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EFI Annual Conference & Bioeconomy seminar | 22-24 September 2016 | Vienna, Austria

The European Forest Institute (EFI) will hold its 2016 Annual Conference on 22–24 September 2016 in Vienna, Austria.

The event is organised in cooperation with University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Department of Forest and Soil Sciences and the Austrian Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape.

The EFI Annual Conference also includes an open seminar entitled ‘Forest-based innovations: a key for Europe’s bioeconomy' to take place on 23 September.

The seminar will focus on the role of innovation in the forest-based sector and implications towards a European bio-economy.

For more information click here or contact EFI at

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FSC Friday is back on 30 September 2016

On 30 September 2016, FSC offices, certificate holders, members, and partners will host a series of events around the world to celebrate and raise awareness of responsible forest management and the role that FSC plays in it, all shared through social media (#FSCFriday).

People around the world are invited to consider the source of the products they buy, look for the FSC logo - and... share the message.

Last year, FSC Friday was celebrated by 31 countries worldwide including the UK, where businesses, schools and groups took part by holding awareness raising events, ranging from dressing green and baking cakes to holding presentations and talks.

To register for the event, click here or contact

Subscribers are asked to specify:

  • How they can support FSC Friday 2016
  • What plans or ideas they have
  • What FSC materials they need

Further information is available at:

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Timber Expo unveils seminar sessions details

Timber Expo has announced details of its comprehensive seminar schedule coordinated by TRADA.

The seminar sessions - spanned over three days (18 – 20 October 2016) in the Timber Focus Theatre area - will debate a broad spectrum of industry trends and issues.

Day one of the seminar schedule will focus on pushing the boundaries of what is possible with timber and will be chaired by David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF). Topics will include building timber skyscrapers, innovation and growing the timber market with speakers such as Michael Ramage, Senior University Lecturer in architectural engineering at Cambridge University and Jon Shanks, Associate Structural Engineer, Buro Happold and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bath.

In the afternoon the focus will turn to skills. Led by David Campbell, Membership and Training Director at the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the session will look at how the industry can attract and keep new recruits.

Day two will tackle the challenges of making it easier to specify timber. Panellists will discuss the introduction of TRADA’s new Timber Pre-Scheme Manual, how the UK’s National Structural Timber Specification (NSTS) has helped get timber specifications right for major sub-contractors and what the industry can do to make it easier to specify timber. The second day will also look at timber’s role in the custom and self build market with Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk and instigator of the ‘Right to Build’ Act, which has radically changed the commercial landscape in this sector, joining the speaker line up.

The final day of seminars will explore the possibilities of hybrid construction from both an engineer’s, architect’s and CLT supplier’s perspective. Speakers from Buro Happold engineers, Bennett’s architects and KLH will draw on case studies to bring out their key points.

The other topic covered on the third day will be a look at the continuing innovation for structural timber frames and UK manufacturing with speakers including Alex Cook, Technical Project Coordinator at Barratt Developments PLC, Alastair Parvin, Co-founder of WikiHouse Foundation, Calum Murray, Director at CCG (Scotland) Ltd and Alex Goodfellow, Managing Director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems.

In addition to the Timber Focus Theatre there will also be a Timber Flooring Workshop. In conjunction with the Flooring Industry Training Association, top master fitters will create informative presentations covering products from all areas of contact flooring, including wood, carpet, vinyl, laminate, tools and accessories.

Nathan Garnett, Event Director for Timber Expo, said: “With the increasing demand for sustainable building methods at a faster rate of completion, the timber industry is set to see record growth over the next few years. How then can the industry position itself best to capitalise on this opportunity and promote the many benefits of timber in construction? This year’s Timber Expo is here to do just that and I’m confident that the seminar content that TRADA has so diligently put together will offer real value and deliver strategy for the future of this sector. Importantly, the show also represents the first major event following the decision to leave the EU and as such will play a role in settling any nerves within the sector.”


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Global Timber Conference | 19-21 September 2016 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The inaugural Global Timber Conference (GTC 2016) will take place from 19 to 21 September 2016 at the Pullman Bangsar Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Hosted by the Malaysian Timber Industry Board, the Global Timber Conference 2016 will focus on 'Harnessing Sustainable Global Growth'.

The event is expected to bring together over 400 odd regional policy makers, experts and captains from the United States, Europe, East-Asia, North-Asia and ASEAN representing industry practitioners, government officials and regulators in the timber and timber-products industry.

More than 20 Guest Speakers representing government agencies, timber research bodies, timber associations and commercial companies from over 10 countries will gather to debate a wide gamut of topics: • Global Timber Outlook; • Sustainable Natural and Plantation Timbers; Management; • Global Supply Chains, Standards and Certifications for Timber Industry; • Advanced Materials for New Products Development; • Timber as The Game Changer In The Building Sector; • Insights on The Future Of Furniture Industry; • Global Timber Leaders Forum.

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Structural Timber Awards 2016 finalists announced

Finalists of the Structural Timber Awards 2016 have been announced today.

The full list - available here - includes over 200 entries packed of outstanding, pioneering projects and products. Each of the judges have assessed three of the 15 categories on a strict and confidential marking system to establish the shortlisted entries.

Winners will be revealed at the Awards dinner on 19 October 2016 alongside Timber Expo in Birmingham. 

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) will sponsor again the Product Innovation Award confirming its desire to promote excellence across the Timber Supply Chain.

Tickets for the event are available on the Structural Timber Awards website or can be purchased by contacting the Event Director, Amy Pryce, on 01743 290 001 or email


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