Lisa Laggner - committed to studies, careers and women in the wood industry

Lisa Laggner is currently completing her Master of Science in Wood Technology. At the same time, she is working as a research assistant at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. Why she chose the program, what she particularly enjoys about it, and how she is committed to promoting networking among women in the wood sector can be read in the interview.

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Why did you choose the Master Wood Technology and your specialisation?

After completing my bachelor's degree in wood and natural fiber technology, I wanted to add process and business knowledge in the wood industry on top of my technological knowledge. For these reasons, I chose the specialization Management of Processes and Innovation.

Can you name three keywords that describe the Master Wood Technology?

Interdisciplinary, practice-oriented, international

What are the biggest advantages of the program?

The part-time model gives students the opportunity to gain experience in practice or research alongside their studies. This makes it possible to implement what has been learned in theory in work at the same time. Another advantage is the proximity to practice, for example through case studies with companies.

What do you like most about your studies?

I particularly enjoy working in a team to find joint solutions to problems. I always find it fascinating how different the team dynamics are depending on the project and the task at hand, and how much it varies depending on the individual. Through the many case studies, you get some chances to prove yourself in the team.

What do you appreciate about BFH?

BFH is strongly committed to the well-being of students and provides tremendous support to help them get the most out of their studies and tailor the program to their individual interests.

How can you use what you have learned in your everyday work?

Through my position as a research assistant at the Institute for Digital Economy in the Construction and Wood Industry in the area of management and market research, I use what I learned every day in my job. I can optimally perform my daily tasks such as data preparation, data analyses and creating survey concepts thanks to what I learned during my studies.

What are your goals and plans after graduation?

After graduation, I would like to deepen my newly acquired knowledge in the field of supply chain management.

Do you have any advice for future students?

I recommend all master's students to consider the part-time model of the master's program, as what has been learned before can be immediately applied in practice, thus increasing the learning effect. Furthermore, I recommend to design the electives according to one's own interests and not to shy away from taking interdepartmental courses.

What else do you do - besides your studies and your job?

Besides my studies and job, I am committed to networking female students and graduates in the wood and forestry industry. Together with two other female colleagues, we created the online event series WOOD*VERSITY. Three times a year we organize networking meetings via ZOOM with different topics like women in wood construction or working abroad.



Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering

Degree programme

Master of Science (MSc) in Wood Technology,
Complex Timber Structures specialisation


Research Assistant at the Institute for Digital Economy in the Construction and Wood Industry in the area of management and market research