Centre of Bioeconomy

The Centre of bioeconomy, Estonian University of Life Sciences focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration initiatives within university's structural units and between other universities and research institutions as well as companies and organizations in Estonia and abroad.


The aim of the centre is  to initiate and coordinate interdisciplinary research and development of new innovative technologies; find additional financing opportunities; organize seminars, (international) conferences, public discussions and other scientific events in the field of Bioeconomy.


Board Members of the Centre of Bioeconomy:

Katrin Kepp                        Head of the Centre of Bioeconomy


Representative from the management of Estonian University of Life Sciences:

Ülle Jaakma                        Vice-rector of research


Representatives from the different institutes of Estonian University of Life Sciences:

Merlin Raud                        Researcher Bioenergy, PhD, Institute of Technology

Kalle Olli                             Professor, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Science

Allan Kaasik                       Docent, feeding programmes, feeding advisor/consultation, PhD, Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences

Jürgen Aosaar                   Senior researcher, PhD, Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering

Rando Värnik                     Professor, The Institute of Economics and Social Sciences


External experts:

Argo Peepson                      Adviser in the field of bioeconomy at the Research and Development Department at Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs

Neeme Kärbo                      Project Manager at Tartu Regional Energy Agency

Riina Maruštšak                  Head of Environmental Policy at the Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce