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End-user access to European RTD for the forest and wood industries sector

The project will create a thematic network linking the leading European organisations supporting the forest and wood industries sector. The network will collate, assess and organise all national and European Union funded RTD pertaining to the sector and create a multi-lingual electronic mechanism, whereby the results of this RTD is accessible to, and understood and used by, the SMEs that predominate in the sector. The partners' parent networks and extensive links with the forest and wood industry at European, national and branch levels will be mobilised to affect the development of a far-reaching dissemination and technology transfer process. The coalescing of the partners' networks will create an established vehicle for the creation of an electronic RTD community, dynamically linked to the forest and wood sector's industries.

Objectives
Establish twelve sub-thematic working groups to address all key aspects of the forestry wood chain.
Develop an interactive website.
Incorporate the compendia of research results into a multi-lingual database on the website.
Collate, process and summarise the results of national and EU-funded research.
Present the project at eleven thematic workshops and at an seminar.
Develop the network as a mechanism for the progressively increased involvement of industry in the formulation and implementation of EU RTD programmes.

Results
Expected achievements:
The forestry wood chain will have a heightened awareness of RTD actions, supported nationally and the EU Framework Programmes, and of their relevance to the commercial and production environment of the industry.
A website will be established.
A communication system, dedicated to giving substance to the principle of technology transfer, will be put in place.
A significxant synergy will be achieved between the network of the partners.

Classified in FORESTRY, NON-FOOD PRODUCTS

Scientist responsible for the project

Mr EOIN SWEENEY
Mountjoy Square 39
1 Dublin
Ireland - IE

Phone: +353 18560023
Fax: +353 18560017
E-mail: info@eurofortech.com

References

Project ID QLRT-2000-00608
Organisation EUROFORTECH LTD.
Area 5.3.2
Start date 01 September 2001
Duration (months) 30
Total cost 1 289 800 €
Total EC contribution   1 200 800 €
Status Completed
Web address of the project   http://www.innovawood.com

The partners

  • THE CIRCA GROUP EUROPE LTD., Ireland - IE
    tomh@iol.ie
  • DANISCH FOREST AND LANDSCAPE RESEARCH INSTITUTE, Denmark - DK
    nek@fsl.dk
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V., Germany - DE
    kampfer@wki.fhg.de
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