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The Slovenian Ambassador Programme was launched in 2019 by Slovenian Convention Bureau with the support of the Slovenian Tourist Board and the Ljubljana Convention Bureau at Ljubljana Tourism. Cankarjev dom has been a partner in the project from the very beginning. In three years, the title Slovenian Congress Ambassador was awarded to 67 individuals.

Congress ambassadors are academics, scientists, professionals, businessmen, sportsmen and successful individuals who are experts in their fields, ready to promote their destination and compete to host international events in Slovenia with the support of the local and national convention bureau and its partners.

The team of Cankarjev dom is especially proud that out of 17 congress ambassadors awarded in 2021, five of them organised their conferences in CD. In addition, Prof. Pavel Poredoš, MD, PhD, President of the Slovenian Medical Academy, became the Honorary Congress Ambassador of Slovenia 2021. He has been successfully cooperating with Cankarjev dom to organise scientific congresses and other events with distinguished Slovenian experts for several years. 

The following ambassadors all held their event or conference at Cankarjev dom:

• Prof. Helena Burger, MD, University Rehabilitation Institute, Republic of Slovenia – Soča
• Prof. Ivan Eržen, MD, PhD, National Institute of Public Health Slovenia
• Prof. Črtomir Remec, President of the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers
• Ass. prof. Mojca Volk, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
• Ass. prof. Petra Zupet, MD, PeT, IMS Institute for Medicine and Sports

Photo Credit: Marko Delbello Ocepek

Since 1999, Prof. Dr Pavel Poredoš has been the full professor of internal medicine at the Medical Faculty in Ljubljana. His field of research comprises atherosclerosis, microcirculation, thrombolytic treatments and detection of early atherosclerotic vascular changes. He has published more than 800 scientific research articles, 137 of them in distinguished international magazines. He is a co-founder and president of the Angiological Section of the Slovenian Medical Association. Since 2004, he has been the vice-president of the International Union of Angiology (IUA), secretary-general of Mediterranean League of Angiology and Vascular Surgery since 2007 and visiting professor at Loyola University Chicago from 2017. He is also the president of the Slovenian Medical Association since 1996 and a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In his career, he has organised more than 20 international congresses with his colleagues. Many of them took place in Cankarjev dom that helped organise the congresses as a PCO.

In an interview upon receiving the esteemed title, Prof. Dr Pavel Poredoš emphasised: “In order to attract an international congress in Slovenia, a relatively small, young country that had been unknown until recently, you have to put a lot of effort into gaining the trust of international associations. In reality, it is about prestige, and many compete to win a bid to host such a congress.”

See the full interview below.

The Slovenian Ambassador Programme contributes to Slovenia’s greater success in the internationalization of science, professional areas of expertise, economy and sports.

The Ambassador Program aims to identify, recognise and support Slovenian scientists, doctors, professors, researchers, business people, athletes and other individuals who are members of international associations, experts in their respective fields and who strive to bring international events to Slovenia.

The program offers a set of activities, tools and support services designed by local destination ambassador clubs and partners, aimed to inspire and assist Ambassadors to bid for and host prestigious international meetings & conferences in Slovenia.

Find out more about the project here.