Matjaž Perc is professor of physics at the University of Maribor. He is a member of Academia Europaea and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and among top 1% most cited physicists according to 2020 Clarivate Analytics data. He is also the 2015 recipient of the Young Scientist Award for Socio and Econophysics from the German Physical Society, and the 2017 USERN Laureate. In 2018 he received the Zois Award, which is the highest national research award in Slovenia. In 2019 he became Fellow of the American Physical Society. Since 2021 he is Vice Dean of Natural Sciences at the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.