Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Communications Networks, Content and Technology DG
Dr Zoran Stančič was born on 13 November 1962 in Kranj (Slovenia); he graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Geodetic Engineering from the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). In 1986 he started his professional career as a research assistant at the Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana. From 1990 to 1992 he was a research fellow at the University of Arkansas (USA) and at the Faculty of Geodetic Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). He obtained his Ph.D. in 1992 with a dissertation on “The application of information systems and digital image processing of remotely sensed images in archaeology”.
In 1992 -1993 he was visiting lecturer at the Department of Archaeology, University of Reading (UK). In 1994 he was employed as the ‘Head of the Spatial Information Centre’ of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 1997 he worked as a research fellow at the Boston University (USA) and in 1998 as a visiting lecturer at the University of Trieste (Italy). Between 1997 and 2000 he was a visiting professor at the Department of Art and Archaeology, Université de Paris I, Sorbonne (France) and Associate Professor at the Department of Geodesy, University of Ljubljana. In 1999 - 2000 he was employed as Deputy Director of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
From the year 2000 to 2004 he was State Secretary for Science at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (Slovenia), responsible for science policy making, fund distribution and international scientific cooperation. In that same period he was also an active member and/or president of Governing boards of the University of Ljubljana, the University of Maribor, the Jozef Stefan Institute, the Institute of Information Science and the International Centre for Promotion of Enterprises.
Before being Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Communications Networks, Content and Technology DG, he was Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Research DG (2004-2009).
Zoran Stančič has published seven scientific books in Slovenia and abroad and a number of scientific papers on quantitative methods in archaeology and remote sensing.