2017 – Ronald R. Sederoff, USA

for his breakthroughs in developing methods for gene discovery in conifer species and further exploiting molecular methods in breeding of trees with improved properties. The methods developed have been extensively exploited in research and in practical applications. Improvements in forest tree breeding for enhanced productivity resulting in a more rapid genetic gain are among the […]

2016 – Alexander Katsevich, USA, and Federico Giudiceandrea, Italy

for their groundbreaking research and development work that has resulted in the realization of a high-speed X-ray-based computed tomography (CT) instrument and method for non-destructively scanning whole tree logs (roundwood). Their innovative work has made online optimization of log usage in the sawmilling process possible and effective. This new technology enables the identification of undesirable […]

2015 – Akira Isogai, Tsuguyuki Saito, Japan, and Yoshiharu Nishiyama, France

for their ground-breaking research on TEMPO-mediated oxidation of cellulose fibre and further exploitation of this oxidation as a tool to produce nanofibrillated cellulose from wood pulp in an energy-efficient way. Their innovative work has strongly intensified the interest for industrially attractive production of nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) and the development of commercial applications throughout the world. […]

2014 – Magnus Berggren, Sweden

for his broad and path-breaking contributions to the basic science as well as to several applications of electronics applied on paper. His alternative approach to develop ion-based electrochemical transistors instead of silicon-based is well adapted for printing on paper because they operate at low voltages, do not require extremely thin layers and are easy to […]

2013 – Derek Gray, Canada

For his pioneering study of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC). Through his research, Professor Gray has shown that cellulose crystals in water suspensions align spontaneously in a specific pattern, in turn creating unique optical properties. Like the iridescent wing sheaths of a beetle, films of these aligned cellulose crystals can change colour depending on the angle from […]

2012 – Mika Viljanmaa, Finland

for his ground-breaking development of metal belt calendering technology resulting in better paper print surfaces with less fibre materials and higher production efficiency. The invention also paves the way for applications in pressing and drying with the opportunity of becoming a wider platform technology expected to substantially enhance production efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability of paper […]

2011 – Erik Næsset, Norway

for his path breaking research that incorporates the airborne laser scanning method as an integral part of forest inventory. Prof. Næsset has significantly contributed to the development of methods for operational use of laser scanning in forestry which provides high quality estimates of forest variables at reduced costs. Professor Næsset’s scientific work demonstrates prudently the […]

2010 – Hans Joachim Blass, Germany

for his path breaking work regarding innovative and reliable structural timber connections and reinforcements which have high load transfer capacity and can be efficiently applied at construction sites and within industrial processes. Efficient connections make it possible to construct large timber structures and save timber material while offering attractive logistic solutions by use of prefabricated […]

2009 – Jouni Ikäheimo, Vesa Kajander and Bengt Welin, Finland

for their breakthrough development of the Direct Drive system for paper machines. This opens significant opportunities for new design concepts and process configurations of paper making lines with advantages related to the investment, operation, product quality, ergonomics and environmental impact of the paper making process.

2008 – Bjarne Holmbom and Christer Eckerman, Finland

for their breakthrough research and innovation creating a platform for large-scale separation, isolation, purification and applications of chemical components in wood. The Laureates have created an understanding of the fundamental chemistry of spruce tree knots, i.e. the part of the branches that is embedded in the stem. They developed technical separation methods to extract tree […]