Department of Environmental Sciences

The Department of Environmental Sciences encompasses a broad range of research activities, diverse and varied as the environment itself.

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Mapping international drug use through wastewater-based epidemiology

Wastewater-based epidemiology is a rapidly developing scientific discipline with the potential for monitoring close to real-time, population-level trends in illicit drug use. By sampling a known source of wastewater, such as a sewage influent to a wastewater treatment plant, scientists can estimate the quantity of drugs used in a community from the measured levels of illicit drugs and their metabolites excreted in urine.

Results of HBM of measurements of pesticides in Slovenia published in Environmental International

The prestigious journal Environment International published the first results of human biomonitoring (HBM) of measurements of commonly used pesticides belonging to the group Organophosphorus (OP) compounds and pyrethroids (PYR) in the Slovenian population.

New Young Researchers

O2 welcomes Klara Nagode and Rok Novak, our new young researchers!

New article co-authored by M. Horvat and I. Živković, published in Nature Scientific Data

“Mercury concentrations in biota in the Mediterranean Sea, a compilation of 40 years of surveys”. The data base includes  a total of 24,465 records from 539 sources and included in Mercury in Mediterranean Biota (M2B).

New paper - Natural Microbial Communities Can Be Manipulated by Artificially Constructed Biofilms

Dr. Tomaž Rijavec and doc. dr. Aleš Lapanje of the Department of Environmental Sciences (O2) have developed a special concept of surface treatment for the inhibition of biologically mediated corrosion.

Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award in Mercury Research

The Lifetime Acheivement Award at ICMGP 2019 given to Dr. Milena Horvat!

Defence of MSc thesis by Anja Petra Bencek

Anja Petra Bencek successfully defended her MSc thesis entitled "Nanoparticle concentrations in ambient air in relation to atmospheric stability", at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Nova Gorica, on October 11, 2019.

Training on Analysis of Alpha, Beta and Gamma Emitters by Radiochemical Spectroscopic Techniques

The MEET-CINCH consortium is organising Hands-on Training course in the area of analytical radiochemistry to be hosted at the Department of Environmental Sciences at the Jožef Stefan Institute on December 9-13, 2019. Application deadline is November 4, 2019. 

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The Department of Environmental Sciences encompasses a broad range of research activities, diverse and varied as the environment itself.

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They are multidisciplinary, from different natural sciences to social sciences, in particular chemical, physical, geological and biological, which define our environment, society and human activities.

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With our research we would like to clarify the relationship between natural processes and human activities, and the influence of these activities on human health and the environment

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