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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


Course Description

Environmental Pollution - Selected Topics


Ecotechnologies, second-level study programme


prof. dr. Milena Horvat
prof. dr. Nives Ogrinc
prof. dr. Ester Heath
prof. dr. Radmila Milačič
prof. dr. Janez Ščančar
prof. dr. Sonja Lojen


The main goal is to achieve proficiency and the highest possible sophistication of the perceptive abilities of students in the management of environmental pollution, in particular in solving practical problems.


The course involves:
– Solving the key issues of air, water, land and food pollution
– Identification and prevention of the pollutant circulation process (stress on toxic chemical elements, natural and artificial radionuclides and organic pollutants)
– Planning of monitoring
– Application of legislation and standards in solving the selected issues
– Cases will be adapted to the objectives and topic content of the relevant postgraduate's research project.

Course literature:

• Dade W. Moeller. Environmental Health. Cambridge: Harvard University Press (1992), 480 p., ISBN 0-674-25858-4 Marquita K. Hill. Understanding Environmental Pollution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1997), 316. p., ISBN 0-521-56680-0 Ian L. Pepper, C.P. Gerba, M.L. Brusseau. Pollution Science. San Diego: Academic Press (1996), 397 p., ISBN 0-12550660-0
• G.I. Sunahara, A.Y. Renoux, C. Thallen, C.L. Gaudet, A. Pilon (eds.). Environmental Analysis of Contaminated Sites.New York: Wiley&Sons (2001), 465 p., ISBN 0-471-98669-0
• Izbrane informacije bodo podiplomci zajeli iz mednarodnih informacijskih sistemov.

Significant publications and references:

HORVAT, Milena, COVELLI, Stefano, FAGANELI, Jadran, LOGAR, Martina, FAJON, Vesna, RAJAR, Rudolf, ŠIRCA, Andrej, ŽAGAR, Dušan. Mercury in contaminated coastal environments; a case study : the Gulf of Trieste. Sci. total environ.. [Print ed.], 1999, vol. 237/238, str.43-56.
HINES, M. E., HORVAT, Milena, FAGANELI, Jadran. Mercury biogeochemistry in the Idrija river, Slovenia from above the mine into the Gulf Trieste. Environ. res. (N.Y. N.Y.), 2000, vol. 83, sec. A, str. 129-139.
HORVAT, Milena, JERAN, Zvonka, ŠPIRIĆ, Zdravko, JAĆIMOVIĆ, Radojko, MIKLAVČIČ, Vesna. Mercury and other elements in lichens near the INA Naftaplin gas treatment plant, Molve, Croatia. J. environ. monit. (Print), 2000, vol. 2, str. 139-144.
HORVAT, Milena, JEREB, Vesna, FAJON, Vesna, LOGAR, Martina, KOTNIK, Jože, FAGANELI, Jadran, HINES, M. E., BONZONGO, J.-C. Mercury distribution in water, sediment and soil in the Idrijca and Soča river systems. Geochem., explor. environ. anal., 2002, vol. 2, str. 287-296.
HORVAT, Milena, KOTNIK, Jože, LOGAR, Martina, FAJON, Vesna, ZVONARIĆ, Tomislav, PIRRONE, Nicola. Speciation of mercury in surface and deep-sea waters in the Mediterranean sea. Atmos. environ. (1994). [Print ed.], 2003, vol. 37, suppl. 1, str. S93-S108.
HORVAT, Milena, KONTIĆ, Branko, KOTNIK, Jože, OGRINC, Nives, JEREB, Vesna, LOGAR, Martina, FAGANELI, Jadran, RAJAR, Rudolf, ŠIRCA, Andrej, PETKOVŠEK, Gregor, ŽAGAR, Dušan, DIZDAREVIČ, Tatjana. Remediation of mercury polluted sites due to mining activities. Crit. rev. anal. chem., 2003, vol. 33, str. 291-296
HORVAT, Milena, GIBIČAR, Darija. Speciation of mercury : Environment, food, clinical, and occupational health. V: CORNELIS, Rita (ur.). Handbook of elemental speciation II : species in the environment, food, medicine & occupational health. New York; Chichester: Wiley, 2005, 2005, str. 281-304.


Seminar and oral exam (100%):
the candidate demonstrates his/her knowledge and understanding of the essential course content, and presents how this new knowledge can be included in his/her research project – in front of the course leader and postgraduate's project supervisor.

Students obligations:

Seminar and oral exam.