Špela Stres

Špela Stres

Head of Innovation and Technology Transfer Center

Jozef Stefan Institute (JSI)


Spela Stres is Head of "Innovation and Technology Transfer Center" for the Jozef Stefan Institute (JSI) and an invited lecturer at University of Ljubljana. She first served at JSI as Teaching-, Research-, Senior Research-Assistant. She continued as a Research Associate at the Deutsches Elektronen Synchroton in Hamburg. After an affiliation with the industry she returned to JSI as a Senior Researcher as well as managing the Communication and TechTransfer Unit, coordinating the national Enterprise Europe Network and supervising creation of several spinout companies in the field of material science and ICT and the SI-TT Association creation, which she presides.

She served as "CERN Technology Transfer Network" Board member and as Vice President of "European Association of Science and Technology Professionals". She was a Fellow at JUAS /CERN, Geneva, a Head of new product development for an SME and operated in several missions as individual exploitation strategy expert in Germany, UK, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Czech Republic, Belgium, France for SMEs and public research organisations alike.

She is experienced in different EC programmes as ERC Evaluator and Advisory Group Member for DG CONNECT and DG RTDI; as Strategic Advisory Group and Expert Group Member for several DGs; as Project Coordinator of numerous EU/national projects. She is involved in large scale negotiation processes in the roles of the main negotiator, business architect or legal advisor.

She holds a PhD in Physics of University of Ljubljana; a Masters Degree of Law in the field of Intellectual Property of the University of Turin and World Intellectual Property Office (Geneva); an Executive MBA of Cotrugli Bussines School (Lichtenstein); a Patent Attorney Exam.

She is a member of a high level 10-Member Group of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism at United Nations, New York.

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