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Third level student award category in Wood Awards Ireland 2020

The Wood Marketing Federation invited third level students to participate in Wood Awards Ireland 2020.  WMF had organised an All-Ireland Third Level Student Wood Awards competition from 2006 but this was discontinued after 2015 due to lack of sponsorship. As a result, there is no wood awards competition  in Ireland for  third level students who specialise in wood.  WAI now has a category open to third level students which acknowledges the work carried out by students, their tutors and their colleges in promoting wood usage, design and research. We are encouraged by the response but third level students deserve their own awards as they represent the new wave of  architects, designers and woodworkers.

See details of student awards in attached newsletter.

Entries were accepted under the following categories

A: Large-scale public buildings:  Emphasis on wood as a structural component. Located in Ireland or abroad….

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We thank Pippa Hackett, Minister of State with responsibility for forestry

and all the speakers who made presentations at the Webinar National Forestry Conference


The importance of safeguarding Ireland’s forests from pest, diseases and other damage

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Our thanks to the 216 attendees who logged in to the conference

Organised by the Wood Marketing Federation and the Society of Irish Foresters

Please view or download the following presentations

1. Introduction Donal Magner

2 Richard OHanlon Actual and potential threats

3 Tom McDonald Safeguarding the forest

4 Brian Murphy As the sawmiller sees it

5 Mechteld Schuller As the grower sees it

6 Miguel Nemesio Gorriz New findings in ash research

7 Melanie Tuffen Pest risk analysis in commercial forests

The conference brochure is….

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Wood Awards Ireland 2020 (WAI)


The winners of Wood Awards Ireland (WAI) 2020 have been announced. The judging panel chaired by Ciaran O’Connor has selected the overall and six category winners as well as awarding commendations for projects that were deemed worthy of acknowledgment.

WAI 2020 received entries from registered architects, engineers, designers, furniture makers, wood workers, conservationists and third level colleges carrying out postdoctoral research into wood and wood products. This year we also featured a Third Level Student Wood Awards.

The WAI winners were formally announced at a webinar on 26 March 2021.

WAI 2020 Brochure available for download here.

Wood Awards Ireland 2020

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Information for Wood Awards Ireland – Third Level Students

Wood Awards Ireland 2020 (WAI) are open to Registered Architects, engineers, designers, woodworkers and other practitioners throughout Ireland who incorporate wood as the inherent medium in submitted projects. Supported by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), WAI 2020 is also open to Irish practitioners based overseas. WAI is part funded by the Forest Sector Development Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Coillte and Enterprise Ireland. RIAI and the Society of Irish Foresters provide administration and promotional support. Awards ceremony on 12 November 2020 at a Dublin venue to be announced, subject to Covid-19 guidelines. Awards are designed by Michael Warren,  Ireland’s leading sculptor and honorary member RIAI.

Eligible projects must be completed during the period 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2020 and construction projects must be in compliance with the Building Regulations…..

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