Prof. Dr. Matevž Dular is the recipient of the prestigious »Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award«

date: 27.03.2020

category: Sporočila za javnost


Being one of the youngest full-time professors at the University of Ljubljana, teaching and researching at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, and following his numerous great achievements, Dr. Dular also became the recipient of the prestigious »Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award«. Despite his youth, Dr. Matevž Dular has worked at foreign universities in Germany, France and the United States for over four years, and has also directed several projects for the European Space Agency. He gained recognition for his work already in 2017 when his project of water disinfection by hydrodynamic cavitation succeeded to obtain as much as EUR 2 million of the European Research Council (ERC) grant, winning against strong competition and becoming only the fifth researcher in Slovenia to receive this grant. Last year, the Committee of the Republic of Slovenia for bestowing prizes and awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research and development activities awarded Dr. Dular the Zois Award for his important contribution to understanding the phenomenon of cavitation.

Dr. Matevž Dular specializes in fluid mechanics, ultrasound, cavitation and water purification. On the present occasion, the award was given as recognition for all his academic achievements to date and was proposed by Prof. Dr. Claus-Dieter Ohl from the Institute of Experimental Physics of the Otto-von-Guericke University (Magdeburg, Germany). All recipients of the awards, around 20 each year, are also invited to carry out, in cooperation with German experts, a research project of their choice to help promote international scientific cooperation.


About the award

The Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award is named after the German mathematician and astronomer Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (1784-1846). It has been awarded since 2001 and is intended for outstanding international researchers who have completed their doctoral studies over the last eighteen years and have during this time already achieved international recognition through their activities. The prize, which also comes with a prize money of € 45,000 is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and is awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Foundation promotes academic collaboration between outstanding scientists from Germany and abroad, supporting people rather than projects. The individual's ability is what counts, regardless of nationality or scientific field of research. Only those scientists who are expected to further achieve key successes, contributing significantly to their discipline and transcending the boundaries of their field of specialisation, are eligible for nomination. The nomination is followed by the assessment of a special committee made up of academics from different fields. The committee's decision is based solely on the nominee's scientific achievements, as it is the individual's ability and dedication that are critical to his or her academic success.

Summary of key information on the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards:

  • The recipients of the award are those scientists who  have been recognised based on their achievements to date as specialised researchers standing out internationally, and who show promise in reaching outstanding achievements and bringing about lasting impacts beyond their field of specialisation also in the future
  • Annually, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards about 20 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • The nomination is independent of the nationality of the researcher or his or her field of research
  • The recipients of the award are invited to carry out, in collaboration with German experts, a research project of their choice
  • The award also includes a prize money in the amount of € 45,000
  • Candidates for the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award have to be nominated by the academics working at a German university or research institute
  • Self-nomination is not possible, nor can nominations be made by the nominee's relatives
  • The researcher may only receive the award once
  • The candidate's achievements must be internationally recognised and properly documented, including major scientific publications and past awards
  • Each nomination is being evaluated by the special committee for a period of about six months

In addition to academic achievements of the candidate, his/her personality is also taken into account when considering the candidate's eligibility.





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