Physicist Žumer wins top science award
Ljubljana, 5 December - Physicist Slobodan Žumer won the 2017 Zois Prize for lifetime achievement, the top national accolade for science, for his work in soft matter physics research. A professor at the Ljubljana Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and a researcher at the Jožef Stefan Institute, Žumer is one of the most prominent experts in theoretical physics of anisotropic soft matter in the world. The Zois Prizes for outstanding achievements in 2017 went to Janez Plavec of the National Institute for Chemistry for his research of the structure of nucleic acids and proteins by means of nuclear magnetic resonance; Rajko Bratož of the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts for his monograph "Between Italy and Illyria: Slovenian Space and Its Neighbourhood in Late Antiquity"; and Zdravko Kravanja, the dean of the Maribor Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, for achievements in development of computer-supported methods and tools for synthesis and reconstruction of processes. The prizes are named after patron of arts and science Baron Žiga Zois (1747-1819).