Since 2003, Dr. Andrej Simončič is the Director of the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia (AIS) where, in addition to his managerial tasks, he also carries out research activities in the field of plant health, pesticides and environment protection. Before joining the AIS, he worked as a researcher and then Director (until 2003) of the Slovenian Institute for Hop Research and Brewing in Žalec.
Dr. Simončič graduated in Agriculture Sciences at the University of Ljubljana, where he also obtained the PhD in Agricultural Sciences (Plant protection). He published over 150 professional papers related to agriculture, plant protection and ecology as of 1990. He was involved in Slovene Public Advisory Service for 15 years (from 1988 until 2003) with over 500 lectures for different target groups (farmers, advisory officers, students, pupils, allotment holders, pesticide merchants and retailers). Since 2003, he is Associated Prof at the University of Maribor - Faculty of Agriculture and Life Science, University of Primorska - Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies and the Environmental Protection College Velenje where he teaches Plant Protection and Ecology of Pesticides.
He was member of the National Pesticide Registration Commission until 2013. He is certified by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment as expert for the evaluation and pesticide risk assessment of herbicides. He is currently member of the Council for Agriculture of the Slovenian Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Council for Higher Education of the Slovenian Ministry for Education, Science and Sport.