Exhibition: University of Ljubljana (UL)

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University of Ljubljana (UL)

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University of Ljubljana (UL) is the oldest and largest higher education and scientific research institution in Slovenia.  Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering is one of the 26 Faculties and Academies at the University of Ljubljana, established in 1919. The mission of the Faculty is to intertwine the research work in international environment, professional excellence and excellent teaching in order to educate innovative engineers of the future. Most of the activities related to hydraulics and water science are concentrated in the Department of Environmental Civil Engineering with about 30 permanent staff and associates from companies, institutes and governmental institutions. The Department consists of Chair of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, Chair of Fluid Mechanics with Laboratory, Institute of Sanitary Engineering, Water Management Institute, Research Institute for Geo and Hydro Threats and UNESCO Chair on Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction. 

Of the ten study programmes at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering three are strongly connected to hydraulic engineering. The Division of Geotechnics - Hydrotechnics at the second cycle study programme Civil Engineering educates engineers specialising in the design and construction of advanced and demanding hydraulic structures and the mitigation of water-related natural hazards. The first- and the second-cycle study programmes Water Science and Environmental Engineering (WSEE) are dedicated to technical environmental protection. In addition to engineering knowledge, they also offer students a broader range of knowledge from natural and social sciences to equip them to solve water-related technical, environmental and social problems. Two double degree co-operation agreements have been concluded: the master cycle students of the WSEE have the possibility to obtain a double degree with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, and the Università della Calabria in Cosenza, Italy.  The faculty participates in the Joint Master Programme in Flood Risk Management, supported by EU Erasmus Mundus funds and led by IHE Delft. Furthermore, we collaborate with European universities in the EUTOPIA alliance in order to shape a new education model in Europe in line with contemporary practices and approaches in the knowledge market, and to enhance connections between the four realms – research, education, innovation and knowledge transfer. We are members of The Guild, one of the 20 distinguished research-intensive universities from across Europe, and of the CELSA; Central Europe Leuven Strategic Alliance.

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With our research and professional work, we are strongly involved in international and national research communities. We conduct research projects from the fields of water flow, heat and pollutant transport, hydrology, erosion and sedimentation, water management, reclamation, hydraulic structures, hydroelectric power use, water science, natural risk management, advanced technologies of drinking water and wastewater treatment, water supply, and the use of biofuels. The development and elaboration of specific measuring instruments enable the performance of sophisticated measurements, which are further applied in newly developed mathematical and numerical models for the transport and degradation of pollutants in the natural environment, water and sediment flows, landslides and debris flows, models of dam and embankment failures, and activities during flood events and other water-related natural disasters. A large part of research is focused on the areas of circular economy, cities of the future, climate change and its consequences for the natural and built environment. Beside participating at the IAHR and similar water-related events, the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering was the host of the World Construction Forum (Ljubljana, 2019) and the 4th World Landslide Forum (Ljubljana, 2017). UNESCO Chair on Water-related Disaster Risk reduction (WRDRR), established at UL FGG, cooperates in the international hydrologic program IHP UNESCO in the program More Room for Water, by taking part at IHP conferences and meetings, performing monitoring and maintaining measuring equipment at experimental rivers. UL FGG has had the status of the World Centre of Excellence in the area of landslide protection since 2009. We cooperate in the UNITWIN/UNESCO/KU/ICL Landslide Risk Mitigation for Society and Environment Cooperation Programme, Kyoto University, Japan. As an active ICL member we cooperate with 19 other World Centres of Excellence in Landslide Risk Reduction by supporting the ICL journal Landslides published by Springer Nature, contributing scientific and technical papers to triennial World Landslide Forums, regional cooperation within the ICL regional Adriatic-Balkan Network (Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania). 

Cooperation with industry and the non-commercial community enables us to disseminate the results of our research to ministries, agencies and companies. Some of our members work partly in commercial enterprises, which guarantees a high-quality transfer of knowledge and skills into the teaching process. At the same time, this enables faster transfer of research results into practice. Specific knowledge is put into practice mainly in the form of cooperation with small enterprises in the fields of water hydraulic engineering, and secondary raw materials. 

The Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering is the publisher of the journal Acta hydrotechnica (ISSN: 0352-3551, eISSN: 1581-0267, indexed in SCOPUS, ICONDA, Crossref, dLib, Google Scholar, Ulrich’s Web, and COBISS.



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