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 will be updated. Please see future Meetings.

Pan American regional group
Carmen MarcatiFidel RoigVeronica AngyalossyTeresa TerrazasMarcelo Pace.

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Carmen Marcati

Associate Professor
Ecological Wood and Bark Anatomy
Laboratório de Anatomia da Madeira, Departamento de Ciência Florestal, Faculdade de Ciências Agronômicas, São Paulo State University (UNESP), São Paulo, Brazil
Email: carmen@fca.unesp.br

 
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Fidel Roig

Principal Researcher
Dendroecology and Ecological Wood Anatomy
Director of the Argentinian Snow, Glaciology and Environmental Sciences Institute (CONICET), Mendoza, Argentina
Email: froig@mendoza-conicet.gob.ar

 
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Veronica Angyalossy

Professor
Botany
Departamento de Botânica, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Email: vangyalossy@usp.br

 
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Teresa Terrazas

Professor
Systematics and Ecological Plant Anatomy
Botany Department, Institute of Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Email: tterrazas@ib.unam.mx

 
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Marcelo Pace

Research Scientist
Plant Anatomy, Plant Systematics and Evolution
Departamento de Botánica, Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Email: marcelorpace@yahoo.com.br

 
Pacific regional group
Tomoyuki FujiiHisashi AbeLloyd DonaldsonBiao PanKeiko KurodaKim Yoon Soo

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Tomoyuki Fujii

Research Fellow
Ultrastructure of Woody Plant, Functional Wood Anatomy
Forestry and Forest Product Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan
Email: tfujii@ffpri.affrc.go.jp

 
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Hisashi Abe

Senior Researcher
Wood Identification, Wood Formation and Tree Physiology
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan
Email: abeq@affrc.go.jp

 
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Lloyd Donaldson

Senior Scientist
Plant Cell Biology and Biomaterials
Scion, Rotorua, New Zealand
Email: lloyd.donaldson@scionresearch.com

 
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Biao Pan

Professor
Wood Properties and Wood Identification
College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Forest University, Nanjing, China
Email: pan.biao@163.com; panbiao@njfu.com.cn

 
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Keiko Kuroda

Senior Researcher
Forest Health
Kansai Research Center, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Kyoto, Japan
Email: kurodak@garnet.kobe-u.ac.jp

 
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Yoon Soo Kim

Vice President of International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS)
Professor Emeritus
Wood Biology
Chonnam National University, Republic of Korea
Email: kimys@chonnam.ac.kr

 
Afro-European regional group
Pieter BaasSteven JansenVeronica De MiccoVolker Haag, Emmanuel Ebanyenle.

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Pieter Baas

Editor in Chief of the IAWA Journal
Professor Emeritus
Systematic and Ecological Plant Anatomy
Naturalis Biodiversity Center & Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
Email: pieter.baas@naturalis.nl

 
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Steven Jansen

Professor
Plant Systematics and Evolution
Institute of Systematic Botany and Ecology, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany
e-mail: steven.jansen@uni-ulm.de

 
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Veronica De Micco

Associate Professor
Environmental and Applied Botany
Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Portici (Naples), Italy
Email: demicco@unina.it

 
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Volker Haag

Research Scientist
Wood Science
Thünen Institute of Wood research, Hamburg, Germany
Email: volker.haag@ti.bund.de

 
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Emmanuel Ebanyenle

Senior Scientist
Wood Anatomy and Identification
Wood Anatomy Laboratory, Wood Industry and Utilization Division, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG), Kumasi, GHANA
Email: eebanyen@mtu.edu, ebanyenle@csir-forig.org.gh

 
WRAITH (Group of Wood Research Against Illegal Timber Harvest)
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.

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Alex Wiedenhoeft

Research Botanist and Team Leader
Botany, Wood Anatomy and Wood Identification
Center for Wood Anatomy Research, Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service, Madison, USA
Email: awiedenhoeft@fs.fed.us, acwieden@wisc.edu


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 new council (2017-2019) of IAWA China Group was elected in 2016. 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. Dr. Shengchen Zhai (zhai_sc@njfu.edu.cn) is appointed to act as exchequer and collect IAWA Dues from all Chinese IAWA Members. 
 
To date, the IAWA China Group Annual Meeting has been organized for four times (2014-2017). The fifth China Group Annual Meeting will be held at the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University of China, 23 and 24 November, 2018.

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Biao Pan

Professor
Wood Properties and Wood Identification
College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Forest University, Nanjing, China
Email: pan.biao@163.com; panbiao@njfu.com.cn

 
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Yeming Cheng

Professor
Wood Anatomy and Fossil Wood
Geological Museum of China, Beijing, China
E-mail: chengyeming@aliyun.com

 
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Eryuan Liang

Professor
Wood Formation and Dendroecology
Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
Email: liangey@itpcas.ac.cn

 
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Jian Qiu

Professor
Wood Properties and Wood Identification, Wood Modification
College of material science and engineering, Southwest Forest University, Kunming, China
Email: qiujianswfu@foxmail.com

 
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Xudong Chen

Director
Wood Identification
State Key Laboratory of Wood Identification and Quarantine, Zhangjiagang Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu, China
EMAIL:799853998@qq.com

 
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Lingfei Ma

Professor
Wood Properties and Modification, Wood Composite
College of Engineering, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Email:malingfei@zafu.edu.cn

 
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Guoping Sun

Researcher
Chief of Prehistorical Laboratory, Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, Hangzhou City of China
Email: 1784823752@qq.com

 
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Jinguo Lin

Professor
Wood Properties and Modification, Wood Identification
College of Materials Engineering, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, China
Email: fjlinjg@126.com

 
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Bin Xu

Professor
Wood Properties and Efficient Utilization
School of Forestry & Landscape Architecture, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei, Anhui, China
Email: xbzh01@163.com

 
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Jianju Luo

Professor
Wood Properties
Wood Science and Engineering Department, Forestry College of Guangxi University, Nanning, Guangxi, China
Email: luojianju@foxmail.com

 
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Youming Xu

Professor
Wood Anatomy, Wood Properties and Wood Utilization
College of Forestry and Horticulture Science, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan Hubei, China
Email: xuyouming@mail.hzau.edu.cn