We are presenting the first speakers who will be with us at the 5th Conference:

Julija Sakovica

Julija Sakovica is a Policy Officer in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, working on development of research and innovation policies and coordination of research and innovation activities. She is part of a transport team dealing with the future of surface transport, namely in the areas of electromobility, batteries and connected and automated transport.

She holds a degree in Management Science as well as in Environmental Science, and has a strong personal interest in sustainable development.

Robert Dominko

Robert Dominko is employed at the National Institute of Chemistry in Slovenia, as a research professor and at the University of Ljubljana, as associate professor. His research interests are in the field of materials science and electrochemistry, more precisely in electrochemical systems for energy conversion and storage, with main activities on the field of modern battery systems. Research directions in his group can be three main directions; development of novel cathode materials for Li-ion batteries, development of Li-S and Mg batteries.

Michele Piana

Michele Piana is staff researcher at the Technical University of Munich (Germany) since 2011, working at the Chair of Technical Electrochemistry led by Prof. Hubert A. Gasteiger. He received his PhD in Materials Science and Technology in February 2003 at the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy). In 2003 he became a post-doc at the Polytechnic of Turin and in 2004 joined as post-doc the group led by Prof. Scrosati at the University of Rome “Sapienza”. In December 2004 he joined a start-up company, where he established the electrochemistry labs and contributed to the development of electrocatalysts for alkaline fuel cells and electrolyzers, till January 2010. His research interests range between electrode materials for batteries and non-noble-metal electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells.

MIlica Vujković

Milica Vujković graduated from the Faculty of Physical Chemistry, Belgrade University (2001-2006). She received a special recognition of Serbian Chemical Society for outsanding achievement during the undergraduate studies. Since 2009 she is employed at the Faculty of Physical Chemistry, University of Belgrade, where she received PhD in the area of Li-ion batteries. Her research interest is focused on energy storage applications including development of lithium and sodium rechargeable batteries and electrochemical carbon superapacitors.

Mario Marinaro

Mario Marinaro, Chemist, received his Ph.D. in Chemical Science in 2012 from the University of Camerino (Italy). During his Ph.D. he mainly focused on topics related to the Li-ion batteries, and specifically on the investigation and improvement of the electrochemical behavior of anode materials. In 2012 he joined ZSW (Ulm, Germany) as Post-Doctoral fellow where he carried out research on metal-air and Li-ion batteries. His main research activities cover the investigation, development and up-scaling of advanced next generation Li-ion batteries as well as fundamental research on post-lithium ion technologies.

Dr. Tomaž Katrašnik

Dr. Tomaž Katrašnik is full professor and Head of Laboratory for Internal Combustion Engines and Electromobility at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests spread from meso- and macro-scale modelling of batteries and fuel cells to advanced combustion concepts and alternative fuels. He has a long track of publicly funded and industrial projects at national and international level, while he is also very active in numerous EU associations and in Slovene Strategic and Research Innovation Partnership Mobility.

Matjaž Vrčko

Matjaž Vrčko, M.Sc. is a Secretary within the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia – International Affairs and Protocol Service. He is responsible, among others, for trans-European transport network, coordination of the EU Regulation establishing the Connecting Europe Facility which provides EU finance for transport, energy and telecommunications for the financial period 2021 – 2027, and neighbouring and Western Balkan countries in the field of transport. He is also a member of different committees and bodies within the EU institutions, and other associations.

Tanja Mohorič

Tanja Mohorič is the director for innovation culture and European projects in Slovene corporation Hidria. She is implementing the innovation culture in the corporation and transferring different approaches to the business and innovation development. Since 2016 she is acting director of Slovene Automotive Cluster ACS, which is confirmed by Slovene government as a leading institution of Strategic Research and Innovation Partnership in Mobility. She is constantly involved in different working groups and cooperating with several ministries on national programmes and strategies in the field of research, development and innovation.

Luka Žnidaršič

Luka Žnidaršič graduated from Aeronautical engineering at the University of Ljubljana. Passionate sailplane pilot, member of Slovenian gliding team. He established LZ design company, and developed innovative FES front electric propulsion system for high performance sailplanes. Part of the FES system are light weight but very powerful Li-ion battery packs developed by his company. At the moment more than 170 FES equipped sailplanes of different manufacturers and types, successfully flies all over the world, which is more than all the other existing electric powered air-planes together. For his contribution to the development of electric flight he was awarded with OSTIV prize.

Ludvik Kumar

Ludvik Kumar – Chief Research Officer at Kolektor Group d.o.o. works at R&D department almost 35 years. In year 2011 with his colleagues from IJS he received the Puh Certificate of Recognition. He is the author or co-author of several international patents.

Dr. Jurij Curk

Dr. Jurij Curk has a position of the advisor to the management board in the company Elektro Ljubljana d.d., the biggest of five Slovenian DSO-s covering 30% of the national territory. He spent his whole career in the field of electric power systems in different organizations from University to the equipment vendors and private consulting company. His main interest lies in power Distribution Network design, operation, protection, automation and optimization. On the current position in Elektro Ljubljana d.d. he is responsible for technological development and advanced services, what includes also e-mobility related charging infrastructure for EV-s.