Publish Date: 03.12.2018

Category: News from the University

The traditional University of Ljubljana Week began with the 99th anniversary of the University’s existence. This year’s event was once again kicked off with a presentation of the most remarkable research achievements of 2018. The largest and oldest university in Slovenia, poised to celebrate 100 years of existence next year, contributes over half of the scientific results to Slovenia’s treasury of knowledge.

In his address, the University of Ljubljana Rector, Prof. Igor Papič, pointed out that research activity is one of the foundations for the development of society and the state, and yet the state obviously does not realise this, as it does not allocate sufficient funds for research. According to the Rector, the University of Ljubljana is nevertheless strengthening its research activity, as only creating new knowledge enables it to offer students what they cannot get elsewhere. “We continuously strive to encourage more research and achieve results of even greater quality. For several years now, the Development Fund of the University of Ljubljana has thus been in operation, from which we encourage applications for research projects. We have established numerous partnerships, within which we collaborate with universities from neighbouring countries, with universities under the auspices of The Guild network, as well as with universities from China, South Korea and Japan. We are successful in winning projects from the European Research Council, and this summer saw us winning our fifth. Our Development Fund allocates financial incentives to younger researchers and mentors to successful MSCA IF candidates who have received the Seal of Excellence”, the Rector added.

The audience was also addressed by Prof. Miha Škerlavaj, a Professor at the BI Norwegian Business School and adjunct professor at the Academic Unit for Management and Organisation at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. As a researcher in the field of organisational behaviour and innovation, Prof. Škerlavaj is interested in what drives creative and innovative people forward, what makes them persevere and succeed in achieving excellence in their work, and has therefore shared some of his insights: “Creative people are passionate about pursuing the feeling of mastery. They strive towards constant growth, development, improvements, new ideas and innovations. Creative people appreciate and thrive through autonomous work. Creative people seek a deeper meaning. Something that transcends us and that can leave a positive mark.” He concluded that seeking the meaning and purpose of work is precisely what yields the most new research discoveries, and concluded by expressing his wish for the researchers to continue contributing to the advancement of science and society.

In selecting the most outstanding research achievements of the University of Ljubljana in 2018, the working group appointed by the Research and Development Work Committee of the University of Ljubljana considered mainly international visibility exhibited through citations and the influence of the journal in which the work was published. The selection was also influenced by the entirety of the achievement, whether it was interesting both for the broader profession and the general public, and its applicability. The Commission assessed all proposals equally, regardless of the discipline and regardless of whether they involved pure or applied research.


The University of Ljubljana’s most outstanding research achievements in 2018:

  • Mechanism through which a bacterial virus changes its lifestyle
    Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
    RESEARCH BY: Nadine Fornelos, PhD, Prof. Douglas F. Browning, PhD, Anja Pavlin, Zdravko Podlesek, PhD, Vesna Hodnik, PhD, Prof. Margarita Salas, PhD, Assistant Professor Matej Butala, PhD 
  • Hotel guests do not act in an environmentally friendly way if they have no benefit from doing so
    Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
    RESEARCH BY: Associate Professor Ljubica Knežević Cvelbar, PhD, Sara Dolničar, Bettina Grün

  • A wheelchair that can handle stairs
    Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
    RESEARCH BY: Prof. Matjaž Mihelj, PhD, Assistant Janez Podobnik, PhD, Assistant Jure Rejc, PhD, Assistant Sebastjan Šlajpah, PhD, Prof. Marko Munih, PhD

  • Using nuclear magnetic resonance to control the running of anaerobic processes
    Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana
    RESEARCH BY: Associate Prof. Boštjan Murovec, PhD, Damjan Makuc, PhD, Assistant Prof. Sabina Kolbl Repinc, PhD, Assistant Zala Prevoršek, PhD, Domen Zavec, Robert Šket, PhD, Assistant Klemen Pečnik, Prof. Janez Plavec, PhD, Associate Prof. Blaž Stres, PhD
  • Charge ordering in a p-electronic system
    Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana
    RESEARCH BY: Prof. Denis Arčon, PhD, Peter Jeglič, PhD, Tilen Knaflič, Matej Komelj, PhD, and the team from the Max Planck Institute in Germany (P. Adler, M. Reehuis, M. Geiß, P. Merz, A. Hoser, A. Sans, J. Janek, M. Jansen and C. Felser)
  • Annular laser head for 3D printing of metal materials
    Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
    RESEARCH BY: Prof. Edvard Govekar, PhD, Alexander Kuznetsov, PhD, Andrej Jeromen, PhD, Matjaž Kotar, MSc 
  • Thesaurus of Modern Slovene
    Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
    RESEARCH BY: Assistant Prof Simon Krek, PhD, Assistant Adam Cyprian Laskowski, PhD, Prof. Marko Robnik Šikonja, PhD, Research Fellow Iztok Kosem, PhD, Research Fellow Špela Arhar Holdt, PhD, Assistant Prof. Apolonija Gantar, PhD, Assist. Jaka Čibej, Prof. Vojko Gorjanc, PhD, Assist. Bojan Klemenc, MSc, Assist. Kaja Dobrovoljc, PhD
  • Clinical course and outcome of antibiotic treatment of early disseminated or early localised Lyme borreliosis
    Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana
    RESEARCH BY: Assistant Prof. Daša Stupica, M.D., Associate Prof. Vera Maraspin, M.D., Assist. Petra Bogovič, MSc, Katarina Ogrinc, Assistant Prof. Rok Blagus, PhD, Research Fellow Tjaša Cerar, PhD, Prof. Franc Strle, M.D.
  • Dyslectic students need eyes as well as ears
    Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana
    RESEARCH BY: Assistant Prof. Milena Košak Babuder, PhD, Associate Prof. Karmen Pižorn, PhD 

 Photos from the event are available here.
All photos were taken by Foto studio NORA d.o.o.