Outstanding Contribution Award for Martin Ansell FIMMM, at 2016 Premier Awards Dinner.
Martin has served for many years as Reader in Materials (Associate Professor) in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, and is an active and influential Board member of the Wood Technology Society (WTS). He joined the Institute of Wood Science (IWSc) in the mid-1980s, taking an active role in the Western Counties branch of the IWSc and serving as Chairman for several years. Martin was awarded Fellowship of the IWSc in 1986, and was soon invited to join the national Board of the IWSc, becoming President for the statutory two year period 1994 - 1996. And has continued to serve throughout the transition to the WTS. He was awarded FIMMM status in 2002.
During his long service of IWSc he co-organised the annual conferences in Bristol, Edinburgh and Bath. Martin has been at the forefront of academic research concerning wood, wood composites and natural fibre composites. In addition to a large number of academic papers, and editing a recent textbook on Wood Composites, Dr Ansell has contributed several articles to IOM3 MADE magazine, and features on timber engineering to the WTS web site.
Speaking at the event Martin said 'I think the institute plays a tremendous role in unifying all the materials activities across the United Kingdom and indeed throughout the rest of the world.' See more of the interview with Martin and other prize winners on IOM3 TV.