Founded in 2012 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the IEV team has conducted a number of successful ethics-related projects in our home country. We have since reached out and expanded our work to the international level.
We develop and offer efficient tools and support to kindergartens and schools in the context of strengthening ethics and universal human values among children and youths.
We strongly believe that learning and embracing basic human values and ethical principles is an important step towards healthy personal development and an important tool in strengthening the immunity of individuals, communities, and society against negative societal occurrences.
We want to raise awareness of the importance of ethics and values for the welfare of individuals, communities and the society at large.
Jože Trontelj graduated from the Medical Faculty of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1964, specialised in neurology in 1973 and obtained a D.Sc. Degree in Neurological Sciences in 1972. He was installed as a Professor of Neurology at the Medical Faculty of Ljubljana in 1986. In 1991 he was elected member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He became Vice-president of the SASA in 1998 and President in 2008.
From 1995, dr. Trontelj chaired the National Medical Ethics Committee of Slovenia and served as the Slovenian delegate to the Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI) of the Council of Europe. As a member of the Working Party on biomedical research he participated in the drafting of the Additional protocol on biomedical research to the Oviedo Convention. For two consecutive terms he served as a member of the CDBI Bureau.
Dr. Trontelj’s work in clinical neurophysiology focused on disorders of nerves and muscles, where he contributed to the development of single muscle fibre electromyography, which is now part of standard diagnostic armamentarium of all major medical centres. He introduced clinical neurophysiology during a number of visits in Kuwait (1978-1994).
Most of Dr. Trontelj’s research was in the physiology of neuromuscular transmission, certain spinal and brainstem reflexes and criteria of brain death. His achievements were awarded with the National Prize for Scientific Research. Dr. Trontelj also received an honorary title of an Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Science.
Dr. Trontelj was active in civil initiative in the early seventies and helped preserve two unique valleys in Slovenia threatened by great hydroelectric projects. As a member of Prime Minister’s Strategic Council for Culture, Education and Research, and a subsequent President’s Group in 2004-2008 and on the Strategies of Future Developments of Slovenia 2009 he contributed to ethical aspects of planning for the future. He also served as a member of the National Health Council (1996-2000), and Chairman of the Medical Research Council (1996-1998), and Senior Advisor to the Minister of Health.
In biomedical ethics, Dr. Trontelj's main interest concerned biomedical research on human beings, informed consent to medical interventions and research, brain death, organ donation, ethical questions in immunisation, artificial procreation, non-academic medical practices, vegetative state and states of minimal responsiveness, end of life decisions. He also contributed to drafting of the Slovenian laws on organ transplantation, biomedically assisted reproduction, gene technology, patient’s rights etc.