The Scientific Day, the fifth in a row, which the Agro-Mediterranean Faculty of the University "Džemal Bijedić" of Mostar organizes in cooperation with the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Technology of the University of Mostar and the Czech University of Life Sciences CULS, i.e. the Faculty of Tropical Agri-Sciences from Prague was organized on the 7th of December 2023.
Being aware of today's problems, caused by climate change and the lack of food in the world, faculties strive to promote science through such interactive events. Professors and students presented their work through an interesting presentation program that included entomological collections, floristic solutions for the interior, cultivation of microgreens and sprouts, pollination of orchids, germination of pollen in vitro, use of a refractometer to determine fruit maturity. A workshop for the sensory analysis of juices was specially prepared, where the students were real evaluators and could get an insight into what a sensory analysis looks like. Great interest was also caused by the “Nutrition corner”, where students of the Nutrition studies program presented unusual alternative sources of food, various products made from insects and worms, and a completely gluten-free offer.
On this Scientific Day, a joint project of students from the Faculty of Information Technologies and the Faculty of Agro-Mediterranean - Smart Greenhouse developed with the help of StarmoTech from Mostar was presented. The solution offered complete digital control of humidity, temperature, lighting, and plant feeding. This interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach is a method that should be promoted in the future.
Such events primarily draw attention to food production, the importance of agronomy, food technology, and, in general, the importance of science popularization, and familiarization with new and different knowledge in these branches. These are also opportunities to bring scientific research work and scientific research methods closer to children and young people. Many students from primary and secondary schools in Mostar had the opportunity to experience this today.
The project was implemented under the auspices of the Czech Development Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the title "Support for education and scientific research activities in the field of ethnobotany and the use of by-products of food processing" (23-PKVV-7)."
We thank all the schools for the visit, and especially StarmoTech, and we look forward to future joint activities. We would also like to thank the representatives of the Czech Development Agency who graced this event with their presence.