University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
Koroška cesta 160, 2000 Maribor
Person responsible for project implementation: Prof. Ddr. Ana Vovk Korže

About the Project Partner

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Maribor and its departments educate expert graduates in the 1st cycle and in the 2nd cycle master’s level teachers of physical and social geography, history, sociology, philosophy, foreign languages and the Slovenian language.

Education for sustainable development plays a special role at the Faculty of Arts. Its teachers also lecture at the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences and at several vocational colleges. The faculty has established research institutes for development of new knowledge for teachers and local communities.

The International Centre for Ecoremediations at the Faculty of Arts is doing research in the field of sustainable development. The aim of IC ERM is:

  • Widespread prevention activities: prevention of environmental pollution through education, raising awareness and informing.
  • Protection and development of conservation areas with ecoremediations (sustainable tourism, agriculture).
  • Environmental protection through ecoremediations, especially in areas where use of classic technologies is restricted (sewage systems in a rural areas with scattered settlements, protection of the coastal area, protection of sources of drinking water, protection of groundwater, protection of drainage areas, mitigation of extreme climate phenomena, e.g. droughts and floods).
  • Implementing sustainable recovery measures (sustainable recovery of waste dumps, illegal landfills, sediments containing heavy metals, municipal waste and others).

The International ERM Centre is working on several projects, participating in educational programmes at all levels and participating in preparation of books, textbooks and handbooks. It organizes and runs upskilling courses for teachers and workshops on soil, water and ecoremediations. The Centre’s mission is to develop knowledge for achieving symbiosis between man and nature.

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Video Transcript

The International Centre for Ecoremediation at the Faculty of Arts in Maribor was established in 2006, the same year the Faculty of Arts was founded. The Centre performs research pertaining to sustainable development. Its mission is to develop knowledge for symbiosis of man and nature.

Ana Vovk Korže, head of the MC ERM at the Faculty of Arts in Maribor: The international ERM Centre in Maribor plays a cohesive role. We wanted to become a notable development link in the region, so we expanded our action plan with activities like helping the local environment in preparing projects, helping other organizations that require ecoremediation knowledge and revitalization of the physical as well as social environment.

Education for sustainable environment plays a special role at the Faculty of Arts. They are offering new knowledge to teachers and local communities, the ERM Centre activities are also international in their scope.

Gjoko Nikolovski, head of the MC ERM internationalisation: Currently we are essentially trying to connect our activities with the rest of the Balkans. At the moment we are building a data base from Macedonia, from an institution dealing with similar problems – with ecormediation and sustainable education in Macedonia.

Gjoko Nikolovski, head of the MC ERM internationalisation: In Macedonia there are also institutions dealing with ecoremediations and sustainable development, therefore it is important that we transfer our experience in this field to them as well.

In the future, the International Centre for Ecoremediation also plans cooperation with Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro.

A part of the International Centre for Ecoremediation at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Maribor is also the Office of Environmental Information.

Ana Vovk Korže, head of the MC ERM at the Faculty of Arts in Maribor: As its title implies, its purpose is to provide environmental data. Not merely to the students, but to the general public as well.

The Office serves as a library of documents and materials that are published by the Centre as part of the project. It is also intended for students currently on international exchange and for those who are working on their thesis, because the Office is equipped with a digital library.

A field laboratory has also been set up as a part of the International ERM Centre.

Ana Vovk Korže, head of the MC ERM at the Faculty of Arts in Maribor: Its purpose is to allow us sampling directly in the field, to take samples of water, soil and vegetation and to assess the conditions. Knowing the conditions is an essential prerequisite for action.

Nina Globovnik, project coordinator at MC ERM: My job in the project is to focus on the quality of sources of water. As we know, in Slovenia and elsewhere in the world the quality of water is becoming a serious problem.

The Centre wishes to encourage the young and the old to learn how to properly conserve water and protect water sources. It is currently carrying out the project “Learning to Learn” where they teach teachers all across Slovenia about new forms, ways and methods of teaching.

The ERM Centre also employs a PhD student who is preparing a doctorate thesis under the mentorship of Prof. Dr. Ana Volk Korže entitled “Use of Ecoremediations in the Tezno Industrial Area of Maribor”.

Mojca Kokot Krajnc, PhD student at MC ERM: The content refers to revitalisation. In the future I will be dealing with revitalisation of urban and rural areas, because there are significant differences between these two types. In urban areas the nature is completely destroyed and through ecoremediations we are trying to revive it.

The International Centre for Ecoremediation is working on a number of projects, one of them being “Establishing Implementation Conditions”.

Jerneja Križan, independent assistant at MC ERM: The project tries to establish conditions for learning through which we would like to show the visitors and the general public which activities we carry out here. Through soil analyses, for example, we try showing people that soil is a living organism and an important part of nature. We teach children how to sample soil; we use various drills which we also use for measuring humidity of various types of soil.

The International Centre for Ecoremediation at the Faculty of Art of the University of Maribor is establishing sustainable regions based on integrating ecoremediations as preventive and curative approaches to the environment. By planning nature friendly activities in the region, the centre encourages long-term considerations of the environment as a vital parameter of sustainable regions.