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First Aussie-hosted wood protection meeting in two decades set for Cairns

FWPA is excited that, for the first time in twenty years, the International Research Group on Wood Protection (IRG) will host its annual meeting on Australian shores.

The IRG54 meeting will be held between Sunday 28 May and Thursday 1 June 2023 at the Pullman Hotel in Cairns, Queensland. And it’s a case of ‘20 years lucky’ for IRG meetings in Australia, following previous domestically hosted meetings held in Brisbane in 2003 and Surfers Paradise in 1983.

The annual IRG meetings regularly see hundreds of experts from around the world gather to discuss and share the very latest updates on significant global research in the field of biosecurity as it relates to wood.

This year there is also an opportunity for delegates to take a pre-meeting Sunday tour of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries South Johnstone Research Station, where much of the timber durability testing in Australia happens, as well as to visit several termite testing sites on what has been dubbed ‘the Terminatour’.

“We are so excited to welcome the IRG conference back to Australia! And with international researchers and professionals finally able to attend in person following the past few years of COVID-19 restrictions, IRG54 will be a conference not to be missed,” said Professor Jeff Morrell, Director of the FWPA-supported Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life, who will give a keynote speech on wood protection in Australia as part of the proceedings.

If you would like to put forward your research for presentation at the conference, make sure to submit your paper for consideration before 1 March 2023.

More information and registration details for IRG54 are available at the conference website.

If you are keen for even more forest and wood science updates and information, why not consider staying on a little longer in sunny Queensland to attend the Conference Committee of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) Division 5 Conference? This event is due to take place from 4 to 8 June at the Cairns Convention Centre.

This conference will seek to deepen attendees’ understanding of how forests are grown to produce forest and wood products, and how these materials can be most effectively utilised by industry and local communities.

Registrations are now open for the IUFRO Division 5 Conference. Find out more at the dedicated conference website.

Posted Date: December 7, 2022

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