Join us for this event, hosted by the Institute’s South Scotland Regional Group, that will provide an opportunity for tree professionals to learn more about timber strength grading, and the influence silviculture has on wood properties.
With presentations from Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis of Napier University, and Dr Elspeth Macdonald MICFor from Forest Research, attendees will gain important CPD on growing better and more valuable timber. Attendees will also be able to apply and test their knowledge with a guess the strength of timber game, with live destructive testing.
12:15 – Lunch and coffee available at Sighthill
13:00 – Lab Tour and Strength Game
- Divide into two groups
- Group A – Lab tour
- Group B – Guess the strength
- Groups switch
- Divide into two groups
14:00 – Presentations
- Timber Strength Grading – Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis, Edinburgh Napier University
- Impact of Silviculture Choices on Timber Strength – Dr Elspeth Macdonald MICFor, Forest Research
15:00 – Testing
- Destructive testing in the laboratory
- Opportunity to adjust guesses
- Results of the guess the strength game
16:00 – Close
Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis – Associate Professor and Head of the Centre Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University
Dan is one of the UK’s technical experts on guessing the strength of wood and can talk for hours on the topic – which he frequently does if nobody stops him. His main area of research is understanding the properties of wood, and how they are influenced by tree growth, forest management, and climate. He represents the UK at European Standards Committees for grading of construction timber, and the majority of structural sawn timber produced in the UK is now graded with settings he developed. He was named “woodland hero” for 2016 by Grown in Britain, and is also active in online learning, public engagement and science communication. He is the lead organiser of Bright Club Edinburgh.
Dr Elspeth Macdonald MICFor – Senior Scientist – Tree & Wood Properties at Forest Research
Elspeth currently leads the wood properties research team, focusing on projects investigating and quantifying the impacts of tree growth, environment and genetics on wood properties that are crucial to both the survival of forests and the sustainable production of forest products.
Elspeth has 30 years of experience working in the forestry sector and is a Professional member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. After several years working for the Forestry Commission in north Scotland, she joined Forest Research in 1997 to help develop a programme of research into the influence of silviculture on timber quality. She has led a range of projects relating to the assessment and prediction of wood and timber properties of tree species grown in the UK, and to the use of timber in construction. Between 2014 and 2021 she worked as a lecturer at the Scottish School of Forestry, Inverness College UHI, before re-joining FR to take up her current role.
Ticket Type 1 - Standard
Ticket Price 1 - £10
There are only 15 places available for this event.
Event Region - south_scotland