Staff / General Direction
Verkasalo, Erkki
Wood Technology -INCAFUST


Dr.Sc. (Agr. &For.) in Wood Science and Forest Products, University of Helsinki, Finland  (1997)

Master of Science in Wood Science and Forest Products, Virginia Tech, USA (1991)

M.Sc. (Agr.&For.) in Forest Technology, University of Helsinki, Finland (1984)

Special vocational training degree in organization, personnel and project management (JET degree), Vocational Institute of Northern Carelia, Finland (2010)

Inter-Nordic courses for wood scientists, Finland and Sweden (1986, 1992)

Work experience:

Professor / Research Professor in Wood Science and Technology in Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), 2015-. Previously in the same duty in Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA), 1998-2014. Director/manager of three research programmes in Metla (2002-2014) and one research programme in Luke (2015-2016). Representative in numerous domestic collaborative development projects and platforms of forest-based sector, wood product industries and forest bioenergy branch since 1996, and Nordic and European collaboration networks and initiatives of research and development (SNS, COST, Innovawood) since 1992.

Responsible for the discipline of wood research, especially on wood raw materials, their characteristics and utilization in SME sector (wood products industries, building and living with wood, bioenergy and biorefining). Team Leader of Wood Products Industries Solutions and Module Coordinator in Research Programme of Boreal Green Bioeconomy.

Former duties: different posts of researcher in METLA (1984-1990 and 1992-1998), visiting scientist at U.S. Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin (1991), different forestry training and research assistant duties in Finnish private forestry associations, VAPO Ltd., SCA Ltd. (Sweden) and Finnish Forest and Park Service (1979-84).

230 research and textbook articles and reviews, more than 300 professional dissemination articles and technical reports.

Verkasalo, E., Heräjärvi, H., Möttönen, V., Haapala, A., Brännström, H., Vanhanen, H. & Miina, J. 2017. Current and Future Products as the Basis for Value Chains of Birch in Finland. In: Möttönen, V. & Heinonen, E. (Eds.). ISCHP 2017: 6th International Scientific Conference on Hardwood Processing – Proceedings. Natural Resources and Bioeconomy Studies 80/2017. Pp. 81-96. Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

Roitto, M., Siwale, W., Tanner, J., Ilvesniemi, H., Julkunen-Tiitto, R. & Verkasalo, E. 2016. Characterization of Extractives in Tree Biomass and By-products of Plywood and Saw Mills from Finnish Birch in Different Climatic Regions for Value-added Chemical Products. In: Achim, A., & Blanchet, P., Schmitt, U. & Bouffard, J.-F. (eds.). ISCHP 15: International Scientific Conference on Hardwood Processing Proceedings, Sept 15-17, 2015, Québec City, Canada. Pp. 190-197.

Malinen, J., Haring, M., Kilpeläinen, H. & Verkasalo, E. 2015. Comparison of alternative roundwood pricing systems – a simulation approach. Silva Fennica 49(3). 14 p.

Verkasalo, E., Grekin, M., Tikakoski, S. & Malinen, J. 2013. Woodworking Properties of Scots Pine from Northern Europe and their Competence for Value-added Joinery Products. PRO LIGNO Journal Vol 9 No4 2013: 349-358.

Hautamäki, S., Kilpeläinen, H., Kannisto, K., Wall, T. & Verkasalo, E. 2010. Factors Affecting the Appearance Quality and Visual Strength Grade Distributions of Scots Pine and Norway Spruce Sawn Timber in Finland and North-Western Russia. Baltic Forestry 16(2): 217-234.

Hakkila, P. & Verkasalo, E. 2009. Structure and properties of wood and woody biomass. In: Kellomäki, S. (ed.). Forest Resources and Sustainable Management. Papermaking Science and Technology. Volume 2. Second Edition – Totally Updated. Paper Engineers’ Association / Paperi ja Puu Oy. Pp. 133-215. Gummerus Oy, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Tahvanainen, T., Kilpeläinen, L., Sikanen, H., Heräjärvi & J., Lindblad, J., & Verkasalo, E. 2008. Combined production of sawn timber and firewood billets at a birch saw mill in Finland: a simulation approach. Wood Material Science and Engineering 3(1-2): 1-11.