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Special Commendation for Young Higher Education Teachers and Staff

Special Commendation for Young Higher Education Teachers and Staff

The Special Commendation for Young Higher Education Teachers and Staff is awarded for outstanding teaching, research, and creative achievements.

Dr. Anastasija Panevska is an assistant at the Chair of Biochemistry, where she performs a number of teaching and organisational functions of high responsibility. Her research focuses on bioactive fungal proteins that act as selective and environmentally friendly bioinsecticides. Her research findings have resulted in an international patent application and she has received several awards at home and abroad.


Asst. Prof. Dr. Katerina Božič teaches several courses at the faculty, achieves high marks in study surveys, and is actively involved in the development of course content and materials. She has received the Slovenian Research Agency’s 2020 Excellence in Science Award in the field of economics and business studies for publications in renowned international publications, and double recognition from the faculty for the best scientific article of 2019.


Dr. Natalija Majsova, assistant professor of cultural studies, researches the connections between fiction, media such as film, literature, early visual mass media and processes, and practices and agents of cultural memory (especially in the post-Soviet and post-Yugoslav space). She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Catholic University of Louvain and the University of Antwerp. She is the author of two monographs (the second was published by Lexington Books) and one of the editors-in-chief of the journal Družboslovne razprave.


Asst. Dr. Peter Naglič received his PhD in 2017 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, where he was employed as an assistant that same year. He demonstrates outstanding scientific research achievements in the study of light propagation in scattering media. His teaching is distinguished by enthusiasm, responsiveness, accessibility and a professional attitude towards students, as well as a deep commitment to communicating the material in an understandable way.


Asst. Prof. Dr. Špela Zupančič demonstrates outstanding research excellence and her published research results have achieved international impact. She is distinguished by initiative and an innovative and consistent approach. She views problems that arise in research not as obstacles, but as challenges that motivate her to pursue more in-depth research. She is a successful young university teacher and researcher of domestic and international renown.


Asst. Prof. Dr. Nejc Bezak graduated and received his PhD from the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering of the University of Ljubljana, where he was subsequently employed. He is teaching and conducting scientific research in hydrology. Despite his young age he is recognised as one of the leading scientists in Slovenia, as demonstrated by his outstanding body of work, comprising more than 50 original scientific papers. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research work.


Dr. Matija Vidmar is an assistant professor of financial mathematics. Despite his young age, he has a number of outstanding achievements. He holds two degrees with honours in physics and financial mathematics, and a PhD from one of the world’s top universities, the University of Warwick. He has completed postdoctoral training abroad, published 20 research papers in leading scientific journals, is a leading Slovenian expert in the field of Levy stochastic processes, and is rapidly gaining international renown.


Asst. Prof. Dr. Tomaž Hočevar’s research into algorithms and data structures has achieved outstanding results. As a member of the Bioinformatics Laboratory, he is an important contributor in the development and maintenance of Orange, a machine learning and data analysis software environment that is used worldwide. He is popularising computer science by organising secondary school and university computer science competitions.


Asst. Prof. Dr. Vedrana Sember, teacher and researcher at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Sport, has more than 30 scientific articles published in renowned international journals. She successfully transfers her knowledge to students. She participates in a number of projects at home and abroad and has received international awards in Luxembourg, Montenegro and Turkey.


Asst. Prof. Petja Zorec works at the Department of Textile and Clothing Design. She regularly presents her research artworks at home and abroad. She is the recipient of several domestic and international awards in fashion design. She transfers her experience to students as an assistant in the courses Clothing Design, Fashion Accessories and Fashion Styling. She is always brimming with ideas, innovative proposals and plans. Her positive energy is also passed on to students, among whom she is very popular.


Dr. Matic Pavlič was the first linguist in Slovenia to connect with the international community of researchers of sign languages and to begin describing the Slovene sign language scientifically. He has written the first grammar of this language for general use, thus empowering the deaf community. He regularly publishes his findings and participates in the preparation of language tools, tests, and syllabuses.


Dr. Darja Tadič is active in numerous projects in the field of providing support to young people in psychosocial distress, and she is also deeply involved in criminology, especially the position of women in prisons. She is the author/co-author of two collections of first-person accounts of people serving prison sentences in Slovenia. Her works are regularly published at home and abroad.


Asst. Prof. Dr. Miha Hafner is achieving above-average results in teaching and is thus making an important contribution to the development of law studies and the reputation of the Faculty of Law and the University of Ljubljana, and, through his research, to the advancement of scholarship. Students appreciate his scholarly expertise, professionalism, broad knowledge, accessibility and willingness to help. In addition to his outstanding work in teaching, he also distinguishes himself with his strong involvement in research both at home and abroad.