The 2019 World Wood Day Symposium and the second IUFRO Forest Products Culture Research Group Colloquium took place at Stübing Open-Air Museum from March 21-23 and gathered about 90 scholars from 30 countries, to examine the theme “Change- from tradition to innovation”. Research findings, issues as well as ideas focusing on the five topics of research fields in Sustainable wood utilization starts with proper tree species identification; Wooden buildings – tradition and innovation; Wood-based musical instruments, Art and Design; Education – an essential tool for forest sustainability and wood utilization; Non-wood forest products, and the IAWS Special Session with an academy lecture on the history and development of wood technology have been keenly discussed and exchanged by the presenters and participants.

In addition, two special award announcements were specially arranged and delivered during the symposium on March 22: The 2019 Marcus Wallenberg Prize (MWP) Winner- Professor Gerhard Schickhofer, Institute of Timber Engineering and Wood Technology, Graz University of Technology, and the IAWS Distinguished Service Medal Recipient- Professor Gerd Wegener, School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, Technical University of Munich.

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