Biography

Samo Kralj was awarded BS (1982), MS (1988), and Ph.D. (1991) in physic from the University in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Mathematics, University of Southampton, UK (1992), and at the Solid State Department, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia (1993-1996). In the period 1999-2013 he spent several months at the Department of Mathematics, University of Pavia, Italy. In Fall 2013 he was Visiting Professor at the Isaak Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK. In 2001 he was awarded the title Full Professor of Physics from the University of Maribor, Slovenia. In 1999 he established and is heading since then the Laboratory Physics of Complex Systems and Postgraduate study of Physics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (then the Faculty of Education), University of Maribor. Currently, he is the head of the Laboratory Physics of Complex Systems, the head of Ph.D. study of Physics, and vice-head of the Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor. He is also a member of the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School and Senior Research Advisor at the Solid State Department, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. His research interest includes soft matter physics modeling, topological defects, soft nanocomposites, and glassy systems. He was the main organizer and general chair of the 11th European Conference on Liquid Crystals (2011, Maribor, Slovenia) and of the ESF exploratory workshop “Defect-assembled soft matter for nanoscience and biotechnology” (2013, RogaškaSlatina, Slovenia). He was also co-chair of the International Conference on Liquid Crystals, “Liquid Crystalline Polymers and Nanosystems” (2019, Kottayam, India). He is also very active in science popularization activities as a lecturer, writer of papers and books, and cartoonist for which he obtained several national awards. He is also a piano player in the PhD Big Bang Band of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor.