FAIR Day Slovenia: Jožef Stefan Institute organizes virtual event under the motto "Academia meets Business”


Recently, representatives of GSI/FAIR participated in the virtual "FAIR Day Slovenia" of the Jožef Stefan Institute. "Academia meets Business" was the motto of the workshop. The meeting's objective was to bring together scientists, technical experts, industry partners and the funding agency. The aim was also to outline the progress of the civil construction and the achievements of the FAIR's precursor program FAIR Phase 0, as well as to inform about Slovenia's participation at FAIR on all fronts (scientific, technical and human resources) and future work plans. At the workshop "Academia meets Business", the Jožef Stefan Institute and the University of Ljubljana signed a GET_INvolved Partnership agreement with GSI/FAIR leading to more opportunities for training of future scientist and engineers.

The guest of honor, Dr. Tomaž Boh, Director-General Science Directorate, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Republic of Slovenia, welcomed all participants to the Workshop. Professor Boštjan Zalar, Director of the Jožef Stefan Institute, delivered a welcome speech. Dr. Albin Kralj from the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Republic of Slovenia, greeted the participants. The Scientific Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, Professor Paolo Giubellino, and the Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Jörg Blaurock, informed the workshop participants on the scientific objectives, the status and the recent advances of the FAIR project to kick off the information session. Dr. Jürgen Gerl of NUSTAR collaboration, one of the four experimental pillars of FAIR, and Dr. Jelena Vesić of the Jožef Stefan Institute presented the Slovenian contribution to the NUSTAR experiments.

In addition to the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI), the event also involved representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and “Tehnodrom d.o.o.” with leading companies Cosylab and Instrumentation Technologies, as FAIR will play a significant role in the growth of the high-tech industry. Janko Bugar, CGO & Senior Business Development Manager, Cosylab, and Elvis Janežič, CEO, Instrumentation Technologies, presented all activities and contributions from the Tehnodrom consortium Slovenian companies participating in the FAIR project. The Workshop allowed the exchange of valuable information on the present status of activities at Campus GSI/FAIR and highlighted scientific and technical developments on the Slovenian side.

At the event it was highlighted how FAIR, in addition to promoting scientific research, is also of significance to the growth of the high-tech industry for Slovenia. Thus, many Slovenian high-tech companies develop and construct technological equipment through the consortium Tehnodrom. The leading partners in the consortium Tehnodrom are Cosylab and Instrumentation Technologies. Participation in the FAIR Project opens up exceptional research opportunities for Slovenian scientists and thus also extraordinary opportunities for cooperation with the Slovenian economy to develop new technologies and other products with high added value. (BP)

Further information

For more information on the GET_INvolved Programme, interested persons can contact the respective coordinators: Dr. Pradeep Ghosh (GSI and FAIR, Pradeep.Ghosh@fair-center.eu), Dr. Jelena Vesić (Jožef Stefan Institute, Jelena.Vesic@ijs.si) und Prof. Dr. Simon Širca (University of Ljubljana, Simon.Sirca@fmf.uni-lj.si).

About the Jožef-Stefan-Institute

The Jožef Stefan Institute is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad spectrum of basic and applied research. Natural sciences, biological sciences, and engineering are among the specialties of the team of roughly 1000 people. Production and control technologies, communication and computer technologies, knowledge technologies, biotechnologies, new materials, environmental technologies, nanotechnology, and nuclear engineering are among the topics covered. The Jožef Stefan Institute's aim is to accumulate - and disseminate - knowledge at the frontiers of natural science and technology for the benefit of society at large by pursuing education, learning, research, and high-tech development at the highest worldwide levels of quality.

About the University of Ljubljana

The University of Ljubljana is the oldest and largest higher education and scientific research institution in Slovenia. The university, which has a long history, was founded in 1919. It is Slovenia's biggest and most important educational institution. With 30 percent of all registered researchers, it is one of Slovenian biggest research institutions. In 23 faculties and three art academies, it has over 37,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs approximately 6,000 higher education instructors, researchers, assistants, and administrative employees.

About the GET_INvolved Programme

The GET_INvolved Programme provides international students and early-stage researchers from partner institutions with opportunities to perform internships, traineeships and early-stage research experience to get involved in the international FAIR accelerator project while receiving scientific and technical training.