Baisc research project Meritocracy and knowledge society - between simulation and reality lasting for two years concluded with a thematic discussion on meritocracy (the series Relations and relationships in Slovenia) organized by IRSA and INR in the hall of Slovenska matica on 29 June 2021.

Participating were members of both research institutes, IRSA and INR: Frane Adam, PhD, Maruša Gorišek, Matej Makarovič, PhD, Darka Podmenik, PhD, Blaž Bajec, Bernard Nežmah, PhD and guest participants Janez Šušteršič, PhD, Matevž Tomšič, PhD and Marko Novak, PhD. Starting point for the discussion was an article below by Adam and Gorišek Meritocracy - between myth, norm and reality in addition issues were tackled regarding major topics that were dealt with during the project since 2019. The speaker addressed connection between meritocracy and formal education and certificates on one hand and professional competencies, autonomy and science ethics on the other and the interconectedness between the two of them. Further, the influence of birocratic, political-ideological and business interests was observed with transforming meritocratic principles in "simulated meritocracy" and identifying the difference between meritocratic alocation of human resources in public and private sector. The particular emphasis was put on current societal situation marked by more than a year with pandemic covid-19 and on its consequences for (non)meritocratic management of individual social sectors in Slovenia and EU.

The whole video of the discussion is available on this link.
The article published (in slovene) by Adam, PhD and Gorišek on this link.