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The Golden Plaque

The Golden Plaque

The Golden Plaque is awarded for exceptional contributions to the development of scientific, pedagogical or artistic endeavours, and for strengthening the reputation of the University of Ljubljana.

Prof. Dr. Darja Koter graduated in 1983 from the University of Ljubljana’s Academy of Music, Department of Music Pedagogy. She is dedicated to collecting instruments, documenting and researching instrumental heritage and the history of instrument making in Slovenia. Her monograph titled “Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana – 80th Anniversary: 1939–2019”, published on the 80th anniversary of the Academy, is an original, exceptionally important and recognisable contribution to the history of Slovenian musicology and music pedagogy.

Boštjan Lipovšek is a professor of the horn at the University of Ljubljana’s Academy of Music. His students achieve notable successes at national and international competitions and at various music events at home and abroad. Through his experience he has contributed to the excellent education, understanding and building of connections between young musicians. In 2008, he received the Prešeren Fund Award for his artistic achievements in music.

Under the leadership of Prof. Eduard Čehovin, students have achieved excellent results in the last two years. In addition to receiving the highest awards, their works have been selected for the prestigious international publication Graphis New Talent Award – a success achieved in competition with the very best in international design. This is an outstanding achievement for students and their mentor, as well as recognition and a contribution to the reputation of the Academy and the University of Ljubljana.


Prof. Dr. Hrvoje Petković is an internationally recognised researcher in microbial biotechnology, focusing on the development of biologically active substances and bioprocesses. As a leader of international and domestic projects involving Master’s and doctoral students, he is collaborating intensively with industry, which is evidenced by high-quality scientific publications and international patents obtained.


Prof. Dr. Stanislav Trdan’s teaching, professional and research work focuses on plant protection. He is among the most recognisable researchers and experts in environmentally-friendly pest control methods in the wider region. His involvement in international activities contributes to the international impact of Slovenian professional and research achievements.


In two decades of work at the Faculty, Prof. Dr. Vesna Žabkar has left an important mark both at home and in the international arena, specifically as a researcher in marketing, as the head of the research programme and as Vice Dean for Research. Her research achievements and results in leadership roles have a significant impact on the quality of research and the Faculty’s success in retaining prestigious international accreditations, thus increasing the reputation of the University of Ljubljana.


Prof. Dr. Janez Krč is an internationally recognised researcher in photovoltaics and optoelectronics. His research focuses on modelling and characterisation of solar cell structures and organic light-emitting diodes, and more recently also photonic integrated circuits. He successfully transfers his knowledge to students and contributes to the reputation of the University of Ljubljana at home and abroad.


Prof. Dr. Tomislav Virk’s scientific and research work delves into literary and cultural issues, paying equal attention to both literary history and theory. His work in comparative literature connects contemporary Slovenian literature with that of Europe and America. The importance of his work for Slovenian literary studies, the academic community and culture is reflected in his ability to communicate his findings to the general public in the form of essays, lexical entries, and through his work as editor and translator.


Prof. Dr. Gorazd Planinšič is the driving force behind the process of professional education of secondary school physics teachers. He is a creator, coordinator and lecturer on key courses related to physics education at the Faculty. His innovative didactic approaches set an example for current and future physics teachers. He has achieved international recognition for his research in student-centred teaching that simulates the methods of working and thinking characteristic of research work.


Prof. Dr. Marko Pavliha has extensive experience in the business sector, law, politics, academia and international affairs. He lectures at home and abroad and has performed a number of roles at his alma mater. He was also a member of the Judicial Council, Secretary General of the International Maritime Committee, President of the Maritime Law Association of Slovenia and a member of the Association of Deputies. He is a prolific author of books, articles, papers and essays, and one of the most prominent Slovenian lawyers.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erik Štrumbelj’s research focuses on data sciences, statistics and probabilistic machine learning. He established research in Bayesian statistics at the University of Ljubljana, and works closely with the research group on the development of Stan, a software tool for applied Bayesian statistics. He was the main initiator of the Faculty’s new Data Sciences Master’s programme, which is closely linked with industry.


Asst. Prof. Dr. Tatjana Lejko Zupanc is Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Febrile Illnesses at the Ljubljana University Medical Centre. Her area of focus is cardiovascular infections, management of hospital infections and highly contagious diseases. She is the responsible project manager on “The course, outcome and pathogenesis of Covid-19” research project. She heads the epidemic management team at the University Medical Centre. She is the author of numerous articles published in domestic and foreign literature.


For Asst. Prof. Rok Žnidaršič and Tch. Asst. Katarina Čakš the exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Architecture – entitled “Mladi smo in živi” (“We are Young and Alive”) – was an opportunity to explore and document the origins and history of the Faculty for the first time, and record the key events of its past. At the same time, the exhibition looked to the future, calling for reflection on the Faculty’s mission both within its field and in society.


The group of experts performed their work professionally and presented complex topics to the general public in an accessible way. The group’s activities were enthusiastically welcomed by experts in the field who suggested additional questions that arose in contact with patients in pharmacies and hospitals. The group was also positively received by the lay public that was able to follow its work through special publications intended for general use.

The members of the group are: Prof. Dr. Borut Štrukelj, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tomaž Bratkovič, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mojca Lunder, Prof. Dr. Marko Anderluh, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Žiga Jakopin, Asst. Prof. Dr. Lea Knez and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Igor Locatelli


The COVID-19 Tracker team is a group of volunteers who ensured that the development of the pandemic in Slovenia was monitored in a reliable and accurate manner. Data that is carefully collected, up-to-date, transparent and accessible to everyone is crucial for an effective response to any problem society faces. Only such data enables us to understand the developing situation, encourage self-protective behaviour and take effective measures to contain the pandemic.

The Tracker team includes the following colleagues from the University of Ljubljana: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maja Pohar Perme, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Janez Žibert, Tch. Asst. Dr. Žiga Zaplotnik and Dr. Zarja Muršič.