Prizes and awards
Our University researchers are rewarded for their work in various fields. We have achieved remarkable results in research on renewable materials and healthy living environments, mathematics, tourism, health, psychology, pedagogy and other sciences.
The Zois Award is the highest in Slovenia for achievements in scientific research and development. It is awarded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia for the lifetime work of a researcher, who through his work has gained an outstanding reputation in the field of scientific research and development and for top achievements in the field of scientific research and development.
In 2019, prof. Enes Pasalic received the prestigious Zois Award for Excellence in Cryptography.Justification:
Prof. Enes Pasalic is a researcher in the field of cryptography and is one of the world's leading scientists in the field of symmetric cypher design and analysis, as well as studying cryptographically interesting discrete combinatorial structures, especially Boolean functions. He participated in the development of the S-box primitive in the new encryption standard used on the 3G mobile network and in the SNOW 3G streaming code for use in the 3GPP standard. Between 2012 and 2018, he published 41 scientific papers in high-quality journals such as IEEE and Finite Fields and their Applications. The main contribution of his research work is related to the use of Boolean functions in determining orthogonal sequences in mobile networks. Using these findings, it is possible to double the number of users per cell on CDMA networks. Other important research areas are related to new cryptanalytical methods, the use of Boolean functions for testing broken circuitry, efficient probability algorithms for detecting the algebraic properties of cryptographic primitives, and to the theoretical development of cryptographic primitives that have the best-known resistance to certain cryptoanalytic attacks. In 2015, he organized the first international cryptographic conference in Slovenia, BalkanCryptSec, in Koper. From year 2018, he leads the Center for Cryptography at the University of Primorska, and in the same year, he became the head of the research program Mathematical Modeling and Encryption: From Theoretical Concepts to Everyday Applications.
(source:https://www.gov.si/novice/divided/; January 30, 2020)
In 2018, Zois' recognition for significant scientific achievements in the field of woodworking received assoc. prof. Andreja Kutnar.Justification:
Andreja Kutnar is Associate Professor at the University of Primorska and Director of the InnoRenew CoE Research Institute. She is one of the world's leading scientists in the fields of wood composites, thermo-hydromechanical woodworking, sustainable built environments and environmental impact analysis. Through penetrating research based on an interdisciplinary and international approach, she has co-created and established a new research area - restorative environmental and ergonomic design. In her work, she has coordinated several international consortia, including through the COST Action, networking with researchers from 39 countries. A major achievement of her such and scientific efforts is the InnoRenew CoE Project and Research Institute, which continue to develop a restorative environmental and ergonomic design, among others. In doing so, they are designed to promote the regional development of science and to integrate it into the international arena. Dr Kutnar In less than ten years after her doctorate became not only a top expert in the field of timber but also a successful leader of a scientific institute and a sought-after guest lecturer at foreign universities and a guest of high-profile scientific conferences.
(source: http://www.mizs.gov.si/en/products/directorate_for_knowledge/sector_for_knowledge/activity/rewards_in_recognition_for_exciting_ achievements_in_scientific_development_and_development_activities/2018/; 2/28/2019)
In 2015, the Zois Award for outstanding achievements in scientific research in the field of discrete mathematics and its applications was received by prof. Tomaž Pisanski.Justification
Prof. Tomaž Pisanski is a top researcher working in the field of discrete and computer mathematics, with applications in science, technology and social sciences. The breadth of his work is evidenced by an extensive bibliography, which includes 146 original scientific articles, one scientific monograph published in 2013 by the renowned publishing house Birkhäuser, and four chapters in international monographic publications. The exceptional resonance of his work is confirmed by more than 1000 standardized pure citations in the last ten years and the standardized H-index of 19. Prof. Pisanski is one of the pioneers of topological graph theory in the world and the founder of the world-famous Slovenian school of graph theory. In 2008 he co-founded the first international mathematical journal in Slovenia, Ars Mathematica Contemporanea, which in 2014 was included in the first half of SCI journals in the field of mathematics. In the last seven years, prof. dr. Pisanski himself or in co-authorship published 47 original scientific articles in renowned international journals. In 2011, he obtained the GReGAS project from the European Science Foundation and became the first Slovenian coordinator of a project under the EUROCORES program. His most important contribution to the world treasury of knowledge is based on the use of discrete mathematics methods in science and technology. His contribution to the development of graph representation theory, which is used in mathematics itself, as well as in chemistry, biology and other sciences, is remarkable.
In 2013, the Zois Award for top achievements in mathematics and science was received by prof. Dušanka Janežič.Justification
Prof. Dušanka Janežič is a full professor at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska and a scientific advisor at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the University of Ljubljana. The basic orientations of her scientific research work are refinement and development and application of new methods and algorithms in molecular modelling, ie in theoretical research in natural and technical sciences such as chemistry, pharmacy, molecular physics, structural biology and development of new materials. Professor Dušanka Janežič, with her top achievements in the field of molecular modelling, which she brought to Slovenia 20 years ago, has permanently contributed to the development of scientific research and development activities in the Republic of Slovenia. Through her many years of scientific research, pedagogical and professional work in the field of molecular modelling, she has gained a great reputation among leading experts and scientists in the world and at home. The bibliography of Professor Dušanka Janežič comprises more than 400 items. She co-authored a scientific monograph on her work entitled Graph Theoretical Matrices, seven chapters in monographs by foreign publishers and 86 scientific articles in foreign journals of the highest quality class with domestic and foreign collaborators.
In the last seven years, Professor Dušanka Janežič has published 40 original scientific articles in renowned international journals with high profile, two chapters in monographic publications of foreign publishing houses and one scientific monograph published by a foreign publishing house. Her scientific achievements are innovative and have a usable value setting.
In 2012, Zois received the recognition for important scientific achievements in mathematics from assoc. prof. Štefko Miklavič.Justification
Associate prof. Štefko Miklavič is an associate professor at the University of Primorska. His research work belongs to the field of graph theory or, in everyday language, prof. Štefko Miklavič researches networks. Networks of all kinds strongly shape our daily lives: the World Wide Web is a network, molecular structures are networks, social communities are networks. From the scientific work of prof. Štefko Miklavič follows that those networks whose nodes - its parts - are connected as balanced as possible are more efficient, more successful and also more long-lived. In professional language, the focus of research is prof. Štefko Miklavič algebraic graph theory, especially Terwilliger algebras of distance-regular graphs, Q-polynomial distance-regular graphs, graph decks and structures of symmetric graphs. He solved several research problems that had been open until then. In the last seven years, prof. Štefko Miklavič published 27 original articles, all in reputable mathematical journals with an impact factor, eight as the sole author and the others as co-authors. His works have attracted attention in Slovenia and the wider international public. His scientific achievements are innovative and also have a value for use.
The Ambassador of Science award is given by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia for important achievements in the promotion and development of Slovenian scientific and development activities abroad.
In 2016, the award was received by prof. Sara Dolničar, who has been participating in the doctoral study program Innovative Tourism at the UP Faculty of Tourism Studies since 2012.Justification
Prof. Sara Dolničar works scientifically in Australia. She first worked at the University of Wollongong, and since 2013 at the prestigious The University of Queensland. He is scientifically involved in methodology and measurement tools in marketing, especially in the fields of tourism, volunteering and sustainable water use. She has conducted numerous high-profile international researches in these fields, which places her globally among the 2% of the most successful researchers in the field of marketing. The excellence of her scientific research work is evidenced by more than 300 scientific works with more than 6,000 citations. She is a member of the prestigious International Academy for the Study of Tourism and the editorial boards of nine of the most prestigious international scientific journals. She has received 12 prestigious international awards for her work. ARRS recognizes her as one of the 129 most prominent Slovenian scientists in the world. Prof. Sara Dolničar is intensively involved in the Slovenian scientific space. Since 2012, he has been cooperating pedagogically and research-wise with the Faculty of Tourism Studies of the University of Primorska, and since 2014 also with the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana. Her participation is expressed in the transfer of scientific research knowledge to researchers and students and in the co-creation of high-profile scientific achievements together with them. Her research activity in Slovenia also has a useful value in terms of cooperation with many (especially tourist) companies.
The Prometheus of Science Award for Excellence in Communication in Science is the highest and only recognition ever introduced for those researchers, artists, teachers and journalists who excel in communicating science with various publics, especially with the general public. The award is given by the Slovenian Science Foundation.
The recipients of the awards are the following UP researchers:
- In 2019 prof. Tomaž Pisanski from the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of communication science.
- In 2019, she received prof. Irena Lazar, dean of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Primorska, as a researcher of the archaeology of the Roman provinces and especially as a specialist in the ancient glass.
- Recognition for achievements in the last three years, especially in 2019, was also received by prof. Jurka Lepičnik Vodopivec at the suggestion of UP because she significantly contributed to the promotion of education in the general professional public as well as in the international environment and assoc. prof. Nives Kovač and assist. prof. Janja Plazar from the Faculty of Education, University of Primorska, at the suggestion of other institutions.
- In 2019, Mirella Baruca, Anja Curk Repič and Damjan Muhič, employees of the Communication Service of the University of Primorska, who take care of the UP budi web portal, received a group award.
- In 2018, assoc. prof. Nejc Šarabon for communicating the use of scientific achievements in the field of kinesiology in everyday life and sports.
- For 2018, the Prometheus of Science award from the University of Primorska was also received by students of the UP Faculty of Humanities with mentors assist. prof. Vladko Tucovič Sturman and assist. prof. Jana Volk and lecturer Mojca Maljevac from Radio Koper for the joint project "Corner for the tongue".
- In 2017 prof. Igor Saksida for the successful revival of classical Slovenian literature with the help of hip hop in the book Kla kla klasika.
- For the period 2015 - 2017 prof. Jonatan Vinkler for communicating about literary and cultural history, especially for his research work, which is the basis for publishing the collected works of Primož Trubar.
- In 2016, assoc. prof. Andraž Teršek for communicating the social system, political decision-making and legal practices.
- In 2015, students and professors of the Department of Mediterranean Agriculture UP FAMNIT with the mentor assoc. prof. Dunja Bandelj, Agricultural Cooperative Agraria Koper, the officer of Primorska novice for the successful campaign "Primorski vrtiček" and connecting the academic sphere and agriculture with the public.
- In 2015, Andreja Kutnar, PhD for successful multi-layered communication of wood science
- In 2014 assist. prof. Vita Poštuvan for opening a rather taboo topic on suicide support for the implementation of the paradigm of sustainable development.
Other awards and recognitions
The ARRS Excellent in Science Award 2018 for work published by a reputable international publishing house is for the co-authorship of the work “Fish on the move: fishing between discourses and borders in the Northern Adriatic” (MARE publication series, vol. 11). Cham: Springer Nature, 2017 ”received by assoc. prof. Alenka Janko Spreizer.
The Donald Michie and Alan Turing Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the Multiconference Information Society, one of the leading Central European conferences bringing together scientists from various research fields related to the Information Society, was received in 2016 by prof. Tomaž Pisanski.
In 2015, the Association of Geographers of Slovenia prof. Anton Gosar was awarded the Melik Lifetime Achievement Award and contribution to the development of Slovenian geography.
Professor Borut Likar received the Merit Award in the field of innovation in 2015 for his outstanding work in the field of education and raising awareness of young people in the field of innovation. The award is presented annually by the Association of Slovenian Inventors ASI.
The »Primorski um« award for experts who have proven themselves in the introduction of top knowledge into practice was awarded in 2015 to assist. prof.. Zala Jenko Pražnikar, who conducts research in the field of biochemistry,
in 2014 prof. Mara Cotič, who works in the field of education
in 2013, the award was received by prof. Štefko Miklavič for his contribution in the field of mathematics and successful promotion of Slovenian science at the regional, national and international level,
and in 2012 received prof. Borut Likar for the field of education.