Adhesives and Emissions

The Adhesives and Emissions course is a module of the CAS Wood-Based Panels programme focusing on the relationship between adhesive systems, process parameters and material emissions.

The course:

  • is aimed at researchers, managers and experts in the engineered wood industry, wood and material technology, engineers from processing companies, machine manufacturers and distributors;
  • teaches you about the latest technologies for decreasing formaldehyde and VOC emissions in engineered wood products;
  • gives you the opportunity to build a network with specialists from all over the world;
  • gives you the opportunity to benefit from the extensive knowledge of renowned experts;
  • helps you find solutions to real-life problems in everyday business.


  • Degree/Certificate Course
  • Duration E-Learning and one-week intensive course in Biel
  • Schedule Monday to Friday
  • Application deadline The application deadline is at least four weeks before the module begins.
  • ECTS credits 2 ECTS-Credits
  • Costs CHF 2'900.–
    If more than one participant from the same company: 10% price reduction.
  • Teaching language English
  • Location Biel
  • Department School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
  • Next session September 12-16, 2022

Content + Structure


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.

What you can expect in the course

That's what former partipicants say

Learning outcomes

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.

Field trip

During the intensive course, you will visit two companies working in material or adhesive production.

  • Lectures, discussions and knowledge-sharing
  • E-learning
  • Reviewing case studies and exercises
  • Laboratory work
  • Presentations by qualified specialists
  • Coaching and individual supervision
  • Latest findings from research and development at BFH and other R&D institutions
  • Independent study (literature review, project creation)
  • Company visits

During the intensive course in Biel, you will work on a case study in small groups, which is assessed by experts and presented in front of the class at the end of the week.

Title + Degree

Course in Adhesives and Emissions

You will receive a certificate of completion.

Requirements + Admission

This course is aimed at:

  • managers, specialists and wood and material technologists from the engineered wood products industry, associated industries and research.
  • engineers from processing companies
  • engineers in machine manufacturing and distribution
  • researchers from universities and institutes

Entry requirements

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’).

Academic requirements

University degree (university of applied sciences, university) or diploma in related subjects.

Professional prerequisites

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

Language skills

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.

Practicalities + Application

Our continuing education courses are held as face-to-face lessons (and include excursions). Certain parts are held in a hybrid form (face-to-face and online) or can be followed completely online. Should face-to-face lessons not be possible, they will solely take place online via Microsoft Teams.

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.

The application deadline is four weeks before the module begins

CHF 2,900 incl. course materials, field trip with lunch and refreshments.

This fee does not include the cost of flights and hotel accommodation during the intensive programme in Biel, food, travel or parking.

Maximum of 30 people.

Infodays + Advice

Student advisory service

You are welcome to contact the course leader for a one-to-one consultation.

Location + Facilities

  • Laboratory for wood and construction adhesives
  • Laboratory for material emissions and extractives