Future of wood



Can you make a parachute out of wooden twigs? A drone that plants saplings? Hipster firewood for the bonfire connoisseur? The sustainable use of forests play a crucial role in Norways future bio-economy, but making spruce cladding and sawdust just isn't exploring the potential of wood as a material, the processes involved or the wood companies that are scattered all over Norway. In this Village, we will collaborate with the forest-, wood- and building industry to create ideas for new and novel ways the companies can develop their products, processes and thinking. Each student group will collaborate with a industry partner to work in a real-life scenario based on the actual processes and operations in each company.

Relevant competence

The aim of the village is to explore new possibilities and novel solutions. In this, students are our greatest resource and we encourage everyone to participate, regardless if you are a poet or a designer, a programmer or a historian. Each indvidual can contribute with his or her unique approach, methods and understanding. We do however expect you to encage in the project and explore whatever possibilities you find interesting.

About the village

This village is a playground for students and companies developed as part of the StudentHUB-project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. This village collaborates with the Arena SKOG Innovation Cluster, TreFokus AS, The Norwegian Wood Research Institute and The Norwegian Wood Industry.


Course code: AAR4922
Village: Future of Wood
Type: Intensive
Language: ENG
Village supervisor: Pasi Aalto
Contact information: pasi.aalto@ntnu.no
Semester: Spring 2018

Important information about EiT:

  • The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT).
  • EiT's teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
  • In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, the team members get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
  • For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see the page for students.