Ljubljana – Prime Minister Janez Janša visited the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU) on Thursday at the invitation of SAZU head Peter Štih. Talks with SAZU leadership focused on the history and mission of the institution, its tasks and activities, and also on the Covid-19 epidemic and SAZU’s activities during the epidemic, Janša’s office said.
SAZU officials presented their activities during the epidemic and Štih stressed SAZU’s efforts to fight Covid, including its calls for solidarity and vaccination.
Janša expressed the government’s gratitude to science and science-based measures in the fight against the epidemic.
They also discussed reconciliation. Štih pointed to a statement on reconciliation that SAZU issued last year. They also talked about nurturing the Slovenian language, about ethical aspects of the use of artificial intelligence and demographic challenges.
Štih stressed the importance of SAZU’s international connections, noting they had 45 bilateral agreements on cooperation, which are the basis for exchange of scientists, the PM’s office said.
SAZU is the national academy of Slovenia, which encompasses science and the arts and brings together the top Slovenian researchers and artists as members of the academy. It deals with fundamental scientific and artistic issues, supports scientific, cultural and artistic activities and develops international cooperation in science and art.