About us

We are a young, non-profit non-governmental organization, established in November 2015.

We are young, innovative and experienced scientists.

We wish to support nature conservation and encourage the transition to its sustainable management.

We aim to change people's conception of nature not as a resource to be used, but a gift that enables our survival. Which is why we need to understand and protect it carefully.

Our vision is a world where people will understand the impact that we have on nature with everything that we do, will respect it for that and will use its services sustainably.

Blaž Cokan

Blaž Cokan, B.Sc. in Geography

Our experienced Director Blaž is a geographer and co-founder of the Institute REVIVO. He has nine years of experience working at the Fisheries Research Institute of Slovenia (FRIS), where he worked from 2006 to 2013 starting as a high school and later a university student. In 2013, he founded a private company and worked additional 2 years as a visiting fellow at the same institute. During his time at FRIS he participated in the general work of the institute and a number of research projects, including monitoring and determining fish population status, assessment of anthropogenic impacts on the environment and offered overal professional support in the context of geographic information systems (ESRI ArcGIS).

In his spare time a passionate sailor and fisherman, he spends every vacation at sea or fly fishing. He is a great chef and he believes that a life without the fresh Adriatic squid on the plate is not a life at all.
You can check out his references here.

Polona Pengal

Polona Pengal, PhD in Biology

is our innovative project leaderje naš inovativni vodja projektov in vseskozi polna energije, vsak trenutek izkoristi za oblikovanje raznovrstnih idej in ustvarjanje na različnih področjih življenja. Doktorica biologije, optimistka, navdušenka, ki verjame v timsko delo, je prava izbira za ekološke in okoljevarstvene raziskave. Ljubiteljica vode in podvodnega sveta, po srcu in duši borka za boljši jutri rib in drugih morskih in sladkovodnih živali.

Polona je 6 let nabirala izkušnje na Zavodu za ribištvo Slovenije, kjer je z delom pričela že kot študentka na Sladkovodnem oddelku. Sodelovala je pri terenskem delu ihtioloških raziskav in monitoringov, obdelavi podatkov ter pripravi poročil. Po diplomi se je zaposlila na Oddelku za morsko ribištvo, kjer je hitro napredovala in prevzemala različne naloge, od Vzorčenje prilova in zavržka v okviru CFP ter Nacionalnega monitoringa ribolovnih virov do zastopanja Slovenije v mednarodnih delovnih skupinah in telesih ter mentoriranja študentov na izmenjavi.
Polona's work did not prevent her from continuing her studies at the University of Ljubljana, and she successfully completed her PhD in 2013 with the thesis Effect of mariculture on the fish assemblages in the Portorož fisheries reserve. For more information about her work you can check out any of her public profile pages:
Research gate

Elena Štendler

Elena Štendler, B.Sc. in Biology

is a biologist, currently a volunteer with REVIVO, ready to jump in at any moment, if only in her power. She believes that learning and gaining new knowledge is a lifelong process, continuing from birth to death, but the greatest emphasis should be given on educating the youth, since the personality is mostly developed in this period of life. She loves nature, so she gives her best trying to live and work in harmony with it. She is convinced that a big change in lifestyle of most of the people in the world is required to secure our survival in the future.
In her spare time she is a passionate gardener and sportswoman who loves movement, a variety of activities in nature, as well as fruit and vegetables, which are produced in the most natural way. She spends as much time as possible in nature. You can see her curriculum vitae and referenceshere.

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Institute for ichthyological and ecological research
Šmartno 172
2383 Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu

Institute for ichthyological and ecological research
Business unit Ljubljana
Staretova ulica 1
1233 Dob

Phone: 040 473 597
email: revivo@ozivimo.si
Tax ID: SI 50862081
ID number: 6951287000
Bank account: SI56 1010 0005 4739 714
Bank: Intesa Sanpaolo Bank (Banka Koper)