Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Lanthieri Mansion, Vipava
Matej's Dissertation Defense

January 11, 2019, 20 pictures

          Most images are approximately 768 x 1024 pixels in size, numbers in front of the picture descriptions are serial numbers of the original photo files. The most visible event participants in the pictures and related persons: Matej and Lojze Blatnik, Franc Gabrovšek - Franček, Franjo Drole, Nadja Zupan Hajna, Jure Košutnik, Cyril Mayaud and Mitja Prelovšek - Čot. A few pictures were cropped for the benefit of the participants.

          Pictures photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin - Klok 2019. Three slides from the presentation are courtesy of Matej Blatnik.

43017. The venue of the defense was a baroque mansion built by the Lanthieri family in 1659. It was recently renovated and today houses the School for Viticulture and Enology, and some other activities of the Nova Gorica university.



43016. Christmas tree in the lobby - a reminder that the New Year just began.



43018. Visitors were directed to the first floor by several waypoints.



43019. They ended in front of Aula Magna, ...



43013. ... which is nice but was empty, though the defense should to start a few minutes ago. Inquiries in the groundfloor, in the lobby, where a group of students was waiting for the next lecture to take place in one of the (still occupied) halls, revealed that Matej's defense is taking place a few doors past the Aula Magna.



Title of the presentation and of the thesis: Groundwater distribution in the recharge area of Ljubljanica springs.



43002. The smaller room was full ...



43006. ... to the last seat - taken by the photographer and moved to the corner of the room for better photo view.



The topic was closely connected to one of the holy grails of caving research and exploration in wider Slovenian area, since 1881 - where exactly and how do the undeground waters flow from Planinsko polje to the springs of Ljubljanica river in the southwestern corner of the Ljubljana plain.



43007. Dry flowers on the desk of the ...



43004. ... defense commission which closely followed the presentation ...



43003. ... while the mentors and colleagues displayed a supportive dose of scepticism.



43005. It all took place under a wooden ceiling with rich baroque floral designs.



Less than one hour passed and the presentation was over. The last slide attests how much work the thesis work comprised and that the author was not alone in his effort to shed new light to one of the most remarkable questions in the heart of the classical karst research.



43008. Planinsko polje outline with Unica river on the defender's T-shirt



43011. Matej ...



43009. ... with his brother Lojze. Both cavers, from head to toe.



43010. Presentation was colourful, in many ways



43012. Colleagues from the Karst Research Institute, ZRC SAZU - Nadja and Franjo



43020. It happened on a cold, but nice and sunny winter day, below the wings of the mighty Nanos mountain.



  Instead of Radošca / Radoshitza Cave, Day 106, January 3     Rakov Škocjan and Lanski vrh, January 12  

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