The Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, or ZRC SAZU as it is commonly referred to in Slovenia, consists of 18 research units or institutes throughout the country. Situated in the heart of the historical centre of Ljubljana, next to the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts building, ZRC SAZU has more than 300 employees, roughly 250 of whom are researchers.
ZRC SAZU also has three branch offices outside of Ljubljana: in Nova Gorica, Maribor, and Prekmurje, where a small number of researchers work on predominantly, though not exclusively, locally oriented subjects. One of its institutes is located right next to its field research, namely the Karst Research Institute that has its headquarters in Postojna, metres away from the entrance to the Postojna Cave. In 2018, a brand new building on the Ljubljana Marshes will start to house two of ZRC SAZU’s institutes and an exhibition space for archaeological finds excavated during the construction.
ZRC SAZU conducts basic research across a range of fields, included natural, earth, and spatial sciences (palaeontology, paleoecology, archaeobotany, archaeozoology, palynology, sedimentary geology, biology, zoology, botany, karst sciences, geomorphology, natural risks, hydrology, climatology, environmental protection, earth observation, and geographical information systems), and the social sciences and humanities (demography, neuropsychopharmacology, sociomedicine, anthropology, visual anthropology, historical geography, cultural geography, regional geography, regional planning, philosophy, ontology, psychoanalysis, political philosophy, philosophy and science, aesthetics, ethnomusicology, musicology, ethnology, linguistics, digital humanities, literary studies, literary sociology, archaeology, socioeconomic history, cultural history, political and administrative history, art history, onomastics, dialectology, and bilingualism)
In terms of applied research, the expertise of the ZRC SAZU institutes has direct application in lexicography and the creation of Slovenian dictionaries; the care, preservation, protection, and management of the cultural and natural heritage; environmental protection; water resource management; professional support in building infrastructure (highways and railways), and; the development of methodology, and preventive or intervention programs for the mentally ill.
Established in 2011, the ZRC SAZU graduate school offers an extensive range of doctoral programmes, including anthropology, cultural history, literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and lexicology. In cooperation with the University of Nova Gorica, we offer a PhD in karstology studies. We also appointed the first Unesco Chair in Slovenia, and the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations, Erasmus Mundus.