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WTS seminar – from timber to trees

11 September 2019 @ 3.00pm - 5.00pm

The Wood Technology Society of IOM3 presents:
From timber to trees – an afternoon seminar on wood products in the round

3pm until 5pm, Wednesday 11th September, Edinburgh Napier University, Seven Hills building ( what3words: short.trunk.help )

Wood is renewable and recyclable – but where does it fit in the circular economy? Is the best first use of wood as trees? How does wood help maintain and improve our existing buildings, and what does the future hold thanks to recent advances in wood science and timber engineering?

We have three guest speakers:

Annie Pollock (1) – “How trees and shrubs can contribute to improving poor air quality”
Mila Duncheva (2) – “Timber products for retrofit in the UK – market potential, applications analysis and next steps”
Martin Ansell (3) – “Recent advances in wood science and timber engineering”

Followed by a discussion on the potential for trees as part of the built environment

The event is free, but please book a ticket via Eventbrite

  1. Annie Pollock, architect and landscape architect, is principal of Arterre Landscapes, specialising in designing outdoor spaces for older people and those with dementia. She has won several awards for her work, including a Royal Horticultural Show silver medal for the ‘Forget me not Garden’ for Alzheimer Scotland and Action on Dementia, (Strathclyde Country Park 1999). Annie is an Associate Design Consultant with HammondCare Dementia Centre, prior to which she provided consultancy services for the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University. Annie has contributed to and written design guides and books, including ‘Designing Outdoor Spaces for People with Dementia’, (publ. 2012, University of Stirling and HammondCare), ‘Air Quality and Health for People with Dementia’ (publ. 2015 University of Stirling) and ‘The Room Outside, designing outdoor living for older people and people with dementia’ (publ. HammondCare 2018). She is currently working on another short book on Air Quality for the HammondCare Dementia Centre.
  2. Mila Duncheva is an Associate Lecturer at the Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structure, working on industry-driven research projects in offsite timber construction including volumetric, Cross-Laminated Timber, closed timber panels and retrofit systems. Mila’s work is mainly in the area of Multi-Factor Productivity (MFP) and knowledge integration, following her PhD in Architecture which defined an MFP index for offsite timber construction.
  3. Associate Professor Martin P. Ansell is Honorary Reader in Materials in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath, UK. Specializing in cellulosic and polymeric materials, he has published extensively in the field of wood science, timber engineering and natural fibre composites and was awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM) in 2002. He was President of the Institute of Wood Science from 1994 to 1996. His edited book “Wood composites” was published by Woodhead Elsevier in 2015.

This seminar is linked to the objectives of the InFutUReWood project – “How should we build today to be able to circulate tomorrow?”

The venue is:
Edinburgh Napier University, Seven Hills building. Unit 1, 37 Bankhead Crossway South, Sighthill, Edinburgh EH11 4EP  ( what3words: short.trunk.help )


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