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The 62nd SWST International Convention will be held October 20-25, 2019, at Tenaya Lodge, just outside the gate of Yosemite National Park, California, USA.  The overall theme is “Renewable Materials and the Wood-based BioEconomy “.

Organizer:  Society of Wood Science and Technology

Convention Chair:  Eva Haviarova, Purdue University






Venue:  Tenaya Lodge (just outside of Yosemite National Park)
1122 Highway 41
Fish Camp, CA 93623 USA

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

2019 Convention Program










program flyerSessions

• Wood Physics and Mechanics
• Wood Chemistry
• Biodegradation and Preservation
• Timber Engineering and Mass Timber
• Composites and Adhesives 1
• Composites and Adhesives 2
• Business, Marketing and Regulations
• International Innovation, Trends and Education in Wood Science
• Forest Disturbances, Carbon and the Environment
• Early Stage Researcher
• Poster Session


Ended March 15, 2019 – https://swst2019convention.exordo.com/

Daily Schedule:

Sunday, October 20 – Welcome Reception, Tenaya Lodge – Salon 1 and Terrace – 18:00 to 20:00
Monday, October 21 – Keynote, Early Stage Researcher Session, Technical Sessions
Tuesday, October 22 – Technical Sessions, Poster Session
Wednesday, October 23 – Free day to explore Yosemite National Park and the area
Thursday, October 24 – Technical Sessions, SWST Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony, Banquet
Friday, October 25 – Technical Sessions, Closing Ceremony

Registration is  now open.  

Early Pricing – January 29, 2019 until July 15, 2019 – Student $400; Regular $550
July 16-September 15, 2019 – Student $425; Regular $575
Onsite (or after September 15, 2019) – Student $450; Regular $600

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


Important Dates

15th January, 2019:  Call for abstracts out

31st January 2019 : Early registration opens

15th March 2019: Abstract submission closes

15th April 2019: Authors chosen by session chairs and notified

1st May 2019: Authors responses back to SWST for inclusion in program

1st May 2019:   Student Poster Competition Abstracts, and

Student Travel Grant applications submission closes

15th May 2019: Program will be settled

15th May 2019: Travel grant awardees notified

15th July 2019: Early registration closes, increased fees

1st August 2019:  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 August 2019:  Biographical information and .jpg format photo for oral and poster presenters due to https://swst2019convention.exordo.com

15th September 2019 : Online registration closes – Prices increased for onsite registration

15th September 2019: Room block at Tenaya Lodge is released and rates not guaranteed

1st October 2019:  PowerPoint presentations for oral presenters and PDFs of posters uploaded to https://swst2019convention.exordo.com

Refund Policy

Cancellation Policy – No refund after September 15, 2019; 50% July 15 – September 15, 2019; 75% before July 15, 2019.


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 Tenaya Lodge, outside Salons 2 and 3, on Sunday, October 20 to pick up your registration materials and badges.  It will also be open each day before sessions begin.

Welcome Reception – Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Welcome Reception will be held at Tenaya Lodge, Salon 1 and Terrace from 18:00 to 20:00.

Banquet – Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Convention Banquet will be held at the Tenaya Lodge, outside Pavilion, from 18:00 to 21:00.

Tour Day – Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Wednesday, October 23, will be a free day to enjoy Yosemite National Park or other areas on your own. Many tours are available directly from Tenaya Lodge, such as:

To plan your stay while at Tenaya Lodge, you can use there Activity Planner online at


This allows you to add in activities for the week but you MUST CONTACT THE CONCIERGE  by email or call (559) 692-8985 to book them.