Young researchers evaluating new materials

Front line projects for the forest industry The urge to find new materials and applications of wood and fibres characterize the work of young researchers taking part in the celebrations of the 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize. Young researchers with a vision for the development of the forest-based industry were invited to apply for a spot […]

Surprising announcement

“A sawmillers dream to see what is inside the log” Federico Giudiceandrea was deeply moved when he learned that he and Alexander Katsevich are awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2016. – I’m very surprised and honoured, Federico Giudiceandrea said at the announcement in Skellefteå, Sweden. Federico Giudiceandrea, CEO at Microtec, Brixen, Italy, had come to […]

Complimentary expertise behind the CT scanner

Alexander Katsevich and Federico Giudiceandrea succeeded in constructing a logscanner, that no one thought would be possible. Photo: Ruth Leitner. “We made a great team”  Alexander Katsevich appreciates collaborating with Federico Giudiceandrea. Their development of a CT scanner for sawmills is awarded the 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize. – I am happy when my mathematical ideas […]

“The invention makes online optimization in sawmills possible”

– Their innovative work has made online optimization of log usage in the sawmilling process possible and effective, said Kaj Rosén, executive secretary of The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, when he announced the 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize. Alexander Katsevich, USA, and Federico Giudiceandrea, Italy, are awarded for having developed a high-speed X-ray based CT scanner for […]

CT scanning of timber to increase the product value

CT scanning of whole tree logs to identify knots, cracks and rot can increase the value of the sawn products by at least 10 percent. The 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Alexander Katsevich and Federico Giudiceandrea for the development of this technology. Computed tomography, CT, is nowadays invaluable to diagnostic imaging in medicine. […]

Airborne laser scanning to provide data of forest ecosystems

Improved monitoring essential to reduce carbon emissions The method of using airborne laser scanning developed by professor Erik Næsset to produce forest data for operational management of forests was awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Prize in 2011. Erik Næsset has continued to find more efficient ways of monitoring forests to plan and achieve greater revenues and […]

Innovative joints making buildings both resilient and robust

Strong and safe connections for multi-storey timber structures Professor Hans Joachim Blass received The 2010 Marcus Wallenberg Prize for his research on connections and reinforcements with high load transfer capacity for timber and laminates. He is now working on special joints for multi-storey buildings made of cross-laminated timber as well as timber structures in earthquake […]

The same genes control flowering and the growing season

Looking for mechanisms to counteract climate change Professor Ove Nilsson received The Marcus Wallenberg Prize in 2007 after having revealed the molecular mechanisms regulating the flowering time of trees. Here he writes about how his research group tries to find the genes controlling seasonal changes, since it can be vital for understanding how breeding can […]

Developed new ways of gathering data

Forest inventory method used worldwide  A multi-source forest inventory method developed by professor Erkki Tomppo has been recognized internationally since he received The Marcus Wallenberg Prize in 1997. Here is his own story about how he continues to develop the process, adding new features to make the results more reliable. “Until the mid of the […]

The first Prize Winners from Asia

2015 Laureates awarded for energy-saving method Akira Isogai, Tsuguyuki Saito, Tokyo University and Yoshiharu Nishiyama, Cermav, France, were the first scientists from Japan to be awarded with the Marcus Wallenberg Prize. They were also the first laureates from Asia. The Marcus Wallenberg Prize is based on appropriations of Stora Kopparbergs Bergslags AB, Sweden, to encourage […]