Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Awards 2018-2019

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The International Council of Forests and Paper Associations (ICFPA) is inviting innovative submissions for the 2018-2019 edition of the Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award. PAMSA is co-ordinating the local SA leg of the competition. 

The biennial competition grants up to three awards to the most attractive submissions during each global ICFPA CEO Roundtable which will be meeting in Canada in 2019. 

The ICFPA aims to stimulate competition between students and young researchers carrying out projects in a wide range of activities relevant to forest-based science, products using forest-based raw materials, process improvements or other innovations throughout the value chain.


Forest based products and services –  How disruptive technologies are revolutionising the future.


The theme includes two sub areas, but not limited to:

Future generation forestry:

  • Forest tree breeding and biotechnology
  • Precision forestry
  • Measurements and inventory

Innovation in the wood-based industry:

  • Analysis and properties of pulp and paper
  • Facilities, instrument and process control
  • Bioproducts and wood chemistry
  • Recycling, deinking and environment
  • Timber for construction; and material substitution with wood
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The South African round

Each country association – in this case PAMSA – will nominate up to three candidates to compete internationally after going through the national selection. Final applicants will be requested to submit a short video describing their projects.

The international selection process

After a transparent and objective selection process, the winning submissions from around the world will have the opportunity to present their project in front of an audience of global forest products industries CEOs at the occasion of the CEO Roundtable. Travel expenses to Canada and accommodation will also be sponsored.

Terms and conditions

Applicants must be students or other researchers under age 30, carrying out research and innovation projects that are relevant to the forestry, wood or paper processing technologies or the forest products sector in academia, public or private research institutes, or company research and innovation departments.


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  • Under which sub-theme does your project fall?Future generation forestry could encompass, but is not limited to: forest tree breeding and biotechnology; precision forestry; measurements and inventory.Innovation in wood-based industries could cover analysis and properties of pulp and paper; facilities, instrument and process control; bioproducts and wood chemistry; recycling, deinking and environment; timber for construction; and material substitution with wood.
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