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2015 World Wood Day

May 27, 2015 –  


2015 World Wood Day Members of the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS) in attendance at the WWD meetings in Odunpazarı, Eskişehir, Turkey gather with mayor Kazim Kurt celebrating the success of the meetings. Pictured are (from left) professor Barry Goodell (Vt), professor Nami Kartal (Istanbul University, Turkey), Mayor Kazim Kurt, Dr. Chung Yun Hse (USDA Forest Service, Louisiana), Dr. Howard Rosen (USDA Forest service – retired). Not pictured (professor Pieter Baas, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Leiden University, Netherlands.)


By Barry Goodell

The World Wood Day Symposia sponsored by the International Wood Culture Society was held this year in Odunpazarı Eskişehir, Turkey from March 17 – 23th. World Wood Day (WWD) is a cultural event celebrated annually in March to highlight wood as an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial and to raise awareness on the key role wood plays in a sustainable world through biodiversity and forest conservation. The first official public WWD celebration was held in Tanzania in 2013 and the 2015 WWD international celebration was held in Turkey with the theme of “Wood & Humanity” with the goal of the conference being to rediscover and recognize the contribution and beauty of wood as well as to rethink its significance in contemporary society. Highlights of the meetings included a Research Symposium, Woodcraft Sculpting with craft-persons from around the globe, Children’s events, exhibitions, and performances on wooden musical instruments with performers from around the world.

Several members of the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS) were present at the 2015 meetings (pictured). Professor Barry Goodell of the Sustainable Biomaterials Department at Virginia Tech was an invited speaker and gave a presentation on: “Expanding the Use of Wood for New and Advanced Materials to Build a Sustainable Society”. Goodell also chaired the WWD symposium session on: “Traditional Knowledge and Modern Practice”. We appreciate the support of the International Wood Culture Society and Mr. Mike Hou, Chair IWCS in making this event possible.

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Forest Products Marketing Workshop

The workshop will be held during September 3-4, 2015 at the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) headquarters in Memphis, TN.
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Announcing a short course presented by the American Wood Council and Virginia Tech on Introduction to Structural Design of Wood Buildings per the 2015 NDS, September 30-October 2, 2015, Blacksburg Virginia.

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