An Employee from the Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Ljubljana Is Invited to the Prestigious European Science Slam Congress

An employee of the Microbiology Department of the Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Ljubljana, Beti Vidmar, was invited to the prestigious European Science Slam Congress, which will be held in Paris in June this year. She received this opportunity thanks to her brilliant report at the regional Science Slam Congress in Graz on Monday, 12 March. During an open brief presentation of the results of her research work, the representative of the University of Ljubljana spoke about the technology for obtaining biogas. Beti Vidmar wittily called her report “Manure Is Gold and Gold Is Manure.”

Science Slam is a new format of a scientific contest designed to simplify the understanding of serious scientific results by the general public. Presenting their work, the researchers try to disclose the topic under investigation simply and easily, in a few minutes. Science Slam has been held in Austria for several years already. Relevant activities are organized in all major cities of the country, such as Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, etc. This time, in addition to Austrian competitors, the Slovene researcher Beti Vidmar was also invited to participate in the congress. With her work, the researcher, first of all, wanted to draw attention to the advantages of obtaining renewable energy from organic waste.

The search for new sources of energy is mainly determined by the growth of the world’s population, accelerated technological development, climate change and depletion of fossil fuel reserves. The biomass of waste has an extremely high potential, including for the production of energy during anaerobic processes. Anaerobic digestion is used to decompose organic substrates with the release of biogas. Biogas consists of methane (~ 65%) and is used to generate electricity and/or heat. It can be used as a propellant in the purification of methane, and the by-products of the process can be used as a fertilizer.