The International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS) recently announced that Dr. Adefemi Alade obtained the first position in their Doctoral Award and Medal for 2022. With this award the IAWS wishes to provide recognition to outstanding dissertation research at the PhD level by students throughout the world. Adefemi was supervised by Proff. Brand Wessels and Luvuyo Tyhoda from the Department of Forest and Wood Science, Stellenbosch University. The title of his dissertation was “An investigation into the effect of durability treatment on adhesive bonding of Eucalyptus grandis wood". Dr Alade has since taken up a position as Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Idaho. Congratulations on your outstanding achievement Dr. Alade!