Monthly Archives: November 2013

Deadline approaches and changes in dues


As the last month of 2013 starts today, the deadline for submission of abstracts for the 2014 International Convention is upon us.

“Sustainable Resources and Technology for Forest Products”

The Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) will hold its International Convention in Zvolen, Slovakia, together with our co-hosts Technical University, Zvolen, Slovakia and University of West Hungary. This five-day meeting will be held June 23-27, 2014, and includes technical sessions on Hardwood Research and Utilization; Energy, Fuels, and Chemicals; Products, Design, and Manufacturing Technologies; Forest Products Policy, Global Trade, and Value Chain Management; Wood Construction and Structures; Sustainable Forest Management; Lignocellulosic Material Science; and a Poster Session. Continue reading

Industrial sponsorship of timber engineering students

Edinburgh Napier University, backed by some of the sector’s leading firms, is providing at least 14 scholarships on its MSc Timber Engineering – the only course of its kind in the UK – with hopes further sponsored places can be created in the future. The new initiative is aiming to address a long-acknowledged skills-gap in the sector.

Geoff Rhodes, chair of FPRI’s Advisory Board, said: “This has been driven in response to the UK’s lack of training and expertise in timber related technology knowledge linked to structural engineering, which has resulted in a reluctance among engineers, contractors, architects and designers to work with wood. Too many construction professionals are comfortable and confident using steel and concrete, but averse to timber based on the limited knowledge transfer that comes through the syllabus and structure of typical UK Civil and Structural engineering degree programmes.

Geoff went on to say “There’s a growing appetite for more sustainable building practices too, with the whole sector experiencing a number of positive environmental – driven changes. This scholarship scheme will also provide a valuable opportunity for students to gain work experience and learn directly from industry professionals.”

Leading UK industry names including Consolidated Timber Holdings, Crown Timber, Arnold Laver, BSW Timber, Oregon Timber Frame, James Latham and James Jones & Sons have all signed up to support the initiative. International firms including Norbord and Kingspan Timber Solutions have also given their backing, along with Accsys Technologies, manufacturer of Accoya, modified wood, software company SEMA4c and the bodies representing the Timber industry: Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and the Structural Timber Association. KLH have committed to a scholarship for a student starting in 2014. Continue reading

PhD Position at Oregon State University

Department of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University is offering graduate research assistantship for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Wood Science starting in Fall of 2014. The research area will be in environmental impact assessment and life cycle analysis in the built environment. There is ample flexibility in the project to allow the incumbent to formulate specific objectives.
Strong analytical and quantitative skills and well-developed oral and written communication skills are desired. The assistantship includes a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Initial contract will be for 1 year with a provision of continued funding for the subsequent years. The College of Forestry also offers competitive fellowships up to $6,000/year.
If you would like more information about this position or other opportunities at OSU, please contact Arijit Sinha:

Arijit Sinha
234 Richardson Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331


8th International Conference on Modification Degradation and Stabilization of Polymers Sunday, 31 August — Thursday, 4 September: Portorož, Slovenia

The MoDeSt Society was founded in 1999. The objective of the society is to promote scientific understanding and technical innovation in the modification, degradation and stabilization of polymers, however without excluding all other aspects of polymer science and technology. It dynamically consists of a valuable forum for world wide community of polymer engineers and scientists, stimulating common projects and justifying state-of-the-art knowledge.

For more information and the flyer for the event click here

8th Pacific Regional Wood Anatomy Conference/Annual Meeting of International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS), Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, China October 17-22, 2013 & Wood Culture Symposium on Taxodiceae, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha, China + Tours October 23-31, 2013

Chung Yun Hse, Qinglin Wu (not shown), and I represented SWST at the Annual Meeting of IAWS, held together with the Pacific Regional International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA) in Nanjing, China. The meeting was attended by over 230 people, 83 of which were from outside China. Over 100 oral presentations and 80 posters were presented on a wide range of wood anatomy and wood science topics. More information can be obtained on the conference website:
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