Professors and mentors in Slovenia

Tit Albreht

Assistant Professor at Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana


Tit Albrecht is an expert researcher for health services and health systems at the National Institute of Public Health. He completed a specialization in social medicine and then successfully completed his Master's Degree in Public Health in Rotterdam and a doctoral study on the topic of transition in the Slovenian Healthcare at the University of Amsterdam. He is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana at the Department of Public Health and acts as a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Public Health Association and Vice President of the Health Services Research Section of the same organization. Since 2006, he has been actively involved in the development of policies in the field of comprehensive cancer treatment in the European Union, firstly under the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and then the coordinator of joint actions in the field of cancer control policies in the European Union.

Tadej Battelino

Professor at Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana


Tadej Battelino completed his medical degree at the University of Ljubljana in 1990. He completed a Masters degree, and later a PhD focusing on glucose metabolism in neonatal endotoxic shock in 1996. He completed his clinical fellowship at Loyola University of Chicago, USA, and his postdoctoral fellowship at INSERM, Paris, France. Professor Battelino is currently Consultant and Head of Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology, UMC Ljubljana, Head, Chair of Paediatrics, and Professor of Paediatrics at Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. He is PI on several research projects in the field of pediatric endocrinology and metabolism and was awarded the Slovene national award for research in 2014, and Gold medal for research at the University of Ljubljana in 2017. Professor Battelino is on the editorial boards for the journals Paediatric Diabetes, Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism and was Editor for the European Journal of Endocrinology from 2009 to 2015. He has authored or co-authored over 200 manuscripts in international peer-reviewed journals and participated in chapters to several books. Professor Battelino is a member of numerous professional associations including the American Diabetes Association, European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes, for which he served as President for the 35th Annual Congress. He served on the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) council and is the co-organizer of twelve annual meetings of the ATTD (Advanced Technologies and Treatment of Diabetes). Professor Battelino is a regular member of the Slovene Medical Academy and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Vita Godec

Doctor of Chemistry, Lenis Farmacevtika


Vita Godec received her BSc in Biochemistry and her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She continued her research at the postdoctoral level as a 2012 UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK, by studying antimicrobial substances which affect the assembly of bacterial cell walls, which resulted in several published scientific papers. After a brief stint as an R&D researcher in Lek, a Sandoz company, she received her MBA from IEDC-Bled School of Management and began working as a Business Development Manager at Lenis farmacevtika, a Slovenian pharma wholesaler specializing in imports of niche and unlicensed medicines, where she focuses on the digitalization in business process management while still being active in the Slovenian popular science scene.

Marko Grobelnik

Jozef Stefan Institute


Marko Grobelnik is an expert in the areas of analysis of large amounts of complex data with the purpose to extract useful knowledge. In particular, the areas of expertise comprise: Data Mining, Text Mining, Information Extraction, Link Analysis, and Data Visualization as well as more integrative areas such as Semantic Web, Knowledge Management and Artificial Intelligence. Apart from research on theoretical aspects of data analysis techniques he has considerable experience in the field of practical applications and development of business solutions based on the innovative technologies. His main achievements are from the field of Text-Mining (analysis of large amounts of textual data), having leading role on scientific and applicative projects funded by European Commission, having projects with industries such as Microsoft Research, British Telecom, New York Times, Siemens, and organizing several international events on the related topics.

Marina Klemenčič

Assistant Professor at Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana


Marina Klemenčič received her Ph.D. in biochemistry in 2013 at the University of Ljubljana under the supervision of prof. dr. Brigita Lenarčič. From 2016 to 2018 she was a post-doctoral fellow at Umeå University, Sweden, in the laboratory of dr. Christiane Funk. After returning to the University of Ljubljana, she became an assistant professor. Her research focuses on structural and functional characterization of algal proteases, enzymes of key importance in maintaining life and executing death in these organisms. She is an active member of the Association of Slovenes educated abroad and is one of the founding members of the Cutting Edge society, introducing scientific concepts for students and young researchers.

Franc Kosem

Slovenska Filharmonija


Franc Kosem is a virtuoso on a trumpet. He studied at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, where he completed his specialist studies with Professor Anton Grčar, then went to postgraduate studies at the Karlsruhe University of Music and Professor Reinhold Friedrich. All this time, he further perfected himself with many master trumpets. He is now a soloist, chamber or orchestra musician, a regular guest at home and abroad; at the MIO2012 Academy he teaches and promotes an orchestral play, but he regularly participates in the Triple Choir ensemble of the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, the Triumvirate Triumvirate Trio and the Mozart Orchestra in Bologna.

Joze Korelc

Professor in Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana


Prof. Jože Korelc graduated from the University of Ljubljana and finished his PhD at the Darmstadt University of Technology. His research examines an interdisciplinary approach to computational mechanics as synthesis of classical numerical methods and symbolic-algebraic systems. He has published numerous articles on finite element technology for solid and contact problems, material modeling, sensitivity analysis, automatic code generation and the use of symbolic methods in engineering. Prof. Korelc is a primal developer of the software systems AceGen and AceFEM for on-demand numerical code generation and finite element analysis. He has organized four conferences as a president of Slovenian Society of Mechanics and published a book by Springer.

Barbara Osredkar


Barbara Osredkar currently works at TRUD Travel Agency, managing the Tromostovje Apartments and developing the incoming tourism department. Barbara completed high school for tourism and continued on to graduate from Vocational school for Tourism and Hospitality. She has worked in restaurants, at 4-star hotels as a receptionist and housekeeping manager, and has worked for one year at a travel agency before coming to TRUD. Barbara’s passion is hiking and climbing. She loves to travel and is in love with Slovenia, making tourism her calling.

Tanja Pajk

Assistant Professor at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana


Tanja Pajk Žontar is an assistant professor at the University of Ljubljana Biotechnical Faculty. She is also the leader of the Human Nutrition Group within the Department of Food Science and Technology. Her collegiate studies have all been completed at the University of Ljubljana as well as her Doctoral Dissertation on the efficiency of various nutrients on reduction for oxidative stress in pigs as a model for humans. In between her time as a student and working at the University, she worked within the Slovene Consumer's Association for many years. As her work as a professor continues, she finds time to enjoy the outdoors through walks through nature gardening or swimming. One topic she is currently interested in is nutrition for the elderly and researching the best choices for this demographic

David Sipoš

Founder of Studio Siposh


David Sipoš is a producer and founder of Studio Siposh. Studio Siposh is a creative team of filmmakers passionate about stories the modern world needs. From the legacy, we inherited from our ancestors we want to share the wisdom and help spread the message with the power of film. We preserve, develop, and spread the culture and intellectual heritage of Slovenia through film, seeking answers to the challenges of today. His recent notable films include fantasy film “Kresnik: The Lore of Fire” - the first Slovenian film funded on Kickstarter and several biographical documentaries about important figures from Slovenian history. His latest film "Beyond Home" talks about forgotten Slovenian writer and a protagonist's desire for a better future.

Andraz Tori

Co-founder of Zemanta


While in high school Andraz won two bronze medals at the International Olympiad in Informatics (1998,1999). Andraz received his undergraduate education in Computer Science and Informatics at the University of Ljubljana. In 2000 he co-founded Cyberpipe, now a leading Slovenian multimedia centre, working on a cross section of technology, art and society. From 2001 to 2007, he was a core developer of the Cinelerra open source video editing solution. Andraz is research and development lead for Zemanta. He is interested in media, IP rights logic and Internet ethics.