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Slovenian Scientific Institutes

Jožef Stefan Institute. Photo: Primož Lavre
  • The Jožef Stefan Institute : research and development of new technologies (nanotechnology, biotechnology, communication technology, computer technology and knowledge technologies, environmental technologies and reactor technologies)
  • The National Institute of Chemistry : this research institution celebrated its sixtieth anniversary in 2007. Its current basic research work covers four areas: biotechnology and medicinal (and nutritional) chemistry; materials and engineering; protection of the environment and analytical chemistry; and structural and computer chemistry.
  • The Geological Survey of Slovenia : its basic purpose is to ensure the best possible knowledge of the geological structure of the area covered by the Republic of Slovenia. This task is made especially difficult by the fact that Slovenian territory is exceptionally varied geologically, being at the juncture of three great tectonic units: the Alps, the Dinaric Mountains and the Pannonian Bassin.
  • The Institute of Metals and Technologies : an institute for basic and applied research in natural (metal materials, composites and vacuum technology), technical (metallurgy) and environmental (monitoring the management of secondary and waste materials of the steel and metal industry in Slovenia) sciences. 
  • Educational Research Institute : founded in 1965, the institute is responsible for research in all areas and aspects of education, and for the development of educational sciences and interdisciplinary connections.
  • The Institute for Hydraulic Research : a public research agency founded before the Second World War (then known as the Hydraulic Laboratory). In its seventy-year history, the Institute has mainly dealt with issues from various fields of hydraulic engineering (hydraulics in civil engineering, investigation of power-plants, waterway management, groundwater course problems, etc.).
  • The Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute : the central Slovenian building and civil engineering institution authorised to certify certain building products. For other revised building products, it issues conformity or applicability certificates in accordance with the law, and national and international standards. Two laboratories are entrusted with the revision of certain prototypes and measures. The Institute certifies the quality and adequacy of products used in the building of facilities which are part of the Slovenian motorway construction project.
  • The National Institute of Biology : since its foundation in 1960, the Institute’s main mission has been the creation of new knowledge in the field of biology, thereby enabling a better quality of life. The (basic and applied) research performed by the Institute focuses on various fields of biology (ecology, animal and plant physiology…) and medicine (molecular and genetic research). Applied research is an extension of basic research and deals primarily with the fields of environmental protection, biotechnology and agriculture.
  • The Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia : the central Slovenian scientific research institution for urban and regional planning and related disciplines was established in 1955. Its main activities include the methodology of programming urban development and the shaping of urban geography and sociology, regional economics, applied demography with regard to town-planning forecasting, comprehensive traffic studies, the planning of residential and tourist areas, urban renewal, preservation and landscape design, etc. 
  • The Institute for Ethnic Studies : successor to the Ethnic Minority Institute, which was one of the first such research institutions in the world, active in Ljubljana from 1925 do 1941. Today, the research institution deals primarily with the Slovene national question, the status of the Slovene ethnic minorities in neighbouring countries, the status and position of emigrants, national communities and the various materialisations of ethnic questions in Europe and the world.  
  • The Institute for Economic Research : an institution with a long history spanning almost half a century. Today, experts at the Institute deal with both macroeconomic and microeconomic issues. The current work of the Institute is the result of the integration processes of the new domestic environment – the EU. Research focuses on the fields of international competitiveness, strategic planning, the organisational and financial restructuring of companies. Of great importance in the work of the Institute are projects in the fields of economic relations with the EU and with members of CEFTA; the economic, social and regional development of Slovenia; and questions relating to income, monetary, tax, technological, industrial, transport and education policies.
  • Slovenian Forestry Institute : founded in 1947, the Institute is active, as the name implies, primarily in the field of research and development work related to the forests of Slovenia. The Institute’s research helps support the ecosystemic, sustainable and multifunctional management of the country’s forests.
  • The Agricultural Institute of Slovenia : founded in 1898, the Institute’s current activities are divided among seven departments: Crop and Seed Science, Fruit and Vine Growing, Animal Breeding Science, Plant Protection, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Economics and Central Laboratories (comprising Agrochemical and Oenological Laboratories).