Spela Stres is Director of "Innovation and Technology Transfer Center" for the Jozef Stefan Institute (JSI) and an invited lecturer at University of Ljubljana. She first served at JSI, occupying several positions: Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Senior Research Assistant. She continued serving as a Research Associate at the Deutsches Elektronen Synchroton in Hamburg. After an affiliation with the industry she returned to JSI as a Senior Researcher as well as managing the Communication and TechTransfer Unit, coordinating the national Enterprise Europe Network and supervising creation of several spinout companies in the field of material science and ICT and the SI-TT Association creation.
She served as "CERN Technology Transfer Network" Board member as well as Vice President of "European Association of Science and Technology Professionals". She was a Fellow at JUAS /CERN, Geneva, a Head of new product development for an SME and operated in several missions as individual exploitation strategy expert in Germany, UK, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Czech Republic, Belgium, France for SMEs and public research organisations alike.
She has vast experience in different EC programmes as ERC Evaluator and Advisory Group Member for DG CONNECT and DG RTDI; as Strategic Advisory Group and Expert Group Member for several DGs; as Project Coordinator of numerous EU/national projects. She is involved in large scale negotiation processes in the roles of the main negotiator, business architect or legal advisor.
She holds a PhD in Physics of University of Ljubljana and a Masters Degree of Law in the field of Intellectual Property of the University of Turin and World Intellectual Property Office, Geneva. She completed her experience with the Executive MBA of Cotrugli Bussines School (Lichtenstein). She also holds a Patent Attorney Exam.
Member of LES Benelux since 2011, ASTP since 2008, SI-TT since 2010. Holder of Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) certificate since 2014.
Web site: http://tehnologije.ijs.si