Project: "Wood be better!" - Abenteuer Holzforschung ohne Brett vorm Kopf!

Project: "Wood be better!" -  The adventure of wood research – a research project for and with children



Project aim:

Wood be better!" is a research two-years project from the Talente Regional funding program of the FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency). Together with wood-scientists and technicians, children from six school classes or kindergarten groups in the Tulln area, will become acquainted with various questions from the field of wood research and wood technology in a playful and age-appropriate way and will learn to understand and apply the exciting, indigenous, biological and sustainable material wood with all its facets and possibilities.


The focus is laid on the personal experience of applied research and innovation up to concrete applications as well as the understanding of the scientific working method through research-based learning and the communication of the joy and fun of experimenting.


The project is mainly carried out at the UFT location Tulln. In science workshops, the children will carry out exciting hands-on and minds-on activities on innovative topics relating to the raw material wood and will work together with teachers, researchers and technicians to develop low-threshold "science-to-go! concepts together with teachers, researchers and technicians. This will make the topic available for long-term application in schools ("Science-to-go!" school), at home (...home) and for the public, e.g. during the Lange Nacht der Forschung (...public), and will also provide impulses for future training and career paths in applied research in the wood sector.


In addition, the project will also offers practice-oriented excursions to wood-processing companies (Egger) and companies that are closely connected to the wood industry (Metadynea Austria). The ZOOM children's museum will be a place where children and young people can see how wood-related topics can be presented to the public in a playful and exciting way. 



Research program:

Talente regional – FFG, 2020- 2022



„Wood be better!“


Lead Partner:

Wood K plus – Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH


Project partner:

Technologykids Tulln

BOKU Institut für Holztechnologie und Nachwachsende Rohstoffe

Hochschule für Agrar- und Umweltpädagogik

Fritz Egger GmbH

Metadynea Austria

ZOOM Kindermuseum


Project leader:

Dr. Cornelia Rieder-Gradinger


The project "Wood be better!" is funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG. 


More information regarding the Talente Regional program of the FFG see also: