Estonian University of Life Sciences is looking for a timber product interface
Estonian Agricultural University lecturer Regino Kask in the Department of Forest Industry promised that the department tries to focus more on implementing research in the olive-growing parcel and taking into consideration the timber business aspect.
Spinverse Ltd has made a study for an Estonian Materials Technology Programme, ordered by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication. Consultant Laura Kauhanen from Spinverse says that she has seen four very good spin-off companies in Estonia, but it may take another five to ten years before they are ready for exporting their products.
“Wood-based materials in the field of material research have not progressed, despite their great importance in the sector”, stated Kauhanen. “Obviously, this requires a more traditional area of well-educated workforce. Education programs must take more into account the needs of companies.”
Kauhanen thought that there is poor cooperation between firms and universities.
“I’ve interviewed many entrepreneurs and they are very interested in cooperating with universities”, says Kauhanen.
“One problem is, however, that companies want quick answers, but no scientific studies can be done within a few months.”
The original article was written by Martin Pau. It was published in Tartu Postimees on May 3rd, 2011.