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Society of Wood Science and Technology

51st Annual Convention

Concepción, Chile

About the 2008 SWST /

Universidad del Bío-Bío Convention

Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) is an internationally-recognized professional organization of wood scientists, engineers, marketing specialists and other professionals concerned with science and technology of wood and lignocellulosic materials.  The first international meeting outside of North America will be held on November 10-12, 2008 in Concepción, Chile at the Universidad del Bío-Bío, a cosponsor and co-organizer of the meeting.  See Complete List of Sponsors


There will be four sessions during the first two days dealing with (1) Timber Engineering, (2) Global Trade in Forest Products, (3) Wood Quality: Challenges in the 21st Century, and (4) Advanced Processing of Timber in the 21st Century.  Each session has a North American and South American Co-Chair.  The last day of the Convention will be a day-long tour of the area and the forest products industry, beginning with a visit to Nueva Aldea. 

EXPOCORMA has meetings November 11-15, but is a separate convention. 

See 4th International Meeting on Forestry, Wood Products, Pulp and Paper.


The official languages of the Conference are English and Spanish.  There will be simultaneous translations.


Miscellaneous Items


Transportation to Universidad del Bío-Bío:
Each day there will be 2 shuttles transporting people from the Hotel El Araucano to Universidad del Bío-Bío and back. They will be available from the front of the hotel from 7:00 to 8:30 am (November 10 and November 11) and returning from the Universidad from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (November 10) and from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (November 11). Go out the front door of the Hotel El Araucano, turn left, and the shuttle bus will be near the corner of Caupolican and Barros Arana.

If you are not staying at the Hotel El Araucano, you will need to get there to catch the shuttles. Otherwise taxi service is available for under $10.

Registration Desk:  Departamento Ingeniería en Maderas Building First Floor


Preview Room for Speakers:  Available


Internet Services Available


Name Badge:  Each conference participant must wear his/her badge at all times while inside the conference venue, as it will be used for identification.


Language:  The official languages of the conference are English and Spanish.  There will be simultaneous translations from Spanish-English and English-Spanish.  All written material must be in English for incorporation into proceedings.  All written material and PowerPoint slides must be in English.


Bulletin Board Available near Registration Desk


Breaks and Lunches:  Coffee/tea/snacks are served daily in the morning and are included in the registration fee.  Lunches will be at the Universidad del Bio Bio Cantina and are included in the registration fee.


No Smoking:  The conference venue is a smoke-free area. 


Cell Phones: The cell phone service in Chile is GSM system on a frequency of 1900 MHz. Participants are advised to turn their cell phones off or to silent during all sessions.




January 31, 2008:  Abstracts due for oral presentations.  Any abstract received after this date will be accepted as a poster presentation.


September 1, 2008:  Deadline for early bird registration.  Please complete your registration (including payment) by that date.  After September 1, 2008 the fee will increase by $50.


September 1, 2008:  Deadline for guaranteed Hotel El Araucano rates in room block.  Contact Reservation Agent:  Soledad Rodriquez, Phone:  (56-41) 2740 630; Fax:  (56-41) 2740 623, Email:   After this date, the room block will be released.  Rooms may be available but the rate cannot be guaranteed. See Accommodations.


September 10, 2008:  All Oral and Poster presentations will require a 4-8 page technical paper (due Sept 10, 2008 to SWST Executive Office) to be published by SWST in a Proceedings (CD) given to all Annual Meeting attendees, and then electronically published via the internet on the SWST webpage.  Guidelines for preparation and formatting of proceedings papers.


September 10, 2008:  Biographical information and .jpg format photo for oral and poster presenters due to Executive Office of SWST.


September 10, 2008:  Student Poster Competition Abstracts Due.  See Guidelines and Application form.  No abstracts will be accepted after September 10. 


September 10, 2008:  PowerPoint presentations (in English) for oral presenters must be sent to Victoria Herian, SWST Executive Director,, or mail to P.O. Box 6155, Monona, WI 53716-6155, so she can transmit to the translation company.   See Oral Presentation Guidelines.





Student Travel Grants



Concepcion catedral

Concepción cathedral


walking on water


U. del Bio-Bio entrance

U. del Bío-Bío Entrance


monkey puzzle tree


U. del Bio-Bio Engineering building

U. del Bío-Bío, Maderas

Wood Engineering Bldg


chile flora




Last updated: 9/22/08

For further information, please contact Vicki Herian at

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