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The InnoRenew CoE is an independent research institute, formally established in the year 2017 in the frameworks of the project InnoRenew CoE.

At the InnoRenew CoE we are conducting research about renewable materials and sustainable buildings, and we are transferring our scientific knowledge into industrial practice. We focus our research activities on innovative and interdisciplinary approaches of wood and its use.

Our international team of professionals and scientists have diverse areas of expertise, are active with our Living Laboratory, and are available for everyone who may need it in their work.



One of the biggest challenges of today’s society and the basis for sustainable development is the usage and processing of renewable materials. Which are those materials? How and with which technology we can (re)use them? How do they affect human beings and the environment? How effective are they in the industry?

We can answer these questions only with committed scientific work, creativity, pervasive innovation, and cooperation with the industry.

At the InnoRenew CoE we are following this route. Our vision is to be a world leader in this area and a model for international research excellence, industrial outreach, raising public awareness, and engaging the public in our research activities.



The mission of the InnoRenew CoE is to advance the state-of-the-art and achieve scientific and innovation excellence through interdisciplinary science. We especially promote the state-of-the-art in our two key research areas.

Key research areas

Wood modification

Thermal, mechanical, and chemical treatment of wood increases its durability and creates more uses in different products and enables the use of wood beyond the traditional applications.

Restorative environmental and ergonomic design (REED)

A restorative design system REED is emphasising the use of natural materials and is creating ergonomic, accessible, adaptable, and sustainable buildings. It has positive impacts on human health and wellbeing, and on the restoration of nature and coherent coexistence of people with the environment and the society.

CoE’s core values

Inclusion & diversity

An environment that builds on inclusion and diversity enables personal development, creativity, and the realization of ideas.


The preservation of nature and the sustainable development of the economy and society demonstrates great care for the environment, solidarity and human-friendly economic and social progress.


Ensuring respect and dignity enables employees, partners, and the wider society to personal integrity and integrity of actions.

The pursuit of excellence

Excellence in all the InnoRenew CoE areas - science, economy, business, users, and environment - will bring the greatest benefit to society.

Josip Dijanić


Zijada Adembegović Hujdurović

Human Resources

Darjan Smajla


Jure Žitnik

Assistant researcher

Barbara Kotrle

Administrative support

Tim Mavrič

Assistant researcher

Diego De Leo

Senior Research Advisor

Nežka Sajinčič

Assistant researcher

Faksawat Poohphajai

Assistant researcher

Patricija Bembič


Veerapandian Ponnuchamy


Gertrud Fábián

Information Technology Administrator

Roberto Biloslavo

Head of technology transfer unit

Tatiana Abaurre Alencar Gavric

Assistant researcher

Igor Gavrić


Kim Turk Mehes

Living Lab manager and policy consultant

Vesna Starman

Assistant researcher

Liz Dickinson

Project manager and language editor

Manca Drobne

Project management

Laetitia Marrot


Jaka Gašper Pečnik

Assistant researcher

Rudi Grahek

Technician - mechanical engineering

David B. DeVallance

RGL Renewable Materials Composites

Erwin M. Schau


Julija Uršič

Language editor

Balázs Dávid

assistant researcher

Michael Mrissa


László Hajdu

Assistant researcher

Sašo Vozel

Assistant researcher

Nastja Podrekar

Assistant researcher

Aarne Johannes Niemelä

Assistant researcher

Aleš Oven

Assistant researcher

Marica Mikuljan

Assistant researcher

Václav Sebera


Iztok Šušteršič

RGL Sustainable Building with Renewable Materials

Miklós Krész

RGL Information and Computer Technologies

Aleksandar Tošić

Assistant researcher

Jerneja Svanjak

Human Resources

Alijana Batič

Project management - administrative support

Eva Prelovšek Niemelä


Nataša Škorja Djikanović


Dean Lipovac

Assistant researcher

Franci Demšar


Tine Šukljan

Information Technology specialist (head of unit)

Tamara Turk


Črtomir Tavzes


Lea Primožič

Public Relations

Jakub Sandak


Anna Sandak

RGL Wood Modification

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 Expert

Callum Hill

Global Expert

Eric Hansen

Global Expert

Andreja Kutnar


Our founders

Organisational entities

Assembly of the Founders

Assembly of the Founders of the InnoRenew CoE decides on important strategic decisions.

Executive Board

Executive Board is the managing authority which provides regular guidance and oversight on strategic and investment issues.


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

Director: Andreja Kutnar

Council of Experts

Council of Experts advises on the development of strategies and scientific challenges.

Members of the Council of Experts are:

Living Laboratory InnoRenew CoE

Living Laboratory InnoRenew CoE is connecting academics, researchers, industry members, policy makers, and users together to generate and validate ideas, products, and services.

More about Living Lab InnoRenew CoE

Primary activities of the InnoRenew CoE

  • M72.1 Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
  • M72.110 Research and experimental development on biotechnology
  • M72.190 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, associate members of European Forest Institute, and bronze members of Forest Products Society.

In 2018 we joined the EURAXESS network as contact points, became members of the International Hemp Building Association, and the International Council of Near Infrared Spectroscopy.

We are also proud members of SRIP PSIDL and SIST.

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