Seminar 14-15 Sept 2015


Date: Monday 14th – Tuesday 15th of September, 2015
Place: Empa Academy in Duebendorf, Switzerland (from the airport Zürich Kloten travelling time by tram around 25 min)


The 7th WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme Seminar was held on 14-15 September 2015 at Empa Academy in Duebendorf near Zurich, Switzerland.

This public seminar brought together more than 60 researchers and stakeholders from industry, academia and policy-making organisations in the forest-based sector. It will be the first mid-term seminar of the 4th Joint Call for Proposals (2013) of WoodWisdom-Net.

The objectives of the seminar were to discuss the first results from the projects, to facilitate information exchange and networking between the projects and their stakeholders and to gain feedback and ideas for the further development of the WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme.

WoodWisdom-Net, Research Institute for Materials Science and Technology Empa, Swiss Promotion Agency for Technology and Innovation CTI, Federal Office for the Environment FOEN and S-WIN as event organizers and hosts would like to express sincere thanks to all participants.

The presentations are available below. You can also view and download the seminar invitation letter including the programme and information on registration, travel details, accommodation and contact persons here: PDF.


Monday, 14th of September
Moderator: Thomas Näher, Managing Director Swiss Wood Innovation Network S-WIN

11.00 – 12.30    Introduction session

  • Welcome and introduction to Empa (pdf), Peter Richner, Vice President Empa, CH
  • Welcome and short overview of the trans-national WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme (pdf), Ilmari Absetz, Tekes, WW-Net+ Project Coordinator
  • Structural architecture in timber – today and tomorrow (pdf), Katharina Lehmann, President of the Board of Directors Blumer-Lehmann AG
  • Education and research in the wood sector: a Swiss perspective on future challenges (pdf), René Graf, Director Department Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering, Berne University of Applied Sciences, CH
  • Slovenia and WoodWisdom-NET – best practice – WoodWisdom research network on nation level and beyond (pdf), Kim Turk, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Ljubljana, SI

14.00 – 15.15    Presentations of jointly funded WW-Net projects

Forest production, resource management and logistics

  • VARMA – Value added by optimal wood raw material allocation and processing (pdf), Marika Makkonen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, FI (presented by Ilmari Absetz, Tekes, FI)
  • FASTFORESTS – Impacts of faster growing forests on raw material properties with consideration of the potential effects of a changing climate on species choice (pdf), Vilius Gendvilas, University College Dublin, IRL
  • W3B – Wood Believe – Social perceptions of the forest-based sector and its products towards sustainable society (pdf), Tobias Stern, Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH (Wood KPlus), AT
  • EU Hardwoods – European hardwoods for the building sector (pdf), Peter Linsenmann, Holzforschung Austria, AT

Wood processing and treatments

  • CaReWood – Cascading recovered wood (pdf), Klaus Richter, Technische Universität München, DE
  • BIOCOPOL – Enhancing wood durability and physical properties through innovative bio-based sustainable treatments (pdf), Marion Noël, Bern University of Applied Sciences – Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering, CH
  • CreoSub – New protection technology to substitute creosote for the protection of railway sleepers, timber bridges and utility poles (pdf), Ulrich Hundhausen, Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology, NO (presented by Petter Nilsen, RCN, NO)

15.45 – 16.50    From research to industry

  • National research program NRP 66 “resource wood” – Basic research for industrial needs (pdf), Martin Riediker, President of steering committee NRP 66 “resource wood” and Vice-President of CTI (Swiss Agency for Technology and Innovation), CH
  • Swiss Wood Resource Policy – Strategy, Objectives and Wood Action Plan – Benefits for the forest based sector (pdf), Alfred W. Kammerhofer, Head of Section Timber Industry & Forest Management, Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, Berne, CH
  • ETH House of Natural Resources – A milestone in the construction using hardwood (pdf), Andrea Frangi, Professor for timber construction, Chair of Structural Engineering, ETH Zurich, CH

16.50 – 17.00    Closing Day 1, Ilmari Absetz, Tekes

17.10 – 19.30    Site visit: The new House of Elephants at Zoo Zurich – with its fantastic wood roof (website) with presentations from: Markus Schietsch, Markus Schietsch Architekten GmbH (Architect; see website), CH Carlo Galmarini, WaltGalmarini AG (planning of structural framework; see website), CH

19.45 –    Apéro and joint dinner at Restaurant Zürichberg

Tuesday, 15th of September
Moderator: Alfred W. Kammerhofer, Head of Section Timber Industry & Forest Management, FOEN, Berne

08.30 – 08.35    Introduction and welcome, Mika Kallio, MMM/WoodWisdom-Net Secretariat, FI

08.35 – 10.15   Presentations of jointly funded WW-Net projects

Wood fibre-based materials and processing

  • ReWoBioRef – Mobilisation and utilization of recycled wood for ligno-cellulosic bio-refinery processes (pdf), Guido Hora, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur angewandten Forschung e.V. WKI, DE
  • PSHAPES – Polysaccharide bioshapes – chemical design and shaping into new biomaterials (pdf), Pedro Fardim, Åbo Akademi University, FI
  • AEROWOOD – Wood-based aerogels Maija Tenkanen (pdf), University of Helsinki, FI
  • WoTIM – Wood-based thermal insulation materials (pdf), Petri Jetsu, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, FI
  • HEMICELL – Wood based chemicals, in particular chemical modified hemicellulose, used as functional additives to enhance the material properties of cellulose esters (pdf), Inna Bretz, Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT, DE
  • COSEPA – Controlled separation and conversion processes for wood hemicelluloses (pdf), Eeva Jernström, LUT – Lappeenranta University of Technology, FI (presented by Ilmari Absetz, Tekes, FI)
  • COMPAC – Plasticized lignocellulose composites for packaging materials (pdf), Jukka Valkama, Cooperative State University Baden Wurttemberg – Karlsruhe / DHBW, DE
  • PRONANOCELL – processes for nanocellulose composite manufacturing (pdf), Göran Flodberg, Innventia AB, SE
  • LIGNOHTL – Liquid fuels from lignin by hydrothermal liquefaction and deoxygenetion (pdf), Ville Paasikallio, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, FI
  • TunableFilms – Tunable lignocellulose-based responsive films (pdf), Maria Soledad Peresin, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, FI

11.00 – 12.00    Presentations of jointly funded WW-Net projects

Timber construction

  • leanWood – Innovative lean processes and cooperation models for planning, production and maintenance of urban timber buildings (pdf), Wolfgang Huβ, Technische Universität München, DE
  • TallFacades – Tall timber facades, identification of cost-effective and resilient envelopes for wood constructions (pdf), Stephan Ott, Technische Universität München, DE
  • HCLTP – Hybrid cross laminated timber plates (pdf), Boštjan Brank, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, SI
  • Silent Timber Build – Silent timber buildings for the European market (pdf), Klas Hagberg, SP Trä, SE
  • DuraTB – Durable timber bridges (pdf), Kjell Malo, Norwegian university of Science and Technology, NO
  • Wood2New – Competitive wood based interior materials and systems for modern wood construction (pdf), Yrsa Cronhjort, Aalto University, FI

12.00 – 12.40    News about European research activities

  • Follow-up of WoodWisdom-Net+ – Future Public-Public Partnerships e.g. ERA-NET Cofund, Framework Partnership Agreements (pdf), Martin Greimel, ERA-NET Sumforest Project Coordinator, AT
  • Cooperation in Science and Technology COST Open Call – News about changes for proposal submission, evaluation, selection and approval (pdf), Melae Langbein, Science Officer Forests, their Products and Services, COST, EU

12.40 – 13.00    Short presentation of Empa laboratories Applied Wood Materials (pdf), Tanja Zimmermann, Head of Laboratory of Applied Wood Materials, Empa, CH

12.55 – 13.00    Summing up the seminar and closing, Ilmari Absetz, WoodWisdom-Net+ Project Coordinator, Tekes, FI

13.00 – 15.00    Lunch at Empa Academy, networking & Visit of Empa laboratories Applied Wood Materials