IAWS celebrated its 50th anniversary in the city where the Academy was founded in 1966; Paris, France from June 1 to 6, 2016.  Over 70 attendees from 20 countries were treated to an excellent conference with the theme: ‘Wood Science for the Future,’ held in the historic rooms of the French Academy of Agriculture in central Paris near the Seine River.  Thirty technical talks were presented related to the theme of the conference.  SWST has had several of its members elected to the Academy since its inception and three of us participated in the celebration.


SWST was represented by Salim Hiziroglu, myself, and Barry Goodell with wife, Jody Jellison.

Gerd Wegener from the Technical University of Munich was honored with the Academy Lecture for his outstanding achievements in wood science and his long-year support of the Academy, e.g. as the editor-in-chief of our journal ‘Wood Science and Technology ’ from 1996-2013.’ His Leture‘ 1966-2016: Science and Use of Wood in a Changing World’ focused on the increasing global role of forests and wood utilization for a future post-fossil society.  Another highlight of the conference was the presentation by Michaela Zauner who won the 2015 IAWS PhD Award for an outstanding thesis/dissertation research at the PhD level from ETH in Zürich, Switzerland.  Her topic was ‘In-situ Synchrotron-Based Tomographic Microscopy of Uniaxial Loaded Wood: In-situ Testing Device, Procedures and Experimental Investigations.
Group photo of conference participants in the lecture hall of the building of the French Academy of Agriculture


Following the technical program, 18 of us went on a 3-day tour, which included the historic city of Reims, champagne tasting near Epernay, teaching and research activities in wood engineering at ENSTIB (Advanced National School of Technology and Wood Industries).  On the final day INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) in Nancy-Champenoux presented to the group its various research activities in the field of forestry and wood.


Howard Rosen

IAWS Treasurer