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8:00 – 18:00

University of Primorska, Rectorate, Career Center of the University of Primorska

EU corner

The Europe Direct Information Centre Koper – Capodistria will offer various informational materials about the EU, its policies, EU institutions and about EU research programmes. The guests will also have the opportunity to take part in an interactive board game called EU clues and a quiz with symbolic prizes. Visitors will be greeted by Laetitia Marrot, PhD, who was awarded the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant to work on the FAÇADE project in April 2020. 

Researchers: Laetitia Marrot, PhD MSCA fellow, Esakkiammal Sudha Esakkimuthu, PhD MSCA fellow, Mario Benkoč from Information Point Europe Direct 

http://www.europedirect.si, https://www.facebook.com/EuropeDirectKoper/ 

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ED_Koper 

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/ed_kopercapodistria/?hl=en 

Presentation: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the courtyard of the Praetorian Palace, UP Rectorate

Let’s enter the world of science

The workshop contains interesting and playful science activities. There will be several thematic spots for the visitors to choose from and, thus, explore the fascinating world of science: 

1. “Let’s Try It” – presentation of simple natural science experiments. 

2. “Invisible World” – observation of different materials through a microscope. 

3. “The Identification key for Marine Organisms” – determination of different marine organisms with interactive determination key. 

Researchers: Assist. Prof. Nataša Dolenc-Orbanić, Assoc. Prof. Nives Kovač, Nastja Cotič PhD, Assist. Petra Furlan, Assist. Prof. Janja Plazar, Špela Bužinel 

Presentation: 10-12 a.m. 4-6 p.m. in the courtyard of the Praetorian Palace, UP Rectorate

Art and creative workshop – Let’s create with “DADOCON” technology (Augmented Reality)

The workshop represents an artistic and creative process using new technologies. For this purpose, a goal-structured and built computer tool will be used as an aid in the creation and construction of three-dimensional bodies. In this way, participants will learn about the basic principles of art composition, spatial construction, and the treatment of three-dimensionality in order to develop and perceive creativity, techniques and expression through new media tools. 

The use of a new media gadget (AR, Augmented Reality), which we will call “DADACON”, will be carried out through ICT tools (camera, computer, action cards with markers, projector). 

Researchers: Assoc. Prof. Tilen Žbona 

Presentation: 11-12 a.m. in the courtyard of the Praetorian Palace, UP Rectorate

Presentation of the results of the field research for the projects #TourismFromZero and #LocalsFromZero

In March 2020, the global initiative #TourismFromZero was launched with the aim of collecting responses and ideas from tourism stakeholders to revitalise post-pandemic tourism. One of the ideas was the reservation platform #LocalsFromZero, where UP FTŠ Turistica students became very active. The purpose of the platform is to provide support to smaller local tourism providers through a network of LFZ scouts who identify and make visible such providers. For both projects, Turistica master’s and PhD students will present the results of qualitative research with various tourism stakeholders and conclude the meeting with discussions with new interested scouts and providers. 

Researchers: Doctoral student Tadej Rogelja, master’s student Rudi Medved, Dejan Križaj PhD, pedagogical mentor, Miha Bratec, pedagogical mentor 


Presentation ONLINE 9-10 a.m.

Presentation ONLINE 12 a.m. -1 p.m.

Challenges and Opportunities of Blue Growth

In the Mediterranean region, the sea is a key source of income for 52% of the population. However, we face pollution and the challenge of how to provide future generations with a healthy sea that will offer a high quality of life, including sustainable tourism. By definition, the sea has no borders, much less when it comes to nature protection. A broader strategy is needed to do this together and effectively. This requires additional coordination, since we have similar interests as well as the same challenges. Therefore, support is needed for activities that can enable an effective adaption to the negative effects of climate change, at the same time protecting the sea and marine life and empower Blue Growth. We will discuss this and more at the round table. 

Researchers: Prof. Roberto Biloslavo 

https://iblue.interreg-med.eu/bs/http://www.fm-kp.si/novice/iBlue_videohttp://www.hippocampus.si/ISBN/978-961-7055-98-6.pdf, https://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/morje-in-mi/174639716 (from 5.40 min fowerd), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoEE7FVorzE

Presentation ONLINE 12-13 a.m. 

Recording of the round table.

Chinese tea ceremony

Knowledge of the healing effects of tea was known as far back as two thousand years ago. Several ancient Chinese legends speak of the recognition of its beneficial effects. Initially, tea leaves were used as spice and addition to other dishes: it was only later that tea began to be made from them, as it still is today. Depending on the method of drying and processing, we know several different types of teas, which we will also prepare in our workshop. 

Researchers: Tjaša Vilotič 


Presentation: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Confucius Classroom Koper UP, the courtyard of the Praetorian Palace, the UP Rectorate

Presentation ONLINE 10-11 a.m.  zoom connection:


Meeting ID: 869 7867 2047

Passcode: 993085

Discussion/Round Table: Employment in sustainability-oriented organizations

Representatives of local and regional companies that are sustainably orientated will be our guests in this discussion/round table. The discussion will focus on the benefits of sustainably oriented work and business, as well as the opportunities for inclusion of students and young graduates into sustainable orientated companies and their possible contribution of new know-how. 

Researchers: Iris Skrt, Blanka Palčič 


Presentation ONLINE 10-11 a.m.

Recording of the round table:

Location: University of Primorska, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies, Koper

The power of antioxidants and their reuse

During the workshop we will present: 

– General facts about antioxidants and phenolic compounds. 

– Work of researchers on projects, and the importance of cooperation between researchers. 

– What we need to know before we get to the chemistry lab. 

– Determination of antioxidants. (Determination methods will be briefly presented.) 

– Which equipment is used to detect antioxidants. 

– What kind of experts we need for antioxidants research. 

Researchers: Assist. Prof. Ana Miklavčič Višnjevec 

Presentation: 9 a.m. -1 p.m. laboratory in the basement of the old post office


We have prepared an interactive workshop in the form of a quiz. Participants can actively collaborate with the Mentimeter app. The workshop is conducted via the Zoom platform. 

When everyone answers, the presenters show the correct answer and add an explanation in the form of videos we have made for this purpose. 

Researchers: Črtomir Tavzes, PhD, Vesna Starman, MPhil 

http://innorenew.eu/sl, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKq19NBgjj8 

Presentation ONLINE 11-12 a.m.  

Location: University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities, Koper

Slovene as a language of genre communication: translation and editorial studies

The event will be structured as a workshop, which will – with the participation of visitors – show the proofreading, editing, setting up and digital processing of literary books. The texts selected for editing will be the those awarded in the competition for the best student literary translation from English into Slovene. With the participation of visitors, a book edition of the awarded texts will be created “live”. 

Researchers: Assist. Prof. Jana Volk 

The workshop is canceled.

Location: Mythic Park Rodik, Hrpelje-Kozina

When stories revive. Mythic Park Rodik

In the Mythic Park in Rodik stories about the mythical landscape will be revived in an original and unforgettable way. The park is based on stories about šembilja, lintver, giants, hag, etc., which are linked to the landscape. Their significance will be explained by the project designer Katja Hrobat Virloget, PhD. A storyteller, teacher and event producer Giovanna Comforto will show us how to bring stories to life dramaturgically and animate the visitors through storytelling. Verena Perko, pfD from the Zlata kanglica association will explain the meaning of heritage and its interpretation. In cooperation with the Rodik Tourist Association, the local community of Rodik and the municipality of Hrpelje-Kozina, tourist guides will take us along the paths of the stories of the mythical landscape. 

Researchers: Assoc. Prof. Katja Hrobat Virloget 

Presentation: from 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at the park location

Location: San Simon Archaeological Park, Izola

Dolphin Research in Slovenian waters

The Morigenos Society will present dolphin research and the scientific work of the Society. We will prepare a brief workshop on photo-identification (photo-ID – the central method used in our research) and the impact of the underwater noise pollution on marine animals. 

Researchers: Representatives of Morigenos – Slovenian Marine Mammal Society 

https://www.morigenos.org/, https://sl-si.facebook.com/Morigenos, https://www.instagram.com/morigenos/ 

Presentation ONLINE 11-12 a.m.  

Presentation ONLINE 3-4 p.m.  

Cook with us like the ancient Romans

We present the basic characteristics of Roman cuisine and ingredients (and emphasize what did not exist at that time). At the workshop, we will prepare a spread or dates with pepper, honey and pine nuts. We will prepare the food on the spot and stream it live online. The applicants are informed in advance on the ingredients they need to be able to prepare food with us at the same time. 

Researchers: Assist. Prof. Neža Čebron Lipovec, Andrej Preložnik 

Recording of the workshop:

Presentation of the workshop 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4.-6 p.m. at the AP Simon’s Bay location

Let’s make a mosaic together

The sumptuous Roman seaside villa from Simon’s Bay was adorned with exquisite black-and-white mosaics of diverse geometric patterns. In antiquity, mosaics were a beautiful and at the same time durable paving of important spaces and therefore also a status symbol. At the workshop, we will present how and according to what principles the Romans made mosaics, and we will test ourselves in this.

For web visitors: If you want to make a mosaic at the same time as the visit, prepare a square sheet of paper or cardboard (the one from A4 sheet will be the right one), a pencil, a ruler (maybe a compass), glue, scissors and centimetre paper squares in at least two colours ( which you can also replace with anything else if you wish: for example coffee and corn beans).

Researchers: Assist. Prof. Neža Čebron Lipovec, Andrej Preložnik 

Recording of the workshop:

Presentation of the workshop 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4.-6 p.m. at the San Simon Archaeological Park

Sightseeing – San Simon Archaeological Park

The breeze of Simon’s Bay attracted wealthy Romans as early as 2000 years ago to build a larger port there, next to which a luxurious Roman seaside villa grew. Today, its remains are on display as part of Simon’s Bay Archaeological Park. During a walk through the park, we will get to know the villa and some of its characteristic spaces, get acquainted with the fate of the location after the collapse of the villa and, last but not least, the charms and embarrassments of archaeological work.

Researchers: Assist. Prof. Neža Čebron Lipovec, Andrej Preložnik 

Recording of the workshop:

Presentation of the workshop 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4.-6 p.m. at the San Simon Archaeological Park location

Location: University Campus Livade, Izola


Research work of the UP FAMNIT Department of Applied Natural Sciences focuses on the study of the genetic characteristics of Mediterranean crop plants and on sustainable agriculture, taking into account the environmental and ecological characteristics of the Mediterranean production area. 

Participants will be introduced to the world of herbal plants, they will get to know the work in the genetic laboratory, the valuable aromatic plant of immortelle (Helichrysum italicum) and methods for extracting essential oil and hydrolate. 

Researchers: Alenka Baruca Arbeiter, PhD

Presentation 9-12 a.m. UP FAMNIT classroom at Muzejski trg 7 in Koper

Location: University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Sciences, Koper 8:00 - 16:00

All workshops will be online

Implementation of workshops from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. is intended for the lower grades of primary school
The implementation of the workshops from 11 a.m. to 1.15 p.m. is intended for the upper grades of primary school and secondary school students.

Recording of the all workshops:

Virtual dance of the hearts

We can also take care of our health in a playful way. Even if children and young people cannot get in touch with friends during emergencies, there are still fun things that can be done together remotely. And you should make use of them because conversations and virtual socializing with friends help decrease feelings of loneliness beside being very pleasant, since they enable you to hear another voice beside yours, that of your parents or your TV. What these funny things are, we will discover together. 

Many people are sick because of the newly discovered virus. We will discover what it is and how to protect ourselves from it in a funny corona quiz. 

Researchers: Not specified – Department of Nursing 

Presentation ONLINE 10.00 -10.30 a.m. and 12.15-12.45 a.m.

Remote physiotherapy in times of pandemic

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, remote physiotherapy is becoming the preferred means of providing patients with high-quality rehabilitation. Not only does it prevent health risks for the therapist and the patient, but it is also beneficial for people who work, have family or school obligations, live in remote areas or for the youngest of our patients with whom we combine physiotherapy and entertainment. In this workshop, we will present the latest research on the effectiveness of remote physiotherapy, explain the pros and cons of such an approach, and present different ways to have a fun and quality rehabilitation in your home. 

Researchers: Not specified – Physiotherapy 

Presentation ONLINE 9-11 a.m.  and 11.15 -11.45 a.m.

Preparing a healthy plate

Our meals are often too abundant and consist of an incorrect ratio of macronutrients. Nutrition planning according to the healthy plate model is an extremely simple and practical method. It can be used every day, anywhere and for every meal of the day. With the help of food and hand models, we can illustrate the portion size that people often overestimate in practice, and with six simple steps of assembling a plate we ensure the correct ratio of nutrients. 

Researchers: Tadeja Jakus PhD, Assist. Karin Novak

 Presentation ONLINE 9.30 -10.00 a.m.  and 11.45-12.15 a.m.


Active breaks can be equally effective if conducted online or in smaller groups. In addition to the implementation of breaks, the students are given some instructions to use at home and should also encourage parents to take breaks. 

The person who will conduct this station should consult with co-workers up to 14 days before the implementation about the possible inclusion of a questionnaire, which will be most up to date at that time. It is expected that a secondary school will be invited to fulfil a questionnaire. As much as possible, we will encourage the teachers to continue practicing taking active breaks. 

The active break will involve 2 stretching, 2 strengthening and 1 balance exercise. The proposed exercise list includes: 

a) The swallow – single leg forward bend (playful story possibility for the youngest) 

b) Side bridge at the wall (same as above) 

c) Hamstrings stretch (youngest: pretending to be old) 

d) Dynamic stretch of the shoulder and chest (youngest: pretending to be birds) 

e) Single-leg stance (youngest: pretend you are a statue) 

Researchers: Luka Kejžar, Assoc. Prof. Klemen Širok 

Presentation ONLINE 10.30-11.00 a.m. and 12.45 a.m.-1.15 p.m.


At the activity station, primary and secondary school students will compete in movement challenges, while at the same time we will tell them some basic information about human abilities. Challenges will also be tailored to this, as they will relate to different motor skills. The workshop conductor will first say a few words (in an interesting way) about a person’s motor abilities, their meaning and testing. Participants will then compete in challenges. These are following: 

a) The challenge of endurance in strength (participants will perform isometric squat hold by the wall – the workshop conductor decides on an ongoing basis, depending on the age and motivation of the group, whether to perform a single-leg or double-leg variation). Participants simultaneously begin the test. It can be done in subgroups – depending on how large the groups will be (e.g., boys and girls). The challenge is easy to do at home, so it can be done online. The position for the exercise is show in one of the links below. The winner is the one who lasts the longest in the squat position. If the workshop is done at the faculty (not online), the winner receives a symbolic prize. 

b) Balance challenge: The participant performs the Stork balance test (see pictures). The interpretation of the test is adjusted by the conductor to the age of the group (e.g., for the primary school students in the first grade, the emphasis is on the stork (animal) and playfulness, while for the secondary school students, the emphasis is on balance testing). All participants take the test at the same time, whoever lasts the longest is the winner. The test is also easily performed online. If it proves easy for the participants, the conductor has an extra ace up his sleeve – the participants close their eyes. 

c) The challenge of hand-eye coordination. There is no competition for this challenge (no winner). There is a pattern on the board (or on ShareScreen) (see video from 1:20 onwards), which everyone must follow with a hand gesture (details in the video). 

Researchers: Assist. Žiga Kozinc, Assist. Prof. Darjan Smajla, Assist. Sara Fabjan