SCIENCE AND RESEARCH CREATE THE FUTURE AND REVIVAL THE PAST
At the European Researchers' Night 2019, the University of Primorska presented to visitors several interesting workshops and reconstructed Roman wooden sandals, which are the result of the interdisciplinary cooperation of its researchers.
Exploring and discovering motivates us with our curiosity and desire to find out how nature’s mechanisms work. We want to upgrade existing knowledge and miracles from our imagination, to embody them in reality. Nature, man and science must be in harmony, we must feel "SAWE - Safe with science". For this reason, we have chosen this as the slogan of the European Researchers' Night - an event organized for the fourth time at the University of Primorska, each time on the last Friday on September, 27 September. It took place in several locations: in the courtyard of the Rectorate of the University and the Praetorian Palace, in the Galeb UP FAMNIT building and the faculty classroom at Glagoljaška 8, Koper, in the Simon's Bay Archaeological Park in Izola, and at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Izola. Researchers and students of the University of Primorska prepared various workshops for all visitors in the field of mathematics, kinesiology, health, biology, pedagogy, history and archaeology, geography, woodworking and tourism. The Confucius Classroom in Koper and the Career Center of the University of Primorska, the PiNA Cultural and Educational Association and the Slovenian Society for Marine Mammals / Morigenos will present their activities.
The consortium partners of the project are the University of Maribor, the University of Primorska and the Franc Miklošič High School in Ljutomer. European Researchers' Night is funded by the European Commission, Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.
This year, instead of the planned four, we held as many as seven workshops in the Simon's Bay Archaeological Park, and another new workshop in the field of woodworking and Mediterranean agriculture in the Galeb building of the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska. This time we also presented for the first time the activity of the Confucius Classroom of the University of Primorska in Koper in the courtyard of the Rectorate and the Praetorian Palace
When carrying out all workshops, we take care of the appropriate equipment and materials. A special example is the Simon's Bay Archaeological Park in Izola, where we want to show visitors life in Roman times with replicas of objects from that time. In recent years, we have already acquired various parts of clothing, accessories and equipment. It got stuck in the purchase of footwear, as quality replicas are rare and expensive. Therefore, at the University of Primorska, we connected the Institute of Archeology and Heritage from the Faculty of Humanities with experts who have been researching the use of renewable materials since 2017 as part of the InnoRenew CoE project, with an emphasis on woodworking.
A colleague, Andrej Preložnik, introduced us to the remains of slippers worn by the Romans. For the European Researchers' Night, we combined knowledge in the field of archaeology with the knowledge and equipment that our researchers working on the InnoRenew project have. The team led by Črtomir Tavzes PhD then made the first replica of Roman sandals with a wooden sole and leather banners, as far as we know, in Slovenia.
Sandals, or slippers, consisting of a wooden sole and leather straps were popular leisure footwear. They are most often associated with use in hot rooms of Roman baths, where walking on heavily heated floors could otherwise cause unpleasant burns. We often see them depicted on mosaics at the entrance to the Roman baths. On the other hand, this simple design - which does not seem to differ significantly from our summer slippers - was useful in many other environments: legionnaires liked to replace heavy military footwear with such slippers in their free time, and wealthy Romans put them on for walks. through the park, which our villa undoubtedly had.
The presented reconstruction is only the first step of this interdisciplinary cooperation: in the future, we will find out together why a certain type of wood was used for certain objects, what their advantages were and where the weak points were. On the other hand, we want to use the opportunities offered by this kind of heritage to create a beautiful, useful and original souvenir of a visit to Simon's Bay Archaeological Park.
So this year, at the European Researchers' Night, we not only presented to visitors what we are researching, but what we have created together for this event.
More about the programme: https://www.ern.um.si/en/programme-koper-izola
Safe with Science (SAWE)
The European Researchers' Night 2018, organized as part of the “SAWE - Safe with Science” project at the University of Primorska for the third year, took place on Friday, September 28, from 8 am to 8 pm at four locations: in the courtyard of the University Rectorate and the Praetorian Palace and the Galeb UP FAMNIT building in Koper and in Izola at the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Simon's Bay Archaeological Park. At various workshops, researchers and many students of the University of Primorska presented to pupils, students and all other visitors what the profession of a researcher means, as well as at least some of the research we conduct at our university. They attended workshops in mathematics, kinesiology, healthcare, biology, pedagogy, history, geography and tourism.
The events are supported by the European Commission under the auspices of Marie SkłodowskaCurie actions, under Pillar I "Excellent Science" of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program.
Science for Life (SciFe)
9/30/2016 - 9/29/2017
On Friday, September 29, the Researchers' Night 2017 was held, organized by the University of Primorska as part of the “Science for Life” project, which aims to popularize the profession of researcher, scientist and bring it closer to the general public, especially young people. Through a series of activities, the project raises awareness of the socially important role of researchers, science and its impact on all areas of human activity.
Various workshops, laboratory tours and lectures were held at five locations: the Koper Tavern and the House of Experiments in Koper, and Izola at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Livade University Campus and the Simon's Bay Archaeological Park.
Researchers and many students of the University of Primorska, who helped with the workshop and lectures, achieved the goal - to show, as much as possible in one day, pupils, students and all other visitors what the profession of researcher means as well as at least some of the research that we implementing at our university.
You can read more about the event on the website: