Research areas:

  • Plant production/Oliveculture
  • Chemical characterization of olive oil
  • Sterols
  • Fatty acid composition
  • Organoleptic assessment of virgin olive oil and table olives


Vasilij Valenčič graduated at the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana on 2nd July 2004, and on 28th January 2010, at the same institution, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation entitled The influence of production technology on the quality of table olives from Slovenian Istria, the supervisor was prof. Terezija Golob, PhD, the co-advisor was prof. Sonja Smole Možina, PhD.
Vasilij Valenčič is a research associate at the ZRS Koper Institute for Oliveculture since 2013, and at the Laboratory of the Institute for Oliveculture he holds the positions of a responsible analyst, a deputy panel leader for organoleptic assessment of virgin olive oil and panel leader for organoleptic assessment of table olives. Vasilij Valenčič participates in organizing events and conferences of the Institute for Oliveculture. From May 2018 he is a member of the Ethics Commission of ZRS Koper.
In 2002 he started working in the field of oliveculture in the laboratory LABS Ltd., and in 2006 he started working on the projects of ZRS Koper. In 2007 he obtained the status of young researcher. From 2010 to 2013, he was partially employed by LABS Ltd. in the position of a researcher – chemical analyst, partially at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies, where until 2016 he held the position of an assistant professor of Olive processing technologies. From 2008 to 2017 he was a member of the Olive Council of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food.
Vasilij Valenčič is a co-author of several scientific and professional articles. Up until 2019 his bibliography counts almost 100 units.
In 2005 he received the Bitenc Award of the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana for his graduation thesis entitled Quality evaluation of virgin olive oil.