Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Nestled in the heart of Europe, Ljubljana, the vibrant capital of Slovenia, is a city that captivates visitors with its unique charm, rich history, and stunning natural beauty. With a population of around 300,000, Ljubljana offers a perfect blend of old-world charm and modern sophistication and is a vibrant and compact city, renowned for its pedestrian-friendly streets, green spaces, and enchanting architecture.

As you stroll through the city’s historic centre, you’ll be captivated by the picturesque Ljubljana Castle perched atop a hill, overlooking the scenic Ljubljanica River. The river, adorned with charming bridges, is the lifeline of the city, creating a romantic and lively atmosphere. The city’s cultural scene is thriving, with numerous art galleries, museums, and theatres. Be sure to visit the National Gallery, showcasing a diverse collection of Slovenian and European art, and the iconic Plečnik House, the former residence of the renowned architect Jože Plečnik. Ljubljana’s vibrant café culture and lively street markets add to its unique charm, providing ample opportunities for networking and leisurely exploration.

Beyond the city, Slovenia offers an abundance of natural beauty. With its pristine lakes, majestic mountains, and lush green valleys, the country is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Lake Bled, with its emerald-green waters and a picturesque island housing a charming church, is a must-visit destination. Triglav National Park, home to the country’s highest peak, Mount Triglav, offers incredible hiking trails and breathtaking views. Slovenia’s seaside, along the Adriatic coast, provides a stunning contrast to its inland landscapes, with charming coastal towns, crystal-clear waters, and beautiful pebble beaches that are perfect for relaxation and water activities.

With Slovenia’s compact size, the breathtaking transition from the captivating mountains, adorned with emerald lakes and lush green valleys, to the stunning seaside along the Adriatic coast is just a two-hour journey. This remarkable advantage allows travellers to effortlessly experience the best of both worlds, as they venture from charming coastal towns, crystal-clear waters, and beautiful pebble beaches perfect for relaxation and water activities to the serene and picturesque landscapes.

With Slovenia’s and Ljubljana’s warm hospitality, stunning surroundings, and diverse cultural offerings, this enchanting destination promises an unforgettable experience for all participants.

Jožef Stefan Institute

The Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) is a renowned research institution based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since its establishment in 1949, JSI has been at the forefront of scientific exploration in diverse fields such as physics, materials science, biotechnology, and computer science. Through collaboration with global partners, JSI drives innovation, advances knowledge, and promotes scientific education. With its significant contributions to research and societal impact, JSI enjoys a well-deserved international reputation.

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