Previous Wood Science & Technology networks


Better biomass utilisation by improved understanding of decay mechanisms in wood 

Small wooden bridge and green grass. Photo.Coordinator: Lisbeth Garbrecht Thygesen, University of Copenhagen,

Financing: 230 000 SEK

The long-term aims:

  1. to have collaboration between the research groups in Scandinavia working on characterisation and understanding decay mechanisms in wood. 
  2. to establish a common platform for researchers focusing on avoiding decay in wood structures and researchers focusing on boosting degradation for biorefinery purposes. 
  3. to generate new knowledge about degradation mechanisms of wood and strategies for curbing or boosting them. 

The goal for 2018 is to integrate and coordinate the research effort of three major Scandinavian research institutions focusing on decay characterisation in order to advance the interregional collaboration within this topic.

W2018-01 – Final report (PDF)

W2018-01 – Policy brief (PDF)


PhD course at the University of Copenhagen June 4-8 2018 – Chemical imaging of plant cell walls

Our network has arranged a PhD-course June 4-8. The course introduced young researchers to a number of chemical imaging techniques that can provide spatially resolved chemical and structural information in high resolution. 31 students from Europe and USA participated in the course,

Sophie Füchtner, PhD in the University of Copenhagen, participated in the course and tells about it here:

The Chemical imaging of plant cell walls course was a great opportunity to learn about different imaging techniques available for fragile materials like plant cell walls. Not only were the techniques explained in detail, but a great number of examples were given, to stimulate potential applications in our own research.

We had the chance to try mounting ultrathin sections of wood onto a support for imaging purposes and experiment with staining techniques.

It was very interesting to learn about and experiment with different image processing techniques, and a Chemometrics session gave us a good insight into what kind of multivariate information can be gained from hyperspectral datasets and how to go about it.

Finally, the mixture of international attendants and the presence of all the teachers throughout the week gave everybody a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas or provide new approaches to solving issues in our own research. For me, the course was a great success! I have learned valuable things about sample preparation, imaging and data analysis.

See pictures from the course – Chemical imaging of plant cell walls



Nordic network for tall wood buildings

Wooden roof structure inside of building. Photo.Coordinator: Peder Fynholm, Danish Technological Institute,

Financing: 250 000 SEK

The Nordic network for tall wood buildings will seek to gather all good forces with a common interest in advancing tall wood buildings in the Nordic countries. The network will comprise both researchers, manufacturers, construction clients, contractors, architects and policy makers.

M1-M4: Establishing contact to relevant stakeholders in Denmark, Norway and Sweden (researchers, construction clients, contractors, architects, policy makers) 

M6-M12: Two workshops held in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

M1-M12: Coordination with ongoing and future activities: 

  • WSE – Northern European Network for Wood Science and Engineering (established 2005) 
  • Danish network for tall wood buildings (established 2017) 
  • COST Action: High-rise wooden building (applied for in 2016) 
  • BSR project: Nordic network for tall wood buildings (to be applied for in 2017)



Nordic Co-operation Group for Forest Inventory

Snowy woods seen from above. Photo.Coordinator: Thomas Nord-Larsen, University of Copenhagen,

Financing: 213 590 SEK

The overall aim is to maintain relationships and cooperation between scientists working in the field of forest inventory and planning in the Nordic countries.

All Nordic countries face substantial challenges in determining future forest resource use and the effect on climate gas emissions as well as determining reference levels used in relation to climate gas reporting.

The goal of the conference is to discuss approaches to simulation of future forest resource availability based on National Forest Inventory data and how such simulations may be used for the assessment of the role of forests in climate change mitigation.

A network meeting in Denmark, held back-to-back with the annual meeting of the CARISMA network. By planning the two meetings back-to-back we aim to attract specialists in NFI’s, forest inventory and planning, and remote sensing to generate synergies regarding resource assessments now and in the future.

W2018-03 – Final report (PDF)

W2018-03 – Policy brief (PDF)



Wood interior: Health impact and indoor air using wood interiorIvy on white wall. Photo.
 Ove Staubo Munthe-Kaas, Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology,

Financing: 120 000 SEK

The Wood interior network will connect and strengthen the best researchers in the Nordic countries on health impact and indoor environment with the use of wooden interior.

This network will make it possible for the Nordic countries to have a well-coordinated influence on European level regarding political decisions and standardisation work. Information to end-users, entrepreneurs, architects and private and public builders will be coordinated in the Nordic countries. 

An open workshop on the topic will be held at the Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology, where young researchers, students, builders, entrepreneurs etc will be invited. A research application will be sent to Forest Value Net during the period.

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