Publish Date: 30.11.2015

Category: News from the University

The traditional University of Ljubljana Week started with the presentation of the best research achievements of the University of Ljubljana in 2015. The event emphasized the research direction of the University of Ljubljana and presented the researchers who achieved particularly visible results. This day dedicated to research in science was concluded with a round table discussion. The debate on investments into research was attended by representatives of the state, higher education and the economy, while the executive director of Universities UK Nicola Dandrige presented the results of a research study on the same theme in the United Kingdom. 

Prof. Dr. Ivan Svetlik emphasized that as a rule, knowledge comes from the results of fundamental research and unburdened research curiosity of the researchers, who need to be carefully cultivated by the state and the university. "Prime numbers as an example of fundamental research are extremely abstract. At first glance, they don't have any useful value. But because of them we are able to code today. This is an industry worth billions," noted the Vice-chancellor of the University of Ljubljana for scientific research work prof. Dr. Martin Čopič.   

The main speaker at the event and the author of one of last years' best research works of the University of Ljubljana, prof. Dr. Tomaž Zwitter emphasized that the researchers from the University of Ljubljana work with the leading institutions around the world.

Executive director of Universities UK Nicola Dandrige joined the participants before the debate at the round table themed "Why invest into research?" over the he internet. She presented the key results of similar research on the impact of universities on United Kingdom economy, society and individuals ("The Impact of Universities on the UK Economy" and "Why Invest in Universities"). She also emphasized that universities need support since they represent the future of any country.

The speakers at the round table confirmed that society as a whole needs to be supported though providing support to the universities. The Minister of Education, Science and Sport Dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič said that the ministry is aware of this on the governmental level as well. The director of the Slovenian Research Agency prof. Dr. József Györkös emphasized the strategy of smart specialization: "Even now, with the debate on the project of smart specialization, the Slovenian Research Agency needs to continue to promote those fields and research which are not included in the smart socialization projects." Prof. Dr. Dragan Mihailović from the Jožef Stefan Institute and professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Ljubljana emphasized the importance of measuring the impact of investments into science and research: "If we don't know how to measure the impact research has, we cannot create smart policies in this field." A representative from the field of economy, the executive director of Kolektor Group Marjan Drmota, said that they want [to see] more directed research in the field of economy, while the director of the company RLS merilne tehnike Janez Novak emphasized the importance of investments into research with a suitable tax policy. Vice-chancellor of the University of Ljubljana for the field of scientific research work prof. Dr. Martin Čopič summarized the final thoughts with the following words: "The Slovenians with key or, if you wish, important work positions at home and abroad have a university degree education. The universities are the foundation of development in any country and the basis of forming elite knowledge."

You can read the speech from the main speaker prof. Dr. Tomaž Zwitter here: prof. Dr. Tomaž Zwitter.

 

The ten most resounding research achievements of the University of Ljubljana in 2015: 

1. Construction of a new class of tetracycline lead-structure with potent antibacterial activity using biosynthetic engineering
The Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana
AUTHORS: Urška Lešnik, Tadeja Lukežič, Ajda Podgoršek, Jaka Horvat, Tomaž Polak, Martin Šala, Branko Jenko, Kirsten Harmrolfs, Alain Ocampo-Sosa, Luis Martinez-Martinez, Paul R. Herron, Štefan Fujs, Gregor Kosec, Iain S. Hunter, Rolf Müller, Hrvoje Petković 

2. Recovery of large carnivores in Europe's modern human-dominated landscapes 
The Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana
AUTHORS: Klemen Jerina, Ivan Kos, Miha Krofel, Aleksandra Majić Srbinšek, Hubert Potočnik, Tomaž Skrbinšek 

3. Bibliometric Methods in Management and Organization
The Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana
AUTHORS: 
Ivan Župič, Tomaž Čater 

4. A Simple and Efficient Preparation of High-Purity Hydrogen Trioxide (HOOOH)
The Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the University of Ljubljana
AUTHORS: Gregor Strle, Janez Cerkovnik 

5. Protein aggregation in salt solutions
The Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the University of Ljubljana
AUTHORS: 
Miha Kastelic, Yurij V. Kalyuzhnyi, Barbara Hribar Lee, Ken A. Dill, Vojko Vlachy 

6. Light-controlled topological charge in a nematic liquid crystal
The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana
AUTHORS: Maryam Nikkhou, Miha Škarabot, Simon Čopar, Miha Ravnik, Slobodan Žumer, Igor Muševič  

7. Data Fusion by Matrix Factorization
The Faculty of Computer and Information Science of the University of Ljubljana
AUTHORS: Marinka Žitnik, Blaž Zupan 

8. Magnetocaloric energy conversion: from theory to applications
The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana
AUTHORS: Andrej Kitanovski, Jaka Tušek, Urban Tomc, Uroš Plaznik, Marko Ožbolt, Blaž Jelenc, Alojz Poredoš 

9. Temporal and spatial analysis of the 2014–2015 Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana
AUTHORS: Tatjana Avšič Županc, Miša Korva 

10. Universal Screening for Familial Hypercholesterolemia in Children
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana
AUTHORS: Gašper Klančar, Urh Grošelj, Jernej Kovač, Nevenka Bratanič, Nataša Bratina, Katarina Trebušak Podkrajšek, Tadej Battelino 

The presentation of the most resounding research achievements of the University of Ljubljana in 2015 can be found in the special booklet The Most Resounding Research Achievements of the University of Ljubljana in 2015.

 

Photos by Željko Stevanić and Miha Fras, IFP, d.o.o.