2020 – Joseph J Landsberg, Australia, Richard H Waring, USA, and Nicholas C Coops, Canada

for their groundbreaking work in developing forest growth models based on tree ecophysiology, and further development of these models to widespread geospatial forest analysis using remote sensing techniques. In the 20th century, forest growth was largely predicted based on inventories of historical stand growth, with limited ability to predict responses to innovations in silviculture and […]

2019 – Gerhard Schickhofer, Austria

for his role in providing insightful scientific and engineering research data required to standardize wood-based construction products with the rigor necessary for the reliable design of timber structures. His role in the development of cross-laminated timber (CLT) has been the key factor in the marked expansion of construction activities in multi-storey wood buildings. Press release […]

2018 – Torgny Näsholm, Sweden

for his groundbreaking research of the role of organic nitrogen in the nutrition of trees. The ability of boreal forests to take up atmospheric carbon dioxide and produce wood for industrial uses depends on the availability of nitrogen in the soil. Prof. Näsholm’s research program documented the ability of trees to use amino acid molecules […]

2017 – Ronald R. Sederoff, USA

for his breakthroughs in developing methods for gene discovery in conifer species and further exploiting molecular methods in breeding of trees with improved properties. The methods developed have been extensively exploited in research and in practical applications. Improvements in forest tree breeding for enhanced productivity resulting in a more rapid genetic gain are among the […]

2016 – Alexander Katsevich, USA, and Federico Giudiceandrea, Italy

for their groundbreaking research and development work that has resulted in the realization of a high-speed X-ray-based computed tomography (CT) instrument and method for non-destructively scanning whole tree logs (roundwood). Their innovative work has made online optimization of log usage in the sawmilling process possible and effective. This new technology enables the identification of undesirable […]

2015 – Akira Isogai, Tsuguyuki Saito, Japan, and Yoshiharu Nishiyama, France

for their ground-breaking research on TEMPO-mediated oxidation of cellulose fibre and further exploitation of this oxidation as a tool to produce nanofibrillated cellulose from wood pulp in an energy-efficient way. Their innovative work has strongly intensified the interest for industrially attractive production of nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) and the development of commercial applications throughout the world. […]

2014 – Magnus Berggren, Sweden

for his broad and path-breaking contributions to the basic science as well as to several applications of electronics applied on paper. His alternative approach to develop ion-based electrochemical transistors instead of silicon-based is well adapted for printing on paper because they operate at low voltages, do not require extremely thin layers and are easy to […]

2013 – Derek Gray, Canada

For his pioneering study of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC). Through his research, Professor Gray has shown that cellulose crystals in water suspensions align spontaneously in a specific pattern, in turn creating unique optical properties. Like the iridescent wing sheaths of a beetle, films of these aligned cellulose crystals can change colour depending on the angle from […]

2012 – Mika Viljanmaa, Finland

for his ground-breaking development of metal belt calendering technology resulting in better paper print surfaces with less fibre materials and higher production efficiency. The invention also paves the way for applications in pressing and drying with the opportunity of becoming a wider platform technology expected to substantially enhance production efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability of paper […]

2011 – Erik Næsset, Norway

for his path breaking research that incorporates the airborne laser scanning method as an integral part of forest inventory. Prof. Næsset has significantly contributed to the development of methods for operational use of laser scanning in forestry which provides high quality estimates of forest variables at reduced costs. Professor Næsset’s scientific work demonstrates prudently the […]