, in nuclear engineering applications. First, an introduction to turbulence modeling will be given through the concepts of (U)RANS (unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes) and LES (large eddy simulations). Then, the presentation will promote some ideas and guidelines one should keep in mind while running CFD simulations with these turbulent models. The illustrations will address the use of Reynolds stress models for complex flows, modeling turbulent heat fluxes, wall resolved models vs. wall modeled in RANS, mesh refinement criteria in LES… Application of the most accurate approaches in turbulence modelling: DNS (direct numerical simulation) and wall resolved LES for the understanding of flow and RANS validation will be finally encouraged.

To read the abstract click  http://www.ijs.si/ijsw/Koledar_prireditev. Past colloquia are posted on  http://videolectures.net/kolokviji_ijs.

Cordially invited!
10/24/2016
We invite you to the 6th Institute colloquium in the academic year 2016/17. The colloquium will be held on Wednesday October 26, 2016 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana.
prof. dr. Francesc Sagués

Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Active nematics at interfaces

Active liquid crystals are a new class of soft materials that have recently raised a huge interest. In particular, reconstituted suspensions of cytoskeletal filaments and associated motor proteins have proven ideal for quantitative studies of the origin of subcellular organization. Here we refer to the system initially engineered by the group of Z. Dogic (Brandeis University), consisting of bundled microtubules powered by ATP-fueled kinesin motors. We concentrate on two-dimensional preparations showing nematic textures and streaming flows, from largely-organized to seemingly chaotic. We will present results on different scenarios where this active nematics system is conditioned with interfacial fluids. The simplest situation corresponds to prepare them in contact with isotropic oils of different viscosities. From this we can extract a prediction for the as of now unknown shear viscosity of the nematic film. More striking is the situation when the contacting passive fluid is a liquid crystal in its smectic phase. In this latter situation a totally unprecedented strategy of control of the active flows has been recently demonstrated. Other scenarios corresponding to encapsulated active nematics, both in contact with isotropic and anisotropic oils will be briefly presented.

To read the abstract click  http://www.ijs.si/ijsw/Koledar_prireditev. Past colloquia are posted on  http://videolectures.net/kolokviji_ijs.

Cordially invited!
10/20/2016


ICP-MS: an indispensable tool in contemporary trace element analysis

Professor Janez Ščančar

IPS Lecture Hall, October 27, 2016 at 2:15 pm

 
10/20/2016
As part of the French Regional Program CLIMIBIO (Planning Agreement between the national and regional governments 2015-2020, http://climibio.univ-lille.fr/), the University of the Opal Coast is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to contribute to a Project in Atmospheric Geochemistry, in the North of France.

Trace elements as iron (Fe) serve a essential micronutrients in surface ocean waters. Fe in atmospheric dust deposition represents the main source of bioavailable Fe in HNLC (High Nutrient Low Chlorophyll) zones (e.g. the Southern Ocean). If natural emissions (soil dust) are the most important sources of atmospheric Fe, the aqueous solubility of natural Fe-bearing particles is very limited. Conversely, anthropogenic Fe-rich particles, as fly-ashes (combustion aerosols), display an higher solubility. Then, how human activities impact the transport ofbioavailable iron to the oceans remains a fundamental question addressed in atmospheric and oceanographic studies a moment ago.

With the recent advances in mass spectrometry, it is now possible to measure precisely small differences in Fe isotopic compositions, as they occur in many physical, geochemical and biological processes. If the isotopic signature of radiogenic isotopes, such as lead, has been widely used to assess the contribution of pollution aerosols to transport and deposition fluxes in the low troposphere, the use of non-traditional heavy stable isotopes, such as Fe, is still mostly unknown for atmospheric process studies. Now, if reported values for Fe isotopic fractionations in natural aerosols (soil dust: ?56Fe ? +0.08 /IRMM-014) are close to those of igneous rocks, our previous works showed ?56Fe reaching +0.14 in urban aerosols influenced by industrial emissions. In the present Project we will tentatively assess the isotopic imprint of atmospheric transport on anthropogenic Fe, by simulating cloud processes affecting industrial and urban Fe-bearing particles.

This Project is funded by the Region "Hauts de France" and the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research (CPER Climibio).

Candidate Profile

The ideal applicant will have:

    A PhD in Analytical Chemistry or Geochemistry
    Experience with isotopes studies and traces analyses
    Experience with advanced instrumentation, such as mass spectrometry
    Experience of field studies
    Knowledge of security rules in the lab and on the field
    Interest on presenting results at conferences and lead the writing of papers for peerreviewed journals
    Ability to communicate and work with multiple students and scientists
    Ability to travel to field studies and to the different regional partners sites (about 120 km away from Dunkirk): Drivers license for private car.

Location: Dunkerque (Dunkirk) North of France

Duration: 12 months, starting no later than January 1st 2017.

Monthly Take-home Pay: about 2000
Application: To apply, send to Pascal Flament, Universite du Littoral Cte dOpale, Dunkerque, France (pascal.flament@univ-littoral.fr):

    A Curriculum Vitae, including a publication list
    A motivation letter
    A selection of 2-3 publications in PDF
    The name and contact information of 2 references.

Announcement in pdf: http://lpca.univ-littoral.fr/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2017_Postdoc_PDA_aerosols_en.pdf

10/19/2016
 
 
10/18/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School and "Jožef Stefan" Institute will hold a joint colloquium given by Dr. Janez POTOČNIK.

The lecture entitled Transition to Circular Economy will take place on Wednesday, 2 November 2016, at 11 a.m. in the Main JSI lecture hall.

Abstract:

"The 21st century is not only marked by globalisation but also rapid population growth, per capita consumption, growing environmental issues, such as climate change and increased pollution, which primarily affects our health, as well as enhanced stratification and resource scarcity. Access to resources – soil, water, minerals, oil, gas – and their availability were always in the background when it comes to the fine line between war and peace, as an important element of security and economic prosperity/success.

Last year marked a turning point. Two important global agreements were reached. The first one being the agreement on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September in New York. The second one is the Paris Agreement which sets out a global action plan to fight climate change. The agreement on SDGs is comprehensive and entails all aspects of our lives, while the Paris Agreement focuses on one of the 17 goals of sustainable development – climate change – and operationalises it. I consider the agreements as a new contract which recognises the importance of transitioning to coexistence which is based on sustainable principles. A new economic model designed to substitute wasteful use of resources for responsible practice is of key importance in order to transition to a sustainable society. It also presents the opportunity for a new, innovative impetus. 

In the European Union this transition or the new economic model asserts itself through the so-called concept of circular economy. Circular economy could be described in one sentence as an approach used to retain different resources in the production and consumption process for as long as possible. This can be achieved in various ways, by changing the product design, the production process, using a new business model, and also by recycling. However, there is no simple solution that could apply to everything. The transition to circular economy is important for the EU not only from the environmental standpoint, but also in terms of improving competitiveness."

10/16/2016
Professor Dragan Mihailović, Head of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies programme, was elected President of the Society of Mathematicians, Physicists and Astronomers of Slovenia (DMFA, http://www.dmfa.si) at its 68th General Assembly on Friday, October 14, 2016. Congratulations!
 
10/14/2016
 
 
10/13/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Klementina Pušnik: Engineering properties of aqueous suspensions of iron-oxide nanoparticles using amino acids. The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
10/11/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Nina Kostevšek: Synthesis of hybrid nanoparticles with combined magneto-photothermal effect for medical applications. The Defence is scheduled for Friday, October 14th, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Kolar Lecture Hall.
 
10/10/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Maja Makarovič entitled: Synthesis, structural and functional characterization of ferroelectric solid solutions based on bismuth ferrite. The Defence is scheduled for Thursday, October 27th, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the Kolar Lecture Hall (K-7).
 
10/7/2016
We invite you to the 4th Institute colloquium in the academic year 2016/17. The colloquium will be held on Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana.

prof. dr. Peter A. van Aken

Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany

Structural defects and local interfacial chemistry of complex oxide heterointerfaces

Transition metal oxide superlattices have been widely investigated during recent years as they are one of the largest material groups where physical and chemical properties such as ferroelectricity, magnetism, ionic and electronic conductivity are closely coupled to structural parameters. Cation sub­sti­tution in complex oxides is an effective way to develop the functionalities through carrier doping, band engineering, or application of chemical pressure. For example, the coupling between charge and spin degrees of freedom across the interfaces and the local charge carrier concentration profiles have profound influences on the occurrence of superconductivity in low dimensional systems. Super­conductivity arises when a parent insulator compound is doped beyond some critical con-centration. Furthermore, the magnetic behaviour and conductivity of complex oxide superlattices can be tuned by controlling the layer thickness and by selecting appropriate intervening layer materials.

Various methods for growing controlled superlattice structures exist, a favourite has been pulsed laser deposition (PLD), but molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) is now also popular because of the controlled deposition rate and the flexibility allowed by the use of individual element sources. In theory, this allows composition control to the level of individual atomic layers. The PLD process requires higher temperatures and pressures than MBE. It also involves significantly higher energies for the impinging particles, which has potential implications for the interface roughness. In this presentation, I will discuss mapping of the local structure and interfacial chemistry of various complex oxide hetero-interfaces through advanced scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) in combination with energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). EELS allows for local probing of chemical composition and bonding, as well as electronic and magnetic structure, making the combination of STEM and EELS ideal for discovery of structure-property correlations at the atomic scale.

To read the abstract click  http://www.ijs.si/ijsw/Koledar_prireditev. Past colloquia are posted on  http://videolectures.net/kolokviji_ijs.

Cordially invited!

10/4/2016
 
 
10/1/2016

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

http://www.dubrovnik2017.sdewes.org/call.php 

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

           http://www.dubrovnik2017.sdewes.org

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)

 

September

9/30/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Jože Luzar entitled: Physical properties of high-entropy alloys Cu-Co-Cr-Fe-Ni-Zr-Al. The Defence is scheduled for Friday, October 7th, 2016, at 13:30 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
 
9/29/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Pavel Oblak entitled: Processability and mechanical properties of extensively recycled high density polyethylene. The Defence is scheduled for Thursday, October 6th, 2016, at 10:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
 
9/26/2016
We invite you to the 2nd Institute colloquium in the academic year 2016/17. The colloquium will be held on Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana.

prof. dr. Paul Muralt
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Pushing the performance of electro-mechanical thin films

We are witnessing the advent of the 4th industrial revolution, and are heading towards a largely robotized world. A lot of analogue electro-mechanical devices for sensing, actuation, communication, and fabrication are necessary ingredients for such revolution. Piezoelectricity plays an important role in any electro-mechanical conversion, and is used for instance in ultrasonic imaging and mobile phone communication. The necessary drive for miniaturization will result in a strong demand for piezoelectric thin films with improved, optimized properties. The talk will first introduce basic phenomena of electro-mechanical coupling: electrostriction, piezoelectricity, and its relation to ferroelectricity. The most important thin film piezoelectric materials are presented. Challenges and achievements in growth, integration, and properties will be reviewed. Results on performance issues such as achievable piezoelectric stress, aging and imprint will be discussed for lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) thin films. While these are good for microactuators, aluminum nitride is superior at GHz frequency applications because of its higher mechanical quality factor. A recent discovery shows that alloying with scandium nitride leads to much larger piezoelectric coefficients. Most recent results on AlScN properties will be compared with ab initio calculations. The talk will finish with an outlook on remaining challenges, and potential applications.

To read the abstract click  http://www.ijs.si/ijsw/Koledar_prireditev. Past colloquia are posted on  http://videolectures.net/kolokviji_ijs.

Cordially invited!

9/26/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Aleš Bizjak entitled: Development, fabrication and properties of solar air thermal (SAT) collectors. The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
 
9/24/2016
City municipality Ljubljana has open call for grants for students with permanent residence in Ljubljana.

The call is open until October 5:

http://www.ljubljana.si/si/mol/razpisi-razgrnitve-objave/105406/detail.html 

9/23/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Neda Bogdanović Golić entitled: E-support for the Project Management. The Defence is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
 
9/22/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Sergej Jamnikar: An investigation into the flow of gases around longwall top coal caving faces and gas drainage trials at Coal Mine Velenje. The Defence is scheduled for Friday, September 23rd, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
9/8/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Matija Jekovec entitled: Improving the Customer Service support for on-line users by introducing modern web technologies.
The Defence is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
9/8/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Dafina Kikaj entitled: Radon in soil gas in Kosovo. The Defence is scheduled for Monday, September 19th, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
 
9/8/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Sabina Berisha entitled: Mosses as bioindicators of trace elements and nitrogen in Ljubljana forests.
The Defence is scheduled for Thursday, September 15th, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
9/6/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Mark Češnovar entitled: Microstructure and properties of pulse plasma sintered mullite ceramics with Y2O3 in SiO2 additions.
The Defence is scheduled for Thursday, September 15th, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
9/6/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Tanja Pečnik: Microstructure and dielectric properties of solution-derived (Ba,Sr)TiO3 thin films.
The Defence is scheduled for Monday, September 19th, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
9/6/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Harinarayanan Puliyalil: Selective plasma etching of polymer matrix composites for improvement of their surface properties.
The Defence is scheduled for Friday, September 16th, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
9/6/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Rok Piltaver: Constructing comprehensible and accurate classifiers using data mining algorithms.
The Defence is scheduled for Thursday, September 15th, 2016, at 12:00 at the IPS Lecture Hall.
9/6/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Boštjan Pečnik: Ultrasound cavitation erosion of limescale on metal surfaces.
The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
9/1/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Martin Gjoreski entitled: Continuous stress monitoring using wrist device and smartphone.
The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.

August

8/31/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Edis Grcić entitled: Health risk assessment for dental healthcare employees and patients because of exposure to legionella spp. in dental unit water systems in Slovenia.
The Defence is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
8/31/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Andrej Kranjc entitled: Monitoring of copper corrosion in bentonite. The Defence is scheduled for Friday, September 2nd, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
 
8/31/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Nina Gartner entitled: The Use of Corrosion Resistant Reinforcing Steel in Concrete Structures. The Defence is scheduled for Friday, September 2nd, 2016, at 12:00 at the IPS Lecture Room.
 
8/18/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Ana Gantar: Bioactive glass-based composite scaffolds for tissue engineering applications.
The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
8/17/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Jovan Tanevski: Deterministic and stochastic process-based modeling and design of dynamic systems in biology.
The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
8/12/2016
The IPS invites you to participate at a prize contest for short videos covering the topic of studies or research work. Read more at our Facebook page.
 
8/12/2016
If you are interested in pursuing doctoral studies in the field of Telecommunications or Sensor Networks and finding employment as a Young Researcher, send us an email to info@mps.si.
 

July

7/27/2016

Call for residence in Dormitory for postgraduate students is open until September 22

 
Additional information:
 
http://www.stud-dom-lj.si/bivanje/razpisi
 
Expected number of applicants is smaller than the number of available rooms. It is however essential that you apply until September 22, because later applications will not be accepted. 

7/25/2016
Due to renovation the school will be closed from 1 to 7 August 2016! We will be available for any questions at info@mps.si.
 
7/20/2016
Jozef Stefan Institute still has a few available positions for new young researcher Doctoral students

Candidates less than 5 years since graduation with average grade above 8 are welcome to apply before August 10, more information at:

https://www.ijs.si/ijsw/Young%20researchers%2C%20fellowships 

 

7/18/2016
The 25th session of ERCA (European Research Course on Atmospheres) will take place in Grenoble from January 11th, 2017 to February 9th. The course is intended for PhD students, registration is open until September 18, 2016.
The 25th session of ERCA will specially explore the theme "from 25 years ago to 25 years forward" and will be organized around the following topics:

     • atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric composition changes
     • Earth climate system and the science of Climate change
     • Earth Science system - Impact and society
     • experimental techniques and research methodologies for the atmospheric sciences
     • hydrology and precipitation: water cycle in climate change

It includes practical courses (lidar and other techniques for 
atmospheric observations) held at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence (Southern France) and in Grenoble, and relies on a strong collective project centered on this years theme.

A number of speakers have confirmed their participation: Gael Giraud (keynote talk), Yinon Rudich, Peter Brimblecombe, Andreas Richter, 
Eugene Clothiaux, Markus Quante, Carlo Barbante, Ralf Ebinghaus, Yoav Yair, Filippo Giorgi, Mak Flanner, Philippe Kekhut, Anne Monod and Francis Codron.

A limited number of student assistantships will be available.

Information and registration at
http://erca-school.eu 
 
In case you are interested please contact IPS Dean Professor Milena Horvat at milena.horvat@ijs.si
 
7/15/2016
7/13/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Marko Vrabelj: Investigations of the electrocaloric effect in the polycrystalline 0.9Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.1PbTiO3 relaxor ferroelectric.
The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, at 12:00 at the IPS Lecture Hall.
7/12/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Jerca Pahor: New approaches to the synthesis of prodrugs of phosphates and phosphorylated derivatives of pantothenic acid.
The Defence is scheduled for Friday, July 15th, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
7/10/2016

June

6/27/2016
You are invited to the 21th Institute colloquium in the academic year 2015/16. The colloquium will be held on Wednesday June 29, 2016 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana.

prof. dr. Orly Alter

University of Utah, United States of America


Multi-Tensor Decompositions for Personalized Cancer Diagnostics and Prognostics

We are developing new mathematical frameworks to do what no others currently can, that is, create a single coherent model from multiple high-dimensional datasets, known as tensors. The frameworks – comparative spectral decompositions – generalize those that underlie the theoretical description of the physical world. We are using the frameworks to compare and contrast datasets recording different aspects of a single disease, such as genomic profiles of multiple cell types from the same set of patients, measured more than once by several different methods. By using the complex structure of the datasets, rather than simplifying them as is commonly done, the frameworks enable the separation of patterns of DNA alterations – which occur only in the tumor genomes – from those that occur in the genomes of normal cells in the body, and from variations caused by experimental inconsistencies. The patterns that we uncover in the data are expected to offer answers to the open question of the relation between a tumor's genome and a patient’s outcome. For example, recent comparisons of the genomes of tumor and normal cells from the same sets of ovarian and, separately, glioblastoma brain cancer patients uncovered patterns of DNA copy-number alterations that were found to be correlated with a patient’s survival and response to chemotherapy. For three decades prior, the best predictor of ovarian cancer survival was the tumor's stage; more than a quarter of ovarian tumors are resistant to the platinum-based chemotherapy, the first-line treatment, yet no diagnostic existed to distinguish resistant from sensitive tumors before the treatment. For five decades prior, the best prognostic indicator of glioblastoma was the patient's age at diagnosis. The ovarian and brain cancer data were published, but the patterns remained unknown until the team applied their comparative spectral decompositions. Pending experimental revalidation, we will bring the patterns that we uncover to the clinic, to be used in personalized diagnostic and prognostic pathology laboratory tests. The tests would predict a patient’s survival and response to therapy, and doctors could tailor treatment accordingly.

To read the abstract click http://www.ijs.si/ijsw/Koledar_prireditev. Past colloquia are posted on http://videolectures.net/kolokviji_ijs.

Cordially invited!

6/27/2016
The lecture entitled "Discovery and biological significance of new secreted human LY6 proteins and their connection to the mouse Stem Cell Antigen (Sca-1) gene and to the interferon system" will take place on Monday, 4 July 2016, at 11 AM at the Biological center, Večna pot 111, Ljubljana, lecture room B4.
 
6/24/2016
 
 
6/22/2016
 
 
6/21/2016

On Monday, 20 June 2016, we awarded diplomas to the IPS students who have successfully completed the master and doctorate study programmes of Ecotechnologies, Information and Communication Technologies, New Media and E-Science, and Nanosciences and nanotechnologies.

Skupinska slika

Diploma recipients:

Muhammad Shahid Arshad, doktor znanosti
Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies programme
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Spomenka Kobe, Co-Supervisor: Asst. Prof. Kristina Žužek Rožman

Nejc Trdin, doktor znanosti
Information and Communication Technologies programme
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Marko Bohanec

Tina Bakarič
, doktorica znanosti
Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies programme
Supervisor: Asst. Prof. Danjela Kuščer Hrovatin, Co-Supervisor: Asst. Prof. Tadej Rojac

Marjeta Česen, doktorica znanosti
Ecotechnology programme
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ester Heath, Co-Supervisor: Asst. Prof. Tina Kosjek

Igor Shlyapnikov, doktor znanosti
Ecotechnology programme
Supervisor: Dr. Zoran Mazej

Ermira Begu, doktorica znanosti
Ecotechnology programme
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Milena Horvat

Piotr Sosnowski, doktor znanosti
Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies programme
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dušan Turk

Katarina Starkl Renar, doktorica znanosti
Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies programme
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jernej Iskra

Kristina Kotnik, doktorica znanosti
Ecotechnology programme
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ester Heath, Co-Supervisor: Asst. Prof. Tina Kosjek

Nikola Simidjievski, doktor znanosti
Information and Communication Technologies programme
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sašo Džeroski, Co-Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ljupčo Todorovski

Giovanni Godena, doktor znanosti
Information and Communication Technologies programme
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stanislav Strmčnik

Jan Rupnik, doktor znanosti
New Media and E-Science programme
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dunja Mladenić, Co-Supervisor: Prof. Dr. John Shawe-Taylor

Njomza Ajvazi, doktorica znanosti
Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies programme
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stojan Stavber

Radivoj Fajt, magister znanosti
New Media and E-Science programme
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Denis Trček, Co-Supervisor: Asst. Prof. Roman Novak

Blaž Tašič
, magister nanoznanosti in nanotehnologij
Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies programme
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Irena Drevenšek-Olenik

We congratulate all master and doctoral graduates and wish them a lot of success in the future.

Our special thanks go to the Jožef Stefan Institute Choir who opened the ceremony with their rendition of Gaudeamus Igitur.

6/14/2016
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 (info@mps.si).

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.

More information: http://www.erasmusplus.si/razpis/razpis2016/
6/13/2016
The lecture entitled "FAIR data: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable data for knowledge generation in life sciences" will take place on Wednesday, 15 June 2016, at 1 PM at the Biological center, Večna pot 111, Ljubljana, lecture room B3.
 
6/8/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Jitka Hreščak: Synthesis and characterization of undoped and strontium-doped potassium sodium niobate ceramics.
The Defence is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
6/8/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Njomza Ajvazi: N-Halo Organic Compounds as Catalysts or Reagents for Comprehensive Transformation of Alcohols.
The Defence is scheduled for Monday, June 20th, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
6/8/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Jan Rupnik: Multi-View Canonical Correlation Analysis. The Defence is scheduled for Friday, June 17th, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
6/8/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Giovanni Godena: Models of batch process control software. The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
6/6/2016
The lecture entitled "Utilizing the Potato Genome for Applied and Fundamental Research into Diverse Aspects of Disease Resistance" will take place on Tuesday, 7 June 2016, at 2 PM at the Biological center, Večna pot 111, Ljubljana, lecture room B4.

Abstract

Potato is the most important non-cereal food crop worldwide and consumed by more than a billion people. Pests  and pathogens represent  a serious  and continuing threat to potato production. Some of the  most widespread  and  economically  significant diseases  are  late  blight,  nematodes  and  viruses.  We  have developed complementary strategies to control diseases and to study the molecular processes that lead to resistance or susceptibility.

The ability to withstand multiple biotic and abiotic stresses is critical for wild potatoes. With the availability of  significant  germplasm  resources  including  the  Common wealth  Potato  Collection  (CPC)  at  the  James Hutton  Institute  and improved  genomics  methods,  the  potential  to  exploit  natural  biodiversity  is considerable to secure potatoes as a major food source in the future.

Sequencing the potato genome has provided unprecedented insight into the distribution and organisation of genes that underpin resistances. We have developed a number of gene-specific target enrichment and sequencing platforms to more rapidly map and clone functional pattern-recognising receptors as well as NB-LRR genes.

We have generated  a comprehensive transcriptional reference  map of  the  early potato responses to the defence hormones abscisic acid, epibrassinolide, ethylene, salicylic acid and methyl-jasmonate. Identified marker genes are utilised to aid the functional characterisation of pathogen effector and to ascertain the mode of action of novel elicitor compounds.

Applied outcomes of this research are currently being exploited with the help of industrial partners.

6/2/2016
We invite you to the 20th Institute colloquium in the academic year 2015/16. The colloquium will be held on Tuesday, June 07, 2016 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana.

prof. dr. Tomaž Prosen

University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Non-equilibrium quantum physics: Exact steps

Non-equilibrium quantum physics has become one of the central fields of research in particular due to an impressive degree of control in recent cold atom and quantum optics experiments. On the theoretical side, the topic provides a very fruitful playground where many seemingly diverse fields of theoretical and mathematical physics meet and overlap, such as condensed matter theory, statistical mechanics and quantum field theory, string theory, quantum information, and dynamical systems. Having relevant and nontrivial exactly solvable models displaying key universal phenomena is a crucial aspect of every successful theory. In non-equilibrium quantum interacting many-body systems, such exact solutions have been very rare, and only very recently substantial progress has been made. In this talk we will describe one thread of recent progress, which started from exact solutions of boundary driven master equations of quantum spin chains and ended up in discovering new families of quamsilocal conservation laws relevant for quantum transport.

To read the abstract click http://www.ijs.si/ijsw/Koledar_prireditev. Past colloquia are posted on http://videolectures.net/kolokviji_ijs.

Cordially invited!

May

5/25/2016
 
 
5/18/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Tanja Pavleska: Alleviating user bias in computational trust systems.
The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at the E3/E8/E9 Orange Room.
5/16/2016
We invite you to the 19th Institute colloquium in the academic year 2015/16. The colloquium will be held on Wednesday May 18, 2016 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana.

prof. dr. Lorenzo Fedrizzi

University of Udine, Udine, Italy

Improving metal corrosion resistance by atomic layer deposition

Interes ts on nanometric conformal coatings are nowadays growing in a wide range of applications, from electronic components to corrosion protection, chemical barriers or even wear resistance. Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) is one of the most promising nanometric deposition technologies which offers the possibility to obtain conformal coatings even on very complex tridimensional substrates of different chemical nature, with a strict thickness tolerance and strong adhesion. During an ALD cycle, only one molecular layer is deposited on the substrate surface, enabling the theoretical possibility to tailor the composition of the deposit up to molecular resolution, thus obtaining almost unique properties. Therefore this technology appears to be an interesting and innovative alternative to the existing ones aimed to metal corrosion protection, such as electrodeposition, painting or other chemical or physical vapor deposition technologies. This work describes the use of ALD for the c orrosion protection of different metal alloys of common industrial interest such as stainless steels, aluminum or magnesium alloys. Moreover, the possibility of combining this deposition technology with some traditional ones is also discussed with the aim of obtaining improved protection properties by multilayer coatings capable of enhancing the protective barrier action.

To read the abstract click  http://www.ijs.si/ijsw/Koledar_prireditev. Past colloquia are posted on  http://videolectures.net/kolokviji_ijs.

Cordially invited!

5/11/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Matic Perovšek: Advanced text processing workflows in a web-based text mining platform.
The Defence is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
5/11/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Nikola Simidjievski: Ensembles of process-based models of dynamic systems. The Defence is scheduled for Monday, May 23rd, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
5/11/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Kristina Kotnik: Occurrence, fate and toxicity of benzophenone derived compounds in the aqueous environment.
The Defence is scheduled for Friday, May 20th, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
5/11/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Katarina Starkl Renar: Study of the synthesis of unsymmetrical tetraoxanes and evaluation of their potential biological activity.
The Defence is scheduled for Friday, May 20th, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
5/11/2016
We would like to informa you that the IPS Information Day will be on Wednesday, 1 June 2016, at 12:30 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Room (N205-N206).
Since the 8th IPS students' conference will take place at the same time, this will be a great opportunity for those of you who are considering postgraduate studies to meet potential coworkers and friends, and get acquainted with the research work that is carried out here at the Jožef Stefan Institute. You will also be able to connect with potential supervisors who will be able to present you the  postgraduate studies and research work in a relaxed atmosphere.

Come and join us at this two-day event!
5/11/2016
We proudly announce the 8th IPS students' conference which will take place on 31 May and 1 June 2016 at the JSI Main Hall and in the Main Lecture Room.

We at the Student's Council want this conference to be a social event that will remain in our best memories, but we are also aware of the importance of acquiring additional skills throughout our studies. That is why this years conference programme will be a little different. We are positive that the 8th IPS students' conference will be interesting as well as informative, because additionally to the presentations of the research work of young researchers, intended for a broader audience, workshops will also be held on public speaking and non-verbal communication, as well as a workshop on preparing a memorable speech. We will also be joined by four companies that will share their key to success and how to transfer your idea into practice. 

For those of you who are considering postgraduate studies, this will be a great opportunity to meet potential coworkers and friends, and get acquainted with the research work that is carried out here at the Jožef Stefan Institute. You will also be able to connect with potential supervisors who will be able to present you the  postgraduate studies and research work in a relaxed atmosphere.

So come and join us at this two-day event!

IPS Student Council 

5/3/2016
You are invited to the 18th Institute colloquium in the academic year 2015/16. The colloquium will be held on Monday May 9th, 2016 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana. 

Prof. Dr. Kazuhiro Hono

Magnetic Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan

Dy-free high coercivity Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets

Due to the recent concern about the stable supply of heavy rare earth elements, attaining high coercivity in Nd-Fe-B magnets without Dy has received intense research interest. In this talk, we will update our recent progresses toward the development of high coercivity Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets. To obtain complete understanding of the microstructure-coercivity relationships, we revisited the microstructures of Nd-Fe-B sintered and hot-deformed magnets using aberration-corrected STEM complemented by atom probe tomography. We found that the structure and chemical composition of the grain boundary phase varies depending on the orientation of grain boundaries, i.e., the grain boundary phase parallel to the c-planes are mostly crystalline with a higher Nd concentration in contrast to that lying parallel to the c-axis that contains higher Fe content with an amorphous structure. Based on these new findings, we developed a method to increase the coercivity of the anisotropic Nd-Fe-B magnets substantially without relying on Dy.    

To read the abstract click  http://www.ijs.si/ijsw/Koledar_prireditev. Past colloquia are posted on  http://videolectures.net/kolokviji_ijs.

Cordially invited!

April

4/26/2016

From 28 to 29 April 2016, the IPS office will be closed.

Thank you for your understanding!

 
4/22/2016
 
 
4/15/2016

After eleven years as Head of the Ecotechnologies programme Prof. Dr. Milena Horvat was appointed as Dean of the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School on 5 April 2016. She has been involved in the work of the IPS since its very beginnings.

 Milena Horvat

Prof. Dr. Milena Horvat is also a research counsellor at the Jožef Stefan Institute and Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences.

The Department of Environmental Sciences deals with diverse research topics from the field of natural and social sciences which help define our environment, society and human activities. The aim of research is to clarify the relationship between natural processes and human activities, and the impact of these activities on human health and the environment. The field of research, education and technological development encompasses the topics of environmental analytical chemistry, biological and geochemical cycles in the environment, interactions between the environment and human health, food safety and traceability, environmental monitoring, development of clean technologies and waste management, as well as risk and environmental impact assessment.

In addition to being the Head of the department and the programme team dealing with the aforementioned issues Prof. Dr. Milena Horvat is also the coordinator of the EU project ERA Chair for isotope techniques in food quality, safety and traceability, and the EU Twinning project MASSTWIN which aims to raise the level of using isotope analyses in the field of environment, health and food. She was also the coordinator of the “Environmental Technologies” Centre of Excellence.

Her achievements are of significant value for Slovenia and the world, as her scientific basis contributed to creating new international regulations and standards, which is one of the most important aims of research work in the field of environmental sciences. Her research results published in more than 208 publications in journals with impact factor have received much attention with more than 6000 citations without self-citations. She held many invited lectures at international conferences, research institutions, and universities across the world. She actively participates in European projects and in international environment protection organisations, especially in the framework of the United Nations, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). She received the title Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia in 2002, and the Zois Award in 2014.

4/13/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Ermira Begu: Determination of dissolved elemental mercury in surface and industrial waters. The Defence is scheduled for Friday, April 22nd, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Reactor Centre Podgorica.
 
4/12/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Anže Vavpetič: Semantic subgroup discovery. The Defence is scheduled for Monday, May 9th, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
4/12/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Piotr Sosnowski: Structural insight in the substrate specificity of cathepsins. The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, at 12:00 at the Biochemistry Lecture Hall (B220).
 
4/7/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Igor Shlyapnikov: Increasing dimensionality of hybrid and alkali metal fluoridotitanates(IV). The Defence is scheduled for Thursday, April 21st, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
4/7/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Marjeta Česen: Occurrence, fate and effects of cytostatic residues in the aqueous environment. The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
 
4/7/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Kemal Alič: Opportunistic network coding in wireless mesh networks. The Defence is scheduled for Monday, April 18th, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at the JSI Main Lecture Hall.
 

March

3/7/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Blaž Tašič entitled: Light-sensitive composite materials based on polymers and liquid crystals. The Defence is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23rd, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. at the IPS Lecture Room.
 

February

2/16/2016

You are cordially invited to the lecture of Professor Arben Merkoci. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, 24 February 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Biologic Center, Večna pot 111, Ljubljana, Lecture Room B5.

 
2/9/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Nadežda Stanković entitled: Chemical and structural aspects of ilmenite to rutile/hematite transformation.
The Defence is scheduled for Friday, February 26th, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the IPS Lecture Hall.
2/9/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Nejc Trdin entitled: New generation platform for multi-criteria qualitative decision modelling with method DEX.
The Defence is scheduled for Friday, February 26th, 2016, at 12:00 at the IPS Lecture Hall.
2/1/2016
We would like to inform you that the second semester of the Slovene language course at JSI will begin in the end of February 2016. Applications for the second semester will be collected until 8 February 2016.
 

January

1/12/2016
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation of Muhammad Shahid Arshad entitled: Magnetization distribution and reversal behaviour in 1D ferromagnetic Co-Pt-based nanostructures.
The Defence is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the Kolar Lecture Hall (K-7).