12th Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School Students' Conference and 14th CMBE day

About The Event

About The Event

We proudly announce the 12th IPSJS conference and 14th CMBE day. We invite all interested students to participate in organizing this meeting.

Important dates

02.12.2019 - Registration opens

14.02.2020 - 23:59
- Registration closes

21.02.2020 - 23:59
- Abstract submission deadline

April 2020 - Workshop - "How to prepare 5-minute oral presentation"

08.05.2020 - Presentation submission deadline


Idrija, Slovenia


Wednesday to Friday
13-15 May 2020


Event Schedule



History of Idrija

The half-a-millennium-long history of Idrija began with the discovery of a rare and valuable liquid metal: mercury. The exciting discovery draw many miners into the valley that soon saw the development of a lively mining settlement, topped with a mining castle Gewerkenegg since 1533. With the discovery of the amalgamation procedure accompanying the discovery of South American silver and gold mines, mercury gained recognition and the Idrija mine soon became the second-largest producer of this sole liquid metal in the world, while abroad it was renowned for its excellent technical equipment.

With the mine on the rise, the 18th century saw Idrija develop into the second largest town in the Kranjska region, welcoming numerous workers from many lands. Some of the most renowned members of the home and European Enlightenment emphasized Its cosmopolitan character. The technical domain was proud of the polymath and klavže constructor Jožef Mrak, while Idrija was put on the international map by the famous natural scientists Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, a Tirolian doctor, and Balthasar Hacquet, a surgeon of Breton descent.

In the 17th century, the miners’ wives began practicing the craft bobbin lacemaking; the beauty and delicateness of their lace were held in high regard especially in the higher class. The most famous lacemaker was Ivanka Ferjančič, an excellent local lacemaker, and the first teacher in Idrija Lace School.


Departure 13. 5. 2020 from IJS / JSI main park at 14 p.m.

Arrival 15. 5. 2020 to IJS /JSI main park at around 18 p.m.

*You will be notified of any changes in a timely manner


Departure from Ljubljana main station or Tobačna station.

Check timetables here.

*Tickets can be purchased directly at the bus driver.


You can reach Idrija on the A1 motorway. Take the Logatec exit and follow the signs to Hotedršica - Godovič - Idrija.

*Public parking spaces are available above the SPAR garage

About the gallery

The Gallery is considered one of the oldest baroque buildings in Slovenia and gives the old center of Idrija a recognizable image. The building is known as the (Mining) Magazine and has been closely linked to the lives of Idrija mining families since its inception. The multi-storey building housed a grain warehouse, with which the Mercury Mine paid part of its salary to miners. It lasted for almost half a century from 1764 to 1912.

Today the building has a completely different role and offers spiritual food to its visitors. In addition to the gallery, it also houses the City Library and the Idrija Reading Room and the War Museum. Since 2001, the building has been a monument of national importance. Since 2012, the facility has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the mercury heritage in Idrija.


Hostel Idrija

Ulica IX. korpusa 17, Idrija

Tel: +386 40 808 022

Email: hostel@mcidrija.si


Up to 45 beds.


13.00 € without breakfast

17.00 € with breakfast

Gostišče Barbara

Kosovelova ulica 3, Idrija

Tel: +386 5 377 11 77

Email: inf@barbara-idrija.si


Up to 16 beds (2 - double beds).

Price with breakfast:

30.00 € private bathroom

25.00 € shared bathroom

Hotel Jožef

Vojkova ulica 9a, Idrija

Tel: +386 8 20 04 250

Email: info@hotel-jozef.si

Kmetija Podobnik

Pot v Češnjice 24, Idrija

Tel: +386 41 489 371

Email: kmetija.podobnik@gmail.com

Additional Info

Accommodation is not organized by the Conference.

The online booking for Hostel Idrija and Gostišče Barabara is closed, but available through email if it is booked under subject "Booking for the Student Conference".

The number of rooms is limited, but possible for sharing a room with more than one bed. As it is already a tradition, please group up.

Elevator pitch preparations

A major part of the conference is the elevator pitches of the contributors - short, 5 minute long presentations of the work intended to present the students' research work to the general public. Before the elevator pitches, an experienced team of 4 media representatives will work with the students in a workshop, helping them create a presentation that is at once both approachable, understandable and interesting, while at the same time remaining scientifically accurate.

The presentations will be not recorded by VideoLectures.

Call for papers

Students are invited to present their work in a form of abstract, poster and oral presentation written and presented in English. Short abstracts will be published in proceeding.

The abstract emphasis is on the application point of view of your research. Take a look at the paper guidelines below for detailed information.

Note that a submission consists of a manuscript only, so you have time to prepare the poster untill the conference.

Who is the conference for?

The conference is intended for all students of science, technology and engineering. Both students of the Jozef Stefan Postgraduate school and students from other institutions can submit their work. You do not need to be enrolled in a study programme at Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School (IPS/MPŠ) to participate and are kindly invited to participate with presentation of your research work at Jožef Stefan Institute. The conference is an excellent opportunity for you to see what is happening in different research fields and to meet other participants from IPS and Jožef Stefan Institute. Just don't hesitate and send us your contribution.


For the initial submission, you need only submit the extended abstract part of your presentation. You then have time until the conference to prepare a poster presenting your work. In preparing both your abstract and poster, please follow some guidelines outlined below.

NOTE: This year, you are expected to bring your posters (already printed) to the conference! We will not be printing the posters.
Abstract guidelines

The abstract should contain one (1) A4 page of scientific text. Please see the template with detailed instructions.

Poster guidelines

Please follow the instructions below closely:

  • Poster size is A1 (594 x 841 mm).
  • Author must put the following information on the poster: name, surname, school, programme, mentor, and author's picture.
  • All posters are required to conform to portrait orientation.
  • Posters should be clear and easy to read. Type size should be sufficiently large to allow people to read from 2 meters.
  • NOTE: Bring your printed posters to the presentations.
  • You are responsible for set-up and take down of your own poster.
  • Use bullets, and keep text to a minimum. Don’t crowd information onto the poster. Keep figures and tables simple.
  • An example poster is available here.

Submission details

The authors should submit their manuscripts in .doc file format by sending it to the ipssc@mps.si email address not later than February 12th, 2020. Submission should contain the manuscript and should be entitled as follows:

StudyProgramme_StudyYear_Faculty / PostgraduateSchool_Author



After the submission, the manuscripts are sent to the selected reviewers (from the research area), which correct and evaluate the contribution. NOTE that the best contributions participate in the competition for the best paper awards. A commission is formed to choose the winners of the annual conference. The winners receive a cash prize and a paper conformation. The winners are selected on the second day of conference. If you have any questions concerning the preparation of your paper/poster please contact us via e-mail.

Organization of IPSJS '20

Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School's Student Council, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Martin Topole

Absolvent of PhD studies

NANO programme

Timotej Turk Dermastia

Absolvent of PhD studies

ECO programme

Miha Dežman

Absolvent of PhD studies

ICT programme

Andrea Jurov

Absolvent of PhD studies

Sensor Technologies programme

Katarina Bačnik

3rd year PhD student

Sensor Technologies programme

Živa Marinko

3rd year PhD student

NANO programme

Patricia Jovičević Klug

2nd year PhD student

NANO programme

Rok Pahič

Absolvent of PhD studies

ICT programme

Adem Kikaj

Absolvent of Master studies

ICT programme


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