Diversity and Innovation: Celebrating Slovenia’s 30th Anniversary

DATE: Friday, 19 November 2021

(All times relate to Adelaide time ACDT UTC +10:30.)



09:30am – 10:00am: SAAA Breakfast* (open to all SAAA members’; AGM Zoom link to be sent via email separate to the Conference)

10:00am – 11:30am: SAAA General Assembly Meeting* (open to all SAAA members’; AGM Zoom link to be sent via email separate to the Conference)


11:30am – 12:00pm: Conference Registration and Morning tea (Adelaide in-person / Conference Zoom link for online attendance to be sent via email)

12:00pm – 12:03pm: Mrs Carmen Kalc-Jenko, Representative of the Slovenian Community in South Australia; Dr Kaja Antlej*, President, SAAA – Slovenian Australian Academic Association

12:03pm – 12:05pm: Hon Mrs Tanya Plibersek, Member of the Australian Parliament, Shadow Minister for Education and Shadow Minister for Women, Federal Member for Sydney (recorded video message)

12:05pm – 12:15pm: Prof Anthony Elliott, Dean of External Engagement and Executive Director, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Network, University of South Australia

12:15pm – 12:20pm: H. E. Dr Helena Jaklitsch*, Minister for Slovenians Abroad, Government Office for Slovenians Abroad

12:20pm – 12:30pm: Mr Adrian Vatovec, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia in Adelaide

12:30pm – 12:40pm: H. E. Mr Jurij Rifelj*, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Australia

12:40pm – 01:10pm: KEYNOTE: A/Prof Alice Gorman, Flinders University, on “Islands in space: the visionary science of Herman Potočnik Noordung”

01:10pm – 01:20pm: Mr Jason Bird, General Manager, National Wine Centre of Australia, on “The Role of A National Wine Centre”

01:20pm – 2:10pm: Light lunch (Zoom online networking with VTIS – Association of Slovenians Educated Abroad), Moderator: Mr Vid Čibej*, VTIS New York

02:10pm – 02:20pm: Mr Zoran Slanič*, CosyLab

02:20pm – 02:50pm: KEYNOTE: A/Prof Laura Grenfell, The University of Adelaide, on “Protecting the Vulnerable during COVID 19″

02:50pm – 03:00pm: Mr Edward Lukac, Edward Lukac Architect, on “Design for Life”

03:00pm – 03:30pm: PANEL: PhD Researchers, Moderator: Dr Louis Everuss, Research Associate and Centre Coordinator, Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, University of South Australia

  • Ms Karmen Lužar*, James Cook University, on “Towards improving academia – industry relations: Linking environmental science and the tourism industry in Queensland”
  • Ms Biba Tominc*, Deakin University, on “What is Paths of Immersion (POI) Framework for? Immersive technology and design alternatives: Museum case”
  • Mr Sebastian Kocar*, The Australian National University and the University of Tasmania, on “Measuring place-based wellbeing with nonprobability samples”
  • Mr Nathan Angelakis, The University of Adelaide, on “Investigating critical habitat for the endangered Australian sea lion”
  • Mr Ren Gregorčič*, The Australian National University, on North Of A Solid Ground: Transforming Objects Into Sound

03:30pm – 03:45pm: Refresh break

03:45pm – 04:00pm: PANEL: ASEF – American Slovenian Education Foundation Junior Fellows 2021, Moderator: Dr Jurij Karlovsek*, Member of the ASEF Professors for Global Fellowships

  • Ms Špela Knez*, University of Ljubljana, exchange with the University of Queensland
  • Ms Tjaša Šavorič*, Deakin University
  • Mr Luka Kropivnik*, University of Ljubljana, exchange with Deakin University
  • Mr Tine Šteger*, The University of Queensland
  • Mr Tadej Krivec*, Jožef Stefan Institute, exchange with the University of Sydney
  • Prof Bostjan Kobe*, ASEF – American Slovenian Education Foundation

04:00pm – 04:10pm: Prof Aaron Hermann*, The University of Adelaide, on “Infected with doping: Is there a vaccine?”

04:10pm – 04:20pm: Ms Mateya Slobodnik*, SACC – Slovenian Australian Chamber of Commerce, on “#SloAusCham’s activities, post-pandemic bilateral trade and academic engagement”

04:20pm – 04:55pm: KEYNOTE: Mr Ivo Boscarol*, the CEO and co-owner of Pipistrel on “Thirty years of revolutionizing aviation”, Moderator: Ms Mateya Slobodnik, Secretary and Board Member, SACC – Slovenian Australian Chamber of Commerce

04:55pm – 05:00pm: Closing remarks


06:30pm – 10:30pm: Conference Dinner – Friday, 19 November, ONLINE (same Zoom link) or IN-PERSON (National Wine Centre of Australia, Corner of Hackney Rd &, Botanic St, Adelaide Map)


A day in Hahndorf – Saturday, 20 November, organised by the Slovenian Australian Cook Hub. NOTE: Unfortunately the Day Out to Hahndorf has been cancelled. Due to the Covid restrictions, our interstate and international visitors could not join us. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting a day out in the future with all of you.


(* Via video conference.)     


The delivery of this event is subject to COVID19 restrictions. This event will be video recorded for archival and dissemination purposes. The recordings will be publicly available on VTIS’ Facebook and YouTube channels. The schedule may be subject to change.