InnovaWood General Assembly in Brussels
On March 1-3, 2011, General Assembly of the scientific network InnovaWood was organised in Brussels (Belgium). At the meeting asst. prof. Ewa Ratajczak, DSc, was elected the president of the network for the period 2011-2013 and professor Joris van Acker, from Ghent University, for the vice-president.
The first day of the meeting was devoted to assessment of the network's activity in the previous year in the framework of its four divisions: R&D, knowledge transfer, education and training, and integrated wood chain and the environment. Among the presented materials was data bank on the research potential of the member organisations (which facilitates exchange of staff and making use of unique research apparatus), initiatives concerning training offer and results of research on the effects of CO2 storage.
At the meeting Andreas Kleinschmit von Lengefeld, PhD, manager of the European Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) with which InnovaWood has an agreement on close co-operation, presented the main changes in the approach towards research financing in the next EU Framework Programme.
During the discussion major tasks and forms of activity in year 2011 were precised. A special importance of events planned for 2011 was emphasised. For instance the United Nations declared year 2011 the International Year of Forests. It was agreed that, apart from active participation in the conference organised by FTP in Warsaw on 26-28 September, 2011, InnovaWood will organise at the same time, in co-operation with other European forest-based sector networks and organisations, a „Research Forum" in the form of so-called accompanying event. The forum will be an opportunity to present the latest research offer in the field of forestry and wood science. Young researchers should play an important role in this undertaking.
The first day ended with the ceremony of awarding for the first time the original projects in the area of innovation and technology transfer in the European forestry-wood chain with the InnovaWood Prize (2011 InnovaWood Prize). The ceremony was organised in the European Forestry House. The winner was a Welsh company Coed Cymru, awarded for innovative system of wooden houses building that takes into account local traditions and raw material resources ("Ty unnos").
The second day of the assembly was divided into formal part when the assembly thanked the former network president, Mariano Perez Campos, PhD, from AIDIMA Institute, for his work for the benefit of InnovaWood, and elected a new network management. Then the participants had a chance to learn about the results of research conducted at the Belgian Institute for Wood Technology (CTIB-TCHN). The subject matter of the presentations concerned methods of oak wood colour assessment, system of evaluation and certification of wood coatings in builder's carpentry and joinery (windows and doors), finishing of wooden floors and systems of wood structures modelling. There was also an opportunity to visit the laboratories of CTIB-TCHN.