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Magnus Fredriksson, researcher at Wood Science and Engineering, Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Kersti Bergkvist.

Scholarship takes wood researcher to Canada

Published: 7 May 2015

Magnus Fredriksson, researcher in Wood Science and Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, has received a scholarship from the Sweden-America Foundation to work as postdoc at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Magnus Fredriksson receives the scholarship from Mark Brzezinski, the US Ambassador to Sweden.

More efficient timber industry

– I will continue the work I did during my PhD studies, which deals with the production methods of the timber industry, based on X-ray scanning of logs. These methods make use of forest raw materials in a more efficient manner using modern scanning technology in the form of industrial CT-scanning. This will lead to both economic and environmental benefits as the wood industry's profitability can be improved without having to increase the extraction of timber from our forests, says Magnus Fredriksson, researcher in Wood Science and Engineering at Luleå University of Technology in Skellefteå.

To establish contacts in Canada

Besides being able to develop his own research, Magnus Fredriksson believes that the postdoctoral visit in Canada will be useful in other ways.

Canadian Ambassador to Sweden, Kenneth Macartney (left), in conversation with Magnus Fredriksson, Luleå University of Technology.

– I hope to establish some new contacts with talented wood researchers in Canada, as well as to get a glimpse into the North American timber industry. Hopefully, this can also lead to increased cooperation between Luleå University of Technology and the University of British Columbia. Then of course it will be stimulating for me personally to live and work in another country for six months.

The scholarship from the Sweden-America Foundation have been donated by the Bergsing Axel Ax:son Johnson Scholarship Fund.

About the Sweden-America Foundation

The Sweden-America Foundation enables academic education, research and practice in the US and Canada for talented and motivated students. When they return to Sweden, they bring cutting-edge expertise, international experience and contacts of great value to the Swedish industry, society and research. More than 20 graduate students and postdoctoral recently received their awards at a ceremony in Stockholm.


Magnus Fredriksson

Fredriksson, Magnus - Senior Lecturer

Organisation: Wood Science and Engineering, Wood Science and Engineering, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: +46 (0)910 585708