A full conference runs every two years, and in the intervening year a Master Class allows a focused look at important topics in a more informal learning-friendly environment.

IPPS 2015 will be taking place in October 7 and 8 at Cymy, Llandudno, North Wales, and the provisional programme is available on www.bc.bangor.ac.uk.

Speakers from around the world will be presenting results of their current research on Fundamental characterisation; Resins and additives; Feedstocks, recycling and waste materials; and Durability.

A session will be dedicated to Cost Action FP1303 – Performance of bio-based building materials.

This year the BioComposites Centre and Kronospan are launching a new scholarship fund to commemorate the life of Dr Harry Earl who had a successful career in the wood panel sector culminating with the position of technical manager at Kronospan’s mill in Chirk.