The 12th meeting of the Northern European Network for Wood Science and Engineering (WSE), September 12-13, 2016, Riga, Latvia
The 12th meeting of the Northern European Network for Wood Science and Engineering (WSE) - Wood science and engineering – a key factor on the transition to Bioeconomy, September 12-13, 2016, Riga, Latvia
This is the 12th Meeting of the Nordic-Baltic community, involved in the the Northern European Network for Wood Science and Engineering (WSE) organized by Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry. The basis of this meeting, which has become already traditional, is the decision taken by the SNS-Nordic Forest Research Cooperation Committee in 2004 to back the Nordic-Baltic network for scientists involved in wood science and engineering research. Currently, the network involves 10 partner countries.The previous meetings starting from 2005 were held in Honne (N), Stockholm (SE), Helsinki (FI), Riga (LV), Copenhagen (DK), Tallinn (EST), Oslo (N), Kaunas (LT), Hannover (DE), Edinburgh (UK) and Poznan (PL).
The importance of this meeting is undeniable, especially for young researchers. Essential contributions are the exchange of know-how and experience, dissemina-tion of results, and the potentialities to establish new contacts and further co-op-eration projects.
The Meting will cover the following themes:
- Wood physics and mechanics,
- Engineered wood products & composites,
- Wood protection and modification, durability,
- Application of wood based materials,
- Wood engineering.
A separate session is dedicated to the evaluation of the role of forestry and timber industry in the Nordic bio-economy (new tendencies, markets). The bio-refinery concept potential in the rational utilisation of wood (new products) is assessed. Great attention is paid to the development of engineered wood products. The task of all researchers involved in the wood field is the transfer from funda-mental research to applied research; development of technologies, innovations and promotion of the transfer to the optimal utilisation of wood. These network activities will certainly reach the target – to support and contribute to the Nordic research cooperation.