Last changed: 08 October 2020




Lennart Eriksson (chairman) VVD STFI-Packforsk
Jiri Basta Professor Eka Chemicals
Anders Brolin Dr. StoraEnso
Karin Emilsson R & D Dir. Södra Cell
Per Engstrand Tech. Dir. Holmen Paper
Urban Nordmark   Sveaskog
Ove Rehnberg Research Manager Kappa Kraftliner
Lennart Salmén Tekn. Dr. STFI-Packforsk
Jan Stenlid Professor SLU
Helena Tufvesson   Korsnäs
Sune Wännström Research Dir. M-real



Geoffrey Daniel (director) Professor SLU
Lars Ödberg (vice director) Professor KTH


International Advisory Group

Malcolm Brown Jr. Professor Univ. Texas, USA
Bernard Monties Professor INRA, France
Keiji Takabe Professor Kyoto Univ. Japan

Industrial Advisory Group

Peter Sandström (chairman)   SCA
Stig Bardage   SLU
Geoffrey Daniel   SLU
Jiri Basta   Eka Chemicals
Erik Persson   Holmen Paper
Karin Sjöström   Södra Cell
Ann Marklund   M-real
Anders Moberg   StoraEnso
Urban Nordmark   Sveaskog
Ove Rehnberg   Kappa Kraftliner
Lennart Salmén   STFI-Packforsk
Helena Tufvesson   Korsnäs
Lars Ödberg   KTH

Managing group

Geoffrey Daniel Professor SLU
Gabriella Danielsson   SLU
Per Jennische Dr. SLU
Lars Ödberg Professor KTH

Senior Scientists


Paul Ander Assoc. Prof SLU
Stig Bardage Assoc. Prof SLU
Harald Brelid Dr. CTH
Jonas Brändström Dr. SLU
Geoffrey Daniel Professor SLU
Leif Eriksson   UU
Göran Gellerstedt Professor KTH
Jonas Hafrén Dr. SLU
Gunnar Henriksson Dr. KTH
Tommy Iversson Professor STFI-Packforsk
Gunnar Johansson Dr. UU
Tomas Larsson Dr. STFI-Packforsk
Ewa Mellerowicz Dr. SLU
Ann-Mari Olsson   STFI-Packforsk
Lennart Salmén Azzoc. Prof. STFI-Packforsk
Björn Sundberg Professor SLU
Tuula Teeri Professor KTH
Nasko Terziev Assoc. Prof SLU

PhD students

Maria Chrstiernin   KTH
Dinesh Fernando   SLU
Åsa Kallas   KTH
Anders Moberg   KTH
Cristian Neagu   KTH
Jasna Stevvanic   STFI-Packforsk
Gerd Wane   KaU


Per Jennische Dr. SLU
Fredrik Gunnarsson   SLU

Administrative Personnel

Gabrilla Danielsson   SLU

Technical Personnel

Ann-Sofie Hansén   SLU


Before the creation of WURC, a few geographically separated and small research groups in Sweden carried out most of the research on wood ultrastructure as a subsidiary part of their research activities. As a result of the establishment of WURC, the morphological and microscopical resources and knowledge at SLU, earlier mainly directed towards wood as a solid material and its biodegradation, was redirected for studies of wood and fibres for paper production. The specific competence and resources at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), CTH (Chalmers University of Technology) and STFI (the Swedish Pulp and Paper Institute) were made available for WURC by separate agreements with SLU. Thereby it has been possible to organise, in a proper way, the wood and fibre ultrastructure research in Sweden, which was earlier at low level and dispersed.

The WURC projects are integrated to a certain extent. Research is focused on spruce wood and spruce fibres since this wood species is of great importance for the Swedish pulp and paper industry.

The way WURC is organised promotes an integrated research co-operation between industry and academia. The industrial partners in WURC are directly involved in WURC's research. The research program was approved by the Board following thorough discussions with the Industrial Advisory Group. Furthermore, industrial laboratories are also engaged in WURC's research program by preparing research materials as well as performing analysis and characterisation of fibre materials. Research personnel coming from the industrial companies are active members of the Industrial Advisory Group, belong to various Project Groups and are Industrial mentors for some of the Ph.D students.

In this competence centre the best university and institute resources in wood fibre research in the country have been brought together, their research efforts concentrated, initially on spruce wood and spruce fibres, and a technological/scientific approach adopted for tackling the research tasks. This strategy shall improve the chances for successful research and scientific breakthroughs of the centre.