KAWAI Shuichi is Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University. He graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University, in 1971 and received his PhD from the same university in 1980. He became Professor at Kyoto University in 1995. He retired from Kyoto University in 2013 and has served as Chairman of the Japan Wood Research Society and Vice Chairman of the Society of Materials Science, Japan. He specializes in forestry, wood science, wood material science and cultural heritage conservation.