Seminar 4-5 April 2017


Date: Tuesday 4th – Wednesday 5th of April, 2017
Place: The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland

The 9th in a series of programme seminars was held on 4-5 April 2017 at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This public seminar brought together around 100 researchers and stakeholders from industry, academia and policy-making organisations in the forest-based sector. It was the final seminar of the 4th Joint Call for Proposals (2013) of WoodWisdom-Net. A copy of updated project descriptions is available here (distributed at the seminar).

The objectives of the seminar were to discuss the final results from the 23 projects of the call, facilitate information exchange and networking between projects and their stakeholders, and to gain feedback and ideas for the further development of the WoodWisdom-Net Programme.

In 2006 the ERA-Net WoodWisdom-Net initiated the joint transnational WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme. Resulting from all four joint calls (in 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2013) in total 62 transnational research projects, amounting to ca. 85M€, have been jointly funded by the WoodWisdom-Net partners so far.

WoodWisdom-Net and the Forestry Commission/ Forestry Commission Scotland as event organisers 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.


Tuesday, 4th of April
Moderator: Roger Coppock, Forestry Commission, Head of Corporate & Forestry Support

09.30 – 09.40    Welcome, Roger Coppock

09.40 – 09.40    Session 1: Introduction to forestry in Scotland

  • Scotland’s Forest Resource website (pdf), Andy Leitch, Timber Development Advisor, FC Scotland (presented by Derek Nelson, FC Scotland)
  • Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre website (pdf), Judith Huggan, Business Development Manager
  • Construction Scotland Innovation Centre website (pdf), Helge Hansen, Business Relationship Manager
  • Forest Research website (pdf), Chris Quine, Head of Centre & Head of Northern Research Station

10.50 – 11.15    Coffee and networking

11.15 – 12.20    Session 2: Project summaries

  • 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
  • VARMA – Value added by optimal wood raw material allocation and processing (pdf), Shaun Mochan, Woodilee Consultancy Ltd., UK
  • 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
  • TunableFilms – Tunable lignocellulose-based responsive films (pdf), Vesa Kunnari, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland Ltd, FI
  • LIGNOHTL – Liquid fuels from lignin by hydrothermal liquefaction and deoxygenetion (pdf), Kristian Melin, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, FI

12.20 – 13.45    Lunch and networking

13.45 – 14.25    Session 3: Project summaries

  • AEROWOOD – Wood-based aerogels (pdf), Bodo Saake, University of Hamburg/ Centre for Wood Science, DE
  • PSHAPES – Polysaccharide bioshapes – chemical design and shaping into new biomaterials (pdf), Poonam Trivedi, Åbo Akademi University, FI
  • COMPAC – Plasticized lignocellulose composites for packaging materials (pdf), Jukka Valkama, Cooperative State University Baden Wurttemberg – Karlsruhe / DHBW, DE

14.25 – 15.20    Session 4: Project summaries

  • COSEPA – Controlled separation and conversion processes for wood hemicelluloses (pdf), Eeva Jernström, LUT – Lappeenranta University of Technology, 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
  • PRONANOCELL – processes for nanocellulose composite manufacturing (pdf), Göran Flodberg, Innventia AB, SE
  • 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

15.20 – 15.50    Coffee and networking

15.50 – 16.30    Session 5: Project summaries

  • DuraTB – Durable timber bridges (pdf), Kjell Malo, Norwegian university of Science and Technology, NO
  • 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
  • BIOCOPOL – Enhancing wood durability and physical properties through innovative bio-based sustainable treatments (pdf), Emmanuel Fredon, LERMAB Laboratory, FR

16.30 – 16.40    Closing Day 1

17.00 – 18.00    Networking session

Wednesday, 5th of April
Moderator: Johan Elvnert, Managing Director, ​The Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP)

09.30 – 09.35    Introduction and welcome

09.35 – 10.30    Session 1: Project summaries

  • EU Hardwoods – European hardwoods for the building sector (pdf), Angelika Rubick, Holzforschung Austria, AT
  • CaReWood – Cascading recovered wood (pdf), Michael Risse, Technische Universität München, DE
  • leanWood – Innovative lean processes and cooperation models for planning, production and maintenance of urban timber buildings (pdf), Manfred Stieglmeier, Technische Universität München, DE
  • Wood2New – Competitive wood based interior materials and systems for modern wood construction (pdf), Mark Hughes, Aalto University, FI

10.30 – 11.00    Coffee and networking

11.00 – 12.00    Session 2: Project summaries

  • HCLTP – Hybrid cross laminated timber plates (pdf), Iztok Šušteršič, University of Ljubljana, SI
  • TallFacades – Tall timber facades, identification of cost-effective and resilient envelopes for wood constructions (pdf), Stephan Ott, Technische Universität München, DE
  • Silent Timber Build – Silent timber buildings for the European market (pdf), Klas Hagberg, SP Trä, SE
  • WoTIM – Wood-based thermal insulation materials (pdf), Frédéric Rouger, Institut Technologique FCBA, FR

12.00 – 12.15    Session 3: Vision and Roadmap for European Raw Materials in 2050 (pdf), Johan Elvnert, FTP

12.15 – 12.45    Session 4: Future activities of WoodWisdom-Net (ERA-NET Cofund on Innovative forest-based bioeconomy) and discussion (pdf), Mika Kallio, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Finland, FI

12.45 – 13.05    Summing up, Ilmari Absetz, WoodWisdom-Net+ Project Coordinator, Tekes, FI

13.05 –    Lunch and networking, then departure