People Behind the Project – 05/16: Mark Irle

One of our work package leaders, Prof. Mark Irle from ESB in Nantes, France, answers the people behind the project questions this month.

irleWhat is your task in the project?

I am the leader for WP4 which will develop the upgrading process for recycling wood in a more intelligent manner.

What motivates you to work on the project?

The results from CaReWood have the potential to increase the profitability of recycling wood and this, in turn, will provide a driver for increasing the amount of wood that is recycled. In addition, the upgraded CaReWood products will have at least one additional life-cycle and so the CO2 in the wood will remain locked in the product for longer.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

There are a number of different ways to upgrade recovered wood. I would like a crystal ball that could show me the futures of the different scenarios envisaged for wood upgrading.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

It would be useful if we could control the shape memory of wood.

Tell us about your education.

BSc:    Wood Science, University of Wales, 1982.

PhD:    “Physical Aspects of Wood Adhesive Bond Formation with Formaldehyde Based Adhesives”, University of Wales, 1986.

HDR:   “Investigations of the Manufacture, Properties and Performance of Wood-Based Composites”, Université Bordeaux I, 2006.

Which person do you most admire?

Nelson Mandela

What is your greatest extravagance?

I shower every day and this is an impossible dream for many people around the world.

People Behind the Project – 04/16: Mike Burnard

Research brings people together. Example needed? Mike Burnard, born and educated in the US, working on an European research project in Slovenia, translating between wood and computer scientists. More about Mike in the interview below.

burnardWhat is your task in the project?

Translating between wood scientists and computer scientists at UP. Attempting to piece together a coherent picture of Slovenia’s wood waste handling.

What motivates you to work on the project?

Finding a path to greater resource utilization through designing products for reclamation and developing a system for collecting old products and components is a complex puzzle and that’s interesting to me. However, the people on the project are the real motivation for me. From when I first met the group shortly after I arrived in Europe, I’ve found all the partners to be kind, insightful and supportive.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

Unified and implemented European waste legislation and related databases to follow the materials.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

The onus is on us (scientists, researchers, industry members) to better communicate the advantages wood has, along with how to properly use the material and deal with it at the end of life of any given product to a wider audience.

Tell us about your education.

After a rather tumultuous first few years as an undergraduate at various universities in the US, I finished my bachelors in Management with a focus on strategic and operations management at Linfield College in Oregon, USA. I did my Master’s of Science at Oregon State University in Wood Science where I examined crack development in thin veneer overlays on decorative plywood panels (like kitchen cabinets).

Which person do you most admire?

I’m frequently amazed by so many people that I couldn’t possibly choose just one. I’m writing this as the NASA New Horizons space probe nears Pluto, so currently I most admire all the people who have worked, are working and will work on that amazing project. It’s astonishing!

What is your greatest extravagance?

Scotch and computers; maybe my board game collection.

Another example for th use of recovered window frames from MSora

MSora used old windows and residuals from the production of timber windows for animal houses. One of the most noticeable TV shows “Prava ideja” – something like “Right idea” presented MSora as main guest in one of their latest shows.

The clip can be found here:

For the full episode of “Prava ideja”, click here:

The clips are only available in Slovenian language.

People Behind the Project – 03/16: Gabriel Praxmarer

What do Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein have in common? Find out in this month’s people behind the project-interview with Gabriel Praxmarer from BOKU, Austria.

praxmarerWhat is your task in the project?

Coordination & Administration of the national project. Research and Review, accompanying all project partners.

What motivates you to work on the project?

It’s a future-oriented topic.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

I would wish for CaReWood that it can gain results, which lead to a change in the life cycle of wood.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

The advantages are always connected to the use of a material. We have to improve the use than we make the material better.

Tell us about your education.

Forwarding/logistic’s manger, Bachelor in Engineering Environmental & Biotechnology (B.Sc. MCI), about to finish the Master degree in “Material and Energetic Exploitation of Renewable Raw Materials”.

Which person do you most admire?

I look up to person like Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi as most admired persons. They gave a big share of their life for a better living for us all. I am inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, Adam Smith and Albert Einstein. They were just brilliant.

What is your greatest extravagance?

The liberty I own.

People Behind the Project – 02/16: François Privat

This months person behind the project is a phd student working for CaReWood at ESB in Nantes, France.

Photo_François PrivatWhat is your task in the project?

Environmental engineer at FCBA research center, I am conducting a PhD at Ecole Supérieure du Bois on the waste wood upgrading process and also working on the environmental and economic evaluation of the wood cascading concept.

What motivates you to work on the project?

Advancing circular economy by imagining alternative processes for the valorization of waste wood.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

I wish no insurmountable barrier (technical, economic, organizational) for its implementation would be discovered!

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

Greater recognition of its environmental qualities and global systematization of sustainable forestry.

Tell us about your education.

I am a mechanical and automation engineer, with a post-master specialization in ecodesign and environmental management.

Which person do you most admire?

I admire truly altruistic people who find new ideas of businesses that contribute to change the world towards more sustainability.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I don’t think I have any… Maybe practicing ice-hockey in France can be considered extravagant?

Timber Window “ReWin” – MSora wins prize for the first timber window from recycled window scantlings

MSoraProject partner MSora, a window maker in Slovenia, was honored for their timber window “ReWin” at the 10th Slovenian Innovation Forum 2015! We already wrote about the window last year.”ReWin” is fully made of recycled window scantlings. Some of them were 50 years old. It is – as far as we know- the first of its kind. We hope that the window is soon ready for the market. We will keep you updated on the window’s story.

“ReWin”s success is a great example on how ideas and results from research are directly transfered to industry. It shows how important the cooperation of both, industry and research is and how both sides can profit from each other. It is a great motivation to continue the own work. Our congratulations to MSora!

More information on the success story can be found under this link to a pdf from the Wood Wisdom website. A photograph of the window can be found on the Innovation Forum website.


People Behind the Project – 01/16: Boris Horvat

After a short break of this series, we restart this year with Boris Horvat from Abelium.

boris horvatWhat is your task in the project?

Analytics of the European forest sector production 2008-2013 in WP2 and API development support in WP3, ICT development.

What motivates you to work on the project?

Interest in a data analysis of forest sector production and cloud based solutions, r&d in mathematical optimization.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

To have more time and resources to work on data analysis of this data.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

More conscious usage of it. A platform (digital marketplace) for wooden products integrating smart sensors (personalized and smart wooden products).

Tell us about your education.

Bachelor degree in Mathematics and PhD in Computer science. Self educated in entrepreneurship, lean innovation etc.

Which person do you most admire?

Entrepreneurship: Steve Jobs, ex CEO of Apple.

Humanity: Jorge Mario Bergoglio, pope Francis.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Building world class innovative products, changing the world.


Coming up: Summer School on Cascading Wood in 2016

The CaReWood consortium started to organize a Summer School on cascading recovered wood for (phd-) students from Europe and worldwide to participate. The Summer School will be in August 2016 after the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) in Vienna, Austria. The organization team is currently putting the framework together, planning workshops and looking for speakers. We expect the final program to be set uo by the end of March 2016. So stay tuned for more information to come!

3rd General Assembly in Nantes, France

In mid November 2015, the CaReWood consortium held its 3rd General Assembly at École Supérieure du Bois in Nantes, France. On the first day, the partners enjoyed a guided tour through the labs of ESB. The second half of the day was used for project work in work package meetings. The GA was held on the second day with fruitful discussions pushing forward the work on the project. Thank you ESB for hosting us!

3rd GA Nantes 1 3rd GA Nantes 2


2nd General Assembly in Koper, Slovenia

On May 6th and 7th, the CaReWood consortium met in the historic heart of the city of Koper for their 2nd General Assembly.The Slovenian partners arranged a fantastic two days meeting, including a visit to the window manufacturing at MSora and a guided tour through the historic city of Piran.

On May 8th, the CaReWood project was presented during a conference on currently ongoing WoodWisdom research projects in Slovenia, organized by the Slovenian Ministry and our project partner IAM.