Dan Ridley-Ellis

Dan Ridley Ellis

Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis BEng MRes PhD FIMMM

Associate Professor


Dan Ridley-Ellis is head of the Centre Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University. He is one of the UK’s technical experts on guessing the strength of wood and can talk for hours on the topic – which he frequently does if nobody stops him.

His main area of research is understanding the properties of wood, and how they are influenced by tree growth, forest management, and climate. He represents the UK at European Standards Committees for grading of construction timber, and the majority of structural sawn timber produced in the UK is now graded with settings he developed. He was named “woodland hero” for 2016 by Grown in Britain, and is also active in online learning, public engagement and science communication. He is the lead organiser of Bright Club Edinburgh.




Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Advisory Board Member of TRADA
  • Member of the Board of the Wood Technology Society (IOM3)
  • Member, UK Timber Grading Committee
  • Member, CEN TC124 (Timber Structures) WG 1 (Test methods)
  • Member, CEN TC124 (Timber Structures) WG 2 TG1 (Task Group for grading and strength properties)
  • Member, British Standards Committee B/518
  • Member, CEN TC124 (Timber Structures) WG 2 (Solid Timber)
  • Northern UK representative for the Northern European Network for Wood Science & Engineering


Conference Activity

  • COST Actions


Editorial Activity

  • International Wood Products Journal


Fellowships and Awards

  • Queens Anniversary Prize 2015
  • Edinburgh Beltane Public Engagement Fellow
  • Grown in Britain Woodland Hero


Media Activity

  • BBC Bang Goes The Theory “Ask Yan” expert 2009/10
  • Contributor on BBC World Service programme “The Forum” broadcast on 19 January 2015.
  • have discussed Bright Club live on BBC Radio Scotland’s Comedy Café (29 July 2011) and in pre-recorded interview on BBC Radio Scotland's "Good Morning Scotland" (14 November 2012).


Public Engagement Activity

  • Main organiser of Bright Club Edinburgh and Bright Club Scotland (in which academics do stand-up comedy).


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