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June 13, 2023

Workshop, Conference and Project Meeting in Finland

After the first workshop of the "Blended Intensive Programme" (BIP) in May 2022 at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, the second round was held this year at the Karelia University of Applied Sciences in Joensuu. In addition to a competitive workshop on the design of a "Flying Classroom" made of reused materials, the participants from Kuchl presented their research results at the "Drivers for Wood Construction" conference and visited the tallest wooden building in Finland.

Thanks to the close cooperation between the Universities of Applied Sciences in Joensuu, Oldenburg and Salzburg through the project "Sustainable Building Technologies - Community of Practice" (SBT-CP), the participants from Kuchl had the opportunity to experience a varied programme together with international colleagues from Germany and Finland. At the beginning of the one-week workshop, the Finnish timber frame element manufacturer LapWall invited the participants to a tour of the production plant at the Pyhäntä site. Production processes, current building projects and future strategies of the company were presented, and the guided tour and subsequent discussion on current topics in the timber construction industry perfectly prepared the participants for the following workshop days. A visit to the tallest timber building in Finland, the "LightHouse Joensuu", was also on the agenda.

"Drivers for Wood Construction" Conference

The DWC conference, hosted and organised by Karelia UAS in cooperation with the Natural Resources Institute Finland, the University of Eastern Finland and the European Forest Institute, offered a variety of interesting lectures on the topics of circular economy, resource use and digitalisation in wood construction. In addition to the lectures, students were able to exchange ideas and discuss with Finnish companies at company stands. Panel discussions with experts from business and research as well as Q&A sessions with the speakers, including the researchers of the SBT-CP project, rounded off the event.