prof. dr. Danilo Zavrtanik

prof. dr. Danilo Zavrtanik

Name: Danilo Zavrtanik
Date and place of birth: 15.8.1953, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Status: married, wife Pia, son Marko
Nationality: Slovenian
Address: Lokavec 133 B, SI-5270 Ajdovščina, Slovenia
Email: danilo.zavrtanik@ung.si

Page updated: Oktober 20, 2017


Degrees

B.Sc. in Physics at University of Ljubljana, 1979
Subject of the thesis: Charged particle identification in the momentum region around 300 MeV/c.

M.Sc. in Physics at University of Ljubljana, 1984
Subject of the thesis: Experimental apparatus for the measurement of the reaction π-p -> ππN.

Ph.D. in Physics at University of Ljubljana, 1987
Subject of the thesis: Angular distribution analysis of the reaction π-p -> π-π+n.

Employment, positions and appointments

Past

J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • from 1977 to 1979 undergraduate researcher,
  • from 1979 to 1987, postgraduate researcher,
  • from 1992 to 1996, director general,
  • from 1992 to 1996, member of the Scientific Council,
  • from 1996 to 2005, member of the Board of Governors.

University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • from 1983 to 1990, assistant, Faculty for Natural Sciences and Technology, Department for Physics,
  • from 1991 to 1995, assistant professor, Faculty for Natural Sciences and Technology, Department for Physics,
  • from 1991 to 1995, member of the Council for Science and Education of the Faculty for Natural Sciences and Technology,
  • from 1995 to 1996, assistant professor, Faculty for Mathematics and Physics, Department for Physics,
  • from 1997 to 2001, associate professor, Faculty for Mathematics and Physics, Department for Physics.

School of Environmental Sciences, Nova Gorica, Slovenia

  • from 1995 to 1998, President,

Nova Gorica Polytechnic, Nova Gorica, Slovenia

  • from 1997 to 2001, associate professor of physics, School of Environmental Sciences.
  • from 1998 to 2006, President,
  • from 1998 to 2006, Head of the Laboratory for Astroparticle Physics,
  • from 2001 to 2006, full professor of physics, School of Applied Sciences.

University of Nova Gorica, Nova Gorica, Slovenia

  • from 2006 to 2010, President,
  • from 2006 to 2017, Head of the Laboratory for Astroparticle Physics.

European Laboratory for Particle Physics, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

  • from 1988 to 1999, member of the Steering Committee and Finance Review Committee of the CPLEAR Collaboration,
  • from 1992 to 1999, member of the DELPHI Collaboration Board,
  • from 1993 to 2001 member of the Finance Review Committee of the DELPHI Collaboration,
  • from 1980 to 2002, Scientific Associate.

Other Institutions and Organisations

  • from 1992 to 1996, member of the Scientific Council of the Central European Initiative,
  • from 1992 to 1995, member of Governing Board of the Slovene Chamber of Commerce,
  • from 1993 to 1996, commissioner of the US – Slovenian Joint Board for Scientific and Technological Co-operation,
  • from 1994 to 1995, member of the Action Committee on Applied Physics and Physics in Industry at European Physical Society,
  • from 1994 to 1996, vice-president of the Slovene National Science Foundation,
  • from 1994 to 1998, member of Science and Technology Council of the Republic of Slovenia,
  • from 1995 to 1997, member of the Governing Board of the Institute for Environmental Research, ERICo, Velenje, Slovenia,
  • from 1995 to 1999, member of the Board of the Interdivisional Group on Applied Physics and Physics in Industry at European Physical Society,
  • from 1996 to 2006, member of the Pierre Auger Collaboration Board.
  • from 1998 to 2002, member of the Council of Higher Education of the Republic of Slovenia,
  • from 1998 to 2005, chairman of the Publication Committee of the Pierre Auger Collaboration,
  • from 1999 to 2005, member of the Council of the Slovenian Research Society,
  • from 2000 to 2009, member of the Council of the Primorska Technology Park,
  • from 2001 to 2004, member of the National Council for Scientific Research and President of Research Council for Natural Sciences and Mathematics,
  • from 2001 to 2010, member of the Management Board of the “E. Rusjan” Foundation,
  • from 2004 to 2006, vice-president of the Expert council of “Science for safety and peace” programme at the Ministry of defence of the Republic of Slovenia,
  • from 2006 to 2010, member of the committee for the state awards for science of the Republic of Slovenia,
  • from 2006 to 2010, chairman of the Pierre Auger Collaboration Board,
  • from 2006 to 2009, member of the Governing Board of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
  • from 2008 to 2010, member of the Pierre Auger Collaboration Executive Committee,
  • from 2009 to 2010, vice-president of the Slovenian Rectors’ Conference,
  • from 2010 to 2012, president of the Slovenian Rectors’ Conference,
  • from 2014 to 2017, member of the Board of Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies, Vitanje, Slovenia.

Present

University of Nova Gorica, Nova Gorica, Slovenia

  • from 2010, Rector,
  • from 2017, Head of the Center for Astrophysics and Cosmology,
  • from 2006, full professor of physics, School of Science.

J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • from 1987, research position.

Other Institutions and Organisations

  • from 2008, member of Science and Technology Council of the Republic of Slovenia,
  • from 2009, member of the Board of Governors of University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg,
  • from 2010, member of The Council of Higher Education of the Republic of Slovenia,
  • from 2010, chairman of the Management Board of the University of Nova Gorica Foundation,
  • from 2011, member of the Finance Board of the “P. Auger Collaboration”,
  • from 2012, member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the IDPASC network,
  • from 2016, vice-president of the Slovenian Rectors’ Conference,
  • from 2017, member of the CERN Council, CERN, Switzerland.

Field of research

Period: 1977 – 1979
Field: Detection techniques in nuclear and particle physics.
Place: IJS, Ljubljana.

Period: 1980 – 1987
Field: Experimental low-energy pion-pion scattering, Radon dosimetry, Detection techniques for measuring low-level radioactive pollution, Positron Emission Tomography.
Place: IJS, Ljubljana; CERN, Geneva (OMICRON Collaboration); Rutherford and Appleton Laboratory, UK; University of Oxford, Nuclear Physics Lab., UK.

Period: 1988 – 2001
Field: CP, T and CPT violation in the K0 system.
Place: IJS, Ljubljana; Nova Gorica Polytechnic; CERN, Geneva (CPLEAR Collaboration).

Period: 1990 – 2002
Field: Heavy flavours physics, W physics, and search for Higgs boson.
Place: Nova Gorica Polytechnic; IJS, Ljubljana; CERN, Geneva (DELPHI Collaboration).

Period: 1995 –
Field: Astroparticle Physics: High Energy Cosmic Rays, Detector development.
Place: University of Nova Gorica; P. Auger Observatory, Malargue, Argentina (Pierre Auger Collaboration), CTA consortium.

Co-author of 1 book, 434 scientific articles and 176 conference contributions.

Teaching activity

  • various physics courses at the University of Ljubljana (Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Faculty of Pharmacology) and University of Nova Gorica,
  • supervisor of B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.

Other activities

  • initiator and promoter of the IJS Technology Park (1992), the project which resulted in the establishment of the Ljubljana Technology Park in 1995,
  • initiator and one of the founders of the School of Environmental Sciences, SES, Nova Gorica, Slovenia, 1995,
  • initiator and one of the founders of the Research Institute Valdoltra, Koper, Slovenia, 1996,
  • initiator and promoter of the Primorski Technology Park , 1999,
  • initiator and one of the founders of the “E. Rusjan Foundation”, Nova Gorica, Slovenia, 2001.

Awards

  • Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia, 1997.
  • Zois Award – National Award for Science, 2004.
  • Nova Gorica Municipality Award, 2005.
  • Decoration of the President of the Republic of Slovenia “Order for services”, 2005.

Memberships

  • from 1980, member of the Slovene Mathematical, Physical and Astronomical Society,
  • from 1987, member of the Slovene Society for Medical and Biological Engineering,
  • from 1990, member of the European Physical Society.

Conference and Journal Committees

  • member of the Scientific Committee of the Workshop on Centres of Excellence and Materials Science, Budapest, Hungary, April 26-27, 1993,
  • council member of the QUARK Journal, from 1993, Ljubljana, Slovenia,
  • member of the Organising Committee of the Conference “PSA/PRA Severe Accidents 94”, Ljubljana, Slovenia, April 17-20, 1994,
  • member of the International Programme Advisory Panel of the Third Biennial Conference on Low-Energy Antiproton Physics, LEAP 94, Bled, Slovenia, September 12-17, 1994,
  • member of the Local Organising and Programme Committee of the Forum Bled ’94: Scientific and Technological Co-operation between small and large Countries – Opportunities, Challenges, Problems; Bled, Slovenia, December 11-14, 1994,
  • member of the Organising Committee of the Third International Conference on Moving Boundaries 95, Bled, Slovenia, June 27-29, 1995,
  • member of the International Organising Committee of the ICFA 95 SCHOOL, Instrumentation in Elementary Particle Physics, Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 3-15, 1995,
  • honorary member of the Symposium on Radiation Protection in Neighbouring Countries in Central Europe, Portorož, Slovenia, September 4-7, 1995,
  • member of the Programme Committee of the ELETTRA Third Users’ Meeting, Trieste, Italy, December 4-5, 1995,
  • member of the Local Organising Committee of the Forum Bled ’95: Transfer of Knowledge: Academia – Technology – Industry – Quality of Life; Bled, Slovenia, December 3-6, 1995,
  • member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Conference on New Opportunities for Research at Third Generation Light Sources, Lipica, Slovenia, May 25-29, 1996,
  • member of the Programme Committee of the Forum Bled Conference ’96: From the Global to the Roots, Learning: the Treasure Within; Bled, Slovenia, October 13-15, 1996
  • member of the Honorary Committee of the Symposium on Biotechnology for the 21. century, Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 24-25, 2000,
  • member of the Scientific Committee of the 1st Nordung Forum, Ljubljana, Slovenia, April 11, 2001,
  • member of the Honorary Committee of the EUROTHERM 69 Seminar: Heat and Mass Transfer in Solid-Liquid Phase Change Processes, Bistra Castle, Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 25-27, 2003,
  • member of the Program Committee of the Management International Conference MIC’06, Portorož, Slovenia, November 23 – 25, 2006,
  • chairman of the International Advisory Committee of the Time and Matter International Conference, TAM 2007, Bled, Slovenia, August 26-31, 2007,
  • chairman of the International Advisory Committee of the Time and Matter International Conference, TAM 2010, Budva, Montenegro, October 4-8, 2010,
  • chairman of the International Advisory Committee of the Time and Matter International Conference, TAM 2013, Venezia, Italy, March 4-8, 2013,
  • member of the International Advisory Board of the 6th IDPASC School, IDPASC 2016, Vipava, Slovenia, May 23 – June 1, 2016.