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This European Researchers' Night project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie: an inspiration to follow​! 

Pre-event of the European Reserachers' Night​

13 September 2018 at 17:00, Cafe Piaf, Poštna ulica 1, Maribor 


Academic humour à la Slovenia


“MasterChef" of word play (moderator): Assist. Prof. Uroš Kuzman, PhD, researcher at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (UL) and stand-up comedian.

Humour in Physics and Mathematics, Prof. Milan Ambrožič, PhD, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, UM.

Simplicity and diversity, Prof. Samo Kralj, PhD, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, UM.

Divided consent in the virtual world, Assist. Prof. Muhamed Turkanović, PhD, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UM.

Criminal Justice and Security Studies like a banana peel, Assoc. Prof. Branko Lobnikar, PhD, Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, UM.


28. 9. 2018, from 14:00 ​in Maribor, Koper, Izola, Ljutomer, Brežice



Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

In contact with Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence


We will interactively demonstrate the use of algorithms for computer vision, artificial intelligence and pattern recognition. We will illuminate the strengths and weaknesses of computer vision and artificial neural networks in the field of human-machine communication and learn how to train a simple neural network.


With mobile and ubiquitous devices for safety


Smart devices are entering our lives, capturing and processing data about the environment around us and facilitating, supplementing or enriching our everyday activities. The key to safe and correct use of these new technologies is to understand their functioning, which can be obtained through the co-creation of new ways of using it. Examples of mobile and ubiquitous devices will be presented.


A tool for documents plagiarism detection


Due to increasing offer of documents on the internet is increased copying and pasting or paraphrasing of texts without their proper quotations. The reason for improper quotations is in ignorance or in deliberately copying of sentences or chapters. We will demonstrate  usage of our text matching software which is used in most Slovenian higher education institutions. We will also give answers to questions about plagiarism which arise during writing of student or scientific works


The importance of information security in everyday life


Security and privacy are key challenges of using modern ICT technologies. In the demonstration, the importance of information security in everyday life will featured with emphasis on passwords, security and privacy of mobile device, possibilities of data acquisition from different devices (digital forensics) and through a digital challenge, where participants will be able to test the security of an information system (hacking) in a controlled environment.




The future of the world is, due to the growing pollution, in electric cars. The purpose of the project is to explore this area of electrical mobility and to promote it, to gain experience and to participate in competitions. In addition vehicle is also adapted for autonomous driving.


Coordinator: Pia Prebevšek

Team of researchers:  prof. dr. Marjan Mernik, doc. dr. Aleš Zamuda, prof. dr. Aleš Holobar, Martin Šavc, asistent Marjan Horvat, Goran Hrovat, asistent, asist. Viktor Taneski, doc. dr. Muhamed Turkanović, doc. dr. Marko Hölbl, prof. dr. Tatjana Welzer Družovec, Marko Kompara, asist. Luka Hrgarek, Borut Zlatolas, asist. Lucija Brezočnik, Miha Strehar,  prof. dr. Jožef Ritonja, Mitja Hribernik,  students.,,,,,


Faculty of Arts

How to become self-sufficient - presentation of yurt

Participants will recognize yurt as a sustainable house. With the help of the model they will make models of yurt themselves, thus learning about its composition,   and all used materials. 


Coordinator: full prof. ddr. Ana Vovk Korže,

Team: Janja Lužnik, students                 

Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture

Flying wooden bridge


Civil Engineers will construct flying wooden bridge, according to tensegrity principle.


Chinese salesman problem


Transportation engineers will present the Chinese salesman problem experiment on connecting several lightning cities with shortest path.


Sun clock and heliodon

Architects in the darkroom will present the connection between the sun clock and impact of the sun on the house model with heliodon

Coordinator: doc. dr. Matej Moharić

Team of researchers: dr. Marko Jaušovec, dr. Anita Prapotnik Brnik, izr. prof. dr. Matej Mencinger, izr. prof. dr. Matjaž Skrinar.

Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Presentation of the field robot for selective application of plant protection products

The development of the field robot is a student project that includes students from different areas, such as students of electrical and mechanical engineering, computer science as well as students from agriculture. Their goal was to develop an autonomous robot capable of selective pesticide spraying in order to minimize their negative impact on the environment. As a product of their research, they build a prototype of such a robot that is used to develop algorithms that will one day be used in real field robots or part of specialized machinery.

Coordinator: doc. dr. Jurij Rakun
Team of researchers: izr. prof. dr. Miran Lakota, red. prof. dr. Denis Stajnko, doc. dr. Peter Vindiš, mag. Peter Berk, dr. Damijan Kelc.

Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mathematical tricks and a workshop


Mathematicians will present tricks which can be esaily explained using knowledge from topology, number theory, graph theory and combinatorics. Visitors will be able to take part in different games and get deeper knowledge about them.

Coordinator: Asist. dr. Polona Repolusk

Team of researchers: doc. dr. Mateja Grašič, asist. dr. Niko Tratnik


Experiments with light

On the stands it will be possible to measure the characteristics of different light sources, the behavior of light in different media, how good your glasses protect you from ultraviolet light. The visitors will also be able to see how LCD monitors work. 

Coordinator: Asist. dr. Polona Repolusk

Team of researchers: asist. dr. Rene Markovič, asist. dr. Eva Klemenčič, doc. dr. Milan Ambrožič, doc. dr. Robert Repnik, doc. dr. Marko Gosak, doc. dr. Andrej Dobovišek, red. prof. Samo Kralj

Faculty of the Criminal Justice and Security


Safe everyday life - knowledge-based measures to enhance the safety of life and property


Participants will be presented with content from the field of policing and criminal investigation (e.g. protection of property through forensic encryption, identification of risks in exposure to counterfeit medicines, the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication) and information security (how safe it is in cyberspace - using a special computer program for testing safety of various websites).

Improving Frontline Responses to High Impact Domestic Violence – IMPRODOVA project presentation

IMPRODOVA  (Improving Frontline Responses to High Impact Domestic Violence is an EU Horizon 2020 financed project. The project will focus on the police side of the gap between what we don't know and what we do and will also include the aspect of police co-operation with other frontline responders. Why, in practical police work, is domestic violence often regarded as a low priority problem? Why is the reporting rate by victims low? What are the human factors that define effective response and best practice police work in networks of other frontline responders, e.g. health practitioners, schools, and youth services? 


IMPRODOVA has received funding by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme H2020-SEC-07-FCT–2016-2017 under Grant Agreement No 787054.

Coordinator: prof. dr. Branko Lobnikar

Team of researchers: doc. dr.  Maja Modic, strokovnjak s policije, doc. dr. Simon Vrhovec, asist. Boštjan Slak, dr. Saša Kuhar

Faculty of Health Sciences

With knowledge to safe research


Visitors will learn about the work of a researcher in the field of health sciences. We will present the importance of hand hygiene for safe work in health and in everyday life. Microorganisms, which are often found in our surroundings (clothes, keys, hands, mobile phones, etc.), will be observed in the culture media. We will perform measurements of blood sugar and blood pressure and, at the same time, advise our visitors about the importance of preventive programs in health and the early detection of diseases for safe and quality living.


Coordinator: mag. Barbara Donik

Team of researchers:  Asist. dr. Urška Rozman, Asist. Leona Cilar, Asist. Sergej Kmetec

Faculty of Medicine

Demonstration and measurements of physiological parameters


Electrocardiography, spirometry, glucometry and dynamometry will be carried out with the participants of European  Researchers' Night.


Coordinator: doc. dr. Andraž Stožer

Team of researchers: doc. dr. Jurij Dolenšek, asist. dr. Maša Skelin Klemen, asist. dr. Lidija Križančić Bombek, asist. Viljem Pohorec, asist. Peter Vodopivc​

Faculty of Education

Do You Remember That Game?


Cultural heritage is an important part of a nation's identity. Continuing education and herewith preservation of cultural heritage on every level is essential for preservation of cultural diversity, acknowledgement of cultural identities as well as promotion of intercultural dialogue and intergenerational cooperation. The evidence of human history and culture are a part of cultural heritage, as are the games that were played in the past by our ancestors. An active programme, that will be coordinated by two active researchers, will include demonstration of children's games that are part of Slovenian cultural heritage, taking part in playing games and an interactive quiz where the participants will be able to test their knowledge in the games from the past at different levels. The programme will be interesting for all age groups – for the children, who are expected to show the most interest in trying out and playing games, as well as for the pensioners, whose suggestions based on their version of the game will be positively accepted and performed. We will make an unique board game for the adults that will include game knowledge and other elements of cultural heritage. The visitors will be shown presentation posters that will present the games as one of the elements of cultural heritage that need to be preserved in the future. The programme is especially interesting in 2018, which was declared the European Year of Cultural Heritage.


Coordinator: Jelena Krivograd

Team of researchers: Prof. dr. Vlasta Hus, Asist. mag. Polona Jančič



Wonderful world of microalgae

Microalgae are small size, quite unknown living beings, with great potential for use. We like to present how we can cultivate and explore them for the production of secondary metabolites. At the workshop, we will show microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis at different stages of growth, when they grow vigorously and photosynthesize, and when they are enclosed in protective sheaths and produce special protective colors, which enable the survival of very extreme conditions. These dyes can be used by humans as food supplements with a high antioxidant potential. The program will be intended for schoolchildren, students, students and the general public.


Coordinator: Jelena Krivograd

Team of researchers: doc. dr. Jana Ambrožič-Dolinšek, mag. Terezija Ciringer


Faculty of Law

From law to rights: how to contribute to a greater safety in everyday life


The law regulates a number of areas that directly concern the safety of individuals (eg, consumer safety, protection of personal data, intellectual property, cultural heritage ...). The purpose of the program is for the wider society to get acquainted with their rights and their enforcement.


Coordinator: prof. dr. Aleš Ferčič

Team of researchers: prof. dr. Janja Hojnik, prof. dr. Borut Holcman, prof. dr. Tjaša Ivanc , doc. dr. Miha Šepec (tbc), asist. Klemen Drnovšek, asist. Petra Weingerl, asist. Jan Stajnko, asist. Katja Drnovšek, asist. Denis Baghrizabehi, Kristjan Zahrastnik

Faculty of Tourism

Once upon a time … the smells and tastes of the past


The Faculty of Tourism of the University of Maribor will invite you to participate in time travels into the times of our ancestors. The researchers will conjure up the scents and tastes of the old times, through the stories and the preparation of the dishes. At the stall of the Faculty of Tourism, visitors will be able to transform into culinary tourists and get to know Slovenia through the richness of its culture and flavors. Tastings of dishes prepared according to old and ancient recipes will take place, and the visitors will also have the opportunity to show their cooking skills and try themselves  in the preparation of dishes. Among the activities provided, quizzes on the subject of the Slovenian cultural heritage will take place. It will also be taken care of for the youngest. Roman and wine roads, the Freising Manuscripts, castles, princesses, empresses, the potica pastry, the dȍdȍli, layered cake of Prekmurje, Cviček, must, King Matjaž, Peter Klepec ... All this belongs to Slovenian cultural heritage, which we proudly present to all tourists coming to Slovenia. You are welcome to visit the stand of the Faculty of Tourism.


Coordinator:  doc. dr. Jasna Potočnik Topler

Team of researchers: doc. dr. Maja Turnšek Hančič, doc. dr. Lea Kužnik, asist. dr. Andreja Trdina, asist. Tomi Špindler, asist. Maja Rosi, mag. Boris Prevolšek.

Geodetski zavod Celje d.o.o.

Photogrammetric data capture of topographic data in a scale of 1: 5000

At the stand we will present photogrammetric data capture of topographic data in a scale of 1: 5000:

•             National topographic data are a vector collection of topographic data that corresponds to the scale of 1: 5,000.

•             Data is divided into object areas (buildings, transport, soil coverage and hydrography).

•             To capture of topographic data, a combined photogrammetric capture is used on the basis of Cyclical aerial survey of Slovenia – CAS (most recent data) and Laser scanning of Slovenia – LSS (DRM1 or GKOT - ground classification classes). Auxiliary data used: scanned datasets of national topographic maps, PAS1, DOP025.

•             All objects are captured in 3D.

Geodetski zavod Celje, d.o.o., is a private company which carries out professional operative tasks and services related to spatial surveying, other professional technical tasks and tasks in the field of spatial informatics. Together with 13 partners from 11 countries, Geodetski zavod Celje, d.o.o. is a member of the VOLTA consortium. VOLTA –  innoVation in geOspatiaL and 3D daTA – is an EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) project related to Geodata, Geomatics and Geoinformatics. The project will develop innovative solutions in order to automatically provide metric information from images, merge and segment heterogeneous data and process large datasets via web services.

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The VOLTA project has received funding from the EU Marie-Curie RISE actions under the REA grant agreement no. 734687".

ORION Astronomic society 

Observation of the Sun, Saturn and Mars, demonstration of sundials and production of simple sundials


During the daytime we will observe the Sun through the telescopes, and in the evening Saturn and Mars. During the observation, we will present the main characteristics of the Sun and the two planets and their special features. The interested parties will also be able to record the Sun and both planets using smartphones and Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras. Within the workshops inside Europark, the participants will make different types of sunny hours and get acquainted with the principles of sundials construction and its work. Some results of the activities of AD Orion members will also be presented.

Coordinator: dr. Igor Žiberna

Team of researchers​: Nataša Petelin

​​​​Youth for the Advancement of Maribor - results of research projects and innovation ideas

The results of their research projects and innovation proposals will be presented by young authors, who participated in the project Youth for the Advancement of Maribor. They will prepare presentations, experiments, presenting the conclusions of their tasks. All activities will be closer to visitor's diverse scientific branches (natural sciences, social sciences ...).

Coordinator: Urša Žiger

Team:  secondary school students involved in the project Youth for the Advancement of Maribor 2018. 

List of projects_2018.pdf

Mali ustvarjalci

Lego robotics for children

With the help of LEGO bricks we teach children about the basics of robotics and programming. Together we deal with different educational tasks and interesting ideas. It is learning by playing.  Are you curious? Join us and meet LEGO robots that dance, sing, walk and so on. 


Information on EC's various actions and programs, EU material, "the Charter and the Code", information how young people can become researchers will be available. MSCA scholarship holders, prof. Peter Krajnc, PhD and Muzafera Paljevac, PhD, will share their expeirence about the MSCA projects. ​

Coordinator: UM Carreer Centre, Europe Direct Podravje

Team: UM researchers, prof. dr. Peter Krajnc, dr. Muzafera Paljevac.​

Salon uporabnih umetnosti / Salon of Applied Arts


Afternoon programme:
  • The teaching path "Maribor in the field of law as a part of the cultural heritage in the city". A walk through history in the present legal presence in Maribor.
  • Simulation of student justice case "A traffic accident caused by a self-propelled vehicle". Students act as applicants and advocates where they face arguments for and against.​​
  • A date with a lawyer - "Ask for an answer".
  • Safe in Age 4.0" , a science cafe discussion of opportunities in the past digital age.
  • Vocal group pf the Faculty of Law
Vocal group of the Faculty of Law 
Vocal group works for three years. The first year was 12 singers. Due to the different obligations of students, the group turned into a tercet in the following year, and now the vocal group consists of 4 girls and 1 boy. Vocal group performs at various events, assignments of diploma and master's theses and at other events for the needs of the Faculty of Law. The repertoire is also very different and adapts to the vocal group. Mentor: Ana Smej.

Coordinator: prof. dr. Aleš Ferčič

Team of researchers: prof. dr. Janja Hojnik, prof. dr. Borut Holcman, prof. dr. Tjaša Ivanc , doc. dr. Miha Šepec (tbc), asist. Klemen Drnovšek, asist. Petra Weingerl, asist. Jan Stajnko, asist. Katja Drnovšek, asist. Denis Baghrizabehi, Kristjan Zahrastnik

Evening programme:​
Concerts of the music groups of researchers and student from the University of Maribor. 

The PhD Big Bang Band
PhD Big Bang Band joined their musical forces in 2006, when they premiered at Researchers' Night, which they also attend regularly. The band is composed of employees of the University of Maribor and their friends who decided to spice up various cultural and scientific events with their musical performance.

Anja Kerec – vocals,
Said Bešlagić – guitar,
Doc. Dr. Milan Ambrožič – guitar,
Marko Kralj – drums,
Izr. prof. dr. Teodor Petrič – bass,
Doc. Dr. Robert Repnik – saxophone,
Prof. dr. Samo Kralj – keyboard.​

Strici iz ozadja

The Strici iz ozadja band is composed of both students and professors. They play surf music.


dr. Rene Markovič (bass),

Prof. dr. Victor Kennedy (guitar),

Zmago Pavličič (drums),

Matic Ačko (guitar and vocal).


Vroči cilindri (“hot cylinders")​

In the past, all band members explored different areas of musical expression. Especially in their youth, they gathered experience as rockers. Samo, former dean of the Faculty of Education (University of Maribor) and now a professor at the same faculty, as well as Frank and Toni, were members of the legendary rock group Nima Smisla (“senseless") nearly 40 years ago. They performed in Maribor and its surrounding during the same time as many famous and successful bands like Lačni Franz (“hungry Franz") and Preporod (“rebirth") were formed. Tina and Dani, the younger band members, were also fond of rock and metal, and they are just as experienced as the “grey-haired" band colleagues are. Tina, the lead singer, is also a professional opera singer in Maribor, which is nothing to sneeze at. After a thirty-year long pause, the band reunited a year ago in order to “search for their youth". They discovered the “balm for their soul" in old and new rock hits, which they interpret in their own cover songs, thus “blowing off steam" on their path towards the second half of their lives!

 In short: worth seeing, hearing … and blowing off steam!



prof. dr. Samo Fošnarič - rythm guitar, vocal,

Martina Ledinek Nikić - synth, vocal,

Dani Krunič - solo guitar,

Frenk Roth - bass,

Toni Žilavec - drums.

Centre of experiments Maribor  

Night of the renewable energy sources

As part of the European Researchers' Night 2018, at the Center of Experiments Maribor we will focus on renewable energy sources. We will present possible ways of using renewable energy sources to power vehicles and various ways of generating this energy. Visitors will test experiments and models referring to ecological handling, green energy and energy transmission. With a special learning polygon, we will show different ways of generating and transmitting electrical energy, which is increasingly gaining ground in modern-day mobility. The aim of the polygon is to bring sustainable mobility close to a broader public and encourage people to use alternative propellants. We will combine healthy exercise, promote the use of bicycles and the production of electrical energy from renewable sources. We will also provide interesting brain games for all ages.


Brežice Gymnasium​

​8:00 - 14:00 - EU corner

Information on EC's various actions and programs, EU material, "the Charter and the Code", information how young people can become researchers will be available.

Coordinator: University of Maribor

Team: Europe Direct Novo mesto

13:00 Bus transport to European Researchers' Night events in Maribor

13:00 – bus departure from Gymnasium to the European Researchers' Night in Europark Maribor.

19:00 – bus departure from Europark Maribor and arrival at the Gymnasium in the evening.

Visitors of the European Researchers' Night programme are also invited to the Open Doors Day of the Centre of Experiments Maribor, which is only a 15-minute walk away from Europark.

The bus transport is free of charge for secondary school students and university students visiting the European Researchers' Night programme in Europark.​

For organizational reasons, please book your place at: 


Photography and filming is taking place at this event today. If you enter this area, you may be filmed and have your picture taken. By entering this area, you are giving consent to the organisers and the European Commission to film, photograph, and to make sound recordings of you, and to use such recordings and images at their discretion. You hereby release the organisers and the European Commission from any liability in connection with the above. If you do not agree with the above-mentioned, please inform the organisers at We also kindly ask you to enclose a high-quality scan of your identity document. The organiser will exclude you from all videos and photos.




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