Leander A. Bathon is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Hochschule RheinMain University, in Wiesbaden, Germany. He is also Co Director of the Institute of Building Materials and Structures at HSRM University. He has over 20 years of experience in wood construction research and design, and his work has included managing material testing facilities, establishing the Timber Research Laboratory in Wiesbaden, and developing various innovative systems including CO2 neutral composite floor elements, intelligent building skins, and coupling systems for TimberTower.de. Prof. Bathon currently runs a team of 6 researchers focusing on more efficient structural solutions using timber . The latest focus of this research is on fatigue performance of glued connections as used in the TimberTower (a wind turbine tower constructed from timber).