2020 International Convention, Portorož, Slovenia

2020 International Convention, Portorož, Slovenia


The 63nd SWST International Convention will be held July 12-17, 2020, at Hotel Bernardin, Portorož, Slovenia.  The overall theme is “Renewable Resources for a Sustainable and Healthy Future“.

Co-Organizers:  Society of Wood Science and Technology, University of Primorska and InnoRenew CoE

Convention Chair:  Andreja Kutnar, University of Primorska and InnoRenew CoE






Venue:  Hotel Bernardin, Obala 2, 6320 Portorož, Slovenia  Phone: +386 5 690 70 00

Contact:  Victoria L. Herian, SWST Executive Director, P.O. Box 6155, Monona, WI 53716 USA, PH: +1-608-577-1342, email: vicki@swst.org

2020 Convention Program











  • Biodegradation and the Impact of Forest Disturbances
  • Business, Marketing, Digitalisation, and Regulations
  • Composites and Adhesives
  • Timber Engineering, Mass Timber, and Sustainable Architecture
  • Wood Modification and Preservation
  • Wood in Health and Wellbeing
  • Wood Physics and Mechanics
  • Wood Chemistry and Cell Biology
  • Early Stage Researcher
  • Poster Session


Submit your abstracts now! – https://swst2020convention.exordo.com/

Daily Schedule:

Friday July 10 to Sunday, July 12 – Pretour – Ljubljana (separate fee)
Sunday, July 12 – Young Researcher/Mentor Activity, Welcome Reception
Monday, July 13 – Keynote, Early Stage Researcher Session, Technical Sessions
Tuesday, July 14 – Technical Sessions, Poster Session
Wednesday, July 15 – Technical Sessions
Thursday, July 16 – Technical Sessions, SWST Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony, Banquet
Friday, July 17 – In-Convention tour (separate fee)

Registration opens December 1, 2019

Early Pricing – December 1, 2019 until April 15, 2020 – Student $350; Regular $500
April 16-June 15, 2020 – Student $375; Regular $525
Onsite (or after June 15, 2020) – Student $400; Regular $550

Regular and Student registrations include the Welcome Reception, Banquet, lunches, coffee breaks, and 1 year membership in SWST. You can add any accompanying person(s) and their tickets to your registration.


Important Dates

1st September 2019: Call for abstracts out, as well as call for Student travel grants and  Student Poster Competition participants

1st December 2019: Early registration opens

31st January 2020: Abstract submission closes

15th February 2020: Authors chosen by session chairs and notified

1st March 2020: Authors responses back to SWST for inclusion in program

1st March 2020:   Student Poster Competition Abstracts, and Student Travel Grant applications submission closes

1st March 2020:   PreTour to Ljubljana signup closes

15th March 2020: Program will be settled

15th March 2020: Travel grant awardees notified

15th April 2020:  Early Registration closes, increased fees

1st May 2020:  Full papers due for proceedings – All oral and poster presentations may submit a 4-8 page technical paper via Ex Ordo system to be published by SWST in a Proceedings (USB) given to all International Convention attendees, and then electronically published via the internet on the SWST webpage.  See guidelines for preparation and formatting of proceedings papers above.

1st May 2020:  Biographical information and .jpg format photo for oral and poster presenters due to https://swst2020convention.exordo.com

29th May 2020 Room block is released, and rates not guaranteed

15th June 2020: Online registration closes – Prices increased for onsite registration

1st July 2020:  PowerPoint presentations for oral presenters and PDFs of posters uploaded to https://swst2020convention.exordo.com

Refund Policy

Cancellation Policy – No refund after June 15, 2020; April 15, 2020 to June 15, 2020 – 50% refund, before April 15, 2020 75% refund.


Awards will be presented at the Business Meeting. Awards to be presented are:  George Marra Awards for Excellence in Writing, Distinguished Service Award, Fellow Award, Distinguished Educator Award, and Student Poster Competition Awards.  Past recipients can be found at /awards/

Registration Desk

Desk will be open from 14:00 to 17:00 at Hotel Bernardin, outside Emerald Ballroom, lobby level, to pick up your registration materials and badges.  It will also be open each day before sessions begin.

PreTour – July 10-12, 2020 – University of Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Postojna Caves (additional cost) – Sponsored by University of Ljubljana

You must sign up by March 1, 2020 to ensure hotel availability!

Sign up on registration page at https://swst2020convention.exordo.com/

Young Researcher/Mentor Outdoor Activity Day – Sunday, July 12, 2020, 13:00 to 17:00 – Sign up by May 1, 2020 (no cost involved)

Welcome Reception – Sunday, July 12, 2020




The Welcome Reception will be held at Hotel Bernardin Terasa Internacional (International Terrace), weather permitting, from 19:00 to 21:00.

Banquet – Thursday, July 16, 2020



The Convention Banquet will be held at Hotel Bernardin GHB Beach, weather permitting, from 19:00 to 22:00.


In-Conference Tour Day – Friday, July 17, 2020 (Separate fee)

InnoRenew new building construction site tour, Izola; Škocjanjski Zatok (Koper Nature Reserve), Vineyard and wine tasting; Piran Salt Flats; Olive Manufacturer and olive oil tasting