New potentials of the traditional raw material wood

As part of the TUM@Freising lecture series, Klaus Richter will talk about the fu
As part of the TUM@Freising lecture series, Klaus Richter will talk about the future of wood utilization and answer questions about it. Image: Ralf Rosin / Holzforschung München
TUM@Freising lecture series for the first time as a hybrid event

The raw material wood has shaped the development of mankind like hardly any other natural material. For centuries, wood was one of the most important materials for satisfying people’s basic material and energy needs. But how can we use this raw material today? At the TUM@Freising lecture series on Thursday, September 30, 2021, Prof. Klaus Richter from the Chair of Wood Science at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will explain how wood can be optimized through innovative technology and what potential this offers for climate protection.

Wood is renewable, multifaceted and multifunctional. These three properties made the raw material one of the most important materials for mankind for centuries. It was only with the industrial revolution and the development of fossil resources that wood temporarily lost its importance as a material. But in the meantime, wood is once again valued as a sustainable resource. Currently, the raw material is in great demand and is becoming more and more expensive.

Prof. Klaus Richter heads the Chair of Wood Science at the TUM School of Life Sciences. In his lecture (in German), he will show how wood is structurally and chemically constructed and how the material is used, for example, as a material for the construction industry. He also addresses the question of how wood can be used as efficiently as possible in a forest-based bioeconomy and how the technologization of this natural resource can succeed.

After the lecture, all participants are invited to put their questions to the speaker. The Q&A session will be moderated by TUM professor J. Philipp Benz.

Lecture date: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

The event will take place on site in Freising, in the pavilion of the Freising Music School, Kölblstraße 2, and will be simultaneously broadcast via Zoom. Due to Corona regulations, advance registration for the on-site event is required. Interested parties can register online; the information can be found at

You will also be able to ask the speaker in Zoom (password: 707568).