Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

Sustainably successful for 70 years

Our mission is the generation and subsequent application of knowledge in the development of new materials and technologies focused on renewable resources and sustainability, improving the quality and safety of products, and increasing the competitiveness of related industries.



70th anniversary of the Fraunhofer WKI

On 15th June, 2016 at the research and experience center “Paläon” in Schöningen, around 170 guests celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research and the iVTH e.V. In 1946, Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Klauditz founded the “Versuchs- und Beratungsstelle für technische Holznutzung des Vereins für Technische Holzfragen e.V.” (Testing and Consultation Center for Technical Wood Utilization of the Association for Technical Issues related to Wood e.V.) in Braunschweig. Today, more than 140 employees carry out research on the sustainable use of renewable resources.


10th European Wood-Based Panel Symposium in Hamburg

The European Wood-Based Panel Symposium, an established meeting point for the international wood-based materials branch and supply industry, will take place from 5th to 7th October, 2016 in Hamburg – the first time at this venue. The organizers – the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI and the European Panel Federation EPF – have chosen this location in celebration of the 10th anniversary.


Fraunhofer WKI at “Woche der Umwelt”

German President Joachim Gauck and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) invite guests to visit the fifth "Woche der Umwelt" in the park of Schloss Bellevue. With the help of an interactive exhibit, the experts from the specialist department Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry at the Fraunhofer WKI will be presenting the internet platform IAQIP as well as research projects into sensory perception of emissions from building products.


Watermarks solve the mysteries surrounding Rembrandt’s studio

Is it a sketch of historic significance, or a fake from the 19th century? Such questions are difficult even for art experts to answer. A new infrared process developed by Fraunhofer researchers makes watermarks visible on paper to allow for more precise dating.

Events and Fairs

10th European Wood-Based Panel Symposium

October 5 - 7, 2016

The program is now available on the event website.

International Suppliers Fair (IZB) 2016

October 18 - 20, 2016

K 2016

 October 19 - 26, 2016

Composites Europe

29th November - 1st Dezember 2016

Current Publications


Annual Report 2015

Children's well-being at schools: Impact of climatic conditions and air pollution

Sensory evaluation of construction products

The Final Report and a publication in the journal "INDOOR AIR" are now available online.