Month of Science
The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport makes efforts to raise the awareness about the importance of science through numerous activities carried out in the Month of Science, which are also aimed at drawing the attention of various stakeholders. The Ministry organised a number of national, regional and international events related to the presentation, work, success and promotion of Slovenian science and researchers. The majority of events are taking place in autumn to commemorate the birth of Žiga Zois, a great patron and supporter of Slovenian science.
In order to asses the results of the implementation of the EU Research and Innovation programme, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport organised on Tuesday, 29 November 2016, an international conference entitled Horizon 2020: Where are we now? Where are we going? After three years of implementing this programme, the results show that Slovenia is successful and Slovenian researchers are reliable and desired partners in excellent consortia and projects. As emphasised by Minister Maja Makovec Brenčič in her speech, Slovenia generated twice as much resources as it had invested in the implementation of the Horizon 2020 programme, placing it 3rd among the participating states.
On 21 November 2016, the Zois Award, Zois Certificate of Recognition, the Ambassador of Science award of the Republic of Slovenia and the Puh Certificate of Recognition were conferred at a ceremony that was held in Cankarjev dom hall in Ljubljana. During the ceremony, 14 highest state awards and certificates of recognition were conferred to Slovenian researchers for their excellent achievements in scientific and development activities in the recent years.
In cooperation with the University of Ljubljana, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport organised a conference Open Science in the European Research Area, which took place on Thursday, 17 November. At the conference, State Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport Tomaž Boh pointed out that open science, open education and digitalisation are among the Ministry’s key priorities. Furthermore, Boh emphasised that the Ministry has already made a few important steps towards opening the research and educational area by adopting the National strategy of open access to scientific publications and research data in Slovenia 2015−2020 as well as Digital Slovenia 2020 strategy.
On Tuesday, 15 November, the Research Day Slovenia–Italy took place in Trieste. The purpose of this bilateral research day was to further strengthen the good cooperation in the area of science between the two states as well as to discuss further steps. So far, Slovenia and Italy have signed five protocols on scientific and technological cooperation, and both states would like to establish even closer cooperation between Italian and Slovenian researchers.
Numerous other events will be organised as part of the Month of Science. Today, on 2 December 2016, European Research Council (ERC) regional conference is taking place at the Ministry, which is dedicated to discussing the success rate of ERC project applications in Slovenia and the wider region. At the end of December, the Slovenian knowledge symposium will be held, presenting Slovenian researchers working abroad.