Institute for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana

IRI UL is a joint venture between the University of Ljubljana (UL) and ten technologically advanced and successful Slovenian companies as a non-profit research and development institute with a mission to initiate the creation/attainment, transfer, distribution and application of knowledge – in other words, to promote the integration of the innovation triangle (research – education – innovation) by transferring research results into practice and commercial exploitation. Therefore a task of IRI UL is to establish reciprocal and a long-term

partnership between University of Ljubljana, Slovenian industry and public institutions in order to foster research and development activities. With the access to the intellectual capital of the UL institute need to effectively develop a national and international research and development projects. IRI UL is official energy manager for University of Ljubljana (UL), as such has prepared and monitors the implementation of the University Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP), and established an Energy Management system for UL public buildings.


Company Details


Inovacijsko-razvojni inštitut
University of Ljubljana
Kongresni trg 12
1000 Ljubljana


Dr. Slavko Dolinšek

Chief executive

Slavko obtained his doctor degree in the field of automation and production cybernetics. He did his postdoctoral studies at the University of California Berkeley, and also finished the international MBA study. Since 1998 he is a professor of “Manufacturing technologies and systems” at the University of Ljubljana (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering) and “Management” at the University of Primorska (Faculty of Management), and he is currently taking a position as the chief executive for IRI UL (Institute of Research and Innovation), associated member of University of Ljubljana. For several years he has been working as a researcher in various national and international basic and applicative research projects in the field of production engineering (TQM, technology and knowledge transfer, technology and production management, rapid tooling and rapid manufacturing). He has been intensively involved in the research of practical industrial problems, and consultancy in production engineering and management. At the last five years he also published more than 100 scientific and professional papers.

MSc. Jure Vetršek


received his degree in mechanical engineering from the Department of Heat and mass transfer and environmental engineering, University of Ljubljana (UL), Slovenia. He received his MSc in energy policies and systems specialization by RES The school for renewable energy sciences affiliated by University of Iceland and University of Akureyri, and also MSc degree in interdisciplinary environment protection from the field of technology from UL. For 5 years he worked in Laboratory for sustainable technologies in buildings at Faculty of mechanical engineering, UL, currently he is employed at IRI UL where he works mainly on the field of energy efficiency, renewables integration in buildings and energy information systems and audits. He is a consultant in large scale retrofits of buildings, supervisor in large new buildings where he does operational energy management and control strategies optimization, he is certified ISO 50001 implementer and initiator of various development projects mainly on the sustainable energy field. He leads interdisciplinary teams where he acts as a “translator” between technical and humanistic sciences. 

Dr. Sara Arko


Dr Sara Arko is a researcher at IRI UL and is dedicated to bringing anthropology into interdisciplinary R&D in the field of energy efficiency, energy communities, and energy futures. She participates in IRI UL’s interdisciplinary projects, designing and conducting ethnographic inquiries to bring people into development and innovation processes as active co-creators, and bridging between higher education, research, industry, and society. She previously worked as a researcher in industry at company Metronik, a provider of automation systems and IT solutions for digitalization of industry, smart buildings and critical infrastructure. She holds a PhD degree in anthropology at the University of Ljubljana.