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Hi!
As I work in this field, but still in the beginning of all of it, do you know any new or innovative prizes or ever apply to one (alone or within your company)? Would be of interest for me?
Thanx!
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Hi freelove, sorry but just to be sure I'm getting this right, do you mean just any sort of prizes, or can you be a little more specific? I think there are tons out there, but they are often subject-specific. Most of them are business prizes I'm afraid, but then again, maybe that's what you are interested in. My boyfriend once went to a business competition called roses in Lancaster, it was all about presenting your own business ideas, they didn't win sadly but it was a good experience. I think the first price was pretty good, a trip or something. Anyways, maybe you could narrow it down a wee bit
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Oh my gosh, I'm really sorry I hadn't seen the subject line! I thought you were just asking generally. Forestry and timber... I happen to be in the environmental sector, so thankfully I know a bit about forestry. I once read something that was happening in Canada, but it was more a sort of research fund, I can find it again if you're interested. Otherwise there is the Schweighofer Prize, I heard about it from some colleagues, it’s a forestry and timber sector price for innovative ideas in these sectors – they have certain criteria that you need to fulfil to be able to apply, and they are looking for things like sustainable timber usage and environmentally friendly alternatives, but you can just have a look at their website (https://ssl.schweighofer-prize.org/prize/) to learn more about it. I think it is open to companies and other research groups, but again I’ll refer you to the website since I am not 100% sure and don’t want to say anything that’s wrong.
Does anyone else know this prize or is it just me? I thought it is a pretty big thing since I heard so much about it.
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Oh ok, thanks for all that, of course I'm interested also whats going on in Canada, if you have something interesiting and apealing, here you go!
And for the other link, I also may say thank you so much, sounds quite interesting, is it international based or country specified?
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Heya, I think the Canadian thing was this: http://www.mcf.uqam.ca/scholarship/s...ip.asp?lang=fr, it's more research related though as I thought, so not sure if it is of interest! It's about forest modelling so slightly different haha. Anyways, for the other one (Schweighofer), it is for European forestry so anyone can participate within the continent, it just has to be either in English or in German, since the donors are from Austria Are you more working in research then, or an NGO, or for a company that is working with wood?
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Hi guys,
you should definitely apply if you have innovative ideas. You can enter such contests alone but it might be easier to develop a project in a team
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Hi guys,
you should definitely apply if you have innovative ideas. You can enter such contests alone but it might be easier to develop a project in a team
Hey! I was thinking about it, only issue is the application deadline was in February or something wasn't it? At least that's what their website says. I think for now all we can do is follow who winds it this year, and maybe apply the next time around (in 2 years, despite that seeming a bit far off now).
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Group projects are always more appealing to me - as I can tell you from my perspective - as there is a lot more of energy and I thnk developing an idea is good when u can brainstorm together, also liked that in school when we had tasks like that.
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First of all you need to find the right teammates and be willing to learn from each other and open yourself up to new ideas. That can be somehow challenging at first but in the end you might come up with a greater solution. If you really wanna start working on a project the best time to look for team players is now. Of course you might come across with some other people later but it´s good to star working on a project as soon as possible
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I also really enjoy teamwork, but only when you find the right people I hate having group projects at university when you end up with people who just really work in a different way than you. Happened to me a couple times, and it wasn't pretty. Also ended up in a bad mark, as to be expected. So you're saying people who want to participate in the prize should start forming collaborations now?
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First you have to look for people who share your interests.
Then you start working with them and find out how you fit together
If you are really about a project then you have to start working on it as soon as possible. Is the competition open to everyone or only student at technical universities?
I guess a lot of technical knowledgement is required but also some creative skills.
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Hey easysunday, as far as I was able to find out, anyone can apply! Of course to be able to apply in the first place, you do need a certain knowledge - that being technical, scientific, chemical, or whatever else you are specialised on. But looking at the kind of ideas and projects that won it the previous years, it really can be from a wide array of topics and specialisations. For example, 2 years ago the life cycle tower won - more of an architectural project - but also another team won with a proposal for a new binding material that can be used in timber constructions - so for me, that's nearly more of a chemical project. So you see, there is room for everyone
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Hey, have you had a chance to look into this yet? Letme know once you do I’m always interested in the projects they support /anything related to forestry really, so would be interesting to see if anyoneis thinking about applying at some point or found some new things.
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The write that anyone can can apply and that the applicants must fulfil every condition "in form and content" and there´s a wide range of possible topics.
I guess at least one specialist in wood technology or someone related to the woodworking industry should be in every team.

A specialist in wood technology and a scientist could form a nice team. It would be interesting if a lot of student participate or mainly graduates.
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Well, i think that is of course one possibility - student projects, if you come from that field and have something interesting to add to that - why not? And i think as I read there are also some money prizes?
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Definitely. I'd say even environmental science graduates like me could think about it if their hearts lie in forestry. Yeah the actual prize is a big sum of money, right? At least I read so somewhere. Also, it was awarded yesterday. Did anyone find out who won? I keep onto the Schweighofer Prize website, but it doesn't say anything about it there, just when the application started and ended etc.
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Let me see.
No idea who won the prize this year but it would be cool to win a lot of money. Who said money can´t buy you happiness?
I guess a lot of money would make a difference somehow.
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(Original post by Easysunday)
Let me see.
No idea who won the prize this year but it would be cool to win a lot of money. Who said money can´t buy you happiness?
I guess a lot of money would make a difference somehow.

Well that's the thing, I can't seem to find out? Has anyone found out about this? It really bugs me now that we discussed it so much, I just wanna know what project / projects won. Sure money helps with a lot of things, but I will stick to my opinion that it definitely does not make you happy. Anyhow, I can't even pretend I could have applied for this prize, seeing how little I know about timber
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If you don´t find it out know you might find it out later.
I would say that money alone can make you happy but it might make some things a little easier. Maybe you could team up with some colleagues and apply for the next prize
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I looked it up - a company form Austria won the main prize for growing a life long business in this field with lots of aesthetics and that.
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