Publish Date: 02.12.2015

Category: News from the University

Today, a day before Prešeren's birthday and the University of Ljubljana’s 96th anniversary, the Rector of the University Prof. Dr. Ivan Svetlik presented Prešeren Awards to recognized students of the University of Ljubljana. The selected students received the awards for the best works produced in science and art.

"Education at university is the co-creation of knowledge. All participants seek answers in open communication. Newly obtained information is analysed and evaluated, thus supplementing knowledge both in people’s minds as well as in an externalised form, i.e. research reports, diploma papers, articles, books and similar. Although it may seem that the academy hierarchy makes a sharp distinction between old and young researchers, teachers and students, the academic community is noted for having a cycle of knowledge flowing between individuals within it," stressed the Rector of the University of Ljubljana Prof. Dr. Ivan Svetlik.

The Chairwoman of the Prešeren Student Award Committee Prof. Dr. Jasmina Markič said in her report on the selection of the awarded works: "The awarded works best meet criteria, such as scientific excellence and creative originality, profoundness, prominence and applicability, according to the assessment made by sectoral commissions and members of the University commission. Many excellent works were proposed, several of which having interdisciplinary characteristics. The work of sectoral commissions and the University commission was, therefore, very difficult."

The guest speaker of the event Prof. Dr. Roman Jerala, Head of the Biotechnology Laboratory at the Institute of Chemistry and professor at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology at the University of Ljubljana, called upon those present to be daring and brave and open to the world: "What is considerably different today is the fact that science is one of the most globalised activities. This means that you too are able to make an important discovery [...] Scientific achievements are available to almost everyone around the world, and many scientific fields do not require expensive equipment. What one needs is willingness, ideas and persistent work," he said.

The speech by Prof. Dr. Roman Jerala is available here: Prof. Dr. Roman Jerala.

The winners of the 2015 University of Ljubljana Prešeren Awards for students:
Simon Sretenović, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
Ana Šeme, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
Nika Van Berkel, Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana
Ian Aleksander Mihailović, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
Maja Lukanc, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Urban Bezeljak, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana
Lenart Zadnik, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana
Urška Pangerc, Faculty of Computer and Information Science and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana
Boštjan Pirš, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana
Peter Movrin, Faculty of Natural Science and Engineering, University of Ljubljana
Nina Perger, Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana
Lana Cvikl, Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana

Photos by Željko Stevanić, IFP, d.o.o.