5th International Training School in Quantitative Wood Anatomy

The 5th International Training School in Quantitative Wood Anatomy using ROXAS (optional) from samples to data, will take place from June 25 to 29, 2018 at San Vito di Cadore (BL), Italy. The event is organized by the TeSAF Department, University of Padova and the WSL Dendrosciences Group.
The 18th International Course on Wood Anatomy of Tree Rings

The 18th International Course on Wood Anatomy of Tree Rings "Wood Anatomy and Tree-Ring Ecology 2018" will be held on November 26 to December 1, 2018, in Klosters Dorf, Switzerland. The course is organized by Holger Gärtner, Alan Crivellaro and Fritz H. Schweingruber. The deadline for registration is
October 1, 2018. Acceptance of participation will be done on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Holger Gärtner (holger.gaertner@wsl.ch) for registration. More details and information update can be found at: https://www.wsl.ch/en/about-wsl/events/courses/international-course-on-wood-anatomy-tree-ring-ecology-2018.html
Dendro Intensive Summer Courses, May 14 - June 1, 2018 at the University of Arizona, USA

Dendro Intensive Summer Courses (DISC) will be organized at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona, USA, from May 14 to June 1, 2018. Three concurrent (two week) intensive courses in the topic areas of dendroclimatology, dendroecology and dendroarchaeology will be offered. http://ltrr.arizona.edu/summerschool

Eryuan Liang, China

Massive Open Online Course (MOCC) on Wood Anatomy

A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Wood Anatomy (in French with English subtitles) started on22 January 2018. The first goal of this MOOC is to link wood as tree tissue and wood as a material inhuman life. Wood anatomy is at the crossroads of these two worlds, i.e. the cell structure which gives an understanding of nearly all the properties of the wood. The second MOOC goal is learning to recognize wood at two different scales - under the microscope and by naked eye. This MOOC is divided into 5weeks with each focusing on one topic. The first week will focus most-ly on the functions of wood in the tree and the second week on its chemical makeup and formation. These biological notions are connected to the technological properties of lumber as a material. During the third week, the anatomy of softwoods is described and during the fourth week, the anatomy of hardwoods, both in order to identify wood on a microscopic scale. The fifth week is dedicated to the identification of the main types of wood on a macroscopic scale, or to the naked eye. Animations and videos illustrate the various notions. At the end of each chapter, there will be a quiz and the answers will be available as well as additional explanations. An evaluation will be provided at the end of every week and at the end of the MOOC, A team of teachers will be available throughout the MOOC to answer your questions.
Marie-Christine Trouy, France
First International Course on Wood Ecology 2016

This course, subtitled Age and anatomical structure of plants – a comparison on a global scale, will be held from May 29–June 4, 2016 in Klosters Dorf, Switzerland. The organisers and instructors are Fritz Schweingruber, Jir Dolezal, Holger Gärtner, and Alan Crivellaro. The course will introduce participants to sample preparation for growth ring analysis, sectioning, staining, as well as ecological and taxonomic studies of stems and roots. Plant associations, growth forms in forests, meadows, on rocks and along alpine rivers will be discussed.
The samples will be prepared in a field laboratory which is equipped with microtomes, (photo)-microscopes and image-analysis hard- and software. In addition functional anatomy will be introduced on the basis of high-quality permanent slides. For details, please visit the course url (http://www.wsl.ch/info/mitarbeitende/gaertner/Wood_Ecology/index_EN)
COST-Action STReESS, final meeting (2016)

On 13 and 14 April the EU COST-Action on “ Studying Tree Responses to extreme Events – a SynthesiS” (STReESS) will hold its final meeting in Joachimsthal (Berlin), Germany. This COST-Action, co-ordinated by IAWA Member Ute Sass-Klaassen, hasbeen very successful in generating collaborative, interdisciplinary research on forestry science and tree biology, emphasising the crucial role of wood and phloem structure, function, and development. One of its earliest meetings in Naples was co-sponsore dby IAWA and led to the much cited special IAWA Journal issue on “Wood Structure in Plant Biology and Ecology” (Baas, Battipaglia, De Micco, Lens, & Wheeler, eds.,2013). The forthcoming IAWA Journal issue on Functional Traits in Wood Anatomy, is another result of the successful cooperation between STReESS and IAWA.
For further information visit www.streess-cost.eu/