Trends in Environment Sciences

This course is part of the programme
Environmental Sciences (Third Cycle)

Objectives and competences

The primary aim of the course is to transmit state of art knowledge in the filed of environmental science, green chemistry, and biotechnology. Students have the possibility to interact an international panel of scientist expert in different disciplines. The participation of activities in the class is an invaluable occasion of scientific and cultural growth offered to students that are strongly advised to actively participate.

To improve student critic attitude, a series of Journal Clubs is proposed, where PhD students study and discuss selected literature. Journal Clubs distributed throughout the year, and are chaired by different group leaders.

Students can propose a seminar wish list to the PhD organizer committee for consideration and selection.

Student can propose to present a scientific article related to his/her own interest


Inscription in the first academic year.


• Seminars in different fields of environmental science, green chemistry, and biotechnology given by invited international speakers which are top experts in the field.
• Journal Clubs. Selected topics could be either related to one of the seminar or selected among interesting papers recently published.
• Integration in the local scientific cultural and research community

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

Knowledge of the large complexity of a broad range of topics in environmental science, green chemistry, and biotechnology. Students learn ways of interactive and critic scientific discussion with scientists. It is expected that students critically interact during seminars with questions and discussion. Journal club activities reinforce communication skills and critical interpretation of a published literature.


Selected literature related to scientific seminars and Journal Clubs.


Active attendance to proposed activities (obligatory for ¾ of seminars). Presentation and argumentation of working plan for research.

Lecturer's references

Valentina Turk is Adjunct Professor (Associate Professor) in the field of Microbiology and Microbial Ecology.

Her research field is marine microbial ecology, and the focus of her research is the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycles in the marine environment. She is national focal point for MEDPOL, within activities of UNEP/MAP and has been taking part in monitoring programs and developing methods and procedures to determine the level of pollution and the ecological state of the seawater as well as in nature protection and biodiversity conservation. She is associated to the program group of the Marine Biology Station Piran, National Institute of Biology and I have been taking part in numerous research and applicative projects in Slovenia and abroad. She act as a mentor to young researchers as well as to undergraduate and Master’s students.

Selected Bibliography:

• KOS KRAMAR, Maja, TINTA, Tinkara, LUČIĆ, Davor, MALEJ, Alenka, TURK, Valentina. Bacteria associated with moon jellyfish during bloom and post-bloom periods in the Gulf of Trieste (northern Adriatic). PloS one, ISSN 1932-6203, 2019, vol. 14, str. 1-21.
• LUNA, Gian Marco, MANINI, Elena, TURK, Valentina, TINTA, Tinkara, D'ERRICO, Giuseppe, BALDRIGHI, Elisa, BALJAK, Vanja, BUDA, Donatella, CABRINI, Marina, CAMPANELLI, Alessandra, PERINI, Laura, et al. Status of faecal pollution in ports : a basin-wide investigation in the Adriatic Sea. Marine pollution bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, 2018, vol.10.
• GONÇALVES, José, GUTIÉRREZ-AGUIRRE, Ion, BALASUBRAMANIAN, Mukundh Narayanan, ZAGORŠČAK, Maja, RAVNIKAR, Maja, TURK, Valentina. Surveillance of human enteric viruses in coastal waters using concentration with methacrylate monolithic supports prior to detection by RT-qPCR. Marine pollution bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, 2018, vol. 128, str. 307-317,
• MCDONALD, Karlie S., TURK, Valentina,.MOZETIČ, Patricija, TINTA, Tinkara, MALFATTI, Francesca, HANNAH, David M., KRAUSE, Stefan. Integrated network models for predicting ecological thresholds: Microbial e carbon interactions in coastal marine systems. Environmental Modelling & Software, ISSN 1364-8152. [Print ed.], 2017, vol. 91, str. 156-167,
• CVETKOVIĆ, Martina, GREGO, Mateja, TURK, Valentina. The efficiency of a new hydrodynamic cavitation pilot system on Artemia salina cysts and natural population of copepods and bacteria under controlled mesocosm conditions. Marine pollution bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, 2016, vol. 105, iss. 1, str. 341-350.
• BALASUBRAMANIAN, Mukundh Narayanan, RAČKI, Nejc, GONÇALVES, José, KOVAČ, Katarina, TUŠEK-ŽNIDARIČ, Magda, TURK, Valentina, RAVNIKAR, Maja, GUTIÉRREZ-AGUIRRE, Ion. Enhanced detection of pathogenic enteric viruses in coastal marine environment by concentration using methacrylate monolithic chromatographic supports paired with quantitative PCR. Water research, ISSN 0043-1354, 2016, vol. 106, str. 405-414.
• CARVALHO, Raquel Negrão, ARUQWE, Augustine, AIT-AISSA, Selim, BADO-NILLES, Anne, BALZAMO, Stefania, BAUN, Anders, BELKIN, Shimshon, BLAHA, Ludek, BRION, Francois, CONTI, Daniela, FLANDER PUTRLE, Vesna, TURK, Valentina, et al. Mixtures of Chemical Pollutants at European Legislation Safety Concentrations: How Safe are They?. Toxicological sciences. an official journal of the Society of Toxicology, ISSN 1096-6080, 2014, vol. 141, issue 1, str. 218-233.
• TINTA, Tinkara, VOJVODA, Jana, MOZETIČ, Patricija, TALABER, Iva, VODOPIVEC, Martin, MALFATTI, F., TURK, Valentina. Bacterial community shift is induced by dynamic environmental parameters in a changing coastal ecosystem (northern Adriatic, NE Mediterranean Sea) - a 2 year time series study. Environmental microbiology, ISSN 1462-2912. [Print ed.], 2014, [In press], str. 1-16, ilustr., doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12519. [COBISS.SI-ID 3156559]
• SJÖSTEDT, Johanna, PONTARP, Mikael, TINTA, Tinkara, ALFREDSSON, Hanna, TURK, Valentina, LUNDBERG, Per, HAGSTRÖM, Åke, RIEMANN, Lasse. Reduced diversity and changed bacterioplankton community composition do not affect utilisation of dissolved organic matter in the Adriatic Sea. Aquatic microbial ecology, ISSN 0948-3055, 2013, vol. 71, no. 1, str. 15-24., doi: 10.3354/ame01660. [COBISS.SI-ID 2890831]
• MALFATTI, F., TURK, Valentina, TINTA, Tinkara, MOZETIČ, Patricija, MANGANELLI, M., SAMO, T.J., UGALDE, J.A., KOVAČ, Nives, STEFANELLI, M., ANTONIOLI, M., FONDA UMANI, Serena, DEL NEGRO, P., CATALETTO, B., HOZIĆ, Amela, IVOŠEVIĆ DENARDIS, Nadica, ŽUTIĆ, V., SVETLIČIĆ, Vesna, MIŠIĆ RADIĆ, Tea, RADIĆ, T., FUKS, Dragica, AZAM, Farooq. Microbial mechanisms coupling carbon and phosphorus cycles in phosphorous-limited northern Adriatic Sea. Science of the total environment, ISSN 0048-9697, 2014, vols. 470-471, str. 1173-1183, ilustr., doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.10.040. [COBISS.SI-ID 2983247]

• COZZI, Stefano, FALCONI, Claus, CORNICI, Cinzia, ČERMELJ, Branko, KOVAČ, Nives, GIANI, Michele, TURK, Valentina. Recent evolution of river discharges in the Gulf of Trieste and their potential response to climate changes and anthropogenic pressure. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, ISSN 0272-7714, 2012, vol. 115, str. 14-24, doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2012.03.005. [COBISS.SI-ID 2531919]
• TINTA, Tinkara, KOGOVŠEK, Tjaša, MALEJ, Alenka, TURK, Valentina. Jellyfish modulate bacterial dynamic and community structure. PloS one, ISSN 1932-6203, 2012, e39274, št. 6, str. 1-11., doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039274. [COBISS.SI-ID 2589519]
• TURK, Valentina, LUČIĆ, Davor, NJIRE, Jakica, TERZIĆ, Senka, TINTA, Tinkara, BENOVIĆ, Adam, MALEJ, Alenka. The epiplankton community in the southern Adriatic: multiple trophic levels along the south - north and inshore-offshore gradients. Acta Adriatica, ISSN 0001-5113, 2012, vol. 53, št. 2, str. 263-276. [COBISS.SI-ID 2692687]
• TURK, Valentina, HAGSTRÖM, Åke, KOVAČ, Nives, FAGANELI, Jadran. Composition and function of mucilage macroaggregates in the northern Adriatic. V: SAME 11 - The 11th Symposium on Aquatic Microbial Ecology, August 30 - September 04 2009, Piran, Slovenia. DEL GIORGIO, Paul A. (ur.). Progress and perspectives in aquatic microbial ecology, (Aquatic microbial ecology, ISSN 0948-3055, Vol. 61, No. 3, 2010). Oldendorf/Luhe: Inter Research, 2010, vol. 61, št. 3, str. 279-289, doi: 10.3354/ame01447.
• TINTA, Tinkara, SLOT CHRISTIANSEN, Louise, KONRAD, Anke, LIBERALES, David A., TURK, Valentina, MUNCH-PETERSEN, Birgitte, PIŠKUR, Jure, CLAUSEN, Anders Renegaard. Deoxiribonucleoside kinases in two aquatic bacteria with high specificity for thymidine and deoxyadenosine. FEMS microbiology letters, ISSN 0378-1097. [Print ed.], 2012, vol. 331, issue 2, str. 120-127, doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2012.02565.x. [COBISS.SI-ID 2545487]