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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



Ecotechnologies, second-level study programme


prof. dr. Peter Stegnar
prof. dr. Borut Smodiš


To build up the knowledge and understanding of the postgraduate students of the basics of radioecology, such as the distribution and transfer of radionuclides in various ecosystems, impact of ionizing radiation on ecosystems, and the course of action in the event of radiological accidents. To introduce the students to the selected techniques and methods of purification in order to reduce and eliminate radioactive contaminants from the environment, where a special stress will be laid on typical natural and artificial radioactive contaminants which occur as a result of electrical power generation or emanate from the radioactive waste dumps as possible environmental contaminants.


The course covers:
• The fundamentals of radioecology – the role of radioactive substances in ecosystems – as the basis for students’ work on concrete projects;
• Acquainting the students with the selected methods of purification of radioactive contaminants from potentially contaminated environments, such as nuclear facilities and technologically modified sources of radiation in the environment;
• Providing knowledge about radioactive substance management in the event of uncontrolled releases into the environment and in the event of nuclear and radiation accidents;
• Introducing the postgraduate students to application of methods and techniques suitable for concrete postgraduate projects.

Course literature:

• Van der Stricht, Etienne, R. Kirchman (eds.). Radioecology: radioactivity & ecosystems. Liege: Fortemps (2001), 603 p., ISBN 2-9600316-0-1

• K. Lokan, P. Stegnar. Radiological conditions at Bikini Atoll: prospects for resettlement. Vienna: International Atomic Energy Agency (1998), 67 p., ISBN 92-0-100398-6 (Radiological assessment reports series, 1020-6566)

• A. J. González et al. Radiological conditions at the Semipalatinsk test site, Kazakhstan: preliminary assessment and recommendations for further study. Vienna: International Atomic Energy Agency (1998), 43 p., ISBN 92-0-104098-9 International basic safety standards for protection against ionizing radiation and for the safety of radiation Sources. Vienna: IAEA (1996), 353 p., ISBN 92-0-104295-7, (Safety series. Safety standards; 115)

Significant publications and references:

FALNOGA, Ingrid, TUŠEK-ŽNIDARIČ, Magda, STEGNAR, Peter. The influence of long-term mercury exposure on selenium availability in tissues: an evaluatin of data. Biometals, 2006, vol. 19, str. 283-294.

BAHTIJARI, Meleq, VAUPOTIČ, Janja, GREGORIČ, Asta, STEGNAR, Peter, KOBAL, Ivan. Exposure to radon in the Gadime cave, Kosovo. J. environ. radioact.. [Print ed.], 2008, vol. 99, no. 2, str. 343-348.

FALNOGA, Ingrid, TUŠEK-ŽNIDARIČ, Magda, HORVAT, Milena, STEGNAR, Peter. Mercury, selenium and cadmium in human autopsy samples from Idrija residents and mercury mine workers. Environ. res. (N. Y.), 2000, vol. 84, str. 211-218

BAHTIJARI, Meleq, STEGNAR, Peter, SHEMSIDINI, Zahadin, AJAZAJ, H., HALIMI, Y., VAUPOTIČ, Janja, KOBAL, Ivan. Seasonal variation of indoor air radon concentration in schools in Kosovo. Radiat. meas.. [Print ed.], 2007, vol. 42, str. 286-289.

BAHTIJARI, Meleq, VAUPOTIČ, Janja, GREGORIČ, Asta, STEGNAR, Peter, KOBAL, Ivan. Exposure to radon dwellings in the Sharri community, Kosovo. Radiat. prot. dosim., 2008, vol. 130, no. 2, str. 244-248.


Seminar and oral exam, in which 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 (100%)

Students obligations:

Seminar and oral exam.