Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Biotechnical Faculty
Faculty of Pharmacy
Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Faculty of Medicine
Veterinary Faculty
Faculty of Health Science


The research activity of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering (NTF) of the University of Ljubljana is interdisciplinary. It extends to the fields of natural sciences, technology and art, where it incorporates research in the following areas:

  • matter (geology, mining)
  • organic and inorganic materials (textile, graphic, metallic, non-metallic, composite)
  • production and processing technologies (textile and graphic technology, geotechnology, metallurgy)
  • information technologies
  • textile and graphic design
  • fashion design
  • environmental protection. 

Scientific-research and artistic work is carried out in four departments of the NTF, namely:

  • Department of Geology (OG)
  • Department of Materials and Metallurgy (OMM)
  • Department of Geotechnology, Mining and the Environment (OGRO)
  • Department of Textiles, Graphic Arts and Design (OTGO). 

Researchers work within thirteen research groups. Research work includes fundamental, applied and development research financed from public funds of the Republic of Slovenia, the European Community and other international sources, as well as funds acquired on the market. Seven research programmes funded by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) are carried out within the NTF. The NTF operates as a framework research organization (RO) in five research programmes and is a participating RO in two such programmes. 

In the context of programmes funded by the ARRS the NTF also operates the Research Infrastructure Centre RIC UL-NTF, which includes all the large equipment of the NTF and offers expert and instrumental support for research work. The RIC UL-NTF is integrated in the Network of Research and Infrastructural Centres of the University of Ljubljana (UL MRIC).  

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The research activity of the Biotechnical Faculty covers a wide range of biotechnological sciences (life sciences). Researchers of the Faculty are engaged in both fundamental and applied research, and in this form they intensely cooperate on praxis. In addition to the basic biological sciences, their work is largely characterized by agri-food and forest-wood value chains and by the management of natural resources. Research work of the Biotechnical Faculty also includes the fields of applied botany, genetics, microbiology and biotechnology.

Research in the field of agronomy and animal sciences covers the spectrum of technology, optimisation of the production and processing of food of plant and animal origin and animal feed, zootechnics, genetics, pedology, typology, classification and evaluation of the Slovenian landscape, urban planning, landscape architecture and ecology of urban space.

The fields of economics and public policies in the management of natural resources, particularly in agriculture and forestry are becoming increasingly important.

From the national point of view the field of nutrition and food technology is also important, as it includes the development of advanced technologies in food production, alternative packaging technologies, food biotechnology, control of nutritional safety and food quality, nutrition, dietary condition and development of dietary supplements.

Researchers in the field of forestry explore a multitude of social, natural conservation and economic functions of forests. Forest is the source of wood, which is one of our most important renewable resources. This field comprehends the knowledge of existing and the development of new materials and composites based on wood. The researchers explore in parallel the possibilities for their use in the furniture and in the construction industry with a focus on determining the products’ lifetime in outdoor use. They also investigate the applications of wood and other plant tissues in next generation biorefineries.

Research work in the Biotechnical Faculty is organized in 22 research programmes and 48 research groups.

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The Faculty of Pharmacy carries out research and consultancy in all areas of pharmacy, laboratory biomedicine and cosmetology. The Faculty has six chairs which represent its basic organizational units of teaching and scientific research, and the Institute of Pharmacy which carries out fundamental and development projects for the current needs of the pharmaceutical discipline:

  • Chair of Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics 
  • Chair of Pharmaceutical Biology
  • Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Chair of Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Chair of Clinical Biochemistry
  • Chair of Social Pharmacy
  • Institute of Pharmacy. 

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Scientific and research work at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology is largely associated with post-graduate education, as the Faculty can only in this way guarantee internationally competitive studies. The research in chemistry covers topical fields of organic and inorganic synthesis, study of inorganic and organic compounds, analytical chemistry, physical and biophysical chemistry, various branches of biochemistry, such as enzymatics, molecular genetics and genetic engineering.

Chemical engineering research covers the fields of the development of processes for organic and inorganic products and materials, reaction engineering, transport phenomena, rheology, bioengineering, environmental engineering, etc.

Research work is also related to industrial challenges mainly in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food industry and biotechnology, construction, environmental protection, etc. Priority is given to interdisciplinary research carried out between different faculties of Slovenian universities and other Slovenian scientific institutions and to international relations in the context of international projects and cooperation with foreign universities or research laboratories.

 The basic research units in the UL FKKT are organized as chairs:

  • Chair of Analytical Chemistry (AL) 
  • Chair of Inorganic Chemistry (AK) 
  • Chair of Biochemistry (BIO) 
  • Chair of Physical Chemistry (FK) 
  • Chair of Organic Chemistry (OK) 
  • Chair of Chemical Process, Environmental and Biochemical Engineering (KPOBI)
  • Chair of Materials and Polymer Engineering (MPI)
  • Chair of Occupational, Process and Fire Safety (PPPV) 

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The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Ljubljana is home to the Department of Physics and Department of Mathematics. It cultivates basic, applied and development research and strives to achieve excellence in all its related fields.

In the field of physics the researchers work on the following subsections:

  • Physics of solid matter
  • Theoretical physics
  • Soft matter physics
  • Astronomy
  • Meteorology
  • Low and medium energy physics
  • Experimental physics of elementary particles
  • Optics
  • Biophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Nuclear technology.

In the field of mathematics the researchers work on the following subsections:

  • Analyses
  • Topologies
  • Numerical and computational mathematics
  • Algebra
  • Graph theory
  • Probability calculus and statistics.

The faculty obtains research funds in national and international research tenders. The celebrated achievement of the faculty is the obtainment of financing by the European Research Council (ERC) for two projects, one of which was the first ever in Slovenia – an ERC Starting Grant given to Prof. Dr. Nedjeljka Žagar and intended to encourage talented young research leaders at the beginning of an independent research career. Then in 2016, Prof. Dr. Tomaž Prosen obtained an ERC Advanced Grant intended for expert researchers at the stage of their career where they have already become scientific leaders with recognized research achievements.

Researchers of the Faculty play a leading role in major international scientific collaborations, e.g. the Belle collaboration for research in the physics of elementary particles in Tsukubi, Japan, the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, USA.

The Faculty is in regular cooperation and maintains close contacts in the field of research with Slovenian as well as international universities and institutions.

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The Faculty of Medicine carries out research activities in the field of medical science in the context of chairs, institutes and centres.


  • Chair of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
  • Chair of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics
  • Chair of Dermatovenereology
  • Chair of Family Medicine
  • Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Chair of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • Chair of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology
  • Chair of Internal Medicine
  • Chair of Public Health
  • Chair of Surgery
  • Chair of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
  • Chair of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Chair of Neurology
  • Chair of Orthopaedics
  • Chair of Ophthalmology
  • Chair of Oncology
  • Chair of Otorhinolaryngology
  • Chair of Pathology
  • Chair of Paediatrics
  • Chair of Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry
  • Chair of Psychiatry
  • Chair of Diagnostic Imaging
  • Chair of Forensic Medicine and Deontology
  • Chair of Stomatologic Prosthetics
  • Chair of Oral Diseases and Parodontology
  • Chair of Dental Diseases and Normal Dental Morphology


  • Institute of Anatomy
  • Institute of Biophysics
  • Institute of Biochemistry
  • Institute of Cell Biology
  • Institute of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics
  • Institute of Pharmacology and Experimental Toxicology
  • Institute of Physiology
  • Institute of Histology and Embryology
  • Institute of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Institute of Pathology
  • Institute of Pathological Physiology
  • Institute of Forensic Medicine
  • Institute of the History of Medicine


  • Centre for Electron Microscopy
  • Centre for Functional Genomics and Bio-Chips
  • Medical Centre for Molecular Biology
  • Central Medical Library
  • Computer and Information Centre
  • Department of Dental Medicine
  • Centre for Teaching Development
  • Centre for Experimental Medicine (MEC)
  • Centre for Developmental Neuroscience
  • Public Health Centre
  • Centre for Clinical Physiology 

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In addition to the basic educational and research activities, the Veterinary Faculty provides continuing education in the field of veterinary medicine and carries out activities in the regulated field of veterinary medicine by the authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment for the needs of veterinary, medical and market inspection. Operating within the Veterinary Faculty is also the National Veterinary Institute, which performs laboratory diagnosis of pathogens, microbiological contaminants, toxins and deteriorating agents of food and water for the needs of the holders and breeders of animals or veterinary clinics, manufacturers of food of animal origin and feed, processing and pharmaceutical industries. 

The Faculty cooperates with external partners in the area of basic and applied research in the broad field of biomedicine. In addition to laboratory diagnostics, it contributes well-developed research work in the field of neuroscience and behavioural neurobiology, the study of receptors coupled to protein G (the target of a number of drugs), electrophysiological research, genomic research, the development of advanced new therapies using stem cells, the development of treatment of oncological diseases with use of electrogene therapy and electrochemotherapy, veterinary dental medicine and others.

It carries out research work in the following fields:

laboratory diagnostics and analyses; the possibility of carrying out studies in the fields of chemical analysis; biochemical analyses of blood, urine, milk and other body fluids; molecular-biological methods, serological diagnosis and parasitological diagnosis; the possibility of carrying out toxicology studies, clinical studies and research using laboratory animals.

Other operational, developmental and educational work is carried out across several institutes and clinics: 

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Research is an integral part of the development of medical professions. In research work the Faculty of Health Sciences prioritizes the cultivation of the multidisciplinarity allowed by the structure of researchers. The medium and long term objectives of the Faculty of Health Sciences are to increase the volume of scientific research in the study of the preservation of health, reduction of the consequences of injuries and diseases and environmental health.

Research work covers various fields, including the investigation of the concept of healthy future human settlements, homeostasis in terms of diet, lifestyle and environmental factors, all of which are valued according to basic and new mechanisms of health (intercellular communication in health and disease). Researchers in the Faculty of Health Sciences develop methods with which they may follow systems at the levels of cells, tissues, organisms and social systems and in this way form a comprehensive approach to the integration of different research fields, such as diet, lifestyle, environment and health mechanisms

The Faculty pays particular attention to the development of international research cooperation and connecting with various universities and research institutions around the world. The experts of all disciplines of the Faculty of Health Sciences are competently engaged in a process of technological and non-technological innovation, particularly in the fields of biomedicine, eco-Slovenia, smart homes and smart factories, and to a lesser extent smart cities and energy and power systems. In chains and networks of value the Faculty’s experts may represent a connecting element between the technology companies, natural science and engineering research centres and users from all social and age groups (children, adolescents, active employees, elderly persons, etc.) in the field addressing the quality of growing up, labour, housing, food, drinking water, health (preventive and curative health programmes), ageing and ensuring general welfare.


  • Biomechanics Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Microbiology
  • Skills lab for Radiography
  • Laboratory for Physiotherapy
  • Laboratory of Hygiene Premises and Processes
  • Laboratory of Oxidative Stress Research
  • Laboratory for Research of Air Pollution
  • Laboratory of Clinical Biophysics 


  • Chair of Midwifery
  • Chair of Occupational Therapy
  • Chair of Physiotherapy
  • Chair of Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Chair of Biomechanics
  • Chair of the Radiography
  • Chair of Health Ecology and Control
  • Chair of Public Health
  • Chair of Biomedicine in Health Care
  • Chair of Health and Sanitary Microbiology
  • Chair of Nursing
  • Chair of Health Education
  • Chair of Social Aspects of Health and Health Care 

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