Move to the main navigation Open the search Move to the main content Move to the end of the page

"he transformation to a bioeconomy can only succeed with a far-reaching shift from the established value and growth orientation."

Prof. Dr. Klaus Richter

Head Wood Research Munich, Chair of Wood Science, Technical University of Munich

The most important stages of the career

since 2011 
Chair of Wood Economics and Head of TUM Research Laboratory Wood (Holzforschung München)

Head of Wood Department, Empa, Materials Science and Technology, Dübendorf (CH) 

Post Doc at the USDA Forest Product Laboratory, Madison WI

Research Associate at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology Empa, Dübendorf (CH), Wood Division 

Doctorate in Wood Biology at the University of Hamburg

Research assistant DFG project 'Development of a dendrochronological database for age determination of wood finds on the Iberian Peninsula' in Madrid 

Graduated with a diploma in Wood Economics from the University of Hamburg 

Activities and Memberships

Expert Council Bioeconomy Bavaria, StMELF, StMWI

since 2013
Member of the Scientific Advisory Council on Forest Policy of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

since 2013
Editor-in-Chief Wood Science and Technology and European Journal of Wood and Wood Products

Fellow International Association of Wood Scientists IAWS 


Joseph-Umdasch Forschungspreis

Collano Innovation Award 


Wilhelm-Klauditz-Preis for wood research


Dissertationspreis Verein Deutscher Holzeinfuhrhäuser


icated to one of the most multifaceted raw materials that has accompanied human history. As a materials scientist and teacher, he is concerned with understanding and promoting the potential of wood as a product of a multifunctional ecosystem in order to use it sustainably and with a high environmental and social value as an essential pillar of the bioeconomy.


  • Sustainable Ressource Management
  • Biogenic carbon in technosphere
  • Cascading, Circular economy

Future Challenges

  • Defossilisation of economy
  • Education for all 
  • Comprehensive change in values
Follow us on