The use of low-emission engineered wood products is becoming increasingly important. On the Adhesives and Emissions course, you will learn the latest from the worlds of theory and practice, as well as about recent standards and test methods in adhesive systems and material emissions.
The cultural activities organised during the week-long intensive course in Biel also give you the opportunity to get to know other participants from around the world. This enables you to build a wide network of experts and specialists in the field.
During the course, you will gain an overview of the interactions between raw wood material, adhesives, production processes, carrier panel properties and the resulting material emissions. We introduce you to the latest technologies for reducing or replacing formaldehyde and minimising VOC emissions.
After this course, you will have theoretical and practical knowledge of the interaction between adhesives and emissions. You will also have built a wide network of experts and specialists in the field.
E-learning course The intensive course in Biel includes input from industry experts, lab work and a field trip to engineered wood product manufacturers and adhesive producers in the region. You will work in small groups on a case study that you present in front of the class and experts at the end of the course.
During the intensive course, you will visit two companies working in material or adhesive production.
University degree (university of applied sciences, university) or diploma in related subjects. Admissions decisions are made by the course leader based on applicants’ academic background and performance (‘sur dossier’).
University degree (university of applied sciences, university) or diploma in related subjects.
Several years’ research or industry experience in engineered wood products or adhesives (for the production of engineered wood products).
Knowledge and Abilities
A basic understanding of how engineered wood products are made (OSB, MDF, chipboard): raw materials, adhesives, gluing, forming, pressing
Basic knowledge of panel properties and relevant standards
Strong English skills
If you don't quite meet the entry criteria for the course, additional preparatory materials can be provided by e-learning.
To ensure that all course participants are at the same level, you will receive materials for an e-learning course before the intensive course in Biel. You should anticipate spending approx. 10 hours on this course. On the e-learning course, knowledge and learning success is tested through online quizzes.
Any questions from the e-learning course will be discussed and answered on the first day of the course in Biel.
To prepare for the intensive course in Biel, you must complete an e-learning course of approx. 10 working hours. The week of teaching in Biel consists of 36 lessons, including a one-day field trip to companies in the region.
The intensive course starts on Monday and ends early Friday afternoon so participants can travel home the same day. Instruction begins at 8 am each day and runs until 4 pm, including lunch. The presentations and certificate ceremony on the final day end at around 2 pm. During the intensive course, a varied programme of supporting events is offered in the evenings.