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Peter Volasko (Slovenia)


He was born on May 18, 1964, in Celje, Slovenia. Still as a student of Sociology he has participated in the democratization process of Slovenia in 1989. During 1991-1994 he has worked as a Young Researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After serving in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1994-1996) he has been nominated a State Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology (1996-1997). From 1997 to 2000 he has led the Department for Bilateral S&T Cooperation at the same Ministry. In the period 2000-2004 he has served as Science Counsellor at the Mission of Slovenia to the EU in Brussels where he has experienced Slovenia becoming a Member State of the EU. Returning back to Slovenia he has chaired the Department for International Cooperation within the newly established Slovenian Research Agency (2004-2006). From 2006 until 2009 he has led the Office for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. During the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2008 he has been responsible for preparation and implementation of the Presidency Programme for Science and Research. Then he was the initiator of the concepts "Family Friendly Scientific Careers" and "The Ljubljana Process". From 2009 to the present time he has been active within the Directorate for Science as the National Coordinator for the FP7 and now for Horizon 2020. At the European level he is a member of many international committees, among others also of JPI JPND Management Board, Board of Governors of JRC, ERAC.



Last Updated: Monday 13 July 2015