Nov 09 2023
November 9, 2023

SURFBIO Innovation Hub launching

  • JSI, Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Online

The Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) will host the COLLOID BIOLOGY WEEK on 9-10 November, 2023: the Innovacion Hub launching and a traning journey will be celebrated at JSI facilities and online (hybrid event).

9th November: Launch of the SURFBIO Innovation Hub

Our Innovation Hub is set to revolutionise the way we understand and harness the potential of the interaction of microbes between inanimate surfaces and alive organisms.

Get ready to embark on a journey into the world of cutting-edge science and innovation at the grand opening event of the “Innovation Hub for Surface and Colloid Biology Research”.

Our Innovation Hub is set to revolutionize the way we understand and harness the potential of the interaction of microbes between  inanimate surfaces and alive organisms. Imagine a world where the concept of LEGO microbes unlocks new frontiers across various fields, from biodegradation and bioremediation  to food production and safety, antimicrobial activity, sensor technologies, and so much more! Don’t miss the revolution!

Cutting-edge research

Explore the LEGO microbes concept and its versatile applications through innovative technologies. Dive into the world of sensor tech, toxicology, and antimicrobial  solutions.

Sustainable solutions

Learn the dynamics of microbe-surface interactions, showing their potential to drive environmentally friendly fertilisation practices and stimulate plant growth.

Food safety & production

Discover the transformative capabilities of Surface and Colloid Biology and how it can improve food safety and revolutionise the food production landscape.


12:30 – 13:00Registration at the Reactor centre Podgorica, Jožef Stefan institute (Slovenia).
13:00 – 13:15Opening Remarks (15’)
Placement of Innovation Hub within the Department of Environmental Sciences and Jozef Stefan InstituteProf. dr. Milena Horvat, Head of Department of Environmental Sciences, Jožef Stefan Institute
Hub as an open innovation community of stakeholders – EC initiativesÁngel Del Pozo Pérez, Deputy Manager for Programmes Strategy – Keralty
A brief overview of the SurfBio Innovation Hub projectDr. Aleš Lapanje (JSI)
13:15 – 13:35SurfBio Innovation Hub (20’)
Innovation Hub mission and objectivesDr. Aleš Lapanje (JSI)
Innovation Hub network: partners, GAC, industries, public and non-governmental organisations.Dr. Tomaž Rijavec (JSI)
Innovation Hub services and Potential applicationsDr. Aleš Lapanje (JSI)
13:35 – 13:50What is colloid biology? Benefits of Colloid Biology (15’) 
How can colloid biology contribute to lessening some of today’s global challenges?Dr. Aleš Lapanje (JSI)
Cases from the “field” Dr. Tomaž Rijavec (JSI)
13:50 – 14:05Coffee Break (15’)
14:05 – 14:55Showcase of colloid biology joint research to deliver solutions (50’)
Colloid biology to upgrade side-streamsDr. María Suárez (WUR)
Colloid biology linked to environmental applicationsDr. Rocío Barros (UBU)
Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy: tools for advanced explorations in colloid biologyDr. Andre Skirtach (GU)
Surfbio – From dental safety, to nanosafety, to nuclear safetyDr. Stefan Schymura (HZDR)
Business support to colloid biology research developmentsRaquel Moreno (AXIA)
15:00 – 15:45Panel Discussion: “Future Trends in Colloid Biology Research Community” (45’)Open contributions
Scientific || Education Iaroslav Rybkin (SaudiAramco).
Industrial Tomaz Lutman (TTO)
15:45 – 16:00Q&A

10th November: SURFBIO Winter School – “Exploring microbial cell-surface and cell colloid interactions: advanced analytical methods”