Two new members of the Estonian Academy of Sciences were elected from TalTech
Estonian Academy of Sciences elected two TalTech researchers – Jarek Kurnitski and Tiina Randma-Liiv – among others, to the seven vacant academician positions.
In engineering sciences, the newest academician of Estonian Academy of Sciences is Jarek Kurnitski, Professor of Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate of Buildings and Director of the TalTech Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture. He has been named TalTech researcher of the year and received an Estonian Science Award; he is Vice President of the European umbrella organisation for his field. Kurnitski’s research is about how to build nearly zero-energy buildings and how to renovate old buildings to be not only energy-efficient, but nearly zero-energy buildings. For example, Kurnitsky was the scientific leader of a family dorm renovation at the TalTech campus.
TalTech Professor of Public Management and Policy and Vice-Dean for research of the School of Business and Governanace, Tiina Randma-Liiv, was elected as academician in the field of social sciences, politics and governance. She is studying state governance reforms, the effects of the fiscal crisis on state governance and governance in transition countries. Randma-Liiv is a member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals and received an Estonian Science Award in 2016.
The tasks of the academicians of the Estonian Academy of Sciences are to represent important fields of science in public life in Estonia and stand for the advancement of science. The position of an academician is lifelong.
A total of 20 researchers applied for the seven positions of academicians, four of them were from TalTech.