Nanobiology pioneer honoured

Ljubljana, 14 March - The Faculty of Biotechnology awarded university professor Damjana Drobne with the Jesenko lifetime award for outstanding achievements in biotechnology. This year, the faculty is celebrating its 70th anniversary, which will be marked by different events throughout the year.

The Jesenko awards are the highest honour in the field of biotechnology. Drobne received her lifetime award for introducing the study of nanobiology and nanotoxicology to Slovenia and establishing a research group that takes part in four big EU projects.

"This award is an opportunity for me and my colleagues to appropriately address the challenges of the future," she said. She emphasized that science is not a competition, but a collaboration.

The recipient of the award was announced at today's press conference, where Davorin Gazvoda, the deputy dean of the third biggest faculty in Ljubljana, also spoke about numerous events celebrating the faculty's 70th anniversary, culminating on 16 October in Ljubljana's Cankarjev dom.

The anniversary celebrations will be accompanied by a booklet featuring the key moments of the faculty and statements from people who influenced the development of biotechnology in Slovenia, the EU and the world.