University of Maribor gets new materials lab

Maribor, 2 March - A new laboratory for research into innovative materials made of renewable sources was launched at the University of Maribor's Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science on Monday.

The EUR 1.1 million laboratory has been set up as part of the project InnoRenew CoE, which is helmed by the University of Primorska and has received EUR 15 million in EU funds plus EUR 30 million from the Slovenian government.

The project will result in a new research institute in western Slovenia, whose headquarters is under construction in Izola, and additional research infrastructure at partner institutions such as the laboratory in Maribor.

The institute, one of ten centres of excellence supported under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme, will focus on research and innovation in renewable materials and sustainable construction methods.

InnoRenew CoE director Andreja Kutnar said today that the new research infrastructure will help Slovenia achieve EU environmental policy goals until 2050.

The concentration of know-how and infrastructure also makes Slovenia an attractive research destination internationally, she said.