Key­note speak­ers

Mark Hughes, Pro­fessor, Aalto University

Wood and the circular economy: challenges to the recirculation of wood

Professor Mark Hughes has previously undertaken extensive research in wood technology, biocomposites and wood modification but is now also working on improving the sustainability of wood construction. He leads the Wood Material Technology Group at Aalto University where they are researching the resource efficient use of wood in buildings, applying circular economy principles, such as cascading, to maximize the climate change mitigation potential of wood in construction.

Pekka Heikkinen, Pro­fessor, Aalto University

What I would like wood to be

Pekka Heikkinen is an award-winning professor in Wood Architecture at Aalto University. His research interests focus on sustainable and energy efficient building. He has worked on tens of design and development projects with wood, written numerous articles in architecture magazines, and led several research and development projects. He has received number of international and national awards for his research, teaching and architectural design in the field of wood construction including Schweighofer Innovation Prize (At), World Architecture News Award (UK), Rose of Construction and Wood Awards (Fin). Pekka Heikkinen was the 12th curator and the chair of International Alvar Aalto Symposium 2012 “Crafted”. In 2017 he was awarded as Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland, by the President of the Republic of Finland proposed by the Association of Finnish Architects SAFA

09:30–09:40        Opening

09:40–10:40        Keynote speech

Professor Mark Hughes, Aalto University

Wood and the circular economy: challenges to the recirculation of wood

10:40–11:00       Coffee break

11:00–12:50       Oral session 1 

  Wood modification experiment for developing ecofriendly technology
(S) Moisture-dependency of the brittleness of acetylated wood
(S) The potential of wood ash as an additive for heat-treated wood plastic composites
(S) The effect of citric acid and sorbitol on the swelling and sorption behavior of wood
(S) Chemical composition of recent and naturally-aged European spruce (Picea abies) and silver fir (Abies alba) woods
  The influence of pinosylvin, pinoresinol, abietic acid and alfa-pinene on knot yellowing of coated Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.)

12:50–13:50        Lunch break

Break out rooms for casual  lunch discussion

13:50–15:00        Poster presentations 

  Improvement of dimensional stability of birch wood using phenol-formaldehyde resins
(S) The comparison of testing methods for timber intended to structural applications
(S) Antimicrobial properties of different wood species
(S) Wood modification with maleic anhydride and sodium hypophosphite
(S) Morphology influence of fire-retardant additives on melamine formaldehyde resin-modified wood
(S) Cupping distortion of surface-densified wood intended for flooring
  The differences in modulus of elasticity (MOE) depending on the place of origin
(S) The indicators of a softwood qualitative assessment with the use of image analysis systems
(S) Novel fire retardant coatings based on aluminium hydroxide, casein, and mica for wood, engineered wood and wood-based products
(S) Simulation-assisted scattering analysis of drying-related changes in wood microfibril bundles

15:00–15:30        Poster session with coffee break

15:30–17:30        Oral session 2 

  Assessing wood properties in standing timber with laser scanning
  A brief look at alternative tree species in the UK
(S) Thin kerf sawing forces of the heartwood and sapwood of Norway spruce in Scandinavian winters
(S) Generating 3D finite element models of boards from computed tomography images
  Surface charring as treatment method for wooden claddings - comparison of two experimental techniques
  Aspen plywood bonding characteristics with phenolic adhesives
(S) Prediction of the tensile strength of birch plywood at varying angles to grain

09:30–10:30        Keynote speech

Professor Pekka Heikkinen, Aalto University

What I would like wood to be

10:30–11:40        Oral session 3

  Discover your favourite wood: puusensei-project
  A case study of timber demolition recycling in the UK
(S) Air permeability properties of cross-laminated timber envelopes
(S) Numerical investigations on an innovative timber-steel hybrid system                                                             

11:40–12:00        Coffee break

Break out rooms for casual discussion

12:00–13:30        Oral Session 4

  Modelling the material resistance of wood - an approach for meta-analysis of durability test data
  FEM simulation of moisture transport and evaluation of decay rating in untreated and thermally modified wood products
(S) Profiling fungal degradation of Scots pine sapwood from short-wave infrared spectra
  Durability of Siberian larch timber in ground contact
  Cellmat4ever, Fire & Water Resistance – project presentation

13:30–14:30        Lunch break

Board meeting

14:30–16:00        Oral Session 5

  Moisture in wood near or at saturation. Part 1: How much water can solid cell walls accommodate?
     Moisture in wood near or at saturation. Part 2: How much, where is it, and what state is it in?
  Analysis of wood and biomaterials by dynamic vapor sorption technique
  Observing microfibril bundles in wood by small-angle neutron scattering
  Fire-resistant wood coatings based on microfibrillated cellulose (MFC)

16:00–16:20        Coffee break

16:20–16:30        Announcement of the best student presentation and poster

16:30                     Closing of WSE202

Current wood technological research at the University of Helsinki and the Aalto University: from forests to products

8:30 - 12:00 Assessing wood quality in standing timber with terrestrial laser scanning

8:30-9:30        Lecture

(incl. 15 min. Q&A): Short introduction to the theory of laser scanning, and the use in forest and wood sciences.

9:45-10:00      Video demonstration:

TLS data acquisition in the forest environment.

10:00-10:45     Practical 

Easy tasks with hands-on experience on manual point cloud processing. The tasks are performed together, step-by-step during the time slot.They can also be completed/redone later, as instructions and material will be available also afterwards.

11:00-11:30      Break-out room discussion 

The participants are divided to sub-groups for instructed discussion about the exercises. Main topic is about potential applications of laser scanning and point clouds to your own fields of study.

11:30-12:00       Review

Going through the break-out room discussions. Chance for more questions and open discussion.


13:00 - 17:00 Current research in the field of wood science at Aalto University

13:00-14:00       Lecture

On wood science research at Aalto University by Prof. Lauri Rautkari + 10 min break

14:00-15:00        Research studies

By PhD Paavo Penttilä, PhD Tainise Lourençon and Doctoral student Muhammad Awais + 10 min break

15:00-16:00        Research studies

By Doctoral student Suvi Kyyrö, Dr. Tiina Belt and Dr. Maija Kymäläinen + 10 min break

16:00-17:00        Research studies

By Doctoral student Pasi Herranen, Doctoral student Nina Kokkonen and Dr. Akio Yamamoto