|The COST-FTP Early-Stage Researchers’ Forum was organised on 26th September 2011 on the initiative of InnovaWood (wood technology) and the other research organisations EFPRO (pulp and paper research) and EFI (forestry), in conjunction with the FTP Conference, under the Polish Presidency of the EU.
The approx. 80 participants at the Forum came from 23 different countries in Europe. 23 presentations were given by researchers from 15 different countries, representing universities, private research institutes and other research entities. The audience consisted of representatives from universities, companies, industry federations and governmental bodies.
The Forum was opened by Prof. Ewa Ratajczak, InnovaWood President, and representative of the FTP Polish NSG, followed by a presentation by Dr. Matthias Haury, the Head of Science operations at the COST Office in Brussels, giving a broad overview of the COST structure and activities.
Thereafter, the early-stage researchers presented their research in short presentations. The moderation of this session was carried out by Werner Förster, Secretary General of EFPRO. At the end of the presentation session the audience voted for the two best presentations. The winners chosen were: Dr. Erik Larnøy from one of InnovaWood’s member organisations: the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute (NTI), with the presentation entitled “Environmental benign wood protection by means of electro osmotic pulsing technology (PLEOT)”, and Dr. Martin Lawoko from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, with the presentation entitled “Can Carbohydrates be used to Dictate Structure in Native Lignins? Towards a more Homogeneous Technical Lignin”. As a prize the winners were given the opportunity to present their research (project/results) during the session on Research Trends in the Forest-based Sector, on the second day of the FTP conference.
The ESR Forum ended with a networking lunch, during which the speakers and audience had the opportunity to further discuss the topics presented at the Forum. After lunch the 7th FTP conference was opened by the Polish EU Presidency and the CEO of Arctic paper.