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7th Week of the National Institute of Chemistry

June 6 to 10, 2022


The 7th week of the National Institute of Chemistry will take place at the beginning of June, more precisely between June 6 and 10, 2022, at which time our research institution will open its doors to professionals and the general public. We are preparing a series of interesting lectures and tables, the most curious will be able to take a look inside our laboratories and learn about the life of researchers, and the youngest will be attracted by interesting and entertaining workshops.


Lectures and Roundtables

You will be able to listen to last year's Pregl Award winners, Prof. Dr. Kristina Gruden and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Blaž Likozar, during the expert lectures. Prof. Dr. Michael S. Silverstein will speak as part of the Pregl Colloquium, and Dr. Anja Kopač Lautar will speak as part of the Forum40 lectures.

The general public will be interested in the discussion entitled Antikythera, the Ancient View of Space. Prof. Dr. Jure Zupan, together with Dr. Andrej Gaspari, Head of the Department of Archeology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, and our colleague Dr. Drejc Kopač, will discuss not only past and present knowledge about the universe, but also the inevitable connection between different scientific disciplines. The interlocutors will also address the modern research infrastructure that researchers need.

The lecture by our internationally renowned photographer Arne Hodalič, entitled Science and Photography, will also be inspiring.

At the three roundtables, you will be able to follow the discussion on the importance of the new Scientific Research and Innovation Activities Act, Slovenia's plans in the field of developing modern battery systems, and the guidelines for sustainable development.


Presentations, Workshops, Exhibition

On World Green Roof Day, June 6, we will present the plant treasures of the Institute's roof garden to the public in cooperation with the University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana. The green roof of the Pregl Research Center is a prime example of a replacement habitat for more than 40 autochthonous Slovenian plant species and thus a unique guardian of Slovenian biodiversity.

This year we are also preparing two fun workshops for the youngest: Molecular Candies and Super Experiments.

At the end of the week of the National Institute of Chemistry we will open an interesting art exhibition by Prof. Dr. Franc Solina.


New podcast episode

As part of the National Institute of Chemistry Week, we will also be releasing a special episode of the Institute's podcast, featuring Ivo Boscarol, founder of Pipistrel. In it, we will talk about the carbon-free and sustainable mobility of future generations, the future of electricity storage, the development of advanced battery systems, and the promising hydrogen technologies that are essential for future mobility. We will also discuss the many challenges of running a high-tech company and the opportunities for such companies in Slovenia.


Open door week

This week, our scientific research facility is also hosting an open house week. Each day we will prepare a guided tour of one of our laboratories according to a predetermined schedule. Registration is required for the tour, as the number of participants is limited.




Monday, June 6, 2022

10.00 > Roundtable: What the new law in the field of science brings

13.00 > Lecture: Assoc. prof. dr. Blaž Likozar: Multiscale catalysis understanding by modelling – From atoms to plants

14.00 > Visit to the Institute

15.00 > Presentation: The treasures of a green roof - Visit to the green roof of the Institute and presentation of the monograph


Tuesday, June 7, 2022

09.00 > Morning Coffee: Antikythera - from ancient high technology to the stars

14.00 > Visit to the Institute

15.00 > Roundtable: What are the forms of sustainability? (event takes place at the Museum of Architecture and Design)


Wednesday, June 8, 2022

09.00 > Visit to the Institute

10.00 > Workshop for kindergartens: Super experiments

13.00 > Forum40: Dr. Anja Kopač Lautar: What is happening in batteries on a quantum level?

17.00 > Workshop for kids: Super experiments


Thursday, June 9, 2022

9.00 > Visit to the Institute

10.00 > Lecture: Arne Hodalič: Science and Photography

13.00 > Pregl colloquium: Prof. Dr. Michael Silverstein: Accessing Innovative Polymers through Emulsion Templating

17.00 > Workshop for kids: Molecular candies


Friday, June 10, 2022

9.00 > Visit to the Institute

10.00 > Roundtable: Challenges in battery development and production - where does Slovenia stand?

13.00 > Lecture: Prof. Dr. Kristina Gruden: Unraveling the mechanisms of plant immune signaling

18.00 > Opening of the art exhibition: Franc Solina: Rough and worked stone


You are cordially invited!



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