The 1st International Conference on Timber Structures is being organised by the Wessex Institute in collaboration with the Technical Centre of Wood Industry in Belgium.

Rapid advances have recently been made in the development and processing of innovative ecologically friendly wood products. A wide range of new structural shapes can now be fabricated and used to construct buildings and bridges which have minimal impact on the environment. Wood is particularly attractive since it is renewable and has no carbon footprint when it is harvested in a sustainable way. Timber structures are ecologically sound and comparatively low cost. The material lends itself to innovative design and new types of composites offer reliable, robust and safe materials.

The Conference will explore the latest developments in wood products and their application as structural components with emphasis on new research and real applications. It is intended to provide a platform for the presentation and discussion between researchers and practitioners of new and innovative ideas in this important field.