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Slovenian Science on Stage festival 2018: Delegates for Portugal are chosen!

Under the motto 'Nature, Humans and Experiments' the 24th Slovenian Science festival with international participation was held from 25 to 27 September 2018 at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Ljubljana, Slovenia. On site eight teachers from elementary and secondary schools presented their projects to apply for the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal.

About 200 visitors watched the presentations with great interest, most of whom were pupils and their teachers from elementary schools, followed by students and their mentors from different secondary schools, and also students from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology.

Pictures © Science on Stage Slovenia

All projects presented were evaluated by a four-member jury composed of Howie Firth, PhD (Member), Edvard Kobal, PhD (Member), Chair of the jury, Vesna Ferk Savec, PhD, and the author of this article, Nika Cebin, MSc (Member). All the visitors were able to take part in the evaluation of each presented project with the use of smartphones by scanning the QR code or via a specific web application.

The following projects were chosen to represent Slovenia at the European Science on Stage festival in Portugal:

  • See, Think, Unlock - GimLit Fortress (Branko Koprivnikar)
  • Dinner for two (Ljudmila Vrhovnik and Alenka Perko Bašelj)
  • Tannin – tan for leather, ink or medicine (Renata Flander)
  • Soap bubbles on wood (Daša Sojer)


Ljubljana:  Second seminar ‘From School Experiments to Experiments at Festivals and on Stages’

On 12 May 2018 the second part of the seminar 'From School Experiments to Experiments at Festivals and Stages' was organised by Science on Stage Slovenia and took place at the UL Pedagogical Faculty in Ljubljana. The focus was on workshops on practical experiments.

First Edvard Kobal, director of the Slovenian Science Foundation, welcomed the participants and invited them to apply for the 24th Slovenian Science Festival with international participation in September 2018. At this event also the Slovenian teacher delegates for the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal, will be chosen.

A one-hour experimental presentation on 'Water over the head' by Maša and Miha Kukec followed. After that Maša Sojer presented interesting innovations with wood.

After the break, all participants split into two groups: one group examined biofuels and did further experimental research on fermentation (alcoholic fermentation). The second group investigated the 'act of murder' with experiments related to forensics (chemistry solves murder) and the identification of fingerprints. After an hour, the groups switched.

The participants were very satisfied with the content and organization of the second part of this seminar. They have gained a lot of experience and useful knowledge.

All pictures © Nika Cebin / Science on Stage Slovenia

Report from Slovenia: Seminar ‘From School Experiments to Experiments at Festivals and on Stages’

On 10 March 2018, the first session of the seminar 'From School Experiments to Experiments at Festivals and on Stages' took place at the Faculty of Education in Ljubljana. Nika Cebin, head of Science on Stage Slovenia reports:

'The seminar was conducted on the initiative of the Slovenian Science Foundation in cooperation with the Faculty of Education in Ljubljana and the KemikUm Center. Teachers who teach natural science subjects such as biology, physics and chemistry in elementary and secondary schools were invited to join the seminar. Fourty-five teachers took part.

At the beginning of the seminar I, Nika Cebin, the coordinator of Science on Stage Slovenia, as well as Dr Jurij Selan, Dean of the Pedagogical Fluctuate in Ljubljana, Dr Edvard Kobal, director of the Slovenian Science Foundation and Dr Vesna Ferk Savec, Head of the KemikUm Center welcomed the participants.

A description of the non-profit network Science on Stage Europe followed, with a presentation of its objectives and importance. Former Slovenian teacher delegates of Science on Stage festivals gave an introduction on their projects which they presented before at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen (Ambrož Demšar, Darja Silan and Nika Cebin) and 2015 in London (Boris Kham).


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At a first break excellent demonstrational experiments were shown and students prepared for all participants vanilla ice cream, which was frozen with liquid nitrogen and enriched with Slovenian extra virgin olive oil.

After that the professors from the Faculty of Education in Ljubljana presented very interesting lectures. Firstly started Dr Gregor Torkar, who explained the importance of practical work in biology teaching and lay a special focus on learning 'outside the classroom' (outdoor learning). Then continued Dr Barbara Rovšek with a presentation on the physical theme 'Who is afraid of the fox?'. Experimental work as an opportunity and a challenge in chemistry classes were practically illuminated by the participants from the Center KemikUm (Dr Vesna Ferk Savec, Dr Iztok Devetak, Špela Hrast and Miha Slapničar). The seminar was concluded by the lecturers of Dr Stanislav Avsec and Dr David Rihtaršič, who emphasized the importance of ICT in practical teaching of techniques  and technology.

The participants were very pleased with the seminar. Their impressions can be summed up with the this quote: 'It was encouraging and contagious, full of positive energy! We hardly wait for the second part of the seminar!'

The second session of the seminar will take place on 12 May 2018 and will be dedicated to the independent practical (experimental) work of the participants.'