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WHAT IS MEDS? MEDS – Meeting of design students – is an international association developed by and for design students from different European countries. It was founded in 2010 with an aim to bring together European students of architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, graphic design, etc. to work on the same project on an international level and explore practical world of designing.

MEDS WORKSHOP With this idea MEDS organizes an annual event, usually lasting ten days, which takes place each summer in a different European city. The main goal of MEDS is to share international experiences and knowledge to generate new and fresh ideas, to enrich the city in which the workshop takes place, and as a participant to become part of something bigger; an exciting and dynamic design community. Event is co-ordinated by architectural academics and students and is based on activities, more or less related to design. Event is non-profit and funded by a combination of attendance fees, grants and sponsorships, all arranged by the organizing committee.

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MEDS HISTORY 2010 Alanya, Turkey_Alice in Designland 2011 Istanbul, Turkey_Relationship Between Europe & Asia 2012 Ljubljana, Slovenia_sensABILITY 2013 Lisbon, Portugal_REaction

MENC HISTORY MENC is an annual meeting of MEDS team and all MEDS National Contacts. It is organized each year in a different country to discuss about progress, events, workshops, future work, etc. All NCs should attend this meeting to represent their country. If NC for some reason can’t participate, he should find his replacement to report about work and progress of his country. Aim of MENC is to improve MEDS as an organization and to share ideas for forthcoming events. 2010 Famagusta, Cyprus 2011 Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia 2012 Kortrijk, Belgium

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MEDS 2012 THEME Every year organizers choose a theme of workshop that is related to the hosting city. Event’s workshop, exhibition, lectures and social events are designed around the theme, allowing participants to gain a deeper understanding of the ideas driving the projects. This year’s theme is called sensABILITY. The five senses are fundamental to our everyday perceptions of the world. Designers strive to stimulate feelings and emotions based on people’s reactions to their senses in a particular environment. Unfortunately, in contemporary culture we are sensually biased: visual qualities predominate. sensABILITY aims to free the participant from this visually driven world. Workshops will strive to liberate our sense of touch, sound, smell and potentially even taste, to give us a richer understanding and appreciation of the designed world around us. There are many accessories designed to help and guide us through the city, causing us to become passive in attitude and less aware of the space that surrounds us. Traffic lights, zebra crossings and pavements have made it almost unnecessary for pedestrians to observe each other. Let's change this and regenerate our senses!

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MEDS 2012 LOCATION The projects will be located in Ljubljana, close to the city center. Location will depend on the size and nature of the particular project. Installations will be situated in wide open spaces like squares, parks, etc. On the first day of the workshop we will introduce you to the chosen locations and their specifics. Workshops not involving construction can gain free access to classrooms at the faculty. There are also some working spaces at the hostel, where we can provide you with a workshop space if necessary. Tutors who have special requirements regarding the location of their workshop proposal will be considered in collaboration with the MEDS team.

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SLOVENIA TIMELINE 250000 BC The first evidence of human habitation on the teritory of the present-day Slovenia 120000 to 33000 BC Remains from the early Stone Age – the Phalaeolithic; among them the oldest musical instrument in the world, found in Slovenia. 5000 BC Remains found as evidence of a hunting and gathering way of life 3900 BC Urnfield culture 8th to 7th century BC Bronze and Iron Age fortification 4th and 3rd century BC The arrival of Celts; the Noricum kingdom around 10 BC The Roman empire; the appearance of the first towns 5th and 6th century AD Invasions by the Huns and Germanic tribes after 568 Dominance of Slavonic people on the territory of Slovenia 7th to 11th century The Duchy of Carantania, the oldest independent Slavonic tribal union in this area 8th century The start of the conversion to Christianity 9th century The spread of the Frankish feudal system and the beggining of the formation of the Slovenian nation 10th century The appearance of the Freising Manuscripts, the earliest known text written in Slovene 11th century The beggining of the development of the Carniola, Styria, Carinthia and Gorizia regions, and intensive German colonisation 11th to 14th centuries The development of medieval towns in Slovenia 14th to 15th century Most of the territory of Slovenia includins all its hereditary estates are taken over by the Habsburgs; in 1456, the Courts of Celje become extinct – this was the last feudal dynasty on Slovenian territory 15th century Turkish invasions begin 15th to 17th century Peasant Revolts 1550 Protestantism - the first book written in Slovene 18th century Enlightenment and compulsory universal education

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SLOVENIA TIMELINE 1809 – 1813 Napoleonic conquest – Illyrian Provinces 1848 Unified Slovenia, the first Slovenian Polococal programme 1918 The state of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs; the Kiingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, renamed Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929 1941 – 1945 Dismemberment of Yugoslavia by Axis Powers 1945 The formation of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia and the People's Republic of Slovenia as one of its 6 federal entities 1990 Plebiscite on independence 25 june 1991 Proclamation of the independent Republic of Slovenia 1 may 2004 EU membership 1 january 2007 Slovenia introduces euro

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HISTORY OF LJUBLJANA Legend has it that Ljubljana was founded by the Greek mythological hero Jason and his companions, the Argonauts, who had stolen the golden fleece from King Aetes and fled from him across the Black Sea and up the Danube, Sava and Ljubljanica rivers. They stopped at a large lake in the marsh near the source of the Ljubljanica, where they disassembled their ship to be able to carry it to the Adriatic Sea, put it together again, and return to Greece. The lake where they made a stop was the dwelling place of a monster. Jason fought the monster, defeated it and killed it. The monster, now referred to as the Ljubljana Dragon, found its place atop the castle tower on the Ljubljana coat of arms. An infertile bog to the south of the present city was settled during the Bronze Age, around 2000 BC, by marsh dwellers who lived in round wooden huts built on stilts driven into the marsh ground or lake bed. These early people – mostly hunters and fisherfolk – were followed by numerous tribes and peoples, as the Ljubljana Gateway has since ever had a key geographical position. The site of the present Ljubljana was first settled by the Veneti, and later by the Illyrians, the Illyrian-Celtic tribe of Iapydes, and, in the 3rd century BC, by the Celtic tribe called Taurisci, who established themselves along the Ljubljanica River.

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HISTORY OF LJUBLJANA Emona, the earliest known name of the present Ljubljana, is probably of Celtic origin, but the first important settlement in the area, however, came with the arrival of the Romans who built a military camp there in around 50 BC. Until then Ljubljana Basin was a part of the Celtic kingdom of Noricum. Emona, built in 14 AD, was a flourishing commercial hub and an important centre of early Christianity. It had a population between five and six thousand, its inhabitants being mainly merchants, craftsmen, administrative officials and war veterans. The city had its own patron goddess, Equrna, worshipped at Ljubljana Marshes. Its streets were paved. Its block-built residential buildings had rendered walls and mosaic floors and were equipped with sewage facilities and central heating. Emona was at a strategic crossroad on the routes linking Upper Pannonia in the south with the Roman colonies at Noricum and Aquileia to the north and west. Legacies of the Roman presence, remnants of walls, dwellings and early churches, can still be seen throughout Ljubljana. Emona's tumultuous history ended in 452, when the city was sacked and destroyed by the Huns, Ostrogoths and Langobards (Lombards) from the mid-5th century, but the ‘Ljubljana gate’ remained an important crossing point between east and west. For long decades during the Migration Period it was wrapped in darkness. The Slovenians' Slavic forefathers arrived in the area at the end of the 6th century and began to build a settlement under the shelter of the present castle hill. The settlement gradually turned into a medieval town.

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HISTORY OF LJUBLJANA During the 9th century, Slavic settlements gradually fell under the rule of the Francs. The period saw frequent Hungarian raids. Around 1000, the Hungarians were defeated by the Germans and their territories were ceded to various German noble families. Between 1112 and 1125, the nobleman Rudolf of Tarcento gave a small estate near Ljubljana's castle hill to the Patriarchate of Aquileia. The document evidencing this represents the earliest known mention of Ljubljana. Later the Ljubljana Basin passed into the hands of the Carinthian family of the Dukes of Spanheim. Ljubljana's rapid growth began in the 13th century. The town, called Laibach at the time, consisted of three urban cores including Old Square (Stari trg), Town Square (Mestni trg) and New Square (Novi trg), each surrounded by a wall. It was entered by five town gates and its three urban cores were connected by two bridges, the Lower Bridge (Spodnji most, also known as Špitalski most) and the Upper Bridge (Zgornji most). The latter, later renamed the Butchers' Bridge (Mesarski most), is currently known as the Cobblers' Bridge (Čevljarski most). In 1220, Ljubljana was granted city rights. Its own money was minted at Ljubljana Castle. Its residents, mainly craftsmen, were organised in guilds. Ljubljana changed hands frequently in the Middle Ages. In 1270, Ljubljana was conquered by the Czech king Premysl Otakar II. In 1278, it fell under the Hapsburg rule as part of the Province of Carniola. The last and most momentous change came in 1335, when Ljubljana becomes the capital of the Province of Carniola. Except for a brief interlude in the early 19th century, Habsburg rulers would remain the city’s (and the nation’s) masters until the end of WWI in 1918. The town and its hilltop castle were able to repel the Turks in the late 15th century, but a devastating earthquake in 1511 reduced much of the medieval Ljubljana to rubble. After the earthquake, the city was rebuilt in the Renaissance style and surrounded by a new town wall. In the 16th century, when Ljubljana had a population of 5,000 people, 70 percent of them speaking Slovenian as their mother tongue, it became the centre of the Slovenian Reformation movement and culture. 1550 saw the publishing of Primož Trubar's Catechismus (Katekizem) and Abecedarium (Abecednik), the first two books ever written in Slovenian, and Jurij Dalmatin's Slovenian translation of the Bible. At about the same time, Ljubljana got its first secondary school, public library and printing house. The period of Reformation was followed by a period of renewed dominance of the Catholic Church and Counter-Reformation. In 1597, Jesuits arrived in Ljubljana and founded a gymnasium, which later developed into a college. The end of the 17th century saw the foundation of the Academia operosorum, a scholarly society modelled on Italian associations of the kind. The Academia attracted architects and sculptors from abroad and Ljubljana's Renaissance appearance disappeared under Baroque façades. New frontages, arched courtyards and staircases, and third floors were added to originally two-storey Renaissance buildings. Most churches were renovated or built in the Baroque style. In this period of frantic construction in the 17th and 18th centuries Ljubljana earned a nickname ‘Bela (White) Ljubljana’. The most important engineering feat was the building of a canal to the south and east of Castle Hill in the late 18th century that regulated the flow of the Ljubljanica and prevented flooding. When Napoleon established his Illyrian Provinces in 1809 in a bid to cut Habsburg Austria’s access to the Adriatic, he made Ljubljana the capital of the French Empire. Slovenian became one of the official languages and Ljubljana's first college was founded. In 1821, after the re-establishment of Austrian rule, the city hosted a Congress of the Holy Alliance which brought together several European rulers determined to put a brake on emerging nations' endeavours to achieve political freedom and constitutionality. To commemorate the Congress, one of the city's main squares was named Kongresni trg (Congress Square).

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HISTORY OF LJUBLJANA In the first half of the 19th century, Ljubljana's appearance changed considerably. The banks of the Ljubljanica river were landscaped and several new stone and iron bridges were constructed. During that period, Ljubljana was home to the greatest Slovenian poet, France Prešeren (1800-1849), who made a name for himself for his Romantic poetry and endeavours to modernize the Slovenian language. He is particularly famous for his sonnets and the poem A Toast (Zdravljica), later adopted as Slovenia's national anthem. 1849 saw the arrival of the first train from Vienna. Eight years later, a railway connecting Ljubljana to Trieste was completed. In 1869, the population amounted to 22,593. The 1860s saw the foundation of the Slovenska matica national society. Ljubljana was becoming the nation's cultural centre. Not long after the Ljubljana Tobacco Factory was established in 1871 it was employing 2500 people. By then this city had become the centre of Slovenian nationalism under Austrian rule with having less than 30000 inhabitants and being very rural in appearance. In 1895 another, more powerful earthquake struck, forcing the city to rebuild once again. To Ljubljana’s great benefit, the Secessionist and Art Nouveau styles were all the rage in Central Europe at the time, and many of the wonderful buildings erected then still stand. After the earthquake, Ljubljana’s mayor, Ivan Hribar (mayor 1896 to 1910) spearheaded a large-scale rebuilding effort. Hribar was a Slovene nationalist and gave key projects to Slavic architects, particularly the Bosnian Josip Vancaš and the Slovenes Cyril Metod Koch and Maks Fabiani. Fabiani in particular was quite influential in Ljubljana, though he lived and worked in Vienna. It was he who introduced the Austrian Secessionist (Art Nouveau) style to the city, following the fashions of the Austrian capital. His architecture shows the evolution from the decorative Secessionist to the modernist phase, in which he concentrated on trying to use and re-create the traditional local elements in a modern way.

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HISTORY OF LJUBLJANA The Art Nouveau style, alternately called Jungendstil, Modern Style, Ecole de Nancy, Glasgow Style, Liberty Style, Modernism and Secession, arose around the turn of the 20th century. In many areas, including in the Slovene lands within Austria-Hungary, it became entwined with local nationalisms and was seen in many cases as a national style whose use carried a political subtext. In Ljubljana, nationally-conscious Slovenes used the style politically, using the Art Novueau style to contrast the Historicist style preferred by the German community that controlled the city until the election of Hribar in 1896. Art Nouveau is hard to pin down, since the movement encompassed various aesthetics in nearly all arts active at the time. The key element of the style is elaborate decoration inspired by motifs from nature, folklore, exotic lands and geometry. The first important Secessionist construction in Ljubljana, the Zmajski most (Dragon Bridge), was built in 1900-1901 and the style was used for almost 100 other structures in the city. At the turn of the 20th century, Ljubljana was provided with several new services including water, electricity, modern sanitation, tram system and cinema. World War I affected it only indirectly. In 1918, after the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Slovenia became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians, and Ljubljana its administrative, political and cultural centre. The years to follow saw the foundation of the University of Ljubljana (1919), the National Gallery (1918) and the Academy of Sciences and Arts (1938). By the mid-1930s, Ljubljana had a population of over 80,000. New residential quarters were being built on the principles of modern functionalist architecture, particularly in the suburb of Be탑igrad.

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HISTORY OF LJUBLJANA Between the two World Wars, the city's appearance was thoroughly changed by the architect Jože Plečnik, who managed to strike a balance between the Romance Baroque and the Germanic Secession. He put such a distinct personal stamp on Ljubljana that the term Plečnik's Ljubljana was coined to refer to a whole period in the city's architectural history. Early in his career in Vienna, Plečnik successfully translated Secessionist lines into dramatic expressionism and then began to develop his own very unique style, not paying a great deal of attention to fashion movements in architecture and town planning. In the 20’s and 30’s, these favoured more functional design and tended to give priority to the icons of the technical age such as the motor car, but Plečnik favoured classicism and paid greater attention to the needs and well-being of the individual. His eclecticism and individuality tended to alienate him from the mainstream of modern architecture, however, in the 1980’s Plečnik’s vision and authority was endorsed when he was ‘rediscovered’ and heralded as a prophet of post-modernism. When Plečnik began work in Ljubljana, the city already had the aspect of a planned city, thanks to the work of Maks Fabiani, who devised a plan following the 1895 earthquake, and the city also had a decidedly classical feel to it with its extensive Baroque architecture. Plečnik greatly enhanced these aspects of the cityscape by implementing detailed plans he had drawn up in 1928 and by introducing elements of Greek and Roman architecture as well as Byzantine, Islamic, ancient Egyptian and local folklore motifs. In spite of the fact that Plečnik did not succeed in completing every aspect of his master plan, he achieved a high level of homogeneity by ensuring that every element of his design complemented the whole and by paying great attention to every design detail – from chair to chalice, from pillar to paving stone and from plant to park bench.

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HISTORY OF LJUBLJANA The modern architecture in Ljubljana was exemplified by the famous Skyscraper, built by the architect Vladimir Šubic in 1933 on the model of American skyscrapers. After the Second World War, it was architects who studied under Plečnik that put their stamp on the city. During World War II, Ljubljana was occupied first by the Italian and later by the German army. In order to break its strong resistance movement, in 1942 the occupiers surrounded it with a 30-kilometre barb wire fence creating, in effect, an urban concentration camp. After World War II in 1945, Ljubljana became the capital of Slovenia, one of the six republics constituting the socialist Yugoslavia. It witnessed a rapid economic development, which attracted numerous immigrants and resulted in the city's expansion. On 23 December 1990, the citizens of Slovenia voting in the independence plebiscite decided in favour of an autonomous and independent state. The independent Slovenia was declared on 25 June 1991 and Ljubljana was named its capital. In May 2004 it entered the European Union. Today, Ljubljana's historical appearance is being complemented by creations by renowned contemporary architects such as Boris Podrecca, Jurij Sadar, Boštjan Vuga and several others.

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WHO IS A TUTOR AND HOW TO BECOME ONE? A tutor is the author of one of the workshop proposals selected for realization by the MEDS Team. We have 2 types of tutors: - students of architecture and design - graduated architects or designers - normally they are invited to be the tutors by MEDS team Each student or graduated architect/designer can apply as a tutor. Tutor has to make a proposal based on selected theme and send it to by April 23rd 2012. MEDS team will choose the best ideas and announce them as winning projects. Tutor’s obligation is to make a presentation of his project and represent it at the conference at the beginning of the workshop. After that other participants will split into groups, on the basis of the project they like the most. The tutor is the leader of the group, who has prepared by making research on a specific theme. He will explain his own response to Sensability, his idea and proposal for the final result. He has to be ready to accept other ideas and improvements offered by participants. Main aim of the workshop is team working, improving, redesigning and developing the project. Tutor is the one who has knowledge of specified theme, who has some ideas in his mind, but whole group is the one who design and build project till the end. At the end of the workshop each group has to make a short presentation about their project from initial concept to final result. They will present it in public, with open debate after the presentation. The main focus of the workshop is to get to know the materials and construction methods while working side by side with students of different skills, knowledge and experiences.

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PROPOSE YOUR PROJECT OF sensABILITY Propose your idea of workshop. Proposal could be anything which contains design disciplines and would take two weeks of working. The main aim is to produce an installation in open space, through which participants will familiarise themselves with new materials and skills, constructing real project. Meanwhile there will be also small workshops not based on construction, like graphic design, photography, multimedia, fashion, etc. You can propose a workshop which will offer new skills in other design disciplines. MEDS team will choose approximately 15 installations projects and 3 non construction-based workshops. What we are interested in, is your idea of potential project, which will be developed during the workshop in co-operation with participants. Project should attract people and show them how you feel about the predominance of visual stimuli in the world around us. It should present your view on the reduction in importance of the other senses, how to be aware of the space around us and how to improve design considering senses. When proposing a workshop you should consider your skills in organizing, group working and communicating. Think about working system and how many people can work on your project. It is highly recommended to include participants in developing idea of your projects. Which means you will apply a concept based on your personal thinking on specified theme sensABILITY. On the first day of workshop, you will spend time on presenting your concept and analysing location with your participants. Each location will have different needs and requirements, which will provoke ideas for design adjustments and new solutions. All participants, under your leadership, will collaborate to produce the final project. As participants don't know projects before the event, tutors have to present their idea on a first day of workshop and get people interested to work in their group. Engaging participants in your project makes them feel part of the process and final result. Participant will choose specified project based on their own wishes and interests.

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CONSTRUCTIVE PROJECTS Construction proposals will be situated in open space in the city. All proposals will be considered by MEDS team, which will place your project in the most appropriate location. You will be informed about your location after situating all projects in to the most suitable area. Size of the installation will depend on the tutor's idea for the workshop, but it shouldn’t be bigger than 3x3x3m. Construction of proposed project should be buildable and easily manageable by select number of participants in 12 days.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS MEDS team will provide all needed materials and tools. Main materials which are easy to asure are: - plywood - MDF - OSB - bricks - cement - metal - glass - rope - paint - fabric - lights How do you know that touch is ticklish?


HOW TO SEND YOUR FILES? For participating in competition you have to send: - application form and your photo - concept (PDFor JPG format) - visualization (PDF or JPG format, resolution min. 600 dpi) - a presentation text in English. The entry text should present a summary description of the proposal concept and the characteristic features and unique aspects of the work. Considetarion of working process and number of participants in your group. You can find application form on following link: Please name your files as follows: application form: country_name-surname_meds2012tutor_applicationform photo: country_name-surname_meds2012tutor_photo concept: country_name-surname_meds2012tutor_concept 3d images: country_name-surname_meds2012tutor_images presentation text: country_name-surname_meds2012tutor_text The deadline for your competition entry is April 23rd 2012. You will be informed of your status in the following week after the deadline. All your files have to be send to

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Albania Armenia


Erebouni Khachik Jirayr Iskenian



Pieter Dauwe

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Senad Alibegović Irfan Hadžiomerović


Lora Nurkova Iva Yaneva


Andrej Vuk Lana Petrak


Mehmetcan Baysal Georgios Kyriazis

Czech Republic

Lucie Pavlištíková


Camilla Siggaard Andersen


Alex McClellan




Galloy Blaise Portha Marion


Janine Tüchsen Joe Murphy


Eva Magnisali


Fanny Csernatony Ferth Timi


John Flynn Paul O' Brien


Francesco Piantoni

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Teuta Kelmendi Erzë Dinarama





The Netherlands



Romea Muryn Marcin Szczodry


Cláudio Gonçalves



Sandra Lup Diana Stoicescu


Sarah Beth Riley Esme Brooker


Marko Naumovic Olivera Lekic


Beáta Kurajová


Jana Furman Katarina Mravlja


Daniel Guerra Gomez




Orçun Mutlu Ülker Aral

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PARTICIPATION MEDS workshop is available for all students of design across Europe and beyond. MEDS 2012 in Ljubljana is limited to 7 students per country; participants will be chosen based on a poster competition before the workshop and tutors are chosen based on a project competition. The capacity of MEDS 2012 workshop will be increased to 250 students from 30 European countries. Students will be accommodated in the center of Ljubljana, where workshop will be held. The cost of the workshop is â‚Ź200 and it includes: - accommodation - breakfast and dinner - construction materials - lectures - trips, entrance fees... Participants and tutors will need to pay the registration fee of â‚Ź50 by June 15th 2012. The rest of the fee has to be paid before the beginning of the workshop. If for some reason the participant decides not to collaborate on a workshop, registration fee will not be returned! All information about the process of payment will be announced after the results of poster competition, that is after May 21st 2012. If you need more information about MEDS workshop, please contact your Nacional Contact or send us an email on

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MEDS 2012 DEADLINES 23.4.2012 deadline of project competition for becoming a tutor 30.4.2012 announcement of the winning projects and their tutors 14.5.2012 deadline of poster competition for becoming a participant 21.5.2012 announcement of poster competition winners 15.6.2012 tutors and participants have to pay registration fee, â‚Ź50 5.8.2012 the beginning of the workshop - the rest of the fee has to be paid

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We look forward to seeing your submissions and meeting you at the MEDS 2012 event in Ljubljana, Slovenia!

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MEDS Tutor Pack 2012  

Hello Everybody. Here is the Tutor pack for MEDS 2012. The deadline for Tutor Project is now the 23rd of April. Although the date is quite...