About the IAWA
The International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA) was founded in 1931. The constitution of our association can be found here.
Objectives of the IAWA
- to create awareness of the place of wood anatomy in science, technology and conservation of natural resources, for the public good;
- to exchange ideas and information through correspondence and meetings;
- to facilitate collection, storage and exchange of research materials;
- to provide rational bases for the consistent use of terminology in descriptions of wood and bark, and to cooperate with others having similar aims in other related fields of plant anatomy;
- to stimulate the publication of scientific articles on wood anatomy and related fields (including bark anatomy, "woody" monocotyledons);
- to encourage and assist the study and teaching of wood anatomy and related fields;
- to promote research in wood anatomy and related fields and to engage in any other activity consistent with the objectives of the Association.
Governance of the IAWA
- The Association is governed by an International Council of 12 elected members.
- Each Council serves for a period of three years and Council members are eligible for a maximum of two consecutive terms.
- The IAWA Council appoints an Executive Secretary for the day-to-day management of the Association.
- Please feel free to contact one of the Officers or Council Members listed here if you would like to know more about the IAWA.
- Executive SecretaryFrederic Lens, The Netherlands
- Deputy Executive SecretaryHisashi Abe, Japan
- 1st PR OfficerGuillermo Angeles, Mexico
- 2nd PR OfficerSteven Jansen, Germany
- Membership Officer and TreasurerCees Lut, The Netherlands
2014 - 2017 Council Members
- Claudia Barros
- Gregorio Ceccantini
- Veronica De Micco
- Robert Evans
- Holger Gärtner
- Gerald Koch
- Biao Pan
- Fidel Roig
- Rachel Spicer
- Yasuhiro Utsumi
- Alex Wiedenhoeft
- Yafang Yin
Regional IAWA Groups
Jointly with numerous other organizations, IAWA Members are active all over the world in organizing scientific meetings in which the study of wood structure and function plays a major part. Whenever the IAWA is a leading partner in these meetings, the regional IAWA Committees play an active part in their organization. Over the last decade the composition of regional committees has undergone minor or major changes. Below is the current composition, as we are aware of them. Some of the forthcoming meetings these groups are organizing are added (see also the Wood Anatomy News pages here and in issue 33-1).
- Pan American regional group: Carmen Marcati, Fidel Roig, Barbara Lachenbruch, Veronica Angyalossy, Teresa Terrazas.
- Pacific regional group: Tomoyuki Fujii, Hisashi Abe, Lloyd Donaldson, Y.S. Kim, Keiko Kuroda, Takao Itoh.
- Afro-European regional group: Pieter Baas, Steven Jansen, Veronica De Micco, Imogen Poole, Rupert Wimmer.
WRAITH – Wood Research Against Illegal Timber Harvest – serves as a focal point and task force within IAWA on topics related to illegal logging and forensic wood science, and liaises with the broader scientific community and governments around the world to ensure that wood science, and specifically wood anatomy, makes the proper contribution to the global forensic efforts. This initiative was accepted by the Council in September 2015 and is headed by Alex Wiedenhoeft.
Membership is restricted to a targeted set of IAWA member wood anatomist volunteers representing the major regions of the world, with special emphasis on researchers or scientists with active interest in forensic aspects of wood anatomy specifically, and wood science more broadly, and who are or could be involved in their nation’s law enforcement efforts. At this point, the following experts are included in WRAITH: Peter Gasson (UK), Sri Nugroho Marsoem (Indonesia), Emmanuel Ebanyenle (Ghana), Jugo Ilic (Australia), Alex Wiedenhoeft (USA), Elisabeth Wheeler (USA), Yafang Yin (China), Vera Coradin (Brazil), Sandra Florsheim (Brazil), Gerald Koch (Germany), and Hisashi Abe (Japan).
The specific objectives of WRAITH are:
- Contribute botanical and wood anatomical knowledge to forensic wood research around the world to ensure the rigor and accuracy of such work for forensic purposes;
- Develop suggested standards for periodic competency verification for wood identification labs, including proficiency testing schema for wood identification of solid wood and a variety of commonly traded wood-based products and provide a list of labs that demonstrate this competency (e.g. to CITES Secretariat);
- Draft an IAWA statement on the role of the Association in promulgating research and science of use in combating illegal trade in wood;
- Re-invigorate the STEALTH initiative – Science, Technology, and Education Assuring Legal Timber Harvest – that began at the 2010 IAWA-IAWS-IUFRO meeting and actively recruit participants into the group to form a robust international cooperative network. Explore the possibility to link STEALTH to other networking vehicles such as LinkedIn, ResearchGate, and Facebook. In other words, STEALTH can be a platform how to manage the IAWA-WRAITH interactions with other disciplines;
- Commit to periodic electronic synopses of ongoing research and recent accomplishments within the field of wood anatomy sensu lato and wood science more broadly, so that IAWA members are apprised of developments in these areas and can serve as liaisons to their governments and institutions on these topics. Publish such synopses on the IAWA website, IAWA Journal and IAWA newsletters, and conduct outreach to FLA (Forest Legality Alliance), Chatham House, UNODC (UN Office on Drugs and Crime), CITES, and other groups actively interested in preventing illegal logging.
IAWA CHINA GROUP
This formal group, established by Biao Pan (Chair), Yafang Yin (Deputy Chair), Xinqing He, Yeming Cheng, Eryuan Liang, Jian Qiu, Xudong Chen and Shengchen Zhai, found its origin during the 8th PRWAC in Nanjing, 2013 where a brainstorm session was organized how to streamline IAWA activities within China. The major goal was to make it easier for Chinese researchers of the microstructure of wood (and bark, bamboo, rattan and palms) to join IAWA in all its regional and international activities, and to develop national activities in China. Shengchen Zhai (firstname.lastname@example.org) is appointed to act as exchequer and collect IAWA Dues from all Chinese IAWA Members.
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