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Rudolfovo - The scientific and technological
centre in Novo Mesto


Science gets its true meaning when it comes to life in solutions that improve life.

The public research institute Rudolfovo - scientific and technological centre Novo Mesto was founded on 23 March 2022 by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, namely with the aim of supporting the technological development and innovation of South-Eastern Slovenia (SES region), and thus the whole of Slovenia.

Rudolfovo contributes to the upgrading of systems of cooperation between economic and educational activities, to the development of development and research activity and to the general socio-economic situation in the region, as it promotes innovation potential, enables the development and testing of new tools and methods, thereby promoting the comprehensive and sustainable development of the region.


The public research institute Rudolfovo - scientific and technological centre Novo Mesto was founded on 23 March 2022 by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia to support the technological development and innovation of South-Eastern Slovenia and the Cohesion Region of Eastern Slovenia, and thus also the whole of Slovenia.

The operation of JRZ Rudolfovo is aimed at achieving the following goals:

  • creating an ecosystem of new small and medium-sized highly innovative companies, which will be based on high technology and will give the geographical area of South-Eastern Slovenia (JVS) the necessary stability, quality jobs and economic prosperity based on high added value,

  • business support for existing large and medium-sized companies in JVS to innovate their products, services and processes in collaboration with researchers from JRZ Rudolfovo and thereby increase their competitiveness and added value,

  • increasing public investments and the number of researchers in JVS and the Cohesion Region of Eastern Slovenia (KRVS),

  • support for the green and digital transformation of the Slovenian economy and public sector,

  • establishment of state-of-the-art research infrastructure in selected fields of activity, which will be the basis for transferring knowledge to the economy and the public sector,

  • improving excellence in science,

  • transfer of knowledge to younger generations,

  • The enthusiasm of young people for professions in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics),

  • cooperation with higher education organizations.

Research & development work and
the four pillars of the Rudolfovo

Rudolfov's research and development work is aimed at:
  • key technologies for Industry 4.0 and 5.0, especially in the first decade of its operation,

  • digitization and digital transformation of the economy and the entire society;

  • circular economy, and

  • transfer of research results and technological knowledge to the environment while protecting intellectual property and thereby promoting technological, non-technological and social innovations, technologically more demanding entrepreneurship and consequently increasing productivity and added value in the economy.


Research % development activities are strengthened by four research & development units or

The four pillars of The Rudolfovo Institute:

Laboratory for Factories of the Future

The laboratory continues the work of the laboratory of the same name as part of the Novo Mesto Development Center. It covers the key enabling technologies for Industry 4.0, especially robotics, automation, machine vision, the Internet of Things, advanced processing technologies and additive technologies. It manages the demonstration centre for smart factories, which houses the most modern equipment for the aforementioned technological units. The demonstration centre is intended for organizations for testing before they decide on their investment, for training employees in organizations that need such equipment, and for inspiring young people (children, high school students, students) for careers in the STEM field.


Centre for Digital Transformation

The centre covers the content of key enabling technologies for digitization and digital transformation of the economy and local communities, i.e. artificial intelligence, digital twins, computerization of business processes, data technologies, high-performance and quantum computing, big data and cyber security. In addition to the technological aspect, the research and development work also covers the impact of digitalization on society, on employees, and on the ethical and moral dilemmas that accompany digitalization, e-participation, e-democracy and e-citizenship. The centre focuses on the development of the most modern technologies related to digitization and contributes to the direction of regional organizations and society with the most modern professional research knowledge on digitization and digital transformation.


Centre for Circular Economy

The centre considers the pressure of the growing economy and consumption of limited resources, the carrying capacity of the environment, and the circular economy as one of the more developed concepts that fully comply with EU environmental law or the environmental policies of the EU after 2008. The work of the centre follows the legislation or directives, topics, strategies, priorities and goals of the European Commission, which apply to the transition of EU member states to the circular economy, and to the goals that are foreseen within the individual areas of the line ministries for the systemic transition of Slovenia to the circular economy. Taking into account the dependence of the transition to a circular economy on the knowledge and technologies developed within research organizations and their transfer to the economy, which are dealt with by the Center for Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property, the Center for the Circular Economy starts from the current situation that exists within individual areas or phases of the circular economy process.


Centre for Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Rights

The centre researches and develops methods and procedures for transferring technological knowledge to the business environment and strengthening the management of intellectual property. Efforts are aimed at transferring technological knowledge to the business environment and strengthening the management of intellectual property, promoting integration and cooperation between public research organizations and the economy, and strengthening the competencies of researchers and organizations in the field of management and use of intellectual property and technology transfer. The centre also works in the field of capitalizing on the results of international projects that took place in the environment and had as a special focus in the environment a very strong automotive industry, as well as the IT sector.

The Education

Rudolfovo's research and development work is aimed at:
Laboratory for Factories of the Future

In cooperation with educational institutions, we offer the following courses:

  • Practical education (Faculty of Information Studies in Novo Mesto; program Digitalization, Internet of Things and Industrial Automation (DISIA))

  • Basics of industrial automation – optional subject (Faculty of Information Studies in Novi Mesto; program Informatics in Modern Society)

  • Mechatronics systems 2 (Higher Vocational School, School Center Novo mesto; Mechatronics program)


We also carry out customized trainings or adapted to clients, namely from the fields of Industry 4.0, automation, digitalization, and artificial intelligence.

Organizational chart  of the institute

The governing bodies of the institute are the board of directors, the director and the scientific council. The institute has two organizational units: research and development unit and joint services. The organization of the institute is shown in the following organizational chart.

Organigram JRZ Rudolfovo.
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