Dr. Črtomir Tavzes is a Researcher at the InnoRenew Centre of Excellence, an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Primorska, and Conservation Restoration Adviser at the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia. He earned his Ph.D. in biotechnology in 2003 from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In the following two years, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where he continued working until 2008. Upon the return to Slovenia, he also served as the director of the Institute of Wood Science and Technology, and Sustainable Development (until 2014).
His research experience spans from enzymatic wood degradation and wood liquefaction through wood pest control to the immunological detection of material substance of cultural heritage objects.
As several co-workers at the InnoRenew CoE, he is currently involved in a variety of international projects with topics including: restorative environmental and ergonomic design, cascading recovery of wood, wood-based SME business development, and several InnoRenew start up projects. His specialisation within InnoRenew CoE is policy analysis and development in the forest based sector.