In the Spotlight: Salvatore Martire

Sep 17, 2015

Salvatore is working at the HQ of the European Forest Institute in Joensuu, Finland.


The topic of your research project is “Dynamic indicator calculation in ToSIA using a framework for model linkage”. You’ve been working on it for about two years now – how is your work progressing? What do you plan to do/cover over the next 6 months?

Research, for my experience, is like to be about to cross a corner: you do not have the exact idea of what will be next and if you will be successful. However, I recently received the notification from the editor of Biomass and Bioenergy that a submitted paper has been accepted, and I recently ended my secondment period as visiting researcher at FCBA (French Technological Institute Forest, Cellulose, Wood for construction, Furniture) in Paris. These two events should indicate that I am progressing well on my plans.

The next six months are crucial: I am working on two big parts of my project. One consists in capitalize my experience in Paris and inform the scientific community on how to have a more efficient forest-based sector: it will be the focus of my presentation at the upcoming conference “Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy”. The other one will be about the improvements to the ToSIA method that will derive from my work; in this case I want to contribute to make Sustainability Assessment easier, that is somehow the Graal of my research.

Why did this exact topic interest you?

My roots are into engineering, so I should “cause the best change in a poorly understood situation within the available resources”. So, what is better than working on methods for sustainability assessment? Having a better way of assessing the sustainability of products and processes it is not only a need of the forest-based sector, but it is important for the whole bioeconomy. We need to study the existing and potential synergies between different bio-based flows, and we need to measure what and where are the inefficiencies, and what are the economic, social and environmental impacts of (bio-based) processes.

What would you like to do after the CASTLE project has finished?

I see the “end” of the CASTLE Project as a formal date that will not really affect too much the innovative network we built and we are improving day by day. I’d like to continue working at the interface between Science and Practices (Industry and/or Policy Making), and contribute to connect diverse expertises and interests.

What are your thoughts on the CASTLE project so far, and the training courses in particular?

It is great that there is a project to enhance our employability and career development, putting togheter  mobility, innovative trainings, and science. The attended courses were about sustainability assessment methods and general complementary skills education. I expect that having attended these will be useful in my career development in “sustainability excellence”.  Then, an intrinsic value of these courses is the possibility of meeting frequentily the other ESRs: the discussions around our projects and ongoing work has always been very useful to pursue good results.