2018 SWST/JWRS International Convention

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The 61st SWST International Convention, in cooperation with Japan Wood Research Society  and Nagoya University,  was held November 5-9, 2018, at the Noyori Conference Hall, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan.  The overall theme was “Era of a Sustainable World – Tradition and Innovation for Wood Science and Technology”.

Final Proceedings

Summary of 2018 Convention

Daily videos from the Convention can be seen here

Day 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28jhvYpCeoM

Day 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anxmE4jAm0I

Day 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2B1_8KUsoc

Day 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD1p5A6togc

Day 5 (tour) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38pG14Jsru4

Convention Full video  https://youtu.be/f8NBQ3PsYEY


  • Nagoya City

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名古屋へのアクセス (Japanese)
名古屋交通 (Chinese)

  • Nagoya Noh Theater

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  • Hotel Nagoya Castel

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  • Nagoya Tokyu Hotel

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  • Nagoya University

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Nagoya University Campus map (English)
Noyori Conference Hall: E3①
Chemistry Gallery (Noyori Materials Science Laboratory): D2
South Cafeterias: B5③
Restaurant Universal Club: D3⑤

Current Detailed Program









  • Wood Chemistry (Cellulose Nanofibers and Lignin Utilization)
  • Composite Materials and Adhesion
  • Advances in Understanding Cell Biology and Wood Structure
  • Biodegradation and Preservation
  • Biorefinery and the Bioeconomy
  • Business and Marketing
  • Wood in Health and Wellness
  • Timber Engineering (Traditional and Modern Structures)
  • Wood Physics
  • Mass Timber in Building Design and Construction
  • Poster Session with Student Poster Competition

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The Convention began on November 5 with a Noh Theater Performance, Opening Session and Keynote Lectures at Nagoya Noh Theater, followed by an Evening Welcome Reception at Hotel Nagoya Castle. The rest of the week was held at Noyori Conference Hall and Noyori Lab at Nagoya University and included morning and afternoon technical sessions, as well as an Optional Tour Day on Friday, November 9.  A Banquet was held Wednesday evening, November 7 and  the SWST Business Meeting, a Closing Ceremony/Awards Presentation, and a visit to Kōshō-ji Temple took place on November 8.

Minutes from the Business Meeting.

We featured an Early Stage Researcher Session on the first morning of technical sessions (Tuesday, November 6) where students and recent graduates presented their research and participated later in the Student Poster Competition.  We also held a Young Scientists’ Party where people could get to know their colleagues.


Registration is now closed.  Full and Student registration include the Opening Session, Welcome Reception, Banquet, and 1 year membership in SWST.  Friday tour was additional cost.  You can add the Friday tour to your registration, as well as add any accompanying person(s) and their tickets.



Important Dates

27th January, 2018:  Call for abstracts out

27th January 2018 : Early registration opens

30th April 2018: Abstract submission closes

30th April 2018:   Student Poster Competition Abstracts, and

Student Travel Grant applications submission closes

15th May 2018: Abstracts chosen by session chairs and notified

1st June 2018: Authors responses back to SWST for inclusion in program

1st June 2018: Program will be settled

1st August 2018: Early registration closes

31st August 2018:  Full papers due for proceedings

1st October 2018 : Online registration closes

1st October 2018: Room block at Nagoya Tokyu Hotel is released and rates not guaranteed

29th October 2018:  Powerpoint presentations for oral and PDF for posters uploaded on https://swst2018convention.exordo.com/



Refund Policy

Cancellation Policy – No refund after October 1, 2018, 50% September 1 – October 1; 75% before September 1.



Awards were presented at the Closing Ceremony and Award Presentation, November 8, 11:30 to 12:15.  Awards presented were:

George Marra Awards for Excellence in Writing

  • Stan Lebow, Patricia Lebow and Kolby Hirth.  “Comparison of Accelerated Methods for Evaluating Leaching from Preservative Treated Wood”, 49(1)  — First Place
  • Jerrold E. Winandy.  “Relating Wood Chemistry and Strength:  Part II.  Fundamental Relationships Between Changes in Wood Chemistry and Strength of Wood”,  49(1) — First Place
  • Connie S. Love, Luis Meza, Jeffrey Morrell, Stan T. Lebow and Frederick Matt.  “Effect of Landfill Burial on Condition of Wood:  Preliminary Tests”, 49(1) — Second Place
  • Carolina Kravetz, José Otávio Brito, Daniel Saloni and David C Tilotta.  “Qualitative Analysis of the Extractives of Orange Wood”, 49(4) — Third Place

Distinguished Service Award  – Paul M. Smith

Fellow Award – Thomas M. Gorman

Distinguished Educator Award – Douglas Gardner and Scott Leavengood

Student Poster Competition Awards

1st Place – Subir Kumar Biswas, Kyoto University, Japan
2nd Place – Chihiro Kimura, Kyoto University, Japan
3rd Place – Han Wang, Nagoya University, Japan
Honorable Mention – Lili Cai, Mississippi State University, United States
Honorable Mention – Hideaki Kanayama, Nagoya University, Japan
Honorable Mention – Ayana Yamashita, Toyama Prefectural University, Japan

Past recipients can be found at http://www.swst.org/wp/awards/


Keynote Session and Welcome Reception – Monday, November 5

The Opening Keynote Session was held at Nagoya Noh Theater (1-1-1 Sannomaru, Naka Ward) on November 5, from 13:00 to 17:15.  Keynotes were presented by Prof. Dr. Akira Isogai, Tokyo University, Japan; Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Blaß, Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie (KIT), Germany; Prof. Dr. Andreja Kutnar, InnoRenew CoE, Slovenia; and Prof. Dr. Yves, Weinand, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

The Welcome Reception was held at Hotel Nagoya Castle, 3-19 Hinokuchi-cho, Nishi-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken, Japan 451-8551, TEL: +81-52-521-2121  on November 5, from 18:00 to 19:30.

Banquet – Wednesday, November 7

The Convention Banquet was held at the Nagoya University Restaurant on Wednesday, November 7, from 18:00 to 20:00.  Performances from the Student University Music Club included.

Tour of Nagoya – Friday, November 9

The tour took place on Friday, November 9, and REQUIRED A SEPARATE FEE.  It was an all-day tour of the sights of Nagoya, and included lunch and transportation.  Sites included in the tour were:  Toganji Temple, Nagoya Castle, Atsuta Shrine, and Toyota Commemorative Museum.