Design Competition for IUFRO Distinguished Service Award - Call for Entries

Previous design of the IUFRO Distinguished Service Award, consisting of a wooden base and 5 wooden cubes made of woods from five different continents. A metal name plaque will be attached before the award presentation.

IUFRO is soliciting entries for the design of its Distinguished Service Award (DSA) for World Wood Day 2019. Deadline extended to 13 March!

Note that the deadline for the submission of entries has been extended to 13 March 2019!

The competition is a cooperative effort between IUFRO and the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS, in celebration of the 2019 World Wood Day theme of CHANGE, to heighten the need for awareness to make changes for a sustainable future. The current design of the award (see below) has already served for many years thanks to its clear, elegant and timeless shape. Now it would be the ideal time to "change" this design – in accordance with the motto of the "WWD 2019".

What is the purpose of the IUFRO Distinguished Service Award?
Created in 1981, the award was designed to recognize those whose work has substantially furthered the aims of IUFRO.
Criteria for the new design

  •     Material: Made of wood (Because IUFRO is a forest research network)
  •     Symbolism: Truly express the global nature of IUFRO (IUFRO is a worldwide organization)
  •     Rationale: Reflect IUFRO’s motto of "Interconnecting Forests, Science and People"
  •     Design: Clear, not too playful (it is an award for renowned scientists); appropriate size. Leave enough space for a name plaque!
  •     Style: Express elegance, value and timelessness ("Would you put this on your desk?")
  •     Production: Easy to produce more than one piece (up to 50 pieces)
  •     Costs: Moderate costs (we estimate the cost of the current prize at around 50 € per piece)
  •     Delivery: Easy to package and ship (consider size, weight, robustness, customs regulations)

Submission Guidelines

  •     Proposals must be clearly written, with sketches or digital drawings to describe the design.
  •     Include five samples of previous work, preferably work that would reflect the style of the award proposal.
  •     Deadline: March 1, 2019
  •     The announcement of the winning award will be made at the 2019 World Wood Day Event in Graz, Austria
  •     The actual Awards should be ready by end of June 2019 for presentation at the next IUFRO ceremony.

Selection and acknowledgment of winners

A jury consisting of representatives of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS) will select the top three proposals based on the criteria mentioned above.

The winner will receive a prize of 500 EUR, and the runners up will receive 250 EUR each from IUFRO at the 2019 World Wood Day Event in Stübing/Graz, Austria. Furthermore, the winner would ideally be awarded a contract to produce up to 50 pieces of the winning design by the end of June 2019. The winner and the two runners up will be communicated widely through IUFRO media (online newsletter, social media).

Please send your proposals in PDF by 1 March 2019 to both:
Ms Charlotte CH Lee, IWCS: chiahua.lee(at), and
Ms Gerda Wolfrum, IUFRO: wolfrum(at)iufro org

Download Submission Form for Distinguished Service Award


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