The International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA) is focused on the advancement of all aspects of wood anatomy, exclusively for education, charitable, and scientific purposes. IAWA has been involved in GTTN activities and is a crucial part of the GTTN community.
IAWA works to explore and promote the awareness of wood anatomy in science, technology, and conservation of natural resources. Through meetings and research, IAWA provides information that will help to facilitate the collection and exchange of ideas. They are also working to attract young researchers from related forestry, agriculture and botany research to improve the international impact of the IAWA journal. The quarterly published journal is the only international journal devoted to wood and bark structures. It contains review papers and original studies, as well as debates and publications voicing opinions on current topics.
IAWA is an important member of GTTN because they provide research and connections that will strengthen the initiatives and goals of GTTN. Wood Research Against Illegal Timber Harvest (WRAITH) is one the focal task forces of IAWA and strives to explore and understand the connection between the scientific community and governments in regards to wood anatomy. They also have a China formal group, which allows Chinese researchers to easily join IAWA and to develop national activities in China.
IAWA’s newsletter contains important information about wood identification, IAWA’s events, conferences they are attending, as well as calls for positions. If you are interested in reading the latest newsletters, you will find them below: