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Roundtable: How Science Works?


Title of roundtable: How science works?

When & where: Friday, June 9, 2023, at 1.30 p.m., Mansard (3rd floor)

Online: it will be possible to follow the discussion remotely at the link >



We will discuss how the general public perceives science to work, and why these perceptions are often quite different from the processes that really make science work. We will try to re-evaluate the common perception that science is a linear process with a simple recipe of question - hypothesis - experiment - data - conclusion. To this end, we will try to convey a clear message to the public that the emergence of science is an extremely exciting, dynamic and most often unpredictable process. And above all, that science is not created by individuals locked in laboratories and cabinets, but by curious and creative people who think outside the box. And that they are constantly collaborating and networking with colleagues from all over the world to reach consensus on something important. And that even scientific knowledge is often not definitive. We will also discuss how public misconceptions about science often lead to mistrust and rejection of important findings, and how to overcome them.


Participants in the discussion:

  • Prof. Dr. Gregor Majdič, Rector of the University of Ljubljana
  • Izr. Prof. Dr. Matjaž Kuntner, National Institute of Biology
  • Dr. Dušan Strmčnik, National Institute of Chemistry
  • Izr. Prof. Dr. Dan Podjed, ZRC SAZU
  • Špela Miroševič, Foundation CTNNB1
  • Sašo Dolenc, Kvarkadabra


The discussion will be moderated by Saša Senica, Delo.

The event will be held in Slovenian.

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