IAWS Annual Meeting 2013 in Nanjing/China from 17 to 21 Oct. - [2012-12-14]
The International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS) is a non-profit assembly of wood scientists, recognizing all fields of wood science with their associated technological domains, and securing a worldwide representation. The academy holds an annual meeting each year since 2004. In 2013, Nanjing Forestry University, International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan (ICBR) and Institute of Chemical Industry of Forest Products, Chinese Academy of Forestry (ICIFP, CAF) will host this annual meeting of IAWS in Nanjing from 17 to 21 Oct. 2013 as a joint meeting with IAWA and IUFRO_div.5 (http://8th-prwac.njfu.edu.cn/). This meeting will cover the biological, chemical, and physical sciences of lignified natural materials and products derived there from, as well as the scientific base of the technology of converting such substances into useful products. You are kindly invited to submit your research paper or manuscripts for inclusion in this great event.
Purpose and formats
This annual meeting of IAWS will take advantage of the unique experiences which the scientists in other countries have to offer in wood science and its sustainable development for the world. Participants will have the opportunity to work
together to examine how technologies and strategies can be formulated and implemented to establish sustainable development in wood science. It will use three formats, i.e., oral presentations, poster exhibition and company visits.
There will be a five-day program for this joint meeting. It will begin on Thursday, 17th October 2013. Registration desk will be open in the afternoon, Oct.16.
• Day 1 (Oct. 17th, 2013):
Opening Ceremony (morning), Keynote Presentation (afternoon)
• Day 2-4 (Oct. 18th-20th, 2013):
Presentations, Closing ceremony (20th, 3:00 pm)
• Day 5 (Oct. 21st, 2013):
This annual meeting of IAWS will explore three aspects as follows:
1. Wood science including wood properties, wood identification, wood structural diversity, wood anatomy, wood composites etc.
2. Wood processing technology including bio-refinery, biotechnology, bio-energy and bio-fuel, bio-materials etc.
3. Other topics related with wood and non-wood plants (bamboo, palm and rattan etc), cellulose nano fiber & its composites, and life cycle assessment of wood industry etc.
A poster exhibition will be on display during the meeting and will include a selected number of examples to demonstrate various aspects of the meeting themes related to wood science. Initially you are invited to register your interest by submitting proposals for projects that you would like to be considered for the exhibition. If selected, you will be asked to make poster for the exhibits.
Annual meeting will take place in Nanjing Forestry University.
Address: No. 159, Long Pan Road, Nanjing, 210037, P.R. China
More information about the meeting venue available at the following website:
Participation is open to those who are fellows of IAWS and non-fellow members working in R&D in wood science or who have a professional interest in the themes of the meeting, and may include members of authorities responsible for education at national, regional or local levels, as well as researchers and postgraduates.
The working language for the meeting is English (without interpretation)
Early bird registration before 15th July. 2013:
Regular 2500 RMB ($400); Students 1200RMB ($200)
Accompanying persons: 1200 RMB ($200)
Late registration after 15th July. 2013:
Regular 3000 RMB ($480); Students 1440RMB ($240)
Accompanying persons: 1440 RMB ($240)
Submission of abstracts: Deadline, 15 July, 2013
Notification on acceptance for oral or poster: 15 August, 2013
Final date for early-bird registration: 15 July, 2013
Delegates are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please refer to the “Hotel information” in the following website for booking an accommodation:
Biao PAN, Secretary General for a joint meeting of IAWS/PRWAC/IUFRO_div.5
College of Wood Science and Technology, Nanjing Forestry University, Longpan Road 159, Nanjing, 210037, China
Tel. /Fax +86 25 85427550
Homepage: PRWAC/IAWA meeting 17-21 October 2013
Academy Lecture by Katia Ruel - [2012-10-16]
On September 26 Fellow Katia Ruel was honoured by the Academy in presenting an Academy Lecture during the 2012 IAWS Plenary Meeting in Zvolen/Slovakia
Newly Elected Fellows 2012 - [2012-06-01]
Fuxiang Chu. Professor and Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF), Beijing, China.
Barry Goodell. Professor and Head, Wood Science and Forest Products Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.
Yusuf Sudo Hadi. Head of Biocomposite Lab. & Head of Forestry Faculty Senate, Bogor Agricultural University (BAU), Indonesia.
Donatien Pascal Kamdem. Professor, School of Packaging, Department of Forestry, School of Planning Design and Construction, Michigan State University, East Lansing Michigan, USA.
Bohumil Kasal. Professor and Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institute, WKI, Braunschweig, Germany.
Stan Lebow. Research Scientist, USDA, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI, USA.
Jian Li. Professor, Northeast Forestry University (NEFU), Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.
Yixing Liu. Professor, College of Material Science and Engineering, Northeast Forestry University (NEFU), Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.
Klaus Richter. Professor and Head of Wood Research Munich, Technical University Munich, Germany.
Victor G. Sanaev. Professor and Head of the Department of Wood Science of Moscow State Forest University (MSFU), Rector of MSFU, Moscow, Russia.
Olaf Schmidt. Professor, Department of Wood Biology, University of Hamburg, Germany.
Michael P. Wolcott. Professor, Civil & Environmental Engr., Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.
Junyong (J.Y.) Zhu. Adjunct Professor, Scientific Team Leader, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI, USA.
Graeme P. Berlyn - [2012-06-01]
Graeme P. Berlyn
Professor Berlyn has received a Distinguished Service Award by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Graeme was elected a Fellow of the Academy in 1977. His citation includes recognition of his contributions to understanding reaction wood, the effects of radiation on plants and tissue culture and the understanding of ecophysiology and organic biostimulants. He is also the author of what is referred to in the citation as the bible on botanical micro-technique and cytochemistry. He has been on the Yale faculty for 51 years and still continues. He has authored or co-authored more than 125 publications.
Dr. Richard Hemingway, was recently recognized by The Phytochemical Society of North America with their Pioneer Scientist Award for his contributions to polyflavanoid chemistry. Dr Hemingway was elected Fellow of the Academy in 1987. During a long and distinguished career, he worked for the USDA Forest Service at the Southern Research Station in Pineville, Louisiana. During that time he visited and worked in laboratories in CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia, the Chemistry Division of DSIR, Wellington, New Zealand, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein South Africa. He retired in 1999 after 30 years service.
The Ekman Medal for Peter Axegård - [2011-12-15]
The Ekman Medal is one of the most prestigious prizes in the Swedish forestry industry. It is awarded annually for “Meritorious technical or scientific efforts in the Swedish forestry industry” by the The Swedish Association of Pulp and Paper Engineers (SPCI). This year’s award ceremony took place during the conference “Ekmandagarna” in Stockholm on the 26th January, 2010.
Associate Professor Peter Axegård, Director at Innventia, is a renowned expert in the field of cellulose technology and is regarded as one of the world’s leading pioneers in the development of the pulp mill biorefinery. He was, among other things, deeply involved in the work of replacing chlorine with chlorine dioxide in the bleaching process, which then became the dominant technique in the industrial world. In recent years, Peter Axegård has been working on the development of biorefining technologies. The research has been very productive and today, this technically and scientifically interesting field employs more than 30 scientists at Innventia.
Peter Axegård’s extraordinary scientific expertise in areas of interest and relevance, together with his skilled industrial experiences, have been decisive factors when it comes to bringing ideas from research to industrial applications.
Graeme Berlyn - [2011-12-15]
The Botanical Society of America had a symposium in honor of Fellow Berlyn
at their summer meeting: The Stress of Life and Light: Spectral Reflectance Measurements over a wide variety of ecosystems. Professor Berlyn presented two lectures during the symposium: (1) From tree to leaf to canopy, and (2) Using spectral reflectance to measure the drought response of two Mexican oak species,/Quercus laceyi, and Quercus sideroxyla
(Fagaceae), in relation to elevational position.
Walter Liese - [2011-12-15]
Professor Dr. Walter Liese has been elected to Honorary Membership of the Bamboo Network of the Philippines for his outstanding accomplishments in bamboo science, technology and education.
Valentin Popa - [2011-12-14]
Prof. Valentin Popa has been appointed Editor in chief of Cellulose Chemistry and Technology. Fellow Popa reports that The National Council for Scientific Research in Higher Education recently awarded a special prize to *Cellulose Chemistry and Technology* published by Romanian Academy Publishing House for its highest impact factor among
Romanian journals. The journal was founded 40 years ago by Cristofor
Simionescu following a proposal by renowned scientists in the field .
Frank Shawn Mansfield - [2011-12-13]
Frank Shawn Mansfield from Canada received the prestigious Scientific Achievement Award at the 2010 XXIII IUFRO World Congress in Seoul, Korea, August 23-28. 2010. He is one of eleven winners from around the world and the only one who is a Fellow of IAWS.
Shawn Mansfield is currently Associate Professor in the Wood Sciences Department, Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia (UBC),Canada. He graduated from Mount Allison University (B.Sc.), Dalhousie
University (M.Sc.) and holds a Ph.D. degree from UBC. His teaching interests are: tree/plant physiology; forest practices as they relate to, and affect wood quality; wood ultrastructure and chemistry; forest products; forest products biotechnology and tree biotechnology. Dr. Mansfield has been continuously commended for his exceptional clarity and phenomenal interplay with students, being equally acknowledged by students and peers. His research is directed at understanding the innate differences in fibre composition and morphological characteristics existing in tree lines within species, and elucidating what impact these phenotypic traits have on wood processing and product quality. Dr. Mansfield has been very
productive, with more than 109 papers (incl. co-authorship), 14 non-refereed publications and reports, 30 invited presentations, 45 international conference presentations and is equally
appreciated by students, peers and colleagues from the global research community. He has established several collaborative projects with a number of international researchers on a wide
range of interdisciplinary projects and currently supervises 8 fully funded graduate students, 4 post doctoral fellows, several undergraduate co-op students. His long-term goal as a faculty
member in Forestry at UBC is to contribute to establishing and maintaining the Faculty’s reputation as a world leader in the field of forest biotechnology.
H. Michael Barnes - [2011-12-12]
H. Michael Barnes has received the 2010 SWST Distinguished Service Award
H. Michael Barnes
Professor Barnes is the WS Thompson Professor of Wood Science & Technology in the Department of Forest Products, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS. He was elected to a Fellowship of IAWS in 2006. He has served on the SWST Board of Directors (1993-95), and was Vice-President, President Elect, President, and Past President (1999-2003). He has also served as FPS: South Central Regional Vice-President, President Elect, President, and Past President (2005-2009).
Gerd Wegener - [2011-12-11]
On the 6th of October 2010 there was the retirement symposium for fellow Professor Dr. Gerd Wegener as Director of the Institute of Wood Research in Munich. 400 important academic, industrial and political guests including the Minister of Industry of Bavaria and fellow Wegener’s successor, Prof. Klaus Richter (formerly of EMPA Switzerland), attended the one day symposium, which was a resounding success. Fellows Pizzi, Holmbom and Frühwald gave the main lectures on the occasion, after presentations by the minister and the rector of TUM (Technische Universität München). Fellow Wegener received many warm accolades. He will remain as Editor in chief of the journal of IAWS, Wood Science and Technology.
Philip Evans - [2011-12-10]
This 'letter' from Fellow Philip Evans (an edited version of it) appeared in the popular magazine 'New Scientist'. New Scientist produced a nice cartoon of astronauts plucking apples from a wooden branch to accompany the letter.
Wood in Space
The Royal Society made an inspired rather than an odd choice in deciding to celebrate its 350th anniversary by sending a piece of wood into space on the shuttle Atlantis (New Scientist 15-21 May 2010). Not only did the piece of wood come from the apple tree that inspired Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity, but wood is also a proven performer in space! White oak tiles performed admirably as a heat shield on the Chinese RRS FSW re-entry vehicle. These wooden tiles developed a layer of insulating char which impeded heat flow into the vehicle when it entered the earth’s atmosphere. Balsa wood was also used as a crushable impact attenuator to protect vital components such as transmitters when space craft were deliberately crash-landed on the moon. However, apple wood still has to find a practical application in space.
Phil Evans, Vancouver, Canada
Valentin Popa - [2011-12-10]
Professor Popa was President of the Organizing Committee of 14th International Symposium on Cellulose Chemistry and Technology, Iasi, Romania, September, 8-10, 2010. This symposium was dedicated to the memory of Cristofor I. Simionescu, who was Fellow of IAWS and founder of Cellulose Chemistry and Technology journal)
Frank Beall - [2011-12-09]
Outgoing Academy President Frank Beall has been presented with the Gold Medal Award.of the Acoustic Emission Working Group on 18 May 2011 at the 53rd meeting of AEWG in Denver, Colorado. This was “in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field of AE through his pioneering work in the development and application of acoustic emission and acousto-ultrasonic techniques in the forest products industry, advancing these technologies through his teaching, research, and publications; his distinguished service and leadership to the Acoustic Emission Working Group as a member and officer; and his many years as Associate Editor of the Journal of Acoustic Emission.” Frank was previously honored with the Fellow Award (1994) and the Achievement Award (1997).
The Acoustic Emission Working Group is a world-wide body that was founded in 1967 asa non-profit organization to promote discussion and discourse in the field of acoustic emission.