Izbor za naj slovensko inovacijo leta

Gospodarska Zbornica Slovenije vsako leto organizira Dan Inovativnosti. V sklopu le-tega poteka tudi izbor za naj slovensko inovacijo leta. Na pobudo Društva VTIS se od lanskega leta na razpis lahko prijavijo tudi slovenski inovatorji, ki delujejo izven meja Slovenije.

V naši skupnosti imamo veliko število podjetnikov in inovatorjev, ki z novimi rešitvami soustvarjajo prihodnost v kateri želimo živeti. Zato upamo, da se vas bo čim več prijavilo na razpis in predstavilo v Sloveniji svoje inovacije.


Najučinkoviteje bo, če si za začetek pogledate kratek video s predstavitvijo razpisa in nasveti kako učinkovito prijaviti vašo inovacijo na določen regionalni razpis ali razpis za priznanja za inovacije slovenskim podjetjem s sedežem v tujini in državljanom Republike Slovenije, ki živijo v tujini. 

Vaše inovacije bodo ocenjevali člani komisij na podlagi opisa problema in njegove rešitve, razsežnosti inovacije, opisa stanja na področju inovacije, zaščite inovacije, inovacijske ekipe, uporabnika, trga ter finančnih in trajnostnih učinkov. Skladno z metodologijo ocenjevanja bodo komisije dodelile različna priznanja in za nacionalno raven predlagala najbolje ocenjene zlate inovacije. Izbor najboljših inovacij iz vseh 13 regij oceni nacionalna komisija, ki podeli priznanja GZS za inovacije na nacionalni ravni.


Več informacij o dogodkih najdete na njihovi spletni strani in preko maila: ales.ugovsek@gzs.si

Politics of Metaphors in Action by Prof Jernej Pikalo (University of Ljubljana)

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 5:00 pm–6:30 pm, via Zoom, registration required:


About the lecture: Managing of the covid-19 epidemics brought back to the Slovenian political discourse metaphors of “fight”, “struggle”, “strategies of fight”, etc. Concepts and metaphors, mainly from the military vocabularies, were introduced and rapidly started to dominate the public discourse. The discourse was used to set the stage for political measures Slovenian government took, that were relevant to covid-19, but also at the same time reflected new political agenda of authoritarian tendencies already seen in some countries of South-Eastern and Eastern Europe. The aim of the seminar is to analyse the concepts and metaphors used by actors in the Slovenian political arena, their ontological creativity and production of knowledge about covid-19. The seminar will focus on linguistic, communicative, and political aspects of creative use of metaphors.   

About the speaker: Dr Jernej Pikalo is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Ljubljana and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Science and Sports of Slovenia. He was educated at the University of Ljubljana and the University of Warwick (UK) and has authored or co-authored four books and more than forty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He has worked across disciplinary boundaries in international teams at the Bristol University, European Inter-University Centre in Venice, Bifrost University, University of Washington in Seattle and Hosei University in Tokyo. He managed and academically led projects financed by the European Union and Council of Europe, mainly on civic education in the global era, globalisation and governance. He is an active member of the Council of UNESCO International Bureau of Education and ITU’s Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. His efforts to establish first global International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence came to fruition in 2020. Being a keen runner and cyclist makes him appreciative of nature and his own limitations. Frequently contributing to Slovene media, he lives in Ljubljana with his wife and two children.

Summer course of Slovene for children on ZOOM

See below information about a course of Slovene for children (aged 10 to 14 years) of Slovene origin living abroad, which will take place on ZOOM between 25 and 31 July 2021. Organised by the Slovenian Ministry of Education.

Center šolskih in obšolskih dejavnosti in Zavod RS za šolstvo bosta v času od 25. do 31. 7. 2021 v spletnem orodju ZOOM organizirala Poletno šolo slovenščine, ki je namenjena otrokom in mladostnikom slovenskega porekla iz tujine (starost od 10 do 14 let). Pokrovitelj in financer šole je Ministrstvo za izobraževanje, znanost in šport RS.

Prijavna dokumentacija (Informacija o Poletni šoli slovenščine v letu 2021, prijavni postopek, pogoji in kriteriji izbora ter povezava na e-prijavnico) je objavljena na spletni strani Stičišče: https://www.zrss.si/mednarodno-sodelovanje/slovenci-izven-meja/slovenci-po-svetu-sticisce/poletna-sola/.

Rok za prijavo je 15. 5. 2021.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: a Slovene winner

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, founded in 1956 by the late Prince Philip, is credited as one of his greatest achievements. When he died last week, many Britons remembered how the scheme empowered them as youngsters to build skills, confidence and resilience. But who knows that the Awards are also hugely popular abroad – not least in Slovenia?

Živa Alif is a Slovene who entered when she was still at high school in Ljubljana. She completed her Silver and Golden Awards just before gaining admission to the University of Oxford, where she graduated in Biology. She always liked hiking and camping, so she eagerly tackled tests of physical endurance which took her on arduous camping expeditions – three in Slovenia (picture below) and one in Finland.

“Walking 20 km and climbing 1,000 m in altitude for four days in a row carrying a 20 kg backpack is never an easy task. But the feeling when you reach the end is absolutely fantastic, as there is a true feeling of victory. In addition, you become more grateful for small things. Like a shower. After four days of hiking at 30C with no option to clean yourself whatsoever, a shower feels more refreshing than ever. Besides that, the expeditions are where countless new memories and friendships are formed.”

Music and gymnastics gained her further qualifications, but her other favourite part of the Award programme was the Residential project, for which she went to a camp for nature conservation volunteers in Austria.

“Spending 10 days with a group of 12 people from all across Europe was a memorable experience, as we became like a family in this time. It was a cultural eye-opener for me, as you learn so much about other people’s countries in a friendly and open environment. Being forced to communicate only in English also greatly boosted my confidence in my language skills. And lastly, that’s where I met my best friend, who has been standing by my side every day for the last five years despite being hundreds of kilometres away.”

Her conclusion:

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an excellent programme, as it makes young people leave their comfort zone to meet new people, get new experiences and ultimately expand their horizons in real life.”

Živa (second right in picture below) with other Slovene participants: