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InnoRenew CoE celebrates third anniversary

Today, 15 February 2020, InnoRenew CoE celebrates its third year of establishment. To mark this occasion, the InnoRenew CoE Annual Report 2019 has been released. This report gathers information about all of the institute’s achievements and developments from the past year and emphasizes InnoRenew CoE’s internationalization activities.

In 2019, the InnoRenew CoE team grew by 12, bringing the total number of employees to 58. Fifty-one percent of the institute’s total workforce are international employees coming from 15 countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Italy, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Thailand and the USA.

The institute organized 24 events last year, with the InnoRenew CoE 1st International Conference, “Timber – A healthy future for sustainable buildings”, being among them. The aim is to make this yearly international conference well-recognized and attract participants from around the world. The InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2020, “Integrating sustainability and health in buildings through renewable materials”, will take place in Koper, Slovenia, on 27 March 2020.

Also in 2019, InnoRenew CoE researchers and staff participated in 58 international conferences, 21 national and international trainings and 36 governance, board, research project, COST Action and standardization committee meetings. Eight InnoRenew CoE employees undertook research visits abroad, including four short-term scientific missions, two training schools and two Erasmus+ exchanges. The institute remained active in a wide range of international associations while InnoRenew CoE employees maintained individual memberships in 13 COST Actions and 44 national and international organizations. Over the last year, InnoRenew CoE hosted 155 international visitors from 30 countries, 19 of whom joined for a long-term research visit.

More than 40 proposals were submitted that resulted in funding of nearly €4 million. In addition to scientific monograph “Bio-based Building Skin”, published by SpringerOpen, researchers contributed 199 scientific communications in 2019.

InnoRenew CoE also registered an open access, peer-reviewed journal, “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Built Environment”, that aims to publish high-quality research at the nexus of sustainability, health and the built environment.

Details about all of the institute’s activities from last year can be found in the InnoRenew CoE Annual Report 2019, available at the website

InnoRenew CoE could not achieve this degree of success without the help of its project partners, the University of Primorska, Fraunhofer WKI, the Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, the University of Maribor, the Pulp and Paper Institute, Zavod eOblak, the National Institute of Public Health and the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region.

InnoRenew CoE thanks its partners for their support.