Projects / Programmes source: ARIS

Cycling of substances in the environment, mass balances, modelling of environmental processes and risk assessment

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.08.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Control and care of the environment   
1.04.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Chemistry   

Code Science Field
P305  Natural sciences and mathematics  Environmental chemistry 

Code Science Field
1.05  Natural Sciences  Earth and related Environmental sciences 
1.04  Natural Sciences  Chemical sciences 
Environmental chemistry; non-target analysis; sensors, biogeochemical cycling; climate change; inorganic and organic pollutants; modeling; risk assessment; environment and health; environmental technologies; microbiome; traceability of food; water cycle; microbial ecology; participatory research.
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on May 18, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  1,665  41,322  35,293  21.2 
Scopus  1,736  46,661  40,141  23.12 
Researchers (53)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  34426  PhD Ermira Begu  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2020 - 2022  53 
2.  04328  PhD Ljudmila Benedik  Chemistry  Retired researcher  2020 - 2024  379 
3.  54685  Dominik Božič  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024  43 
4.  05249  PhD Jadran Faganeli  Control and care of the environment  Retired researcher  2020 - 2024  577 
5.  10582  PhD Ingrid Falnoga  Neurobiology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  345 
6.  52044  PhD Jan Gačnik  Geology  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024  57 
7.  52125  Tjaša Gornik  Chemistry  Technical associate  2020  25 
8.  26087  PhD Mateja Grego  Biology  Researcher  2023 - 2024  139 
9.  12315  PhD Ester Heath  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020 - 2024  604 
10.  05027  PhD Milena Horvat  Chemistry  Head  2020 - 2024  1,890 
11.  30504  PhD Mojca Hrovat  Biology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  73 
12.  14082  PhD Radojko Jaćimović  Physics  Researcher  2020 - 2024  732 
13.  52126  PhD Marta Jagodic Hudobivnik  Chemistry  Researcher  2020 - 2024  131 
14.  21543  PhD Tjaša Kanduč  Geology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  488 
15.  25622  PhD David Kocman  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020 - 2024  357 
16.  02564  PhD Branko Kontić  Control and care of the environment  Retired researcher  2020 - 2024  503 
17.  24265  PhD Davor Kontić  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020 - 2024  117 
18.  27733  PhD Tina Kosjek  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020 - 2024  360 
19.  15814  PhD Jože Kotnik  Geology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  388 
20.  39144  PhD Ana Kovačič  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020 - 2022  61 
21.  50798  PhD Bor Krajnc  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2023 - 2024  64 
22.  21408  PhD Aleš Lapanje  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  355 
23.  55787  Pia Leban  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2021 - 2024  16 
24.  10807  PhD Sonja Lojen  Geology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  515 
25.  52052  PhD Katarina Marković  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024  43 
26.  50502  PhD Jasmina Masten Rutar  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024  28 
27.  18287  PhD Darja Mazej  Chemistry  Researcher  2020 - 2024  380 
28.  08314  PhD Radmila Milačič  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020 - 2024  803 
29.  53460  PhD Rok Novak  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024  84 
30.  11279  PhD Nives Ogrinc  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020 - 2024  1,138 
31.  57078  Brina Pavlovič  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
32.  57084  Žan Rekar  Pharmacy  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
33.  27542  PhD Tomaž Rijavec  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  248 
34.  38201  PhD Johanna Amalia Robinson  Control and care of the environment  Technical associate  2020 - 2021  99 
35.  30063  PhD Janja Snoj Tratnik  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020 - 2024  295 
36.  37818  PhD Anja Stajnko  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  94 
37.  58761  Janko Stankić  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2023 - 2024 
38.  52921  PhD Lidija Strojnik  Plant production  Researcher  2023 - 2024  130 
39.  19822  Barbara Svetek    Technical associate  2020 - 2024  89 
40.  18359  PhD Janez Ščančar  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020 - 2024  677 
41.  01411  PhD Zdenka Šlejkovec  Chemistry  Researcher  2020 - 2024  240 
42.  50272  PhD Žiga Tkalec  Control and care of the environment  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  33 
43.  08296  PhD Mihael Jožef Toman  Biology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  631 
44.  08597  Zdenka Trkov    Technical associate  2020 - 2021  76 
45.  10968  PhD Janja Vaupotič  Chemistry  Researcher  2020 - 2024  604 
46.  55805  Anja Vehar  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2021 - 2024  26 
47.  36350  PhD Janja Vidmar  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020 - 2024  139 
48.  18290  PhD Polona Vreča  Geology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  700 
49.  25667  PhD Tea Zuliani  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020 - 2024  317 
50.  53459  Klara Žagar  Geology  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024  152 
51.  54691  Tjaša Žerdoner  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024  21 
52.  15729  Stojan Žigon    Technical associate  2020 - 2024  315 
53.  37489  PhD Igor Živković  Chemistry  Researcher  2020 - 2024  124 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  90,987 
2.  0105  National Institute of Biology  Ljubljana  5055784  13,274 
3.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  66,832 
The overall objective of the programme is to address fundamental scientific questions about natural environmental systems and processes at various scales, their interactions and responses to human activities, and to provide science evidence for the development of technical solutions and management related to environmental problems. The proposed programme must be viewed as a core programme that supports the on-going projects and initiatives of great importance. Therefore, the main activities of the programme are organized as pillar themes (P), horizontally supported four activities (H). P1 - Cycling of substances under multiple stress conditions includes (i) studies of global carbon cycle under conditions of increased pCO2 and temperature; (ii) impacts of climate change on water cycle; (iii) national and international observation networks and to the development of databases; (iv) biological and complex environmental systems to climate and environmental change; (v) improved understanding of the environmental pollution with toxic elements; (vi) and the fate of non-radioactive and radioactive nano particles. P2 - Environment, health and food the topics includes (i) human exposure and effects studies; (ii) microbiome; (iii) effects of nanoparticles; (iv) bioimaging; (v) food authenticity and traceability; and (v) health risk assessments. P3 - Environmental technologies include: (i) CECs in urban and waste waters; (ii) bioremediation; (iii) remediation of contaminated soils and waste waters; (iv) reduction of emissions of volatile and semivolatile elements. H1 - Analytical methods focuses on (1) speciation of trace elements; (ii) visualization of metals by LA-ICP-MS; (iii) NPs analysis by spICP-MS; (iv) stable isotope of non-traditional elements, and (v) target, screening and nontarget analysis. H1 activity will further be supported by the metrological concepts (H2). H3 - on sensor technologies addresses: (i) low-cost sensors for air and water quality; (ii) biosensors; (iii) passive dosimeters; (iv) radon sensors; and (v) food sensors. Given the interdisciplinary and complexity of the processes and mechanisms studied within the program, modelling support comprise a wide range of applications and modelling tools/approaches combined in Horizontal activity H4, which also includes activities related to appropriate data management infrastructure which is currently non-existing.  These activities will be exploited through active national and international collaborations and engagement of stakeholders from different sectors, and dissemination, communication, and outreach activities, including participatory science approaches. Three institutions constitute the consortium of the programme: (1) Department of Environmental Sciences of the Jožef Stefan institute, (2) Marine Biological Station of the National Institute of Biology; and the (3) Biotechnical faculty of the University of Ljubljana.
Significance for science
Environmental concerns together with social development considerations and assurance of vital economy are the key stones of any modern strategy for national development. Aiming at early recognition of environmental quality deterioration and public health issues different scientific approaches are applied. However, predictions of long-term changes still remain speculations, e.g. consequences of climate change, so improvement of approaches and tools are a constant need. Our research programme deals with these improvements, for example with the research on approaches which may substitute prospective epidemiological studies since these are inefficient in relation to evaluating health consequences due to climate change in different regions. Collaboration with the leading groups in EU and outside in novel approaches based on exposome represents will ensure effective transfer of knowledge within national activities in this field.   In investigations of the toxicity and cycling of elements in the environment it is necessary to know not only total element concentration, but also the concentration of its species. The research programme group followed the world’s trends in this area. We were between the first that before 25 years began to develop analytical procedures for speciation of elements. In this area the researchers are between the top scientists worldwide, what is evident from numerous publications in scientific journals and citations, as well as through collaboration in international projects. The rich laboratory experiences will be implemented also in the future and will significantly contribute to research in the field of speciation analysis. The proposed investigations follow the last trends in analytical chemistry and will crucially contribute to basic research in the field of speciation analysis.   The programme also focuses on the better understanding of natural processes, particularly the circulation of the different elements and substances that form the basis for understanding global environmental change. The proposed program includes a combination of different analytical methods and approaches that will contribute to the structure and composition of large-scale databases and form the scientific basis for the development and implementation of various models. This will allow the activities to be easier integrated into the European and global research area.   The proposed research programme on the investigation of global water cycle, biogeochemical cycles and fluxes of nutrient and of the response of natural systems to the anthropogenic activities directly contributes to the development of basic sciences, such as geology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, forest ecology, environmental analytical chemistry etc. and applied research (e.g. food safety, security and traceability). Combination of different approaches, introduction of new and well established methods and techniques in environmental research and model calculation will enable a better insight into the past and present functioning of environmental systems, especially in light of environmental change and elaboration of adaptation strategies. Introduction and critical evaluation of combined geochemical and biomarkers of environmental change in different spatial and time scales represent a particular contribution to the science.   The Programme will combine the current research skills and apply them to the development of new analytical procedures for the determination of new emerging pollutants and classical persistent compounds in environmental samples, the optimization and implementation of novel molecular tools to explore the phylogenetic composition and diversity of microbial consortia responsible for the degradation of selected organic pollutants, and toxicity testing. This interdisciplinary approach will bring together knowledge in the fields of chemistry and biology what will contribute to an overall understanding of organic contaminants impact on the environment
Significance for the country
The research programme aims at providing strong, original contribution to comprehensive research and education agenda on environmental health and long-term environmental assessment producing scientists capable of practical work that the society needs. In addition, the knowledge produced in the programme will be a basis for identifying BAT in the widest sense of the term, as well as decision-making on spatial development, societal and spatial cohesion, and economy.   The topics of the proposed programme are in line with the Slovenian Smart Specialization Strategy since they build a knowledge base for sustainable development, environmental and risk management, management of natural resources and development of environmental technologies. The proposed research programme is also harmonized with the main priorities of the EU - sustainable use and management of natural resources and environment and development of environmental technologies. It also represents support to the elaboration and implementation of national and EU environmental legislation.   In particular, contributions in the following areas are outlined: 1 - Sustainable exploitation of Slovenia’s water potential: changes in hydrological cycle, particularly the physical alterations of river flows due to natural and anthropogenic influences have a decisive impact on the changes in the cycling of substances, including dangerous and toxic ones. Therefore, there is a basic need for improving the understanding of hydrological cycling processes in river basins, to detect and predict impacts of climate change and water resource development and it is important to warn the public and the policy makers of the potential dangers of both old and new accumulation lakes, especially because water ecosystems are generally considered to be an important natural energy potential for the country. 2 - New tools for the pollution prevention and pollution control will be developed. For this purpose reliable analytical procedures for speciation of elements in combination with ID-ICPMS, and their isotope fingerprinting using MC-ICP-MS will be applied. These methods provide the information about the concentration and distribution of pollutants; however they do not provide any information about the sources of pollutants. In the contrary the fractionation of stable isotopes of a particular chemical element provides the opportunity to identify its source and its transformation processes. The use of stable isotopes thus represents innovative approach with high diagnostic tool in environmental technologies and remediation of contaminated. Moreover, in the proposed programme we shall combine measurements of chemical, isotopic and hydrogeochemical parameters which will contribute to better understanding of the environmental processes and development of reliable models. In medium term, this knowledge will contribute to the improvements of surface waters and quality of drinking groundwater. All these aspects are also important as Slovenia must comply with the EU environmental legislation. 3 – Cutting-edge advances in speciation analysis: complementary and good collaboration of our research group with numerous international leading research groups in the field of chemical speciation and collaboration in international projects enables efficient exchange of new knowledge and incorporation in new environmental and biological studies. 4 – New and emerging contaminants: Further assessment of risks deriving from the presence of new emerging pollutants in the environment will be obtained. However, this topic is not just about the transfer of expert knowledge into a Slovene context but more importantly tackles the subject from an interdisciplinary perspective. We expect our results will overcome institutions borders and impact future legislation amendments at the EU levels. 5 – Sensor technologies: Based on excellence knowledge in environmental analytical chemistry, the programme will intensify collaboration in t
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