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Activities and events

Upcoming IUFRO meetings

  • 23rd International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium; Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil; 17-21 September 2024. Units involved: 5.01.00, 5.01.04, 5.01.09. Conference homepage  
  • International Conference on Tropical Wood - Advancing the Sustainable Use of Tropical Forests; Antananarivo, Madagascar; 26-28 August 2024. Conference homepage  

Past IUFRO meetings

  • UniSC & IUFRO 5.01 Joint Webinar: Resistance Drilling of Standing Trees for Wood Quality Survey ─ Resi User Group Meeting: How Resi data has been incorporated into YTGen and how it can be used to output yield and wood quality data; online on Zoom; 23 April 2024, 2:00-3:30 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time. Units involved: 5.00.00, 5.01.00. Flyer - Webinar link 
  • FPS & IUFRO 5.01.00 Joint Webinar: Resistance Drilling of Standing Trees for Commercial Inventory of Plantation Wood Quality - A Web Platform for Online Processing of Resi Traces; online; 10 October 2023, 4:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). Flyer - Registration 
  • 22nd International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium; Quebec City, Canada; 24-27 May 2022. IUFRO Units involved: 5.01.00, 5.01.04, 5.01.09. Conference homepage - Report    
  • Webinar: El Futuro de las Plantaciones Forestales en Venezuela. 60 años del inicio de plantaciones con pino Caribe en el país; online; 12 mayo 2021, 9:00-11:00 am (Caracas time). IUFRO Units involved: 4.05.03, 5.01.00. Webinar homepage - Programme - Flyer
  • 21st International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium; Freiburg, Germany; 24-27 September 2019. Units involved: 5.01.00, 5.01.09.  1st announcement - Report 1 -  Report 2        
  • Technical Workshop: New Advances in Nondestructive Evaluation of Wood; Beijing, China; 8-9 May 2018. Units involved: 5.01.00, 5.01.09. 1st announcementProgrammeReport  
  • 9th Pacific Regional Wood Anatomy Meeting (PRWAC); 26-28 September 2017; Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Units involved: 5.01.00, 5.06.00. Conference homepageReport  
  • 20th International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; 12-15 September 2017. Units involved: 5.01.00, 5.01.09. Conference homepageReport - Report for IUFRO News  


  • All-Division 5 Conference; Vancouver, BC, Canada; 12-16 June 2017. Conference homepage

    Sessions by 5.01.00: 

    1) Perspectives on quality for forests and timber resilience: Todays forest management result in a greater diversity of quality in solid wood products. How can research ensure resilient forest products for future markets? How can wood utilization be optimized under the new conditions in the forest sector and the increased consumer expectations? This session will consider "wood quality" in the context of resilience of forests and forest products that may range from traditional traits, such as knotiness, form (taper), growth rates, density, and tree diameter, to wood microstructure. It will also explore strength, stiffness for structural timber, durability, aesthetics, and hapticity.

    2) Learning from the past: wood quality, species selection and properties in former times vs. today: Throughout time, incorporation of the accumulated experience and knowledge on efficient and appropriate utilization of wood to manufacture various products through choice of the suitable assortments and species has been challenging. Wood with specific property profiles used for the right purpose is an indispensable measure of sustainability and future innovations. Some of the past knowledge has been lost or is disappearing if no action is taken. In this session, crucial knowledge will be re-discovered and compared with today’s scientific achievements.

    3) New Frontiers of Wood Science and Technology: Advances in physics, cell biology and genomics have enabled, for example, new tree-breeding technologies for enhancing wood qualities, improved pest resilience, and the discovery of enzymes that assist the pulping process in papermaking. What are the frontiers in wood science and technology that we will see in the next one to two decades? Will we see a better understanding of bonding phenomena of wood, and/or the development of new lightweight composite structures with increased functionality? What bio-, nano and material sciences will be challenging?

    4) Advances in wood quality modeling methods and simulation software: This session is on sharing ideas and innovations in the fields of forest resource assessment and wood quality modelling. To maintain a sustainable, cost-effective forestry wood chain, forest managers and wood processors must make informed decisions based on accurate information about the variation in wood properties at different spatial scales. The development of new scanning and sensing technologies, and continued advancement of statistical modelling methods and computing capabilities, offer new solutions in this regard.

    5) Function driven variability in wood and bark: Covered issues are species variability in wood and bark driven by genetics and/or the natural or man-made (e.g. silviculture) environment. Particular attention is paid to factors that affect the function of wood and bark for the tree and how this has consequences for forest products. Session also considers variability within and between individual trees and how the variability of the material can be characterized or managed throughout the forest wood chain to promote optimization.


  • 8th Pacific Regional Wood Anatomy Conference (PRWAC 2013); Nanjing, China; 17-21 October 2013. Conference homepage
  • 2012 IUFRO All-Division 5 Conference; Lisbon, Portugal; 8-13 July 2012. Business meeting: Report 
  • International Conference on Biobase Material Science and Engineering - BMSE 2012; Changsha, China; 21-23 October 2012. Units involved: 5.01.00, 5.02.00. Conference homepage
  • Wood Structure and Properties 2010; Podbanske, High Tatras, Slovakia; 6-9 September 2010. Conference homepage
  • IAWA, IAWS & IUFRO Conference: Celebrating 100 years of Wood Science and Wood Anatomy on the occasion of the first Centenary of the Forest Products Laboratory; Madison, WI, United States; 23-26 June 2010. Units involved: 5.00.00, 5.01.00. 1st Announcement - 2nd Announcement - Registration