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Timber is Back for its 5th annual conference!  Run by the Wood Technology Group of the IOM3, this event part of the Timber series of annual conferences.

The primary aim of the event is to showcase the latest developments in timber research in the UK and beyond, and to prompt discussion of new products, processes and concepts and their potential within the UK. Transfer of knowledge between academia and businesses, and between specialists in the many areas of timber and wood science will strengthen our industry.

Timber 2023 Call for Papers

The event provides a forum to present academic and industrial research in timber. A poster session will allow additional opportunities to showcase early-stage research and demonstrate industrial product development. Don’t miss this opportunity to present your work to a mixed audience of academics, consultants and timber industry professionals.

Papers are sought in all areas of timber research: 

  • Timber structures, architectural forms and applications
  • Engineered wood, composites and wood-based panels
  • Timber in a circular economy
  • Home-grown timber, markets and opportunities
  • Lesser used species and future climate effects
  • Wood anatomy, nanostructural modelling and biomechanics
  • Grading and quality in the 21st Century
  • Timber in the built environment and occupant well-being
  • Protection and preservation of wood against biodegradation
  • Weathering and ageing – effect on aesthetics indoors and out
  • Advances in fundamental wood science
  • Wood in cultural heritage
  • Adhesives, paints, coatings and finishes
  • Wood modification
  • Fire resistance

 Abstracts for both oral presentation and poster presentations will be considered. Please send your title and an abstract of up to 600 words to the conference organisers ([email protected]) by 26th May 2023. Abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee, headed by Dr Morwenna Spear (WTS chair), with representation from wood science, engineering and wood technology academics.

The conference will span all topics related to timber – from the largest structures to the smallest models of molecular structure or cell wall ultrastructure. The organisers seek to balance the fundamental lab- and forest-based experiments through to the industrial application and development of new products. Topics will range from preservation to panel products; modified wood to engineered lumber.


Why you should attend Timber 2023

The one-day conference provides an ideal opportunity for networking, while allowing delegates to present and discuss their work from a wide range of backgrounds. The new connections and context given by talking with wood experts from other fields offers many opportunities to strengthen and create active UK-based research networks, and to stimulate new ideas which will benefit the industry in years to come.


This activity is approved for Professional Development by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining


Approved for CPD by IOM3 recognises the importance of ongoing learning for professional development.  This could be through the attendance of a single lecture, a series of lectures, or a conference, in person, virtually or in a blended format.  We understand the need to keep your knowledge up to date and the value of peer-to-peer networking.