News in brief: autumn 2020

New projects on forest fires approved, another award for the future “Timbersoul” spin-off, and presentation of structural calculation tool

Two new projects directed by Dr Agustín Merino involving forest fires and their impact on society have recently been approved. One of these is an Erasmus +KA203 Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education project, entitled “Service-learning to improve training and employability in wildfire management in Southern Europe, FacingFIRE”, developed with other Spanish centres and centres in Portugal, Greece, and Italy. The project has been launched at the USC. More information about this presentation and the project itself can be found by consulting the USC website (in Galician).

An action to promote scientific, technological and innovation culture and education granted by FECYT- The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology. The project entitled “Facing fire” will be developed with other Spanish universities (UCLM, UCO), research centres (INIA, Lourizán CIF, IIAG-CSIC) and public authorities (Galician Regional Government). A brief summary of the project and its goals can be found on the FECYT website (in Spanish).

The future Timbersoul spin-off has won third prize in the 6th edition of the business project competition “Semente Ribeira Sacra”, awarded by The Monforte Seed Association and the IGAPE- Galician Institute for Economic Promotion.

Finally, the “Trabe” web tool was presented to the public in October. This tool “Dimension of timber structures following the Technical Code for Building” has been developed to enable structural calculations for timber products. The tool was developed within the framework of an agreement between the Galician Forest Industry Agency -XERA (Galician Regional Government) and the USC, through PEMADE. This tool will support decision-making by experts for installation, ensuring standards of quality and safety and including the main Galician forestry species, thereby promoting quality local products.

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