Q-NET – a new scholarly network on quantitative wood anatomy

Georg von Arx*, Marco Carrer, Alan Crivellaro, Veronica De Micco, Patrick Fonti, Frederic Lens, Angela Luisa Prendin, Sabine Rosner, Ute Sass-Klaassen

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Quantitative wood anatomy (QWA) is a dynamic research approach of increasing interest that can provide answers to a wide range of research questions across different disciplines. However, the lack of common protocols and knowledge gaps hinder the realisation of the full potential of QWA. Therefore, we established the new community-based network Q-NET to provide an open interdisciplinary platform for exchange and research around QWA. Q-NET (https://qwa-net.com) combines an online knowledge and exchange base with virtual workshops. The first two workshops each attracted more than 125 participants from around the world, demonstrating the community's interest in QWA and this virtual way of networking and collaborating. Indeed, virtual networks such as Q-NET could increase the inclusiveness, efficiency and sustainability of scientific collaboration while providing additional training and teaching opportunities for early career scientists, both of which complement in-person conferences and workshops.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125890
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Community network
  • Virtual networking
  • Wood anatomical traits


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