Notice of Annual General Meeting of the British-Slovene Society – Thursday 15 June 2021 at 5 pm

For members of the British-Slovene Society only:

Notice is hereby given that The Annual General Meeting of the British-Slovene Society will be held at 5 pm on Tuesday 15 June 2021 online via Zoom. Any member may join the session. 


     Ordinary Business

  1. To receive and adopt the Report of the Trustees and Accounts for the year ended 30 Sept 2020
  2. To re-elect the following as Trustees, who retire by rotation and are offered for re-election: Marcus Ferrar, Simona Bennett, Andrej Ogorevc.
  3. To appoint a Secretary for the forthcoming year. Miha Košak has indicated his willingness to continue in office.
  4. To appoint a Chairman for the forthcoming year. David Lloyd has indicated his willingness to continue in office.
  5. To approve the Minutes of the AGM held on 9 June 2020.
  6. Any Other Business.              

Please confirm your attendance by email to: You will then be sent an invitation to join the Zoom session together with instructions. You may also receive BSS Accounts for the year ending 30th September 2020 and the Chairman’s Statement.

In case you cannot attend the AGM and wish to vote, please use the Form of Proxy: BSS-2021-AGM-Form-of-proxy

David Lloyd, Chairman  

Dated: 10 May 2021 

A conversation with Jelko Kacin on 25 May 2021 at 6 pm online

From the Slovenian Embassy in London:

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Slovenia’s statehood and marking the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of this year, we are cordially inviting you to the second in a series of four conversations titled “Slovenia’s 30 years of Statehood: Experiences & Visions”.

Building a Resilient Nation: Lessons Learned

State Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, H.E. Jelko Kacin
and Chairwoman of Slovenke@VTIS, Ms Bojana Selinšek in conversation
Tuesday 25 May 2021 at 6.00pm BST
Register interest HERE

The event will address the range of challenges we are confronted with, such as pandemics, economic shocks, security threats and political changes. It will look at how the continuous occurrence of these events is becoming the ‘new normal’, testing the limits of the coping capacities of the individuals, countries and institutions. In other words, testing their resilience

Jelko Kacin is State Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister acting as the national logistics coordinator for the mass vaccination campaign against Covid-19. During the Slovenian Independence War, he was the Minister for Information and Minister of Defence from 1994 until 1997. He was also elected to the National Assembly of Slovenia twice (in 1996 and 2000), and served both terms as a Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He was a member of the Slovenian delegation to PACE and one of the first Slovenian observers in the European Parliament, as well as a member of the Convention on the Future of Europe. As a Member of the European Parliament he sat on the EP’s Committee on Foreign Relations, and was especially active on the Western Balkans affairs. As a president of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia party, he was also a member of the bureau of the ALDE. Between 2015 and 2019 he served as the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to NATO. At the outbreak of Covid-19 in spring of 2020, he was appointed as the official spokesperson for the Government of Slovenia.

Bojana Selinšek is a Project Manager at Kheiron Medical Technologies, where they develop deep learning solutions for early and accurate cancer detection and are recognised for their exemplary standard of clinical rigour and trials in frontier science of AI in healthcare. By securing grant funding and managing key projects and partnerships, Bojana is bringing strategically important opportunities to accelerate the development, testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies. Prior to Kheiron, Bojana worked for several years in managing clinical trials for Oxford University and UCL. Bojana is passionate about improving healthcare and in general strives to leave a positive impact in the society. In line with this passion, she is also leading and contributing to many projects and initiatives at VTIS (society connecting Slovenians educated abroad) with the ambition to improve the exchange of knowledge and best practices between Slovenians abroad and their homeland. She also established Slovenke@VTIS group with the mission to empower women and address topics related to gender equality.

The series titled “Slovenia’s 30 years of Statehood: Experiences and Visions” celebrates our country’s achievements, and is aimed towards creating and discovering new visions for the future.
In a series of debates (online, hybrid events or in-person events, Covid-19 permitting) taking place throughout the year, it addresses topics connected with Slovenia, our partners and friends, and current world affairs. Each debate features two main speakers, based in Slovenia and the UK respectively, each with their unique experience and future vision.
We cover a range of topics from current political, developmental, environmental and economic challenges, focusing on how to increase resilience of our communities and effectively tackle pertinent crises like pandemics, how to manage climate change and economic renewal based on a green and digital transition, as well as education, innovation and artificial intelligence.

Organized by:



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:

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.