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Why promote scientific and development research activity?

authorSetting out one’s development on the basis of knowledge and innovative work does not mean simply more powerful technical devices, more powerful electronics, better cars, more effective medications and easier remote communication, even though we require such benefits. Such an orientation can have a much broader significance and effect on the quality of our lives.
But in our opinion it is worth especially highlighting some of the things that speak in favour of greater investment in developmental, research and scientific endeavours. My selection would be brilliance of the mind. A thought born from knowledge and unleashed through imagination. This was necessary for scientific achievement, and must be pursued in all directions.
Science and R&D activity are one of the major sources of brilliance of the mind. A range of innovative solutions is necessary before we can ultimately fulfil our desire for a new technical achievement to afford us also a higher quality life.
Nothing benefits a new, more effective medicine, if it is not attainable or if the doctor has given a wrong diagnosis.
Even technical and software solutions that facilitate better communication with our associates at greater distances can only raise our productivity when we ourselves are innovative in our work.
Technological progress can help us make our life in society more diverse and lively, but again we need great inventiveness in resolving ongoing problems before we can say that new technological solutions will afford us a higher quality life.
And once we resolve to base our development on science and innovation, we embark on a road where imaginative responses to new things move forward after each scientific discovery or new technical device, whose greater capacity fires our imagination and our creativity.

Boris Čerin, Editor of Quark


In this issue:

Page 4

New Terminal Radar at Jože Pučnik Ljubljana Airport

Page 8

60th Anniversary of the National Institute of Chemistry

Page 11

Shaping the Future Networked Society

The Future Internet Conference – perspectives emerging from research and development in EuropeOptical access networks


Page 14

The 20th VITEL Workshop

Page 16

Forum on Europe

Page 22

17–18 January 2008 in Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom – Cultural and Congress Centre

The 2nd Slovenian Innovation Forum

Page 24 

“A Real Miniature City”

Page 26 

The New President of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Academician Jože Trontelj

Page 28

Working in the Team of World Legends

Page 40 

Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Science and Research

For the Presidency it is Worth Closing Ranks and not Exploiting it to Score Domestic Political Points



Page 44 

Things Need to be Set in Motion in Order to Free up Intellectual Potential

Page 48 

EUREKA – The Industrial Research Driver Developments and Ambitions of the Slovenian EUREKA Chairmanship

Page 50 

Conversation with the Director of Slovenia’s Public Research Agency, Dr Franci Demšar

The Quality of our Science will be Even More Visible

Page 53 

TIA – Slovenian Technology Agency



Page 56

The Slovenian Science Foundation is a not-for-profit national institution intended to accelerate and promote science and research.

The Slovenian Science Foundation in 2007



Page 58

Research and Development Activities at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia

Page 70

Slovenia’s Protected Areas

Page 84

Ecoremediation and Slovenia’s Development Programme

PageSustainable Preservation and Treatment of the Environment

Page 88 

Department for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, University Medical Center Ljubljana.

Air and Ground Transport of Critically III Neonates and Infants in Slovenia – 30 Years of Experience

Page 92 

Tissue engineering in Slovenia Treatment with cultured cartilage cells and bone tissue


Page 96

From Cancer Prevention to Cancer Development


Page 102

Laboratory of Biotechnology at the National Institute of Chemistry

From Molecular Immunity to Synthetic Biology:

Applying Basic Science to Solve Health Problems

Page 106

Faculty of Civil Engineering University of Maribor


Page 112 

Use of Fibre-reinforced Shotcrete for Primary Lining in the Dekani Tunnel

Page 118 

Department of Theoretical Computer Science Faculty of Computer and Information Science University of Ljubljana

A Laboratory for Algorithms and Data Structures

Page 122

Human language technology enables breaking communication barriers within the EU

HLT in Slovenia: Overcoming Language Barriers


Page 124 

The University of Primorska Endeavours to Cherish and Further Develop the Specific Features of the Environment

Page 132 

The Institute for Rehabilitation, Republic of Slovenia

Dom IRIS Smart Home



Page 144 

The Laboratory for Telecommunications, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana

Where Advanced Telecommunication Solutions and Services Are Born


Page 150 

Interview: Jadran Lenarčič, director of the Jožef Stefan Institute 

The State Must Create the Market for Innovation

Page 158 

Intelligent Systems and Agents


Page 162 

University Innovation Center – Technology Design Center


Page 168 

Slovenian Power Research Institute

Page 172 

Iskra Avtoelektrika

We Continually Increase Our Investments in R&D

Page 178

Iskratel: The Secret Is in the Co-operation

A communications company’s strategy is determined by the market, technological development and science.

Page 182 

E-Business in Merkur


Page 186 

Luka Koper – an Ideal Entrepôt for Central and Eastern Europe

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