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Keynote Lectures

Christian BirschkeChristian Brischke

University of Göttingen

Durability-based design with timber

PD Dr. habil. Christian Brischke studied Wood Science at the University of Hamburg. After several years of research at the Center of Wood Science and at the Federal Research Centre for Forestry and Forest Products he finished his doctoral studies in 2007 with a thesis entitled “Investigation of decay influencing factors for service life prediction of exposed wooden components”. Between 2007 and 2017 Dr. Brischke worked at the Institute of Vocational Sciences in the Building Trade at Leibniz University Hannover, and was granted with the Venia legendi in ‘Wood Technology’ in 2016. Since April 2017 he is working at the Department of Wood Biology and Wood Products at the University of Goettingen. The focus of his research is on Wood protection, Wood modification, Durability and Moisture performance of Wood and Wood-based products.


David YeomansDavid Yeomans

Structural Engineer

Strength assessment v. stress grading

David Yeomans has taught structural design and building conservation in schools of architecture as well as practicing as an engineer specializing in timber structures. He has published on the history of building technology as well as on the conservation of structures. He is a former chairman of the ICOMOS-UK Wood Committee, is currently vice chairman of the Construction History Society and serves on a working group developing a draft European standard for the assessment of historic timber structures.



Gerhard SchickhoferGerhard Schickhofer

Graz University of Technology

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for Restauration or Conversion of Historic Timber Structures

Prof. Schickhofer studied civil engineering at Graz University of Technology and graduated with distinction in 1990 (diploma) and 1994 (doctorate). For his research work he has received different awards (e.g. Josef-Umdasch-Award for his doctoral thesis on “Cross-Laminated Timber” in 1995, the Research Funding Association Award in the area “added value” also for “Cross-Laminated-Timber“ in 1998 and the European Innovation Award for the project “Tanno meets Gemini” in 2004), in his field of activity he has published more than 320 publications and given numerous speeches (see In 1999 he habilitated and became an associate professor, between 2002 and 2012 he was manager and scientific director of the Competence Centre “holz.bau forschungs gmbh”. In 2004 he was appointed to a professorship and became the head of the Institute of Timber Engineering and Wood Technology at Graz University of Technology. During his career Prof. Schickhofer has been responsible for a multitude of R&D projects with an overall budget of more than 15 million euros, was involved in transfer activities in form of conferences, workshops and seminars, and has supervised 178 diploma theses (thereof one-third on CLT) and numerous doctoral theses. Between 2008 and 2011 he also carried out successfully the duties of a deputy dean at the Faculty of Civil Engineering.


Massimo FragiacomoMassimo Fragiacomo

University of L’Aquila

The revision of the timber chapter of the Eurocode 8

Massimo Fragiacomo is Professor of Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil, Construction-Architectural & Environmental Engineering of University of L’Aquila, Italy since September 2015. Previous positions held include eight years as an Associate Professor at the University of Sassari, Italy, and three years as Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

He is an author of 342 papers, 123 of which published on peer reviewed international journals, with h-index of 33, 28 and 22 according to the Google Scholar, Scopus e Web of Science data base, respectively. He is recognized as one of the world experts on Timber Engineering, with special emphasis on Earthquake Resistance and Timber-Concrete Composite Structures.

He has been Principal Investigator in many research projects funded by regional, national and international Public and Private Agencies for a total amount of 1.270.000 Euro. For his research activity he has received several prizes including the Frederick Palmer Prize offered by the Institution of Civil Engineers – UK in 2012.

He is member of the Working Groups CEN/TC250/SC5 “Eurocode 5: Design of Timber Structures” and CEN/TC250/SC8 “Eurocode 8: Design of structures for earthquake resistance” and the corresponding Italian mirror committees, as well as chairman of Working Group 3 “Timber Structures” within CEN/TC250/SC8.


Mikel LandaMikel Landa

Landa-Ochandiano arquitectos

An interpretation of the concept of minimal intervention applied to wooden heritage conservation in both: the material and the intangible.

Mikel Landa is a Ph.D. Architect that has combined profession and academy for more than 25 years. Teaching at the ETSAUN while carrying out conservation projects at his own professional office, Landa-Ochandiano arquitectos, his background combines a strong technical base with experience in research and management of organically evolved continuing landscape. The latter, which is a part of his work in Añana Saltworks Cultural Landscape, also involved leading the Master Plan and the conservation works, negotiating with stakeholders and fundraising.

Mikel is used to work in large multicultural groups, lead, coordinate and promote collaborative work and transparency.

Mikel is actually serving as President of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee


Philipp DietschPhilipp Dietsch

Munich University of Technology

Eurocode 5:2022 – a new section on reinforcement of timber structures

Philipp Dietsch studied Civil Engineering at TUM from 1999 – 2005. His studies were accompanied with an academic year at McGill University, Montreal/Canada during which he was awarded the Antje Graupe Pryor award for exceptional academic performance and extracurricular commitment. He carried out his Diploma Thesis at the Center for advanced Wood Processing at UBC, Vancouver/Canada. For this work, he received the price for outstanding theses, awarded by the Association of German Engineers (VDI).

After his studies, Philipp Dietsch became research associate at the Chair for Timber Structures and Building Construction, TUM, Munich. Apart from his teaching assignments in timber engineering, his focus lies on the structural research on wide-span timber structures, e.g. robustness of systems. He contributed to the expertise about the Bad Reichenhall ice-arena collapse and was part of most activities at the chair related to the assessment and evaluation of failure mechanisms in existing timber structures. Thereupon he focused on monitoring processes and repair/ reinforcement strategies such as the reinforcement of beams under shear and tension perpendicular to the grain. In 2012 he was awarded the doctoral degree (summa cum laude) for his thesis “Design and application of shear reinforcements for glulam timber beams”.

In 2012, Philipp Dietsch became Team Leader “Timber Structures” at the Chair for Timber Structures and Building Construction, currently supervising a team of 10 scientists. The numerous courses taught are focused timber construction and timber engineering. For his commitment to teaching, Mr. Dietsch was often awarded the "Doce et Delecta", a prize awarded by students, in 2016 he was awarded the Teaching Excellence Prize awarded by the Bavarian Minister of Science.

Philipp Dietsch is Chairman of COST Action FP1402 "Basis of Structural Timber Design - from research to standards” and delegate in European and German standardization committees (CEN/TC 250/SC 5 „Eurocode 5“ and Mirror Committees “EN 1990” and “Timber Structures”). In addition, Philipp Dietsch is the Convenor of CEN/TC 250/SC 5/Working Group 7 “Reinforcement” and member of the Project Team PTSC5.T1 “CLT and Reinforcement”. In 2019, Philipp Dietsch will take over Chairmanship of INTER (International Network on Timber Engineering Research, formerly CIB W-18).












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