Maria Bostenaru obtained an engineering degree in architecture, with specialisation in urban planning, in 1999 from the Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Germany. After graduation, Maria Bostenaru first attended courses of the then "Lizentiat" postgraduate programme in Regional Planning, at the Universität Karlsruhe (TH). And, she was employed as student assistant in frame of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 461 "Strong earthquakes: from geosciences to civil engineering", focusing on the Vrancea earthquakes in Romania, part time, from February 2000 to September 2001. She transferred from the Lizenziat to the Research Training Group 450 "Natural disasters", at the same university.
The scholarship in frame of the Research Training Group opened the possibility for intensive and extensive research, in frame of an individual project on "Applicability and economic efficiency of seismic retrofit measures on existing buildings". Maria participated and presented her research results at numerous scientific conferences, at national German and international level, and at meetings dedicated to young researchers. In autumn 2002 she came to the ROSE School in Pavia, to benefit for 6 months from the advanced research training in frame of the Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowships programme, when she has worked with Rui Pinho. She then joined the Marie Curie Fellowship Association and was in charge for Scientific Exchange on its Advisory Board in the second half of 2003.
Following the stay in Pavia, a proposal for an individual project in frame of the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships has been written with Rui Pinho and submitted in February 2004. The proposal was successful in this highly competitive selection and so in summer 2005 if was possible to start with research on "Preservation of historic reinforced concrete housing buildings across Europe" (CA’REDIVIVUS, contract MEIF-CT-2005-009765).
Maria Bostenaru is active member of several professional associations. So, she acted as chairperson, co-convener and convener multiple times at the European Geosciences General Assemblies, for the session "Natural Hazards’ Impact on Urban Areas and Infrastructure", and, more recently, to an urban mineralogy related one. She was member of the Editorial Board of the "World Housing Encyclopedia" of the EERI, from 2003 to 2006. She acted as Guest Editor for a Special Issue in the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (May 2006), the official journal of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering. She was reviewer, proposer, representer at the stand for the EuroScience Open Forums in 2004 and 2006. She was chairperson, scheduled an invited lecture, featured then in a Romanian journal, invited to write a round table contribution on the interface architecture-structure following membership in the International Association for Shells and Spatial Structures.
Maria’s continuous research interest is for housing, and for the 20th century architecture heritage, and hence for preservation of old concrete masterpieces. An important part of her activities is dedicated to contribution of organisation of scientific events, and publication related (writing, reviewing, editing).
She published two books, three international journal papers, two articles in book series, eleven technical reports on building types for the World Housing Encyclopedia, seven papers in books on conference presentations and seventeen in conference proceedings and five extended abstracts.