On Wednesday April 18, 2018, Ljubljana hosted the “Research Day Italy-Slovenia”, an initiative promoted by the Italian and Slovenian ministries of education and research to encourage cooperation in scientific and technological research by sharing experiences and identifying new initiatives. The aim was to strengthen and extend the traditional trans-border cooperation to opportunities and collaborations at the national level with joint actions following the national smart specialization strategies defined within EU Research Framework Programmes and macro-regional strategies. Among others, the fields of big data and data management, with an emphasis on geospatial data and technologies, have been recognized as the priority fields of further collaboration.
During the event, held at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, the approaches as well as research and innovation (R&I) fields, in which the two countries can cooperate more effectively and better, have been identified. The discussion was based on presentations of selected bilateral and European projects, where partners from Slovenia and Italy have already developed a collaboration. Here, the European H2020 SLICE3D project and the collaboration between the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy, was presented by the coordinator, Anka Lisec.