2015 news

Below are some of the articles reported within COST FP1303 during 2015.

29 May 2015: Today Miha Humar of the University of Ljubljana formerly completed his final requirements to become a full professor of the University. On behalf of COST Action FP1303, we wish him heartfelt congratulations on achieving this.


26 May 2015: The preliminary programme of the first International Conference on Bio-Based Building Materials, to be held in Clermont Ferrand, France on 22-24 June, 2015 has been published and may be viewed here. It contains more than 140 lectutres including 5 keynotes and 20 invited lectures from international experts. It will also be preceeded by a workshop in association with EPNOE (European Polysaccharide network of Excellence) entitled "Sustainable Biomaterials from Biomass for use in Construction"


13 May 2015: The draft programme for the joint meeting between COST FP1303 and the 8th European Conference on Wood Modification (ECWM8) to be held in Helsinki, Finland on 26-27 October 2015 has been announced and may be viewed from here. People are advised to regularly check the conference website for registration details and recommended hotels etc.


19 February 2015: Plans are being made for the programme for the 2nd Training School. "Mould fungi - Evaluation of mould risk" will be held at the Biocomposites Centre, Bangor University, UK on 8-10 June 2015. More information and registration forms will be available on the Training School page shortly.


17 February 2015: This year's International Panel Products Symposium (IPPS) will be held jointly with COST Action FP1303 in Llandudno, UK on 7-8 October 2015. There will be dedicated sessions for FP1303 dealing with indoor air quality/VOCs, non-wood composites, bioadhesives/bioresins and EPDs of biobased products. Calls for papers are open until March 31st 2015, and can be downloaded from here or by visiting the website.


17 January 2015: The next FP1303 workshop will be held in Tallinn, Estonia on 4-5 March 2015, the focus being   Performance Testing and Testing Methodologies of Non-wood Biobased Materials. More details can be found in the events Section and the programme can be downloaded from here.


Test table trials for observing moisture performance and risk of biological decay. 

The performance of wood products is of major concern to end users. It is well known that the risk of biological attack is increased with high moisture content, which may be due to the natural properties of the wood or due to poor design. To help understand performance and decay risk, there have been several tests in recent years looking at long term moisture performance. This round robin study will build on these studies by exposing similar test rigs at various sites, so that local climate risks can be determined, as well as understanding the long term surface performance of the material (both its durability and aesthetical performance).  Interested persons are hereby invited to take part in this trial by ordering test tables for exposure at their facilities. Please see the information document and order form for more details.


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Additional information can be obtained by contacting either Miha Humar (miha.humar@bf.uni-lj.si) or Christian Brischke (brischke@ibw.uni-hannover.de).

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Box 857, SE-501 15 Borås Phone +46 10-516 50 00, E-mail info@sp.se