Prof. Dr. Rado Pisot

University of Primorska, Director of the Science and Research Centre since March 2013 and Acting director of Science and Research Centre since December 2016 (legal successor of SRC of University of Primorska)


Academic Career

He was one of the initiators who designed the bases for the establishment of the University of Primorska as well as the initiator for the foundation and the first dean of the Faculty of Education of the University of Primorska in Koper (2003–2007). From 2007 to 2011 he was the Vice Chancellor in the field of scientific, research and developmental work of the University of Primorska. Since the establishment in 2004 and until March 2013, he was the head of the Institute for Kinesiology Research (IKARUS) at the Science and Research Centre, and a member of the Scientific Council of the UP SRC as well as the member of the Senate of the University of Primorska. Since March 2013, he has worked as the Director of the UP Science and Research Centre (UP SRC).

With other associates, he co-authored and initiated the foundation of new study programmes of Applied Kinesiology at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd level, and he also coordinates programmes at the Faculty of Ergonomics and Kinesiology Studies (NAKVIS 2011 accreditation).

His priority research areas include the study of motor development and motor learning, as well as the diagnostics and research of skeletal muscles, where emphasis is put on monitoring adaptive capacities of skeletal muscles. He transfers his research findings and numerous scientific experience to students within the scope of study courses at all study levels of the University of Primorska and at other universities in Slovenia and abroad.

Research activity & latest publication

  • Research programme and national projects management, description of his role in currentprojects in progress:
  • Since 2009 he has managed the P5-0381 Kinesiology for the Quality of Life research programme. He coordinates and supervises all project activities. He also implemented several minor projects that included international experts (Oxidative Stress and Muscular Adaptation of Body-builders; Analysis of Fall Risks in Diabetics, Exercise During Work Tasks of Secretaries, Effect of 30-hour Cycling on Muscular Fatigue);
  • In 2014 he managed two projects: Creative Path to Practical Knowledge, where he coordinated two projects that will enable students to promote their intellectual and professional work to companies.
  • From 2009 to 2012 he managed the ARRS applied project J5-2397 Analysis of Fundamental Motor Patterns, Skeletal and Muscular Adaptation to Specific Sedentary Lifestyle Factors in Children Aged 4 – 7 Years
  • From 2006 to 2007 he managed the target project M5-0175 Defence Segment Modelling with Markov Chains: Designing Criteria for the Selection and Retention of Slovenian Army Soldiers;
  • From 2004 to 2007 he managed the applied research project J5-6390 Monitoring the Changes of Biomechanical Characteristics of Skeletal Muscles in Early Childhood and Adolescence;
  • From 2001 to 2004 he managed a fundamental ARRS project L5-3430 Role of Biomechanical Characteristics of Skeletal Muscles in Children's Motor Development.from 2001 to 2002 he managed the project within the scope of the target research programme (CRP) "Slovenia's Competitiveness 2001-2006" – Motor/sport activity for health
  • International project management, description of his role in current projects in progress:
  • From 2011 to 2014 he managed the project EU PANGEA - Physical Activity and Nutrition for Quality Ageing (EUR 1.3 million). The project has been chronologically concluded, however, with regard to its content, we have extended the implementation of the final research, and in 2015 we will perform an international study of optimisation of rehabilitation after hip replacement;
  • From 2007 to 2009 he managed the international World Anti Doping Agency Project: Metabolic Detection of Insulin Abuse in Athletes (EUR 120,000);
  • From 2006 to 2008 he managed the international research programme in cooperation with partners – European/Italian Space Agency: BEDREST Valdoltra – Impact of Simulated Micro-Gravitation on the Human Organism. Dr Pišot has coordinated international research projects of studying the loss of the skeletal and muscular system due to physical inactivity and currently focusing on the identification of irreversible processes or the formation of interventions (cognitive and nutritional for the reconstruction of movement and physical structure.