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  More

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Renewable Materials and the Bio-Economy: SWST 2015 International Convention June 7-12, 2015 Friday – SWST Wayan 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.         Jean-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 ...

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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