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prof. Klavdija Kutnar, UP FAMNIT Dean, candidate to the Rector of the University of Primorska

We are pleased to inform that UP FAMNIT Dean, prof. Klavdija Kutnar, PhD, has been confirmed as the only candidate to the Rector of the University of Primorska, host institution to the upcoming 8ECM.


On 29 April 2019, the Electoral Commission examined all the received complete candidate proposals and confirmed the official List of candidates. Three members of the University of Primorska (Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies, Institute Andrej Marušič and Faculty of Education) nominated Prof. Klavdija Kutnar, while Senates of the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Turism Studies and the Faculty of Heath Sciences, voted to support Prof. Kutnar.


All eligible voters (University professors, researchers, assistants and associates, students and other employees) will be able to vote during early elections on 20th May or on regular elections on 23rd May.


Congratulations to our Dean for the hard work and for having the support of UP members!

Klavdija Kutnar was born 23 December 1980, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She graduated from the University of Ljubljana in 2003, and in 2008 received her PhD in Mathematics at the University of Primorska under the supervision of Dragan Marušič. From 2010-2012 she was head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Primorska Institute Andrej Marušič (UP IAM). In 2012, she was elected dean of the University of Primorska Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technology (UP FAMNIT) and since 2015 has concurrently been assistant director of UP IAM. In 2018 she was granted the titles of Research Counsellor and Full Professor in Mathematics at the University of Primorska.


Kutnar’s main research area is algebraic graph theory. At the beginning of her research career, she also worked in mathematical chemistry. She is noted for her contribution to the study of the structural properties of particular families of symmetric graphs and in particular, her role in developing the original method of embedding graphs on surfaces to solve special cases of the well-known Lovász conjecture: the problem of finding Hamiltonian paths and cycles in vertex-transitive and Cayley graphs. She is a member of the research program P1-0285, financed by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) and led by Prof. Dragan Marušič, PhD. In 2018, she was the first Slovenian female mathematician to obtain a basic research project financed by the ARRS (J1-9110).


Kutnar has been a member of the editorial board of the journal Ars Mathematica Contemporanea since 2016, serving as editor-in-chief from 2018. She is also a member of the editorial boards of the Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications and Algebraic Combinatorics, and managing editor of the scientific journal ADAM – The Art of Discrete and Applied Mathematics.


She is a Deputy Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics in 2020 and a member of International Advisory Committee for the International Congress of Mathematicians 2022, which will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia.


She is a founding member and the secretary of the Slovenian Discrete and Applied Mathematics Society. Since 2017, she has been a member of the Council of the InnoRenew CoE (Center of Excellence for research and innovation in the field of renewable materials and a healthy living environment), and the leader of the investment project “Renewable Materials and Healthy Environments Research and Innovation Center of Excellence – InnoRenew CoE” at UP FAMNIT.


In 2017, Kutnar was appointed by the Minister to the Working Group to support the Peer-Counseling Project on the financing of higher education in Slovenia. She is also a member of the Council of the Republic of Slovenia for prizes and awards for outstanding achievements in science, research and development. 

In 2019, she became the President of the Council of the Republic of Slovenia for Higher Education.