Socratic Lectures

4th International Minisymposium | December 11 & 12, 2020 | Online

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About Socratic Lectures

Minisymposium Socratic Lectures has been held since 2008 within the undergraduate course »Biomechanics of the hip« at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. The purpose of the symposium was to introduce the students into sharing of the knowledge. Lecturers of high scientific excellence have donated their lectures to the students while the students have supported them with their interest and involvement into the subjects. We strived to reach the spirit of Socrates devoting his knowledge, interest and energy to his disciples. After the lectures, the students have engaged themselves and the lecturers into solving of problems from the field of biomechanics, as well as from other emergent subjects. From 2011 on, the students from the Faculty of Medicine were joined by the students from the Faculty of Health Sciences. Postgraduate students have been included as lecturers at the symposium.

In 2018, the symposium has been officially held within the Centre of Learning of the Faculty of Health Sciences and in 2019 the first proceedings of the symposium was published.

Following the symposium, cultural and social events were held at the Museum of Architecture and Design, Fužine castle, Ljubljana, where professional musicians and musician scientists donated their music for the pleasure of the participants. In 2020 due to COVID-19 the symposium and the cultural event were held online.

Proceedings Socratic Lectures 2019:

Proceedings Socratic Lectures 2020:

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In the name of organizers of the symposia sections within Socratic Symposium 2021 and Socratic Lectures 2021 and in my own name I thank all the participants.

Be well and hope to see you next year.

Veronika Kralj-Iglic


The members of the Organizing Committee of Socratic Lectures: Antonella Bongiovanni,  Tjaša Griessler Bulc, Aleš Iglič, Veronika Kralj Iglič, Laura Sesma, Polonca Trebše


Socratic Symposium  December 11, 2020

09:00  – 12:00   (Ljubljana time) Parralel Sections

Section 1: Emergent Environmental Polution Problems 

organized and moderated by prof. Tjaša Griessler-Bulc and prof. Polonca Trebše

9.00 - 9.20 Franja Prosenc, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia: Microplastics in soil, problematics and quantification

9.20 – 9.40 Petra Procházková, Brno University of Technology, The Czech Republic: Effects of microplastics to aquatic enviromnent

9.40 – 10.00  Urška Šunta, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia Insights into microplastics: from physical and chemical characterisation to its potential as a vector

10.00 – 10.20 Nevena Antić, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, Department of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Serbia: Extreme climate condition and acid rain impact on land degradation

10.20 – 11.40 Irina Vasileva, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Organic Chemistry Department, Moscow, Russia: Peculiarities of the de novo mass spectrometry sequencing of bioactive peptides secreted by Slovenian Rana temporaria

10.40 – 11.00 Valentina Polanc Rutar, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Green wall systems for greywater treatment

Section 2: Membrane Biophysics 

organized and moderated by prof. Aleš Iglič

9:00-9:30 Mitja Drab, Žiga Pandur, Samo Penič, Aleš Iglič, Veronika Kralj-Iglič, David Stopar. Monte Carlo studies of detergent solubilization of lipid bilayers

9:30-10:00 Luka Mesarec, Wojciech Góźdź, Iglič Aleš, Kralj-Iglič Veronika, Epifanio Virga, Samo Kralj: Stability of normal red blood cells explained by membrane's in-plane ordering

10:00-10:30 Jeel Raval, Aleš Iglič, Wojciech Góźdź: Study of shapes and shape transformations of vesicles induced by their adhesion to a rigid surface

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 Raj Kumar Sadhu, Nir Gov, Aleš Iglič,  Samo Penič. Modelling cellular spreading in the presence of curved membrane proteins and active cytoskeleton forces

11:30-12:00 Metka Benčina, Ita Junkar, Eva Levičnik, Veronika Kralj-Iglič, Miran Mozetič, Aleš Iglič: Improved hemocompatibility of Ti-based nanostructures

Section 3: Cellular Nanovesicles 

organized by partners of the VES4US project  (a project funded by the FET Open Call of the Horizon2020)

and moderated by prof. Veronika Kralj-Iglič

9:00-9:20 Ramila Mammadova, Gabriella Pocsfalvi  -  Nanovesicles from tomatoes: focus on the molecular cargo

9:20 – 9:40 Paulina Ramos Juarez, Gabriella Pocsfalvi - The human EV membranome: more ligand and adhesion proteins than receptors, what are the implications?

9:40-10:00 Marija Holcar, Jana Ferdin, Simona Sitar, Magda Tušek-Žnidarič, Vita Dolžan, Ana Plemenitaš, Ema Žagar, Metka Lenassi:  Method for reliable enrichment of plasma extracellular vesicles for biomarker discovery

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-10:50 Zala Jan, Mitja Drab, Damjana Drobne, Apolonija Bedina Zavec, Mojca Benčina, Barbara Drašler, Matej Hočevar, Judita Lea Krek, Ljubiša Pađen, Manca Pajnič, Neža Repar, Boštjan Šimunič, Roman Štukelj,  Veronika Kralj-Iglič:  Impact of physical effort on cellular nanovesicles concentration in blood isolates

10:50-11.10 Domen Vozel, Nejc Steiner, Darja Božič, Zala Jan, Marko Jeran, Manca Pajnič, Ljubiša Pađen, Aleš Iglič,  Veronika Kralj-Iglič, Saba Battelino: Preparation of platelet- and extracellular vesicle-rich gel and its role in management of cerebrospinal fluid leak in skull-base surgery

11.10-11:30 Ryan Garry, Dave Weitz: Harnessing nature communication system: Engineering exosomes

12:00 – 12:15 Cultural program

Slovenian folk song, I have made up something, trombone: Emil Somun, piano: Elena Startseva Somun

Elvis Presley, Love me tender: trombone: Emil Somun, piano: Elena Starteseva Somun

Johann Sebastian Bach, Sarabande from from Partita for Flute Solo in A minor BWV 1013, flute: Anita Prelovšek

Carlos Gardel: Poe una cabesa, violin: Vittorio Sbordone

Christina Perry: A thousand years, piano: Elena Startseva Somun

12:15 – 14:00 Joint Section Cross-Domain Communication for all participants of the Symposium and Lectures, with discussion of posters


Socratic Lectures, December 12, 2020

16:00  – 18:00   (Ljubljana time)

16:00-16:30 Leonid Margolis, National Institute of Health, Bathesda, U.S.A.: Viruses and extracellular vesicles – similarities and differences


16:30-17:00 Gabriella Pocsfalvi, National Research Council of Italy, Naples, Italy: Use of extracellular vesicles in COVID-19


17:00-17:30 Vesna Spasovski, Institute of Molecular Biology, Belgrade, Serbia: Stem cell extracellular vesicles

17:30-18:00 Duško Spasovski, Institute for Othopaedic Surgery, Clinics Banjica, Belgrade, Serbia: Mechanisms of cartilage degeneration

18.00-18.30 Cultural program

Pjotr Iljič Čajkovski, Seasons, June, piano: Elena Startseva Somun

Johann Sebastian Bach, Badinerie from Suite in B major, BWV 1067, flute: Anita Prelovšek

                       Nicola Piovani, La vita e bella, violin: Vittorio Sbordone


Socratic lectures, December 13, 2020

10.00-11.00 Bojana Beović, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia: Management of COVID-19 in Slovenia