Prof. Andreja Kutnar, featured in the prestigious campaign #EUwomen4future
Prof. Kutnar is featured in the prestigious campaign #EUwomen4future in the company of ten other exceptional women in the field of science, research and innovation. The new campaign, which was announced by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, is of high importance, as it includes outstanding women who are active in research, innovation, education, culture and sport. It focuses on some of the cutting-edge achievements that will shape Europe in the future, with a realisation at its core that without its talented and dedicated professionals, Europe cannot grow. These exceptional women are in a unique position as an inspiration and encouragement to other young women and girls that seek out opportunities to fulfil their ambitions.
In the campaign #EUwomen4future campaign, Prof. Andreja Kutnar is in the company of ten other exceptional women from the field of science, research and innovation. Among them Marie Skłodowska Curie, a pioneer in the research of radioactivity, who, along with Henri Becquerel and her husband Pierre Curie, was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics, and eight years later the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Another Slovenian, Ladeja Godina Košir, founder of the Circular Change platform and president of the Coordination Goup of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP), is on the campaign list.
Andreja Kutnar is a full professor, head of the field of Wood Science at the Department of Applied Natural Sciences of the University of Primorska and director of the InnoRenew CoE research institute. She is a board member of the international organization InnovaWood and director of the board of the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST). Her areas of expertise include wood composites, thermo hydro mechanical treatment of wood, and adhesive bonding. Her work focuses on research projects in the fields of natural science, technology, sustainable development of the wood industry, environmental impact assessment of new materials, products, and technologies from origin, manufacturing, use/alteration to reuse or recycle. She also engages in calculating life cycle estimates of products and services for the needs of the wood industry, especially for the furniture and wood construction industries, and advises on reducing environmental impacts along the entire value chain of wood. She is also the co-author of several international scientific papers and publications.
In 2016, she was recognized with the “Prometheus of Science for Excellence in Communication” award for successful multi-level communication in wood science and supporting sustainable development. In 2018 she received the distinguished Zois Certificate of Recognition for important scientific achievements in the field of wood science. Her life principle is: "Make your mornings wonderful by following your passion and heart."
More information at: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/euwomen4future