The environmental physicist, Prof Anu Noorma, is to head up the Estonian Research Council as Chair of the Board from April of this year. The Board is the highest supervisory body of the Research Council and its members are appointed by the Estonian Minister for Education and Research.
Prof Noorma is based at the University of Tartu, where she develops space technology based on optical remote sensing methods. She is particularly interested in the intersection of space and Earth science, for example using data from satellites in the remote sensing of Earthly water bodies, which represent optically complex challenges. Her work is conducted at the Tartu Observatory, where she has worked since 2004 and which became part of the University of Tartu in 2018. She has also been instrumental in Estonia becoming an active member of the European Space Agency (ESA); Tartu Observatory landed the very first Estonian ESA contract in 2016 with her as its Director.
In a press release from the Estonian Research Council, Prof Noorma underlined the increased importance of scientific understanding, no doubt thinking of the crucial role research has played and will continue to play in solving the covid-19 crisis. “What we have reached as a small country gives us all the strength to cope with the current difficult situation and continue to work to make life better in Estonia and in the world,” she said. “As the head of the Council, I consider it very important to increase the influence of knowledge in society.”
This sentiment was echoed by the Council’s current Chair, Indrek Reimand. “We expect the Research Council and Anu, as its head, to make an even greater contribution to making Estonia more knowledge-based and solving major challenges,” Reimand said. (© AcademiaNet)