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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Early Stage Researcher positions available

14 positions in the field of ”Neurological Exposome” in the EU- funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) NEUROSOME available

Involvement of the DNA structure in the interspecies gene transfer published in Scientific Reports

Researchers from the Laboratory for Bioanalytics assit. prof. Aleš Lapanje at Department of Environmental Sciences and dr. Jan Zrimec, currently a postdoc at Chalmers University, Sweden, showed among the first that structural properties of DNA molecules are among the most important features responsible for efficient interspecies transfer of mobile DNA.

Finally winter

Reactor Center covered in snow


Kick-off of a new project.

IAEA Training Workshop, 6-10 November 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia

IAEA Training Workshop on Intercomparison Feedback of Neutron Activation Analysis Proficiency Tests Performed in 2017, 6-10 November 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Ref. No: T3-TR-1700340.

Winter at the Reactor Center

Every cloud has a silver lining...

2018 is here!

O2 wishes you all the best for 2018 !

Tracing the food

“Let’s bite into science” with our Organic biogeochemistry group

Mercury analysis and speciation training course

Between 8 and 18 November 2017, Department of Environmental Sciences organized a training course on Hg analysis and speciation, attended by Kyrgyzstan and South American delegations.

Science slam 2017

22.11.2017, Union Hotel, Ljubljana: Yaroslav Shylapnikov participated at 3rd Slovenian Science slam organised by the Science onto the Street. He presented short 5 minutes pitch with the title ˝Sources and the fate of mercury˝.

TOP publications of Metina Lista

The article "Platinum, palladium, rhodium, molybdenum and strontium in blood of urban women in nine countries" was chosen for TOP publication in December 2017.

47th Krka Prizes ceremony

We are happy to inform you that our fellow Matic Bergant received the Krka prize!

Best Poster Award at 5th MS Food Day

Anja Mahne Opatić, ISO-FOOD PhD fellow, received the Best Poster Award for her presentation entitled "A preliminary traceability model for tomato using analysis of stable isotopes, elemental content and chemical markers" at the 5th MS Food DAY, in Bologna, 11-13 October, 2017.

Project APPLAUSE Approved to be Granted by the EU Commission Through the Urban Initiative Actions

Based on competences of Dr. Lapanje and Dr. Rijavec, the Department is a partner in recently founded project ApPLAuSE (Alien PLAnt SpEcies) - from harmful to useful with citizens' led activities, lead by the City of Ljubljana. The Department tasks are focused in development of microbial technologies to obtain valuable chemical products from the IAPS.

Mercury conference, Mercury as a Global Pollutant – ICMGP2017

Prof. Dr. Milena Horvat, Dr. David Kocman, Vesna Fajon and Majda Pavlin attended the 13th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant that was organized in Providence (Rhode Island, USA) between 16th – 21st July, 2017.

Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School

Check out opportunities to carry out postgraduate studies.

ISOSCAPE Summer School at Edmund Mach Foundation, San Michele All'adige, Italy, 1-4 August, 2017

Doris Potočnik and Bor Krajnc attended the workshop “Isoscape summer school” which was held in Fundazione Edmund Mach di San Michele all'Adige iin Italy, from 1st to 4th August, 2017. The main topic of workshop was GIS modelling using the data of stable isotope ratio of light elements.

TEMA 16, 16th International Symposium of Trace elements in man and animals

Anja Stajnko and Janja Snoj Tratnik attended the 16th International Symposium of Trace Elements in Man and Animals (TEMA 16) which was held in St. Petersburg, Russia from 26th to 29th June 2017 and was joined for the first time with the International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans (ISTERH 2017) and Nordic Trace Element Society (NTES 2017).

ISO-FOOD Summer School in “Elemental Speciation in Food”

The school was organized on 25-27 of September 2017. 

7th International k0-Users' Workshop, Montreal, 3-8 September, 2017

Prof. dr. Borut Smodiš, dr. Radojko Jaćimović, and Lojze Gačnik attended the 7th International k0-Users' workshop, where the newest developments in k0 neutron activation analysis (k0-NAA) and related fields were presented.

GMA Expert Group Meeting

GMA Expert Group Meeting will be held at the Jožef Stefan Institute, Department of Environmental Sciences, from November 21st to November 22nd, 2017. 

Registration for the event is now open.

MercOx Kick-off meeting

MercOx project - Traceability of oxidised mercury -  will launch next week. Registration for the event is now open.

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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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