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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​! 


Waiting for the European Reserachers' Night​ 2019

11 June 2019 at 11 a.m.

Opportunities for research career start and development

University of Maribor, Slomškov trg 15, 2000 Maribor

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11 September 2019 at 5 p.m.

Healthy aging – wishes of everyone

Boris Podrecca Hall, University of Maribor, Slomškov trg 15, 2000 Maribor

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12 September 2019 at 5 p.m.

Spiritual care as a component of holistic nursing care in nursing homes

Boris Podrecca Hall, University of Maribor, Slomškov trg 15, 2000 Maribor​

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13 September 2019 at 5 p.m.

Safe ageing.

How to recognize and protect yourself from violence against the elderly.

Boris Podrecca Hall, University of Maribor, Slomškov trg 15, 2000 Maribor

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13 September 2019, at 6:30 p.m.
Measuring blood levels: blood sugar, cholesterol and pressure.
Boris Podrecca Hall, University of Maribor, Slomškov trg 15, Maribor
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20 September 2019 at 5 p.m.

Let's reduce stress with mindfulness.

Evidence based effects of relaxation and meditative practices of mindfulness to the health and stress management.

Boris Podrecca Hall, University of Maribor, Slomškov trg 15, 2000 Maribor

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27. 9. 2019 ​in Maribor, Koper, Izola, Ljutomer, Brežice



Rectorat of the University of Maribor, from 10 a.m.

​What should I know about the successful submission of postdoctoral projects to the public call for H2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Individual fellowships? - practical workshop

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Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Evolutionary computation challenges

We will present some challenges of evolutionary calculations and show how evolutionary computation can be used as an example of artificial intelligence to solve different challenges from given domain cases.


Person identification system

With the help of Microsoft Kinect and Machine Learning, we created a system for identifying people according to their biometric data. The system uses the data obtained from the Microsoft Kinect (video) to create features. Machine learning is then used to find the most suitable characteristics and to identify people based on the previously learned characteristics.​


Modern Virtual Reality

The beginnings of virtual reality go back to year 1961, where we had large and expensive computer systems. After more than 50 years, we now have the opportunity to use virtual reality at a reasonable price, at home. The most promising applications that we have seen lately are interactive learning, socializing over the internet and other in-depth experiences.


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: doc. dr. Aleš Zamuda, Grega Žlahtič, Danijel Žlaus, asist. Viktor Taneski, doc. dr. Muhamed Turkanović, asist. Luka Hrgarek, asist. Lucija Brezočnik, izr. prof. dr. Jožef Ritonja, doc. dr. Marko Hölbl, računalništvo in informatika; prof. dr. Tatjana Welzer Družovec, Marko Kompara, Borut Zlatolas, asist. dr. Lili Nemec Zlatolas.,,,,,


Faculty of Arts

Green working environment

We will organize a demonstration of green working environments and jobs, which are very interesting for educated people but are not officially yet present in Slovenia. We will exhibit those green jobs and explain how they look like.


Coordinator: full prof. ddr. Ana Vovk Korže,

Team: Janja Lužnik, Danijel Davidović, students                 

Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture

Construction of self standing bridges,  made without binders

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


Working of centrifugal forces in a curve  

Transportation engineers will present the working of centrifugal forces in a curve  with the help of spinning plate and car toys.


Wooden prefabricated constructions.   

Architects will present how to connect new digital technologies and digital production with construction of modern wooden prefabricated constructions.   

Coordinator: doc. dr. Matej Moharić

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

Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Field robot for selective application of plant protection products

The development of the field robot is a student project that brings together students from different areas, such as: students of electrical and mechanical engineering, computer science as well as students from agriculture. Their goal is 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. In 2019 the team improved the robot by using new advance sensors and suspension as well as three different actuators to remove weeds by using mechanic, thermal and chemical approaches.

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


Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Sustainable products from bio-baseds fibers from the EU H2020 funded project FibreNet

This presentation by the Laboratory for Characterization and Processing of Polymers (LCPP) from the University of Maribor will give an overview about the current research in bio-based fiber products for composites, paper, packaging and biomedicine. In the frame of the project FibreNet, funded by the European Commission, fifteen students from all over Europe perform research together with industry. They develop new products with a low environmental impact and a higher performance compared to existing solutions. A showcase on the manufacturing of bio-based fibers, the display of developed products and details about FibreNet are part of this presentation.

Coordinator: Assist. prof. dr. Rupert Kargl​ ; 

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Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Making Polymers from Emulsions – presentation of activities of the H2020 project Photo-Emulsion

Photo-Emulsion project  focuses on using eco-friendly polymerization processes to make new innovative materials which can be used for coatings, bioanalysis or chromatography. Different emulsion techniques and photopolymerization are used to create these new polymers.)
We will show different forms of emulsions and suspensions that can be found in everyday life. We will explain some of the techniques used in industry and in our laboratory and will do some experiments on how to make polymers from emulsions. We will bring different materials made in our laboratory for people to touch an look at.

​Coordinator: Viola Hobiger, M.Sc.


Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mathematical games and riddles

Visitors will actively participate in games and riddles presented by researchers working in mathematics. Together they will discover concepts from discrete matehmatics, arithmetics, probability and topological graph theory used to obtain solutions of proposed problems.

The exhibition of interesting experiments from the field of magnetism

Various interesting experiments in the field of magnetism will be exhibited at the stands. The experiments include a Gaussian gun, various magnetic machines, free fall of a magnet in a copper tube, the determination of the gravitational acceleration with a freely falling magnet in a plastic tube, and individual experimentation with magnetism.

Coordinator: Asist. dr. Rene Markovič

Team of researchers: 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


Criminology as science used in crime scene inspection

Through a practical case, topics from the field of criminology and forensics will be presented to the participants. Participants will learn about the basics of criminology as a knowledge based science and be actively involved in activities relating to securing evidence during the inspection of the crime scene.​

Security in cyberspace and security of mobile devices

Participants will be able to learn about the basic principles of information security and test the safety of their computers and mobile devices.


Coordinator: prof. dr. Branko Lobnikar

Team of researchers: doc. dr.  Maja Modic, doc. dr. Simon Vrhovec, asist. Boštjan Slak, doc. dr. Miha Dvojmoč

Faculty of Health Sciences

Learning through games for ensuring healthcare safety

Visitors will get acquainted with the use of various applications, which help us to test the acquired knowledge in a practical way. In particular, children will be presented with the use of the Playbrush gadget to learn how to effectively clean your teeth. At the same time, they can test the app and the gadget by themselves.

Visitors will be able to test on a model how to take blood safely. We will also perform blood sugar and blood pressure measurements.


Coordinator: mag. Barbara Donik

Team of researchers:  Asist. Nino Fijačko,  Asist. Sergej Kmetec

Faculty of Medicine

Microorganisms around us

Microorganisms are our companions in everyday life. Visitors will learn about ongoing research projects on microorganisms living in/on our body, will make their own microbial fingerprint and observe microorganisms in different environments.

Coordinator: prof. dr. Maja Rupnik

Team of researchers: doc. dr. Sandra Janežič, asist. dr. Valerija Tkalec; asist. Sabina Horvat; Aleksander Kocuvan, Tanja Vrabič;

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.


Dyes from plants in everyday life

Plant dyes have diverse chemical composition. Each dye has its own characteristic structure, connected with some other properties. At the workshop, we will present carotenoids, chlorophylls, betacianins and anthocyanidins. We will present properties connected with their solubility in various media (solvents). We will make plant extracts used as dyes, food additives or antioxidants. The solubility of these color extracts will be tested in various solvents. We want to present the use of these safe natural colors in the diet and everyday life.​

Coordinator: Jelena Krivograd

Team of researchers: prof. dr. Vlasta Hus, asist. mag. Polona Jančič Hegediš, doc. dr. Jana Ambrožič-Dolinšek, mag. Terezija Ciringer


Faculty of Law

Law and Digital Transformation

Information stand: Digital transformation is quickly changing the functioning of economy and of everyday life. The digital economy is growing 7 times as fast as the rest of the economy. Such development poses important challenge to law, as it is necessary to find new mechanisms for regulation of economic activity and for protection of individuals. Possibilities for legal aid will be presented at the information stand with informational material (flyers, leaflets, brochures, etc.). Between 4 pm and 8 pm a prize game entitled “Know the law, win a prize" will take place.

Coordinators: prof. dr. Aleš Ferčič, Jasmina Klojčnik

Team of researchers: 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

Exploring the cultural heritage

Slovenian cultural heritage … is incredibly rich. At the Faculty of Tourism of the University of Maribor, researchers explore, among many other specific areas, also the heritage of individual destinations and advise their stakeholders how to integrate all the wealth of a certain place into its tourist offer. For example, when preparing the strategy of the tourism development. As part of the European Researchers' Night the researchers will explain the research process in the area of cultural heritage. What is it that researchers like the most and the least? You will also  learn what researchers do when they are not exploring. In fact, they really love cooking and enjoy tasting the delicious Slovenian dishes. Quiz, workshops, practical presentation and tastings await you at the stand of the Faculty of Tourism. Welcome.

Coordinator:  doc. dr. Jasna Potočnik Topler

Team of researchers: doc. dr. Maja Turnšek, doc. dr. Lea Kužnik, Tjaša Alegro, Vita Petek, pred. Boris Prevolšek, asist. Tomi Špindler

Geodetski zavod Celje d.o.o.

Agricultural area monitoring
Multitemporal images such as Sentinel 2 datasets bring additional information about observed surfaces as besides of their appearance in a particular moment of time. Analyzing them we can observe their evolution through time on a time series. Different surfaces (land covers) show distinct behavior/features through the year (for example broadleaved trees change NDVI significantly through the year while coniferous don't). We focused on the observation of agricultural areas and detection of crops planted on them (identification of crop type on each parcel, identification of crop groups on each parcel, detection of events on parcels).

Crop cycle can be considered as a signature of particular crop (or at least group of crops). For example maize has NDVI peak in September, wheat has its peak in June. Through the creation of “typical" crop signatures we tried to identify outliers - dissimilar parcels that could have their cause in different land management type, crop type, errors created during crop type declarations or neglect of cultivation.

Coordinators: Petra Recko Novak, MSc,  Urška Arzenšek, MSc.

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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

​​​​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 2019. 

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. Smiley will show you the correct answers and earn you a prize.​

Coordinator: UM Carreer Centre, Europe Direct Podravje

Team: UM researchers​

Centre of experiments Maribor  

2 p.m. - 8 p. m. 

Night of the renewable energy sources

As part of the European Researchers' Night 2019, 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.

Vetrinjski dvor

4 p.m.

Awarding ceremony of the national competition Researcher - ​guardian of the language

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Afternoon programme:

A walk through the legal history - 200 years of constitutionalism.
Reflection on the legal profession in the digital era: sunset or a new dawn?
Legal tea party “Being safe in society 5.0”, armchair debate on opportunities and traps of the digital era.
Performance of the Vocal group of the Faculty of Law Maribor

Vocal group of the Faculty of Law 
Vocal group works for three year and 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.

Coordinators: prof. dr. Aleš Ferčič, Jasmina Klojčnik

Team of researchers: 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

8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Evening programme:

Concerts of the music groups of researchers and student from the University of Maribor. 

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).

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.​


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.



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: 



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