Researchers' Night

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Fun Science – an event organized as part of the European Researchers' Night 2014

On 26 September 2014, the last Friday in September, entertaining and educational science experiments will once again be presented to the public in the traditional research spot of the Evropark shopping mall.

The main aim of the event is to promote the research profession, raise awareness of the significance of this profession, provide information on how to start a research career and offer young people and those young at heart an opportunity to try their hand as researchers.

The Researchers' Night 2014 will start as early as 9 a.m. in order to enable primary and secondary schools to attend the event.

The event will also showcase the most successful and innovative research ideas of the movement entitled "Youth for Progress of Maribor".


Android platform as a control system of the inverted pendulum

Solving the Rubik's Cube with machine vision and robot gripper

Participants: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marjan Golob, Andrej Knuplež


Mobile Apps

Every day we are actively searching for and developing new solutions in the field of communication technology, which are becoming an indispensable part of our everyday lives. We are all familiar with Apple devices, Google Android, Samsung smartphones and their applications. The Institute of Informatics participates in various projects related to the development of mobile apps, some of which will be presented on Researchers' Night. In addition, interesting competitions for all generations will be organized.

Participants: Prof. Dr. Marjan Heričko, Tina Schweighofer, Katja Kous, Viktor Taneski, Mateja Kocbek, Mitja Kranjc.


How does the Tesla coil work?

A Tesla coil is an electrical resonant transformer circuit invented by Nikola Tesla around 1891. It is used to produce high-voltage, low-current, high frequency alternating-current electricity. The coil presented has been designed and constructed at the Institute for Electrical Power Engineering of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Maribor in order to visualise electromagnetic phenomena. The coil generates an output voltage of 200 kV with a frequency of 271.4 kHz and amplitude of 250 kV.

Participants: Prof. Dr. Jože Pihler, Mislav Trbušič.


Spaghetti in Construction

Together with the architects, you will be designing bridges and futuristic buildings outside the realm of possibility. Traffic engineers will take you on a journey into the world of eco rides and traffic count.

Participants: Mitja Klemenčič, Anamarija Ljubič Mrgole, Daša Medved.


Translating the World

From the COBOL programming language developed by Grace Hooper to modern embedded systems and their impact on information society.

All embedded systems, communications and data transfers are based on conversion and translation into different computer languages by means of translators. Programming languages and translators facilitate the development of various embedded systems, many of which will be presented in the context of the Researchers' Night: embedded systems for space, interactive designer footwear, home automation etc.


Participants: Asst. Prof. Dr. Iztok Kramberger, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sepesy Maučec Mirjam, Teaching Asst. Dr. Marko Kos, Teaching Asst. Gregor Donaj, Gregor Nikolič, Jernej Ženko.



Creative Fashion Design

Express your creativity in fashion design! Younger visitors will have the opportunity to create collages on wooden mannequins and produce wool felt. They will learn which material is the most suitable for designing waterproof sportswear, working clothes, etc. Visitors will produce a synthetic hydrogel of various forms and colours and familiarise themselves with films made of soy as well as effluent treatment processes, which keep our environment clean.

Participants: Prof. Dr. Majda Sfiligoj Smole, Asst. Prof. Sonja Šterman, Asst. Prof. Dr. Andreja Rudolf, Mag. Silva Kreševič Vraz, Mag. Marta Abram Zver, Dr. Manja Kurečič, Dr. Zdenka Peršin, Dr. Darko Golob, Mag. Matej Bračič, Mag. Suzana ArnušSanja Veličkovič, Lidija Piškur, Sandra Škrobar, Andreja Najvirt, Jasmina Štebih, Tanja Kos, obert Vogrinčič, Martina Majerič, Asst. Prof. Dr. Branko Neral, Darko Štanc.


Memory of Materials

Chemistry is a lot more than just formulas, equations and scientific jargon understood only by chemists. There are various interesting and fun experiments. We will demonstrate why certain materials have a "memory" (often better than ours), present magnetic fluids and their response to a magnet as well as the chemist's flower garden.

Participants: Prof. Dr. Peter Krajnc, Nina Trupej, Gašper Zajc, Tibor Kuna, Žiga Kvar, Natalija Grah 


Basic Resuscitation, Blood Sampling

Visitors will have to opportunity to try their hand at basic resuscitation, blood sampling and venepuncture. They will measure oxygen saturation, heart rate, arterial pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and observe bacteria cells under the microscope.

Participants: Senior Lecturer Dr. Klavdija Čuček Trifkovič, Maja Štiglic, Asst. Prof. Dr. Sabina Fijan, Senior Lecturer Mag. Mateja Lorber, Lecturer Barbara Donik, Teaching Asst. Nino Fijačko, Teaching Asst. Petra Klanjšek


Astronomy Workshop

On the roof of the Evropark shopping mall we will observe the Sun and visual phenomena on its surface. We will be using a Mylar filter and observe sunspots. Solar observing through the Hα telescope will be extremely interesting. With a little luck, we will be able to observe prominences - large, bright, gaseous features extending outward from the Sun's surface. In bright weather, we will also be able to observe interesting phenomena in the night sky.


Inside the shopping mall, members of the Orinon Astronomical Society will present their work with emphasis on the results of photopollution analyses conducted in Maribor and its surroundings. In addition, astronomy experiments will be conducted.

Participants: Prof. Dr. Igor Žiberna, Prof. Dr. Nataša Petelin, Prof. Dr. Mitja Govedič


Media Communication Exhibits

Media communication students will present their graphical displays. They have embarked on a journey into the world of logotype, corporate identity and photography. Well worth seeing!

Participants: Prof. Dr. Tatjana Welzer Družovec, Teaching Asst. Jaka Polutnik, Jernej Burkeljca, Nejc Žolgar, Mateja Meh



Innovative Research Ideas (Youth for Progress of Maribor)

In the context of the project "Youth for Progress of Maribor 2014", 35 authors of research assignments and innovation proposals from various fields will be presented to the public. A few examples: angular momentum experiments, flirting and social networks, pachinko, overflow pool control; modern home appliance control, viral marketing.

Participants: Urša Žiger, Frieds of Youth Association, early-stage researchers of the movement "Youth for Progress of Maribor": Nina Gošnjak, Analina Kralj, Benjamin Knez, Ines Horvat Menih, Anja Lobnik, Eva Lobnik, Dorotea  Pittner, Miha Frangež, Jan Puhal, Erik Kladošek, Urban Duh, Staš Kokotovič, Luka Mernik, Tina Korošec, Taja Korošec, Urška Jaušovec,  Julija Koletnik, Domen Val Fašmon, Maja Hauptman, Urša Varl, Paša Vilčnik, Ana Plajnšek, Maša Satler, Katarina Klarič, Anja Ambrožič Simončič, Nomi Hrast, Maja Trifkovič, Nina Varda, Staša Čopi, Rene Geršak, Žiga Fajfar, Jernej Frangež, Erik Voh, Jernej Rat, Luka Kobale, Jani Kaukler, Marko Zadravec .



European Corner

In the European Control, visitors can obtain information on research careers as well as national and European funding programmes for career development and scientific research.


Participants: Europe Direct, Institute Zavod Pip.

The European Corner is organized for the general public. Photos of the event will be published on the website of both the organizer and sponsor.

Associated events/Researchers' Nights coordinator: Mag. Brigita Krsnik Horvat

Urednik strani: Department of Research and Arts
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