Publish Date: 07.12.2016

Category: News from the University

Today Prof. dr. Ivan Svetlik, the Rector of the University of Ljubljana, awarded Prešeren Prizes to students of the University of Ljubljana. The selected students received them for best works in the field of science and art.

Prof. dr. Ivan Svetlik, The Rector of the University of Ljubljana congratulated the winners for showing courage during their research work: “I want you to continue on the path of your research and experience self-assurance and to also find new paths for your research, developmental and professional work as well as for further education, both at home and abroad.” He also stated that he believes the excellent works of the students were created with the desire to penetrate into new and unknown territory by asking the right questions, comprehensive examination of the information obtained and debates with colleagues and discussions with mentors. 

The chairwoman of the committee for the Prešeren Prize for students, Prof. dr. Jasmina Markič stated the following in her report on the award-winning works: “ The submitted works were of an exceptional quality and very varied in topics covered as well as in approaches and methodologies used. We assessed proposed graduate and master's theses, research papers and artistic works for academic year 2015/2016. Our committee followed the established principles, namely providing a fair coordination of proposals of local committees and for relatively equal representation of natural and social sciences in a broader sense. Two awards have been handed out in the field of social sciences, one in the field of humanities and education, two in the field of art, one in the field of biomedicine and two in the field of biotechnology, natural sciences and technology.” 

The honourable speaker, Prof. dr. Tatjana Avšič Županc, a virologist, a specialist of medical microbiology at the Medical University of the University of Ljubljana and a co-author of one of the most notable research achievements at the University of Ljubljana in the year 2016 emphasized that knowledge development is a long-term process, which does not lead to material results that are instantly visible. ”At the University we provide knowledge, that is useful but it is not definitive. Different times, conditions and spaces call for the ability to apply this knowledge, complement it and build upon it as well as to be able to tackle the different, new and the unknown.” She pointed out the tendency towards establishing just the right measurement of criticism towards ourselves and our work as well as towards others and the environment in which we work and live. ”For the young persons of today this might be a goal, which is hard to achieve since we live in the world of rapidly advancing information technology industry, numerous social networks and media of doubtful quality. All those factors drive us down the fast lane of speedy reactions and decisions which can sometimes have a negative impact on ourselves as well as on our work.” In the conclusion of her speech she gave the following advice to the young: ”My greatest wish for you is to posses just the right amount of criticism and respect because this is one of the essential foundations for your successful work in the future.“ 

You can read the speech given by the honourable speaker Prof. dr. Tatjana Avšič Županc here: Prof. dr. Tatjana Avšič Županc


The following are the winners of the student Prešeren Prize of the University of Ljubljana for the year 2016:

  • Domen Križaj, Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana for his paper Artistic Accomplishments in the 2015/2016 Academic Year
  • Nina Rajić-Kranjac, Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television of the University of Ljubljana for her paper The Conference of the Birds
  • Miha Bahun, Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana for his paper The Characteristics of Interactions of the LexA Protein of the Bacillus thuringiensis Bacteria gp7 Protein of the GIL01 Bacteriophagus
  • Polona Glažar, Biotechnical Faculty of the University of v Ljubljana for her paper Carbohydrates of the Urothelial Cells and Basal Lamina Integrity Associated with Urothelial Neoplasms
  • Peter Korenčan, Faculty of Economics of the University of v Ljubljana for his paper Econometric Analysis of Assessment of Residential Real Estate in Slovenia
  • Gregor Černe, Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of v Ljubljana for his paper Short-term Predictions of Electricity Consumption Using Soft Takagi-Sugeno Models
  • Luka Gruškovnjak, Faculty of Arts of the University of v Ljubljana for his paper Graves with Animal Bones During the Early Iron Age in Slovenia
  • Junoš Lukan, Faculty of Arts of the University of v Ljubljana for his paper Physiological Changes When Taking an IQ Test
  • Anita Kotar, Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of v Ljubljana for her paper The Study of Ligand Interactions of the DC-SIGN Receptor Using the Method of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Blaž Barič, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering of the University of v Ljubljana for his paper Creating a Collection of Flood Events for Flood Risk Assessment Using the Copula Function
  • Tjaša Goričan, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the University of v Ljubljana for her paper Identification and Characterization of New Allosteric Modulators of the Human Cathepsin K
  • Matic Može, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of v Ljubljana for his paper Enhanced Heat Transfer in Bubble Boiling on Laser Structured Surfaces 

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