Renewable Materials and the Bio-Economy: SWST 2015 International Convention June 7-12, 2015 Our moderators and workshop instructors hail from all over the globe, as do our speakers (light colored countries in the figure). Our sessions are summarized below. Biomass chemistry for a greener environment Design for environment: use of renewable materials Wood-based green fuels and chemicals Biomass energy: innovations, economic realities, and public perception Nano to macro scale wooden composites Timber physics from 1 µm to 10 m Novel techniques for a new era of wood construction Wood quality and improvement Fiber properties chain: from cell wall to end products ...

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Parallel to the Friday SWST session is presentations from the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations, Forest Products Marketing and Business Management Research Group. The theme of the day is “Forest Products and Communities.” A team of three has organized the day, chaired by Paul Dargusch of University of Queensland. Rajat Panwar, University of British Columbia and Chris Gaston University of British Columbia/FP Innovations round out the team. The day will begin with a framing keynote presentation by Rajat Panwar and Rob Kozak, University of British Columbia. The remainder of the day will include 18 different presentations with topics such as: GIS applications in marketing, ...

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This year we lost our good friend Tom Maloney after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Everyone who knew Tom is saddened by this passing of a truly great man. After consulting with Tom’s family, we all agreed that an endowed scholarship would be a fitting tribute to honor Tom’s commitment to education as we know he would be pleased to help deserving graduate students working in the field of wood composites and engineering. It is our intent to create the Thomas M. Maloney Graduate Scholarship with a goal of raising at least $100,000 for this endowment. If you ...

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Dear Friends of TFF, After 25 years since its founding, the Tropical Forest Foundation’s headquarters will cease operations March 31, 2015.  The projects and outreach centers established by TFF in Brazil, Guyana and Indonesia will continue to operate independently. An Ad-Hoc Committee chaired by founding chairman Thomas Lovejoy with the participation of other leaders involved in TFF from the early days was authorized to finalize the closing activities and ascertain that proper recognition is given to the wonderful accomplishments of the Tropical Forest Foundation. We encourage you to read, and share with others, the attached statement of accomplishment, authored by ...

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Overview of Wednesday, June 10, Potential Activities Official Guest Tours are not provided by SWST, but many options await you. Jackson Lake Lodge Group Activities for a Fee Snake River Wild and Scenic Rafting Trips (with or  without lunch or dinner) Horseback Riding Jackson Lake Cruise (cruise only, Breakfast Cruise, Dinner Cruise) Lake Fishing and Boat and Kayak Rentals Golf and Tennis at nearby Jackson Hole Grand Teton 1/2 day Park Tour Yellowstone Park Full Day Tour (reservations required 30 days prior to arrival to guarantee availability) To inquire about cost and/or to book your activities, call 800-628-9988 or 307-543-3005 ...

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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. Mike Burnard, PhD student from the University of Primorska, Slovenia has designed this and leads a group of four other moderators. The ...

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