05 December 2023

Strategy Priorities/Vision

InnovaWood mission statement

InnovaWood’s mission is to foster innovation and bring business benefit to the entire value chain from forestry to wood, to furniture and construction. By providing a forum to our member organisations, we enable them to contribute more effectively to the development of the sector. InnovaWood provides a European platform for its members and connected actors to share knowledge and latest information, create synergies, and follow current and future developments and innovative trends, providing strategic orientation in the European research and innovation ecosystem which is evolving in response to the global challenges. Building on our vast contacts in the European research and education area, and our long experience in project development and implementation, InnovaWood maintains efficient channels for dissemination and communication towards the wider R&I community engaged with forests, wood products and related innovations.

InnovaWood Strategic Goals

To realise its overall aim, InnovaWood concentrates on the following areas of strategy:

- Development of Human Capital - PEOPLE

- Support for new ideas - RESEARCH

- Promote cooperation - PARTNERSHIPS

The Development of Human Capital – PEOPLE
InnovaWood seeks to attract people (entrepreneurs, managers, collaborators, researchers, students etc.) to the sector and to continuously develop their competencies in response to industrial, societal and consumer needs.

Support for New Ideas – RESEARCH
InnovaWood brings together and facilitates actions that support members to develop new ideas for a better and competitive use of wood through actions in fundamental and applied research, education and training in conjunction with relevant stakeholder groups.

Promote Cooperation – PARTNERSHIPS
InnovaWood provides a platform for its members to network and to create consortia and partnerships among themselves as well as between the provider community and relevant stakeholder groups including policy makers, enterprise and end users.

Such networking and partnerships also provides policy makers, enterprises, institutions and society with a better infrastructure and improved CAPABILITIES to advance Europe’s Forest-Based Industries’ (FBI) competitiveness.

IW target groups

The main target groups for InnovaWood are as follows:

-InnovaWood members (covering forestry, wood and furniture related university and non-university research, education and training institutes)
-Potential members (research, training and industry)
-Enterprises and their people – the users of the products and services produced by InnovaWood members
-Industrial and Trade Organisations
-Decision makers, professionals (architects, designers, specifiers)
-Students – people who consume and apply the knowledge generated by the provider community whether they are in full-time, part-time or vocational education & training
-Policy makers – those who at national, regional or European level are engaged in the process of policy development that influences the forest-based sector, including high level administrative personnel.
-The Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP)
-Other networks, such as EFI, EFPRO, COST Actions


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