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8. Week of the National Institute of Chemistry

 

The 8th week of the National Institute of Chemistry will take place at the beginning of June, more precisely between June 5 and 9, 2023, at which time our research institution will open its doors wide to both professionals and the general public. We are preparing a series of interesting and diverse lectures and discussion sessions. This year, the focus will be on the indispensable integrity of science and on important questions such as how science works and how research will face artificial intelligence, which can be its ally or enemy. The most curious can take a look inside our laboratories and learn about the lives of researchers, while the youngest will be attracted by entertaining workshops. New this year is the documentary Wild Slovenia, which, among other things, points out the importance of biodiversity.

Lectures

We will start the lecture series with a talk by Dutch microbiologist Dr. Elisabeth Bik, a leading expert in imaging forensics and respected advisor on scientific integrity. You will also be able to hear last year's Pregl Award winners, Dr. Mateja Manček Keber and Prof. Dr. Nataša Zabukovec Logar. As part of the Forum40 lectures, Dr. Barbara Zupančič will give the lecture. The lecture in the Morning Coffee series entitled Is Chaos Just Disorder? will also be inspiring. Professor Jure Zupan will take us on a journey through the history of chaos theory. In the lecture Anthropology of Smell and Chemistry, Dr. Mojca Ramšak will not only shed light on the field of the anthropology of smell, but also point out the points of contact between odor research conceived in humanistic terms and natural science.

Round tables

In the panel discussion entitled How Science Works, we will discuss how the public imagines science to work and why these imaginings often differ from the processes by which science actually works. We will attempt to revise the common belief that science is a linear process with a simple recipe such as question-hypothesis-experiment-data-conclusion. We will also discuss how misconceptions about science often lead to distrust and rejection of important findings by the public and how to overcome this.

In the discussion entitled Artificial Intelligence - Revolution or Evolution, we will ask who else we will need and whether artificial intelligence will be our new 'colleague." We will be interested in how researchers will deal with the ChatGPT system, for example. Will it be their ally or their enemy? We will also discuss the ethical aspect of using artificial intelligence and what attitude our education system will take towards intelligent text generation systems. And last but not least, how will the government react to all this.

Film, workshops, exhibition

As a novelty in the program of this year's National Institute of Chemistry Week, we will show the documentary film Wild Slovenia, which introduces us to the diversity of Slovenian fauna and flora. In the film we venture between the highest Alpine peaks and into the remote Dinaric forests, travel through the Pannonian plains, descend into the underground caves of the Karst world and beneath the surface of the Adriatic Sea. With each landscape we get to know its characteristic fauna and flora.

For the youngest this year we are preparing two fun workshops: Molecular Sweets, where children will make edible sugar packets from natural polymers, and Super Experiments, where children can marvel at all kinds of chemical mischief.

To close the week of the National Institute of Chemistry , we will also open an art exhibition by Oto Rimele, a painter, visual artist and author of visual spatial designs whose work could be described as 'spiritual minimalism." The opening of the exhibition will be enriched by the performance of the vocal group BeJazzy.

Ceremony with awarding of prizes

The main event of the National Institute of Chemistry Week, during which we will award the Pregl Prizes for outstanding achievements, will take place at the Museum of Architecture and Design at Fužine Castle in Ljubljana. Musical entertainment will be provided by the legendary band Salamander.

Open Doors Week with guided tours of the institute

During this week, we will also hold Open Doors Week at our scientific research facility. Each day we will organize a guided tour of one of our laboratories according to a predetermined schedule.

Find out about the schedule and topics of the tours > HERE.

Registration is required for the tour as the number of participants is limited.

To register for a tour of the institute, please contact: brigita.pirc(at)ki.si

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Monday, June 5, 2023

9.00 > Lecture: Dr. Elisabeth Bik: Double Trouble: Inappropriate Image Duplications in Biomedical Publications

13.00 > Lecture: Dr. Mateja Manček Keber: Extracellular vesicles as modulators of innate immune response

14.00 > Visit to the Institute

15.00 > Film Screening: Wild Slovenia

 

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

10.00 > Roundtable: Artificial Intelligence - Revolution or Evolution?

13.00 > Presentation: Prof. Dr. Mojca Ramšak: Anthropology of Smell and Chemistry

14.00 Visit to the Institute

17.00 > Workshop for children: Molecular Candies

 

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

09.00 >  Visit to the Institute

10.00 >  Morning Coffee: Is Chaos Just Disorder?

18.00 >  Ceremony with awarding of prizes

 

Thursday, June 8, 2023

9.00  >  Visit to the Institute

10.00 > Workshop for kindergartens: Super Experiments

13.00 > Forum 40: Dr. Barbara Zupančič: Vibrational spectroscopy paving its way into medical practice

17.00 > Workshop for kids: Super Experiments

 

Friday, June 9, 2023

9.00  >  Visit to the Institute

10.00 > Lecture: Prof. Dr. Nataša Zabukovec Logar:Towards Next-Generation Nanoporous Materials: Rational Design for Low-Carbon Technologies

13.30 >  Roundtable: How Science Works?

16.00 >  Internal Event: The Laboratory Olympics

18.00 > Opening of the art exhibition: Oto Rimele: Light and Ladder

 

*We reserve the right to change the program.

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