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Conferences, workshops, conventions, seminars

World Wood Day 2017 held in Long Beach, California USA, March 21-26, 2017

The 5th World Wood Day (WWD) was celebrated on March 21st and continued until March 26th in Long Beach California, USA to raise public awareness and understand the importance of wood in our society. The previous four celebrations were in Tanzania, China, Turkey, and Nepal. About 600 people from 85 countries attended this event at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. I am standing next to one of the various large tree root sections which were scattered around the different activities in the Center to provide the proper ambiance for the various activities.

The overall theme of WWD 2017 was “Roots” to represent the use of wood in people’s lives, culture, and history. In keeping with the theme, WWD 2017 emphasized the wood culture of Native American people, who were the “roots” of civilization in the United States. The opening ceremony included Native American folk dancing with traditional musical instruments. Shown here are a father and son dressed in traditional festive clothing. Many Native American wood carvers and boat makers provided their expertise to the Celebration.

Besides the tree planting, a 2½-day technical symposium, furniture making, wood carving and turning demonstrations, a children’s program, a folk-art workshop, and a music festival; there were several special projects in architecture and design. One of these projects has many of the 135 wood carvers from 70 countries working in teams up to 4 to produce a relief carving on a large slab of wood. Three carvers are demonstrating one project shown in the picture bellow.

More details and pictures from these meetings and tours can be found at the World Wood Day 2017 websites http://www.worldwoodday.org/2017/  and https://www.facebook.com/worldwoodday.

Howard Rosen

WWD Foundation, Chair

1st International Conference On Timber Structures and Engineering

The 1st International Conference on Timber Structures is being organised by the Wessex Institute in collaboration with the Technical Centre of Wood Industry in Belgium.

Rapid advances have recently been made in the development and processing of innovative ecologically friendly wood products. A wide range of new structural shapes can now be fabricated and used to construct buildings and bridges which have minimal impact on the environment. Wood is particularly attractive since it is renewable and has no carbon footprint when it is harvested in a sustainable way. Timber structures are ecologically sound and comparatively low cost. The material lends itself to innovative design and new types of composites offer reliable, robust and safe materials.

The Conference will explore the latest developments in wood products and their application as structural components with emphasis on new research and real applications. It is intended to provide a platform for the presentation and discussion between researchers and practitioners of new and innovative ideas in this important field.

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Call for abstracts IUFRO

The 2017 IUFRO All-Division 5 (Forest Products) Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada from June 12th to 16th, 2017. The Conference is organized jointly by IUFRO Division 5, the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, FPInnovations, and the Society of Wood Science and Technology. In recognition of the pressing global need for the forest sector to be a leader in sustainability, diversification, and innovation, the theme of the 2017 IUFRO Division 5 Conference is: Forest Sector Innovations for a Greener Future.

We are organizing a technical session on ‘The Mechanics and Associated Physico-Chemical Dynamics that Exists in Nanocellulose’, and am currently soliciting presenters. If you are interested in submitting a presentation or poster on this topic, the Call for Abstracts is now open (Deadline October 31, 2016)!

The conference brochure is attached and more information about the conference can be found here : www.IUFROdiv5-2017.ca.

Call for papers for WA17 Wood Adhesives

The latest information on the following subject areas will be available via plenary, technical and poster presentations, tabletop exhibits, and personal interactions with leaders in the field:

Structure and properties of adhesive systems

Bonding untraditional substrates

New wood-based bonded products

Bio-based and novel raw materials and adhesive systems, resin chemistry

Issues with commercial implementation of new adhesives

Impact of regulations and consumer preference

Fundamental understanding of wood bondingand adhesive-substrate interactions

Composites

Modeling

Engineered wood

Analytical and testing methodology

Energy concerns and opportunities

For more information click WA17_Call_For_Papers

The 2017 IUFRO All-Division 5 (Forest Products) Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada from June 12th to 16th, 2017

The 2017 IUFRO All-Division 5 (Forest Products) Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada from June 12th to 16th, 2017. The Conference is organized jointly by IUFRO Division 5, the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, FPInnovations, and the Society of Wood Science and Technology. In recognition of the pressing global need for the forest sector to be a leader in sustainability, diversification, and innovation, the theme of the 2017 IUFRO Division 5 Conference is: Forest Sector Innovations for a Greener Future.

 

This Innovation/Sustainability theme will form a unifying basis for the week-long Conference and will guide the agenda through a series of plenary sessions that will catalyze discussion on what the future forest products sector might look like. Each morning will feature two keynote presentations; one a research-based talk featuring a prominent academic, the other a more pragmatic, real-world talk featuring a prominent practitioner from industry, government, civil society, or an indigenous community. The plenary topics include:

 

Forest Sector Innovation; How can innovative forest sector based environmental and social approaches assure a greener future for our global society?

Innovations in Forest Products and Services; How will fibre and forests be used in the near- and long term (focus on bioenergy, biomaterials, biofuels, biochemicals, carbon and non-timber forest products)?

Innovations in Wood Building and Design; What will the next generation’s needs for shelter and buildings be and how will they be met?

Innovations in Forest Management, Policy and Markets; Will there be enough biomass and sustainable products to support the growing global population?

Innovations in Business Models and Management: What will the businesses of forestry look like in the near and long-term?

 

Please find the link to the website for the conference here: www.IUFROdiv5-2017.ca. The Call for Technical Session Proposals is now open (Deadline March 30, 2016)!

 

July is upon us, and the International meeting is over…here is what you missed:

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Happy July!  June was an exciting month for SWST, for those that were able to make it to the International meeting held in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, I hope you had a great experience.  If you missed out, fear not an announcement will be out soon concerning next year’s meeting.  Here is what you missed if you were unable to go:

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Jerold E. Winandy received the Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contribution to the field and to SWST.

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James Funck was awarded the Fellow Award for the society.

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Lech Muszynskirecieved the first ever Distinguished Educator Award from the society.

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The George Marra Excellence in Writing award first place winner Jan Oscarsson accepted the award for the paper:

“Localized modulus of elasticity in timber and its significance for the accuracy of machine strength grading”, By Jan Oscarsson, A. Olsson, and B. Enquist, Volume 46, Number 4, pages pp. 489-501

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The George Marra Excellence in Writing award second place winner Clevan Lamason accepted the award for the paper:

“Examination of water phase transitions in black spruce by magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging”, By Clevan Lamason, Bryce MacMillan, Bruce Balcom, Brigitte Leblon and Zarin Pirouz, Volume 46, Number 4, pages 423-436

The George Marra Excellence in Writing award third place winners Xiaoqing Wang, Sichen Liu, Huanjun Chang, and Junliang Liu were unable to attend, but received the award for their paper:

“Sol-gel deposition of TiO2 nanocoatings on wood surfaces with enhanced hydrophobicity and photostability”, By Xiaoqing Wang, Sichen Liu, Huanjun Chang, and Junliang Liu Volume 46, Number 1, pages 109-117

International Wood Composites Symposium April 21-22, 2015

This year’s International Wood Composites Symposium offers an industry-driven symposium to address markets, policies, codes, new developments and innovations for the wood composites industry.

  • Hear industry leaders identify key global trends, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Network with people you want to meet in industry and research.
  • Exchange ideas and discuss new developments in processes and products.
  • Attend two days of presentations, a poster session, vendor displays, and a networking reception.

We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle. Our best personal regards.

 

For more information click here

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

Tuesday of the International Convention is dedicated to early-stage researchers. For those of you from Europe, our definition is a bit different than that of the EU. In this case, early stage refers to students through someone within three years of receiving their PhD. We received just over 100 abstracts from early-stage researchers. We see this as a great sign for the future of SWST and this day is designed specifically to embrace the new generation of researchers.

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Mike Burnard, PhD student from the University of Primorska, Slovenia has designed this and leads a group of four other moderators. The morning consists of 18 oral presentations that are each approximately eight minutes long. The first hour of the afternoon is a series of 18 “speed presentations” where authors will have three minutes to communicate the most salient points about their work. The moderators for this session include Bonnie Yang a PhD student from the Mississippi State University, Dick Sandberg a Professor from Luleå University of Techology, Dave DeVallance an Assistant Professor from West Virginia University, and Tobias Keplinger a PhD student from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. This will be a “fasten your seatbelts” sort of session, so get ready.

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Following the speed presentations are two mini-workshops on publishing in SWST journals. Publishing in Wood & Fiber Science is led by Jeff Morrell, Oregon State University; Terry Connors, University of Kentucky; and Mike Barnes (W&FS Editor), Mississippi State University. The workshop is designed to help participants effectively create manuscripts for Wood & Fiber Science and other technically oriented refereed journals.

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Publishing in Bio-Products Business is led by Robert Kozak and Rajat Panwar (BioProducts Business Editor), both of University of British Columbia. The workshop is designed to help participants effectively create manuscripts for Bio-Products Business and other social science journals.

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Finally, the workshops are followed by the poster session and student poster competition. Fred Kamke of Oregon State University is the Poster Session Chair.

 

Next week we profile the IUFRO sessions taking place on Friday.

Early bird registration deadline is March 1!