Doctoral researcher in circularity, environmental and economic impact of wood cascading

Doctoral researcher in circularity, environmental and economic impact of wood cascading

Aalto University is looking for a Doctoral researcher in circularity, environmental and economic impact of wood cascading. The position is open in the Wood Material Technology group headed by Prof. Mark Hughes.

How to apply

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our online recruitment system no later than August 11th, 2024, at the link on Aalto University’s webpage (“Apply now”). If you are an Aalto employee, please apply via the Workday system (internal jobs).

To apply, please include the following documents in English and as a single pdf document:

  • One-page motivation letter
  • CV with a possible list of publications and the title of your MSc thesis
  • A one-page description of previous relevant research experience and studies
  • Scanned copy of the master’s degree diploma & transcript of records for master’s degree (or equivalent)

Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via the internal HR system Workday (keyword Find Jobs) by using their existing Workday user account (not via the external webpage for open positions).

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Mark Hughes at

  • Deadline: 11 August 2024
  • Type: Doctoral researcher
  • Location: Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland

Postdoc in AI for traceability and wood quality

Postdoc in AI for traceability and wood quality

The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) is looking for a PostDoc to support its work on the development and implementation of AI models and methods that enable individual log traceability and prediction of wood quality properties, which can be used to optimise the overall resource utilisation and sustainability of the forest sector.

Visit the website to learn more about the main responsibilities, professional qualifications, salary and benefits.

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  • Deadline: 11 August 2024
  • Type: PostDoc
  • Location: Ås, Norway

Energy and environmental data scientist

Energy and environmental data scientist

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is looking for an Energy and environmental data scientist to join the Pollution Management (PM) Research Group within the IIASA Energy, Climate and Environment (ECE) Program.

Tasks and responsibilities include

  • Improve and co-develop links between GAINS and energy integrated assessment models, including MESSAGEix, GCAM, AIM, PRIMES, IEA, and others.
  • In the mid- to long-term, support further development of the GAINS model.
  • Support work on the downscaling (from regional to national, subnational, or even city scales) and quality assurance of various GAINS data improving representation of the respective input in GAINS.
  • Support development of GAINS data quality checks and data analysis addressing various consistency aspects, especially for energy and industrial production, e.g., energy and pollution intensities within and across sectors and regions, including their evolution over time.

Visit IIASA website to learn more about the requirements, benefits, and application process.

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  • Deadline: until filled
  • Type: researcher
  • Location: Austria

Daniela Klein

Research Services and Team leader JAS Analytics, Jowat SE

Daniela Klein (chemist) has been working in the R&D department at Jowat SE since 2015. Here, she is responsible for managing funded research projects for adhesive development and is the team leader of the “Jowat Analytical Services” laboratory, the in-house laboratory for chemical and physical analyses of adhesives and joining parts.

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Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in forest-related sectors – ForGEDI MOOC

Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in forest-related sectors – ForGEDI MOOC

This online course explores the important role of gender equality, diversity, and inclusion within forest-related sectors, providing insights and practical approaches to fostering an inclusive environment. Developed under the IUFRO Task Force on Gender Equality in Forestry, it aims to empower participants with the knowledge and tools needed to advance gender equality and promote diversity and inclusion in forestry-related fields.


  • Duration of 3 weeks
  • The course is free
  • Syllabus:
  • Why is Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Important for the Future of Forest-Related Sectors?
  • What are the Barriers to Equal, Diverse and Inclusive Forest-Related Sectors Around the World?
  • How to Reach Equal, Diverse and Inclusive Forest-Related Sectors?

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  • Course is open
  • Type: Online course
  • No fees required

What’s the economic impact of the bioeconomy in Catalonia?

The bioeconomy sector in Catalonia is a significant contributor to the region’s economy. It encompasses a range of industries, including agriculture, food processing, energy, and chemicals, that use renewable biological resources to produce goods. These sectors employ around 622,700 people in Spain (the average for 2016–2021), which represents 17.24% of the total employed population in Catalonia.

What’s bioeconomy?

Bioeconomy is an economic model that uses renewable biological resources to produce food, energy, chemicals, textiles, and other bio-based products that we depend upon. The Bioeconomy has emerged as a model aiming to find efficient resource utilisation methods, reduce reliance on non-renewable resources, and prevent resource depletion.

It is important to understand the impact of the bioeconomy. This allows researchers, policymakers, and other key stakeholders to make informed decisions about investments, regulations, and support mechanisms, for example.

How to quantify its impact?

To quantify the impact of bioeconomy in Catalonia, the Department of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda has commissioned the Center for Research in Agrifood Economics and Development (CREDA-UPC-IRTA) to calculate the impact based on output and input-output tables.

The output approach determines whether products generated by economic activities are bio-based. It then calculates the shares of these products in relation to the total production of each economic sector and, using these quotas weights the main macro-magnitudes of each economic activity (production, gross value added, and employment).

The input-output approach allows the bioeconomy to be dimensioned according to the links that sectors considered 100% bio-based can maintain with other industries that supply them (upstream) or serve as clients (downstream). For instance, in the case of the food and beverages industry, the upstream sectors could be agriculture and food processing, while the downstream sectors could be retail and hospitality. Bio-based sectors are those within the primary sector but can include primary processing industries such as food and beverages and the wood and paper industry.

Countries where downstream and upstream VA constitutes at least 50% of the total bioeconomy, 2018. Source: Cingiz et al. 2023.

Using the output approach, the total values of production growth, added value and employment generated by the bioeconomy had been estimated for 2016–2021, despite the effects of the covid-19 pandemic. Likewise, estimates of production and employment suggest a slight increase in the weight of the bioeconomy on the Catalan economy as a whole over these years.

Using the input-output approach, the gross value added (GVA) of the bioeconomy 2016–2021 amounts to 22,420.6 million euros (10.18% of the total GVA of the Catalan economy), a level comparable to that observed for the EU-27 average. Catalonia appears to be one of the main economies in Europe in terms of the weight of indirect links on the GVA of the bioeconomy, to the point of being among the top 10 EU countries with the highest weight of these links.

Economic weight of the bioeconomy in Catalonia

The recently published report by the Government of Catalonia, “Economic weight of the bioeconomy in Catalonia: application of Output and Input-Output methodologies” or “Pes economic de la bioeconomia a Catalunya: aplicació de methodologies d’Output I Input-Output” (in Catalan), offers a comprehensive view of the bioeconomy sector from 2016 to 2021. It spotlights significant developments, challenges, and, most importantly, strategic initiatives designed to foster a sustainable and innovative bioeconomy, instilling a sense of optimism for the future.

Lukas Emmerich, Wald und Holz NRW

Lukas Emmerich

Wood sciences and Cluster management, Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW

Dr Lukas Emmeric is a Wood sciences and Cluster manager at Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He did his PhD in wood biology and wood technology at the University of Göttingen.

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Veronika Auer, Product Sustainability Communication at EGGER Group

Veronika Auer

Product Sustainability Communication, EGGER Group

Veronika Auer works in Product Sustainability Communication at the EGGER Group, where she is responsible for sustainability and circular economy issues with a focus on customers. She is currently co-chair of the Bavarian Bioeconomy Council, which advises the Bavarian government on the implementation of the bioeconomy in Bavaria.

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Christoph zu Stolberg, Head of International Relations & Forest Lab

Christoph zu Stolberg

Head of Bioeconomy, health and governance programme, Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC)

Christoph zu Stolberg co-founded the German AgriFood Society in 2019 and the Future Forest Initiative (FFI) two years later, a European platform that accelerates the development of innovative forest solutions. Christoph zu Stolberg studied Business Economics and European Politics in Belgium.

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Neus Puy

Head of Bioeconomy, health and governance programme, Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC)

Neus Puy is a PhD senior researcher at the Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) and head of the Bioeconomy, Health, and Governance programme. Her research focuses on obtaining different types of biomass by applying thermochemical processes under the biorefinery framework.

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Christiane Lellig, Regenerative Systems Change

Christiane Lellig

Regenerative Systems Change, Woodknowledge Wales

Christiane Lellig specialises in systems change and regenerative approaches and has been working on social change programmes in Switzerland, Germany, and the UK since 1999. Her work covers environmental concerns, labour, and social justice issues. From 2016-2020, she was responsible for the UK timber industry’s Wood for Good campaign.

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