Monthly Archives: January 2015

The 10th International Conference “WOOD SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM” ICWSE 2015 November 5-7, 2015 TRANSILVANIA University, Brasov, ROMANIA

Conference Topics

• Wood Structure and Properties
• Wood Drying and Heat Treatments
• Mechanical Wood Processing
• Surface Quality
• Wood-Based Materials
• Wood Preservation, Modification, Gluing and Coating
• Conservation-Restoration of Wooden Objects
• Furniture Design
• Wood Constructions
• Computer-Aided Engineering in Wood Industry
• Renewable Energy from Wooden Biomass
• Economics in Wood Industry 


Richard P. Vlosky

Richard P. Vlosky, Ph.D., Director, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, LSU AgCenter and Crosby Land & Resources Endowed Professor of Forest Sector Business Development, was recently appointed as an Outside Expert to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe/Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNECE/FAO) Team of Specialists in Wood Bioenergy of the Committee on Forests and Forest Industry. Geneva, Switzerland.

Renewable Materials and the Bio-Economy: SWST 2015 International Convention

Renewable Materials and the Bio-Economy: SWST 2015 International Convention

June 7-12, 2015

Friday – SWST

wayanWayan Darmawan of Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia moderates a session titled: Wood quality and improvement. Topics include cutting tools through terrestrial laser scanning, each with a focus on quality improvements. Speakers hail from Turkey, Norway, Canada, and Indonesia.





JeanJean-Michel Leban moderates the second half-day session of the convention, titled: Fiber properties chain: from cell wall to end products. This is perhaps the broadest session of the Convention in terms of topics and includes presentations on bending properties of bamboo, tannin-based foams, and nanofibrillated cellulose, among others.




DodiDodi Nindaka of Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia moderates a session titled: Treatments and durability. Topics include non-destructive detection and monitoring, effects of treatment on bending strength, and fire retardants.





Next week we profile the sessions taking place on Tuesday.

Early bird registration deadline is March 1!


Renewable Materials and the Bio-Economy: SWST 2015 International Convention June 7-12, 2015

The fourth day of the International Convention covers the topics of physics, composites, and construction.

Levente DÉNES

Thursday morning is entirely dedicated to composites with a session titled: Nano to macro scale wooden composites. Levente Dénes from the University of West Hungary moderates the session that includes 10 presentations. As the title implies, talks range from nanocellulose films to CLT panels.


Sam Zelinka from the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory moderates a session titled: Timber Physics from 1 µm to 10 m. Four of the five talks in his session are from early-stage researchers and the speakers hail from the US, Austria, China, and the Czech Republic.

Sinha, Arijit

Arijit Sinha from Oregon State University moderates a session titled: Novel techniques for a new era of wood construction. CLT, virtual visual sensors, and solutions for satisfying energy codes are examples of topics in this session.

Next week we profile the sessions taking place on Friday.

Early bird registration deadline is March 1!

Old oak trees from Berea provide timber for Mayflower II repair

Just before Thanksgiving, a special load of Kentucky timber began a two-day pilgrimage to Massachusetts.

The 30-foot planks will become a part of history that stretches back to the founding of America. The wood was the first of what is likely to be several batches of boards destined for the Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum affiliated with the Smithsonian and dedicated to the English Pilgrims and their 17th-century colony at Plymouth, Mass.

Renewable Materials and the Bio-Economy: SWST 2015 International Convention June 7-12, 2015

The 2015 Convention opens with a networking reception on the evening of Sunday June 7. Technical sessions begin Monday morning and include the four sessions outlined below.


Elisha Ncube of Copperbelt University, Zambia, moderates the first session of the Convention. His session is titled, Biomass chemistry for a greener environment. Adhesives, dyes, and bamboo are the topics covered by the four presentations in this session.


Andreja Kutnar of the University of Primorska, Slovenia, moderates a session titled Design for environment: use of renewable materials. The five presentations in her session cover LCA/LCI of products including wood/non-wood composites.


Patricia Townsend of Washington State University moderates a session titled Wood-based Green Fuels and Chemicals. A range of biofuels and biochemicals are covered in her session.


Nikki Brown from The Pennsylvania State University moderates a session titled Biomass energy: innovations, economic realities, and public perception. Sustainability of, and barriers to, biomass utilization are emphasized in her session.

Next week we profile the sessions taking place on Thursday.

Early bird registration deadline is March 1!


Opportunities to join our team at Scion, New Zealand

Opportunities to join our team at Scion, New Zealand

  • Entry level through to Leadership roles available
  • Join a team of creative scientists and a vibrant culture
  • Based in Rotorua, a tourism centre in the North Island


Scion is a Crown Research Institute that specialises in research, science and technology development for forestry, wood product and wood-derived materials. We lead new technology development for renewable biomaterials and the establishment of a broader based bio-economy.

We are currently expanding our capabilities within our Manufacturing and Bioproducts Team and looking for ambitious Scientists/Technologists to join us. Through your work you will influence an industry that is the third largest export earner in New Zealand.

These vacancies include:

  • Senior Technician/Entry level Scientist
  • Packaging or Fibre Processing Scientist
  • Plant Biotechnologist
  • Research Leader Industrial Biotechnology
  • Research Leader Wood and Biofibre

Working at Scion you will have the opportunity to pursue a professional career and develop your science skill set with one of New Zealand’s leading research and development organisations. You will also come to work on the edge of the Whakarewarewa Forest with world class mountain biking, hiking, lakes and many other outdoor activities within easy reach.


For more information about Scion and details of the positions that are available please visit and apply through our website.

Renewable Materials and the Bio-Economy: SWST 2015 International Convention June 7-12, 2015

SWST is evolving quickly to meet the fast-changing research and education landscape of our members. We have held four International Conventions outside of North America. The 2014 Convention in Zvolen Slovakia was a huge success. Heavy participation from across Europe helped increase SWST membership by over 10%. In 2015 we continue developing the Society by introducing a host of firsts to the International Convention.
This year we strike out on our own to hold our first North American Convention that is a full week, scientific learning and networking event. Our success in internationalizing the society is clearly illustrated by the diverse geographical coverage of those submitting abstracts for the convention. The figure shows in green all the countries from which we received abstracts. We have over 230 abstracts from 31 different countries!Nearly half of these are from early stage researchers – students on up to someone within three years of receiving their PhD – another first for the 2015 Convention.

Tuesday June 9 of the Convention is a day dedicated to early stage researchers. We created this day to focus on future leaders of SWST and provide extra time for those young people to present their work. In total, we will see 36 oral presentations on Tuesday from early stage researchers, plus many others during the rest of the week. As part of this special day two mini-workshops will be held – another first for the 2015 Convention.

The two mini-workshops are two hours long and focus on publishing in SWST journals. That’s right journals. In December of 2014 the SWST Board approved creation of a business focused journal, tentatively titled: Bio-Products Business. One of the workshops focuses on publishing in Wood & Fiber Science and is appropriate for technically-focused participants. The other workshop focuses on publishing in Bio-Products Business and is for social science-oriented participants. The instructional teams for the workshops include the Editor for each journal. Business and marketing focused abstracts represented nearly one of every five submitted. This happened through cooperation with the IUFRO 5.10 Research Group – another first for the 2015 Convention.

The Forest Products Marketing and Business Management Research Group of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO) is a major part of the Convention this year. Friday June 12 will consist of concurrent SWST and IUFRO sessions. We expect the best ever representation of business-focused researchers at any SWST Convention. Finally, we want to emphasize the Convention venue – another first for the 2015 Convention.

Forget cities, traffic, and pollution. Prepare yourself for the nature and grandeur of the great American West. We will be staying at Jackson Lake Lodge within Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Twenty minutes away is Yellowstone National Park. This is a family-friendly destination of epic proportions. You should plan extra time before or after the Convention to explore what the area has to offer.

In the coming weeks we will profile each day of the 2015 Convention so you can familiarize yourself with everything that will be available. Up next, learn about the activities of Monday June 8.

Early bird registration deadline is March 1!