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During the conference “10th Slovenian-Serbian-Croatian Symposium on Zeolites«, May 23-25, 2024, you are cordially invited to visit the exhibition area in front of the great lecture room at the National Institute of Chemistry, where the sponsors of the conference will exhibit their equipment and products in the field of materials synthesis and characterization.


For participation in the 10th Slovenian-Serbian-Croatian Zeolite Symposium, PhD students can apply for “FEZA student grants”. Costs in the amount of 350 euros, which includes registration and accommodation fees, will be covered directly by FEZA  organization. We invite you to submit your applications in accordance with the rules of the FEZA  organization listed in the subpage “Student grants” by 15 April 2024 18 April 2024 (EXTENDED).

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10. Slovenian-Serbian-Croatian Symposium on Zeolites

May 23 – 25, 2024

Symposium will be held  at National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, Ljubljana, Slovenia


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In memoriam Gregor Mali (1971-2023)

After a battle with a serious illness, our dear colleague, friend and researcher Prof. Dr. Gregor Mali has passed away. He was part of the zeolite research community for more than 25 years and was also active in the Slovenian Zeolite Association. We will cherish the memory of our esteemed colleague.

Prof. Mali has been employed at the National Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology since 1997, most recently as a scientific advisor. He graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana in 1996 and received his doctorate in 2001 from the same faculty. He completed his professional training abroad in France at the universities of Strasbourg and Versailles. Since 2007, he has been habilitated in the field of Physics at the University of Nova Gorica and since 2019 also at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana.

Prof. Mali’s research work was devoted to the development and application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods and computational methods for the study of the structure of solids. In Slovenia, he was the first to introduce high-resolution methods for solid state nuclear magnetic resonance, which provide insight into the structure of materials and the processes within them at atomic resolution. In addition to experimental methods of magnetic resonance, he also began introducing computational methods to predict the parameters that could be measured with magnetic resonance. He combined computational methods with magnetic resonance methods in so-called NMR crystallography, an integrated approach to determining the structure of materials.

Research areas to which Prof. Mali paid the most attention were the development of new porous catalysts and adsorbents for environmental and energy applications, and the development of batteries. In his research work, he collaborated with several departments at the National Institute of Chemistry and in the international infrastructure network CERIC through the National Center for High Resolution NMR Spectroscopy. In the last decade, he has also significantly expanded collaborations with foreign groups, including the Universities of Leuven and Cambridge, especially in NMR studies of metal-organic framework materials. Prof. Mali also collaborated with pharmaceutical companies in Slovenia, where he provided scientific support in the structural characterization of drugs and other active ingredients.

In recent years, Prof. Mali has become one of the world’s most prominent scientists in the field of NMR research on porous materials. He has authored or co-authored more than 130 scientific articles in prestigious journals, including Science and Nature group, as well as numerous invited lectures at international conferences and foreign universities.

The importance and excellence of his research is evidenced by the two prestigious awards he received in 2017, namely the Pregl Award for outstanding achievements in the field of chemistry and related sciences and the Zois Prize for significant scientific achievements in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance of materials.

He was also a successful and highly respected mentor to several doctoral and other students, two of whom received the Pregl Award for outstanding doctoral work.

Prof. Mali’s research work was excellent, dedicated and responsible to his colleagues and students. We admired and appreciated him for his exceptional approachability, kindness, respectful attitude and brilliant thinking. We will miss him sorely.

Rest in peace, Gregor.



 Dear Colleagues,

After an inspiring FEZA Conference held in the July 2021 virtually, all eyes are now directed towards Portorož-Portorose, Slovenia. We are looking forward to welcoming you in person at the 9th Conference of the Federation of the European Zeolite Associations to take place on 2 – 6 July 2023 at Portorož-Portorose, Slovenia.

We are happy to announce the newly launched call for abstracts under the conference main theme
“Porous materials for a Green future”.  

With the aim of establishing a strong programme, we would like to encourage you to submit your abstract by 30 November 2022, Monday and attend the conference in next July 2023. To submit your abstract now, please click here

We hope to meet you in Portorož-Portorose, Slovenia.

Kind regards,

FEZA 2023 Organizing Committee



9th Conference of the Federation of
the European Zeolite Associations

Porous materials for a green future

July 2-6, 2023, Portorož-Portorose, Slovenia

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee, we warmly invite you to attend the 9th Conference of the Federation of European Zeolite Associations (FEZA 2023) which will be held in 2-6 July 2023 in Portorož, Slovenia.

We look forward to welcome you in Slovenia!



9. Croatian-Sloveian-Serbian Symposium on Zeolites

September 23 – 25, 2021, Split, Croatia

Symposium will be held  at Faculty of Chemistry and Technology, Ulica Ruđera Boškovića 35.
Due to situation on covid-19 pandemic, info about due time for abstract submission, fee, and room booking will be announced by end of June 2021, at this web site:


June 9 – 11, 2021, Ljubljana, Slovenia

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the Enerstock Conference titled ”Towards Smarter Solutions“ to be held between 9 and 11 June 2021 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, hosted by University of Ljubljana – Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the National Institute of Chemistry Slovenia.

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It is with great pleasure to invite you to attend the 2020Summer School of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS),, which will beheld from 15-19 September 2020 in Grand Hotel Bernardin Convention Center in Portorož-Portorose, Slovenia. The event entitled “Engineering Materials for Catalysis” is organized jointly by the Section for Catalysis of the Slovenian Chemical Society and the Austrian Catalysis Society.

The 2020 EFCATS Summer School will focus on recent advances regarding synthesis, in-situ and operando characterization and applications of heterogeneous catalysts as well as multi-scale modelling of catalytic processes. Besides, the publication system and less competitive free discussions will be addressed at the meeting.

Master and doctoral students as well as early-stage researchers being involved in the above-mentioned topics are strongly encouraged to attend the event. Ten worldwide known experts will deliver invited lectures. The participants will be able to present the results of their research work in the form of oral presentations or poster contributions. A half-day tour to the ELETTRA synchrotron in Trieste, Italy, will be organized as part of the 2020 EFCATS Summer School.

The invited lecturers (confirmed) will be Prof. Dr. Bao Lian Su (University of Namur, Belgium), Dr. Svetlana Mintova (ENSICAEN-University of Caen-CNRS, France), Prof. Dr. Bert Weckhuysen (Utrecht University, The Netherlands), Dr. Giulliana Aquilanti (Synchrotron ELETTRA, Italy), Dr. Alexander Genest (Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore), Assist. Prof. Dr. Blaž Likozar (National Institute of Chemistry and University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Joaqim Luis Faria (University of Porto, Portugal)  and Dr. Nikolai Nesterenko (TOTAL, Belgium). Please note that the list of invited speakers remains to be completed.

It is our pleasure to inform you that the abstract submission platform is active. You are kindly invited to submit your contributions via the platform accessible at: Please note that abstracts should be submitted on or before 25 May 2020.

For more information about the event as well as details concerning abstract submission, registration and accommodation, please visit the website and Facebook profile of the 2020 EFCATS Summer School. We would appreciate very much whether you could distribute this newsletter and the attached flyer among your colleagues.


Let’s all make the 2020 EFCATS Summer School a great success!

Nataša Novak Tušar, Albin Pintar, Günther Rupprechter


2020 EFCATS Summer School Secretariat, c/o Slovenian Chemical Society, Hajdrihova 19, SI-1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 47 60 252 │ Fax: +386 1 47 60 300 │ E-mail:


FEZA 2023
Conference will be held in Portorož

At the meeting in Belgrade on the 5th of October 2019, FEZA Board selected the venue for the 9th FEZA Conference, which will be held in July 2023 in Portorož, Slovenia. The Conference will be jointly organized by the Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian Zeolite Associations.



FEZA 2020 postponed to FEZA 2021
July 4 – 7, 2021, Brighton, United Kingdom

Following the recent developments in the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation the congress will now take place from 4 – 7 July 2021 remaining at The Brighton Centre and we will automatically be moving the current programme over to the new July 2021 schedule and hope that you are available to attend at this time.

The British Zeolite Association together with the RSC Porous Materials Interest Group is organizing next year’s FEZA conference. On behalf of the local organising committee we would like to invite you to join us for FEZA2021.

Full information for FEZA 2021, including registration, abstract submission, invited speakers and key dates, can be found at:

We have a great line-up of invited speakers covering a wide variety of nanoporous materials including Stefan Kaskel, Manuel Moliner, Svetlana Mintova, Xiaodong Zou, the IZA ambassador Wilhelm Schwieger, Karena Chapman and many more.

Submissions for both oral and poster presentations are encouraged in all areas of porous materials science, including; Zeolites, Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), Porous Polymers, Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs), Porous Carbons, Porous Silicas, Porous Organic Cages, AlPOs and other Zeotypes

Topics of interest include: Development of new synthetic methods and post-synthetic modification, physical properties and defects, advanced characterization, stimuli responsive behaviour, catalytic properties, gas adsorption and separation, biomedical and ion-exchange applications, industry discussions and computational prediction, verification and screening.

Abstract submission will now open 2 November 2020.

Key dates:
Deadline for the submission of abstracts:  15th January     2021
Notification of acceptance:                         15th March       2021
End of early bird registration:                    8th April          2021

Early bird registration: Students £330, Academic £525, Industry £600

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The 8th Serbian-Croatian-Slovenian symposium on zeolites

October 3 – 5, 2019, Belgrade, Serbia

This symposium is dedicated to zeolites and related materials and will gather colleagues (researchers and industry practitioners) from Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. „Zeolite people” from Europe and the world are welcome!

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4th Euro Asia Zeolite Congress (4th EAZC)
January 27  – 30, 2019, Taormina (ME), Italy

The 4th EAZC is the next event of a successful series: 1st EAZC – Macau (2013),  2nd EAZC – Nice (2015) and 3rd EAZC – Bali (2017). This series of congress in the field of zeolites and other ordered porous materials will be organized alternatively in Asia and Europe on a biannual basis. To be efficient and avoid interference with the existing congress, the EAZC will be limited to 250 participants. Thus far, prominent scientists have confirmed their attendances and there will be more speakers to be announced.

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