FORIC - Forest as a Resource Industrial Research College

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PhD students in FORIC 2018 together with their supervisors.

FORIC (Forest as a resource industrial research college) is our industrial research school. Program manager is Prof. Per Engstrand. Coordinator for the research school is Dr. Olof Björkqvist. FORIC is financed by the Knowledge Foundation and a part of our research environment Transformative Technologies at Mid Sweden University.

FORIC is a graduate school in close cooperation with companies in Sweden where graduate students will increase their competitiveness. Academia and industry will benefit from interacting with each other. Today biorefineries become an important way to refine forest resources and develop the industry in a sustainable direction. But not even the really big companies can handle themselves of all the processes around the technology used in a biorefinery. Optimizing the chain from forest to finished product therefore requires collaboration between different companies in the forest industry and also other companies close to forest industries, such as logistics, recycling, waste, energy etc.

14 researchers started 2015

FORIC Phase 1 started in 2015 with 14 PhD students. 

17 Researchers starting and progressing 2018

  • Shiromini Gamage, Colabitoil
  • Magnus Hörnsten, Domsjö Fabriker
  • Tommy Nordin, MoRe Research
  • Tove Joelsson, MoRe Research
  • Anna Thorning, Norrskog
  • Malin From, Nouryon
  • Johanna Enström, Skogforsk
  • Sara Starrsjö, SCA
  • Olof Ferritsius, Stora Enso (progressing from FORIC 2015)
  • Mathias Lundberg, PulpEye (progressing from FORIC 2015)
  • Robert Norgren, Ragn-Sells (progressing from FORIC 2015)
  • Alexander Hedlund, FrontWay AB (progressing from FORIC 2015)
  • Christer Sandberg, Holmen (progressing from FORIC 2015)
  • Elisabeth Björk, RISE Bioeconomy (progressing from FORIC 2015)
  • Magnus Larsson, Skogforsk och Norrskog (progressing from FORIC 2015)
  • Bakram Gaynullin, SenseAir (progressing from FORIC 2015)
  • Anna-Karin Stengard, Sundsvall Energi (progressing from FORIC 2015)

Research projects in FORIC

Treesearch progress Conference 2019

Welcome to the first Treesearch Progress conference and listen to how Treesearch will create strong and sustainable collaboration between academy and industry to make Sweden a leading bioeconomy. The conference will bring together participants from academy, industry and institutes and gives highlights of the research on new materials and specialty chemicals from the forest.

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Program directors

Per Engstrand, professor and program director
Olof Björkqvist, coordinator

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Courses for PhD Students