The winners

The winners presented their projects at the ICFPA Annual Meeting and in front of 20 CEOs of forest based industry from around the world at the occasion of the CEOs Roundtable held on May 18th, 2017 in Berlin.

The ICFPA congratulates all the participants and the global winners of the first edition of this global competition. ICFPa believes it is important to foster knowledge and stimulate innovative research among young researchers.

2016 was the first year of the global competition, which had the following theme:

“Game Changing Technologies for the Forest and Paper Industry – Unfolding the Potential of Forest, Paper and Wood Based Products.”

The theme included 2 sub areas:

Future Generation Forestry

Forest tree breeding and biotechnology
Precision forestry
Measurements and inventory

Innovation in the Wood-Based Industry

Analysis and properties of pulp and paper
Facilities, instrument and process control
Bioproducts and wood chemistry
Recycling, deinking and environment
Timber for construction
Material substitution with wood


The national level award was conducted from May to December, 2016. Nominations period is now closed. Twelve national finalists were indicated to the global selection which started in January 2017. The 2017 Global Selection will be conducted by a jury composed of experts and global representatives of renowned organizations, including:

Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner

CEO of Sappi (United States)
Dr. Akira Isoga

Dr. Akira Isoga

Professor of the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences at The University of Tokyo (Japan)
Dr. Ligia Ferrari Torella di Romagnano

Dr. Ligia Ferrari Torella di Romagnano

Institute of Research and Technology (Brazil)
Prof. Wingfield

Prof. Wingfield

Chairman of IUFRO and Director of FABI (South Africa)
Andrey Kushlin

Andrey Kushlin

Deputy Director of Forestry Department of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)