On Tuesday, 27 November 2018, the ceremony of awarding researchers and engineers with the national Zois and Puh prizes took place in the Cankar Cultural Centre in Ljubljana. The Ambassador of Science award was presented to Professor Bogdan Povh, a famous international expert in elementary particle physics.
Leon Kralj received a prize for achievements in air conditioning on ships, Mojca Benčina was awarded for discoveries in immunology and biology, Saša Komelj Kralj was distinguished for achievements in quantum physics, and Andreja Kutnar was awarded for achievements in wood processing and sustainable wood construction.
One of the prize winners, Nina Gunde Cimerman, compared the properties of microorganisms in salt lakes and in the Arctic Regions. Janez Košmrlj contributed to the development of drugs for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Tadej Rojac received a diploma for discoveries in the field of electronic ceramics. Engineer Marjan Pipenbaher received an award for the construction of large bridges, and doctor Marko Noč was distinguished for his work in the field of therapy.
Matjaž Perc was awarded for his discoveries in statistical physics, and Robert Dominko received prize for the development of new batteries. Professor of metallurgy Franc Vodopivec and historian Milica Kacin Wohinz received awards for their long-term successful work.