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Institute of Forest Utilization and Work Science (Fobawi), University of Freiburg

Research focus of the institute is to improve utilization of forest wood products along the Forest-Wood-Chain. This covers all aspects beginning with harvesting activities and forest engineering up to development of new sustainable bio-materials. The research activities are subdivided into four working groups. As well it is a strength of our institute, to cross-link our research and teaching activities of all working groups within one institute.  


Institute of Forest Utilization and Work Science

Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg

Werthmannstr. 6

79085 Freiburg


Prof. PhD Marie-Pierre Laborie

Professional Preparation

  • Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR), Materials and Process Engineering, Grenoble Institute of Technology (INP), Grenoble, France.
  • Ph.D., Wood Science and Forest Products, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, USA.
  • Engineering Degree, E.N.S.T.I.B, University of Nancy I, France


Research Interests and Expertise

  • Bio-based adhesives, Polymer Viscoelasticity, Nanocellulose-based materials, Biocomposites, Interphase Chemistry, Adhesion


Phone: +49 (0) 761 20397617

Fax: +49 (0) 761 2033763


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gero Becker

 Professional Preparation

  • 1980 Habilitation in Forest Utilization, Forest Ergonomics, University of Freiburg

    Institute of Forest Utilization and Work Science

  • 1973-1975 Trainee Program in the state Forest Service of Baden-Württemberg in Forest Planning, Management and Administration

  • 1974 Ph.D. in Forestry, University of Freiburg

  • 1971-1975 Studies in Economy, University of Freiburg (MBA Economy)

  • 1967-1971 Studies in Forest Science at the University of Göttingen (MSc Forestry)

Research Interests and Expertise

Research, University Teaching and Scientific Consulting in the areas of Forest Utilization, Wood Science, Wood Quality, Forest Products and Forest Industries, Forest Operations Engineering and Logistics, Forest Certification


Phone: +49 (0) 761 2033764

Fax: +49 (0) 761 2033763

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