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The InnoRenew CoE’s vision is to be a world leader in the application and implementation of renewable materials and sustainable building research. In doing so, the InnoRenew CoE will become a model for international research excellence, industrial outreach, and public engagement.

The mission of the InnoRenew CoE is to advance the state-of-the-art and achieve scientific and innovation excellence through interdisciplinary science.

Key research areas

Wood modification

Thermal, mechanical, and chemical treatment of wood to make it more durable and create more uses in different products and enable the use of wood beyond the traditional applications.

Restorative environmental and ergonomic design (REED)

A restorative design system to create ergonomic, accessible, adaptable, and sustainable buildings that create positive human health, environmental, and social impacts, with an emphasis on natural material use.

CoE’s core values

Inclusion & diversity

Inclusion and diversity create a culture that supports the development of ideas and people.


Sustainability for the environment, the economy, society, and the institute.


Integrity in our actions to ensure respect and dignity for our employees, partners, and all members of society.

The pursuit of excellence

The pursuit of excellence in all InnoRenew CoE activities will bring the greatest benefit to society.

Aarne Johannes Niemelä

Assistant researcher

Aleš Oven

Assistant researcher

Marica Mikuljan

Assistant researcher

Václav Sebera


Iztok Šušteršič

Sustainable building with renewable materials

Muhammad Awais

Assistant researcher

Miklós Krész

Information and computer technologies

Aleksandar Tošić

Assistant researcher

Jerneja Svanjak

Human Resources

Alijana Batič

Project management - administrative support

Marko Posavčević

Assistant researcher

Eva Prelovšek Niemelä


Nataša Škorja Djikanović


Jure Pohleven


Dean Lipovac

Assistant researcher

Franci Demšar


Tine Šukljan

Information Technology specialist (head of unit)

Tamara Turk


Črtomir Tavzes


Lea Primožič

Public Relations

Jan Weckendorf


Jakub Sandak


Anna Sandak


Matthew Schwarzkopf


Amy Simmons

Assistant researcher

Ana Slavec

Consulting statistician

Mike Burnard

Dep. Director & RGL: Human Health in the Built Env.

Barbara Rovere

Assistant Researcher and Project Manager

Kelly Peeters


Holger Militz

Global Experts

Callum Hill

Global Experts

Eric Hansen

Global Experts

Andreja Kutnar


Our founders

Organisational entities

Assembly of the Founders

The Founders of the InnoRenew CoE provide oversight of the Executive Board.

Executive Board

Regular guidance and oversight on strategic and investment issues.


Day-to-day management, strategic planning, and implementation of organisational directives.

Director, Andreja Kutnar

Council of Experts

Scientific advice and strategy development.

Living Laboratory

Bringing Academics, researchers, industry members, policy makers, and users together to generate and validate ideas.

More about Living Lab InnoRenew

Primary activities

  • M72.1 Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
  • M72.110 Research and experimental development on biotechnology
  • M72.19 Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
  • M72.200 Research and experimental development on social sciences and humanities

InnoRenew CoE is a proud member of these organizations

Since April 2017 we are a member of InnovaWood, we are gold members of Forest Product Society, and we are associate members of European Forest Institute.

In 2018 we joined the EURAXESS network as contact points.

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