This Learning Unit is situated within the context of a transdisciplinary summer school focusing on building an understanding of visual communication design in correlation with various scientific fields. Among these, each year a different topic is set. Design methods will be introduced to achieve interpretation of scientific processes and findings and integration of visual theory with science. Participants will develop a clear understanding of how to design a visual communication language to appeal to users of scientific knowledge on the one hand, and how to introduce the principles of design thinking into scientific methodologies on the other. With such an intensive training, which offers the opportunity to improve knowledge in the field of synergy between science and art, new interdisciplinary fields open, where science enlightens the public and society through visual communication. This year’s Summer School was inaugural: the main topic was Synthetic Foods and we hosted 23 participants from 10 world countries. Among experts were Andrea Petrini (world known critic and food curator), Michelin winning chef Jorg Zupan and many others (

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How to get involved?

(Students and educators)
Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri ( and Karen Triquet (

Learning Community Members

Lead: Boštjan Botas Kenda (UL). Email:

Full Professor of Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Graduated in Editorial graphics at IED, Milan, Italy. Also teaches visual communication at the Faculty of Architecture and at the Faculty of Computer Sciences.
Founder and partner of studiobotas, a graphic design studio which concentrates on book design and signage in public space.
In 2017 chaired the commission for the national design strategy document.
From 2017 to 2019 Vice-rector for Art and Creativity at University of Ljubljana, from 2013 to 2017 Dean of Academy of Fine Arts and Design, from 2011 to 2013 Head of Department of Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design.
Botas Kenda is cooperative in promoting practice-based research and design driven doctorate through CA²RE, ADAPT-r(PRS) and Doctorate Programme in Art at University of Ljubljana.

Lead: Marina Klemenčič (UL). Email:

Assistant professor in the field of biochemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana. After obtaining her PhD at UL FKKT, she completed two years of postdoctoral training at Umeå University in Sweden. She was a member of the board of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) action EuAgae.
In 2019 she was selected as the only representative of Slovenia at the FEMS (Federation of European MicrobiologicalSocieties) summer school, which selected the 25 most promising young researchers in the field of microbiology from around the world. She is the main organizer of the conference Plant Proteolysis, which will be held at UL FKKT in the
fall of 2022. She is a scientific mentor of the ASEF Foundation (the American Slovenian Education Foundation, USA), which aims to strengthen the links of Slovenian researchers between the USA and Slovenia, and one of the founders of the association Cutting Edge, which aims to promote scientific concepts among students young researchers.

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