Monday, the 22nd of August, 2016, was the last official day of the IFSS2016. In the morning we got to choose one last tour out of two options before we traveled to the Closing Ceremony at Castle Aggstein.
Tour number one was a trip to Lenzing Group, producer of botanic fibers for the textile and hygiene industries from the renewable raw material wood. On a guided tour we learned about the extremely ecofriendly production process from wood chips to pulp to fibre. In this unique closed loop process nearly 100% of the used solvent is recycled to produce three generations of man-made fibre: Tencel, Modal and Lenzing FR.
The second tour included a visit of the Laakirchen paper museum, a former paper mill. Here we learned about the paper making process and were also allowed to try to make our very own piece of paper! Thanks to Lenzing Group and Laakirchen paper museum for having us!
After lunch we travelled to Aggstein Castle where we enjoyed our last panel discussion. According to the slogan of the IFSS 2016 “Regional forests, global perspectives”, the speakers addressed the future of the forest based sector.
After a brief introduction by moderator Peter Mayer (Director of BFW, Austrian Research Centre for Forests), Gerhard Mannsberger (Director General, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management), Mike Wingfield (IUFRO President), Thomas Schenker Forstverwaltung Mariensee (Forest owner), Gerald Steindlegger (ISS Integrated Sustainability Solutions) and the newly elected IFSA-President Jesse Mahoney explained their points of view on the topic and answered our questions. Thank you for this insightful discussion!
As this was the Closing Ceremony, Lisa Lehner, head of organizing committee (OC), gave an inspiring speech about the whole IFSS 2016. The organizing comittee had also prepared a last surprise for us: they all got up on the stage and performed an Austrian song!
After a great dinner, sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, the farewell party began in the amazing knight´s hall of the castle.
Entertained by the band Bradln&Bier and later on by the DJs Jens and Max we celebrated the end of the exceptional experience of the IFSS 2016!
Thanks to everyone who participated at the IFSS 2016 and helped to make this event special!