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Zois award was awarded

Prof. Dr. Nives Ogrinc received the Zois Award for Excellence in the Use of Stable Isotopes in Interdisciplinary Research.

Prof. Dr. Nives Ogrinc from the Department of Environmental Sciences at the Jozef Stefan Institute received the Zois Award for Excellence for the interdisciplinary use of stable isotopes of light and heavy elements in the fields of physical chemistry, ecology, metrology, food science and archaeology.

She conducted the most extensive research in the study of carbon cycling in aquatic environments and related climate change. An important result of her work is that despite the increase in carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, the Gulf of Trieste is still not susceptible to acidification processes. She upgraded such research by introducing new methods in the field of isotopes in organic chemistry, which is a novelty on a global scale and provides new information on the origin and traceability of organic compounds in the environment. One of its greatest achievements is the use of stable isotopes in foodstuff. She was the first to establish a system for determining the authenticity and traceability of foodstuff in the Slovenian area, which helps to protect consumers and contributes to the promotion of high-quality Slovenian products. Cooperation with archaeologists has led to new insights into the development and way of living of our ancestors and represents an important contribution to the enrichment of Slovenian and world cultural heritage.

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Our sincere Congratulations!

First Congress Ambassadors of Slovenia awarded!

Prof.dr. Nives Ogrinc was awarded honorary title of the Congress Ambassador of Slovenia!

Twenty-five awarded individuals included doctors, scientists, professors, researchers and other experts in various fields who have contributed to the internationalization of Slovenia on the meetings industry’s stage. Slovenian Ambassadors Program was this year launched by the Slovenian Convention Bureau in collaboration with the Slovenian Tourist Board, the Ljubljana Convention Bureau at Ljubljana Tourism, and sixteen joining partners. The program is intended to acknowledge and honour the individuals able to successfully host many international congresses and other business events in Slovenia.

Condition for being nominated into the title of the Congress Ambassador of Slovenia 2019 was an organisation of scientific-professional or business event with a minimum of 100 attendees and at least a half international participation. Into account were taken the events that took place in the period between 2014 and 2018. Priority went to events of regional, European, and international or global associations that have brought to Slovenia as large international participation as possible or were of exceptional international importance.


Prof.dr. Nives Ogrinc obtained the award for the organization of the the 22nd International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB), which was held in Piran in 2015.

Some links:

Kongresni urad Slovenije: http://bit.ly/2QinJx3

Slovenska turistična organizacija: https://bit.ly/2pkL5am

Revija Kongres: https://bit.ly/37dlHEP

STA: https://bit.ly/2Qnw2Ii



ISO-FOOD activities presented at international conferences

The research performed within ISO-FOOD activities were presented at three conferences in September 2019 as oral presentations

7th Conference of the Forensic Isotope Ratio Mass Spectroscopy Network, 16-19 September 2019, San Michele al’Adige, Italy

4th IMEKO FOODS “Metrology in Food and Nutrition,16th-18th September 2019, Tervuren, Brussel


and poster presentations

2nd Food Chemistry Conference, 17-19 September 2019, Seville, Spain.

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Special issue of Molecules

Special Issue of Molecules seeks to explore emerging topics and trends in isotopic techniques and their application to food science from instrumentation, measurement, data‑analysis to novel applications.

Journal: Molecules
Special Issue: Isotopic Techniques for Food Science
Special Issue Editor: Prof. dr. Nives Ogrinc, dr. Federica Camin
Deadline: 29 February 2020

Take a look for more information.

Analyzes of stable isotopes in food samples

Administration for Food Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection nominated ORG-O2 department group to be the official laboratory for performing stable isotope analyses of food samples.

On 9.9.2019 Organic biogeochemistry group (ORG-O2) received the official nomination as the laboratory for the official analysis of stable isotopes in food samples by the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Food Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food. It comes on the back of the laboratory receiving accreditation certificate No. LP-090 with the new extended scope for methods in the field of stable isotope analysis of light elements using mass spectrometry. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. The Laboratory has earned the designation of an official laboratory as a result of a long-term commitment to providing excellence in analytical measurements. Congratulations!

Jata Emona in the project FrAPI

Students from Jožef Stefan International Posgraduate School and Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana were involved with Jata Emona in the project: FrAPI: Funcional suplements in food and feed: Antioxidation Potencial and the Source that was concluded in July 2019. The main results can be summarized as follows:

  • determination of Antioksidative Potencial (AOP) in various samples: in onion samples, dietary supplements made from algae (different species), in fresh laboratory-grown algae (chlorella), tannins and hydrolysates of egg membranes;
  • development of a rapid method for AOP (microtiter plates);
  • chlorella and its use for cleaning wastewater;
  • characterization of algae dietary supplements on the Slovenian market;
  • development of new products from eggshell residues: creams, dietary supplements for pets.

The project was financially supported by Slovenian and EU Social Founds.

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Advances in Isotopic and Other Techniques in Food Safety and Quality

Special Issue in:Food and Chemical Toxicology

Guest Editors: 

Milena Horvat (Milena.horvat@ijs.si)

David Heath (David.heath@ijs.si)

Nives Ogrinc (Nives.ogrinc@ijs.si)

The past few years have witnessed a resurgence in demand for and the development of methods and techniques for assuring the quality, authenticity, and safety of food. Much of this need is born out of major food scandals, globalisation, and the increasing complexity of the food supply chain. Fortunately, this has coincided with significant advances in instrumentation, where isotopic and other techniques play a significant role. Recently The ERA Chair ISO-FOOD for isotopic techniques in food quality safety and traceability, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia organised the first ISO-FOOD International Symposium on Isotopic and Other Techniques in Food Safety and Quality held in Portorož, Slovenia (1-3 April 2019). It aimed to highlight recent advances in food safety and quality and to explore the opportunities and challenges ahead.

This special issue of Food and Chemical Toxicology FCT (invites you to join contributors from the ISOFOOD2019Symposium to publish your work (original or review papers) to the peer-reviewed Special Issue on Advances Isotopic and Other Techniques in Food Safety and Quality. The issue will focus on food authenticity and traceability, food safety and quality, foodomics, nanotoxicology, metrology and food databases and semantics.

Submission deadline: September 30 2019

To submit a paper to the special issue, please be sure to select “VSI: ISOFOOD 2019”as the article type.


Accreditation certificate LP-090

IAcreditationn the framework of the ERA Chair ISO-FOOD, the Department of Environmental Science, as of 1.4.2019, obtained the Accreditation certificate LP-090 with a new extended scope for methods in the field of stable isotope analysis of light elements more precisely in the determination of the ratios of stable carbon isotopes (13C/12C) in ethanol, and oxygen (18O/16O) in water of foodstuff using mass spectrometry. Accreditation is an important acquisition for the Department and for the Jožef Stefan Institute, since it will strengthen our role in the national metrology system and enable us to enter into the new international projects in the field of food traceability and authenticity.