ASEF Tutorial Program



ASEF Tutorial Program is a new program of mentorship for ASEF Junior Fellows, launched in September 2020 in Slovenia. As a complementary approach to the university curriculum, ASEF Junior Fellows work in small groups (2-3) with tutors who are leading experts in their field. The program is based on Tutorial teaching programs from the University of Oxford and Harvard University, and is supported by ASEF members trained at those universities.

The ASEF Tutorial Program consists of monthly meetings of ASEF Junior Fellows with their tutor. For each meeting, students write a topical essay, present their work, and participate in a debate with other members of the group. During the tutorial, the tutor moderates the discussion, challenges arguments, provides constructive criticism and oversees students’ academic development.

The program is designed to encourage Fellows to purposefully develop their academic potential by paying attention to their individual talents and interests.

Tutorial Groups

In the academic year 2020/2021, tutorial groups are focusing on "Challenges in Environmental Protection".

Tutorial groups and tutors:

  • Physics (Alumni): Prof. Dr. Denis Arčon

  • Computer Sciences: Prof. Dr. Ivan Bratko

  • Biochemistry, Chemistry and Biotechnology: Prof. Dr. Zdenko Časar

  • Law and Economy: Assist. Prof. Dr. Petra Weingerl

  • Physics: Prof. Dr. Primož Ziherl

  • Medicine: Prof. Dr. Matjaž Zwitter

    Meet Our Tutors

    Denis Arčon

    Denis Arčon

    Professor of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana; Jožef Stefan Institute
    Denis Arčon works in the field of experimental magnetic resonance at the Jožef Stefan Institute and at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana. Since 1993 he has been studying metal-insulator transitions, superconductivity and magnetic properties of doped fullerenes, unusual superconductivity in iron-pnictide superconductors, magnetism in low-dimensional highly frustrated systems, Li-ion intercalation into various nanostructures and adsorption properties of titanates. He has published 133 articles in all of these fields, including 3 in the journal Science and one in the journal Nature. In addition, prof. Arčon has established important connections with many researchers in the UK, most notably Professor Prassides (University of Durham) and Professor Rossiensky (University of Liverpool) and is a visiting professor at Tohoku University in Sendai, where he works closely with Professors Tanigaki and Nojiri. In Japan, he also collaborates with the University of Kobe (Prof. Ohta), and has also established contacts with scientific groups in the United States, most notably the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida (Prof. Hans van Tol). He was awarded the Jožef Štefan Gold Badge and the Zois Award for his research work, as well as the award of the International Association for Materials Research in Tokyo.
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    Ivan Bratko

    Professor of Computer Science, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana
    Ivan Bratko is professor of Computer Science at University of Ljubljana. He pioneered AI research in Slovenia. His most visible contributions are in machine learning, (inductive) logic programming and learning qualitative models, with applications in medicine, ecology and robotics. Recently, he has been interested in interpretable learning and planning with small data, and estimating difficulty of problems for humans. His publications include books Prolog Programming for AI (4th edition Pearson Education) and KARDIO: A Study in Deep and Qualitative Knowledge for Expert Systems (with Mozetic and Lavrac, MIT Press). He worked as a visiting professor or researcher at various places, including J. Stefan Institute (Ljubljana), Edinburgh University, Strathclyde University (Glasgow), Sydney University, University of New South Wales (Sydney), Polytechnic University of Madrid, Alpen Adria University (Klagenfurt, Austria), Universidad del Sur (Bahia Blanca, Argentina), Delft University of Technology, Bogazici Univeristy (Istanbul). He received the Zois Award for outstanding scientific achievements, and is full member of SAZU (Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts) and IAS (Eng. Academy of Slovenia), fellow of EurAI and Academia Europaea.
    Zdenko Časar

    Zdenko Časar

    Head of Early Stage Development, Lek d. d.; Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana
    Zdenko Časar is a Head of Early Stage Development in the pharmaceutical company Lek d. d. and a senior research associate at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana. He graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, UL. He holds a PhD in co-mentorship from the Ecole Doctorale Sciences de la Matière, Université de Rennes 1 in organic chemistry and from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the University of Maribor in chemical technology. He completed postdoctoral training between 2003-2004 at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, UL. The main area of ​​his work and research is synthetic chemistry focused on the synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients. During his career at Novartis, dr. Časar was the Head of various departments at the Sandoz Development Center Slovenia, where they are developing a number of the most difficult projects for complex medicines. In addition, he was also Sandoz’s Head of Global Portfolio Management in Austria. He was the first Slovene to receive the highest Novartis scientific honor, the Distinguished Scientist Award, for his work in the field of development and research at Novartis. He is also the recipient of the state Puh Award for important achievements in the field of active pharmaceutical ingredient synthesis. Dr. Časar is also a full professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana.
    Petra Weingerl

    Petra Weingerl

    Assistant Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Maribor
    Petra Weingerl is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Maribor. Petra completed her doctorate and Magister Juris (Dist.) at the Faculty of Law of the University of Oxford. Before commencing her DPhil, she worked at the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg and at Higher (Appellate) Court in Ljubljana. She was a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence and at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg. Short research stays or projects at various law faculties (Münster, Genova, Leuven, Wrocław...). Teaching and researching in the field of EU Law, international law and comparative law (European private law, consumer protection, internal market, AI, circular economy…). She is a member of a working group of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), a member of the National Contact Point for the OECD, and a member of the Working Group on the Implementation of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights of the Republic of Slovenia. In 2018, Petra received the “Young Lawyer of the Year” Award, awarded by the Slovenian Lawyers’ Association. In 2019, she received an award "Večer's Scientist of Styria 2019".

    Primož Ziherl

    Professor of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana; Scientific Councilor, Jožef Stefan Institute
    Primož Ziherl is a professor of Physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana and a scientific councilor at the Jožef Stefan Institute. He got his PhD in 1998 from the University of Ljubljana and then worked as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pennsylvania. He was visiting professor at Universität Wien. His research revolves around theoretical studies in soft condensed matter physics and in biophysics, especially colloids, quasicrystals, vesicles, and tissues. He collaborates with groups from around the world, recently mainly with those from Japan. With dr. Antonio Šiber, he co-authored Cellular Patterns, a textbook-style volume dealing with the mechanical aspects of animal tissues published by CRC Press in 2017. In 2008 he became the Outstanding Referee of the American Physical Society, in 2009 he was awarded the Golden Plaque of the University of Ljubljana, and in 2017 he won the Advisor of the Year prize by the Young Academy.
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    Matjaž Zwitter

    Professor of Medical Ethics, Medical Faculty, University of Maribor
    Prof. Matjaž Zwitter, MD, PhD is a consultant in oncology and radiotherapy. During 41 years of his work at the Institute of Oncology in Ljubljana, he covered a broad spectrum of activities. When serving as the director of the Institute (1991-1995), his role was crucial in implementation of plans for an urgently needed renovation. He later returned to work with patients and to clinical research. His bibliography includes publications on malignant lymphomas, pediatric oncology, lung cancer, mesothelioma, brain tumors, cancer of unknown origin, ethics of clinical research, and ethical issues at the end of life. After retiring as a physician, he continues to serve as the Head of the Department of Medical Ethics and Law, Medical Faculty, University of Maribor. His extensive bibliography includes 50 papers included in the PubMed database. He was co-editor of two books on communication: Communication with the cancer patient: information and truth (The New York Academy of Sciences 1997) and New challenges in communication with cancer patients ( Springer 2013). He also wrote and published three books: Talking about medical ethics (in Slovenian language, Cankarjeva založba 2018), Medical Ethics in Clinical Practice (Springer 2019) and Talking on euthanasia (in Slovenian language, Slovenska matica 2019).

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