Every year a large number of organizations – universities, institutes, academies, research centers – are invited to nominate candidates for the prize. The achievements of nominated candidates are evaluated by a special Selection Committee. Current members of the Committee:

Johanna Buchert (Chairperson)

Helsinki, Finland
Professor, President & CEO, Natural Resource Institute Finland (Luke)

Paul Dupree

Paul Dupree

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Professor, University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry, Head of Plant cell wall synthesis and function

Gert-Jan Nabuurs

Wageningen, The Netherlands
Professor, Dr. Ir., Alterra, Wageningen University and Research

Kristiina Oksman

Luleå, Sweden
PhD, Professor and Chair on Wood and Bionanocomposites, Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

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Orlando Rojas

Vancouver, Canada
Professor, The University of British Columbia, Bioproducts Institute,
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Bioproducts



Anita Teleman

Stockholm, Sweden
PhD, Assoc. Professor, Research Manager, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, RISE Bioeconomy, Sweden

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Joris Van Acker

Ghent, Belgium
Professor, Ghent University (UGent), Laboratory of Wood Technology (Woodlab)

Michael J Wingfield

Pretoria, South Africa
Professor and Advisor to the Executive, University of Pretoria, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI)

Entitled to propose members of the Selection Committee are the following organizations: