The International Conference on Tropical Wood

The International Conference on Tropical Wood

Advancing the sustainable use of tropical forests, will take place in Antananarivo, Madagascar, 26-28 August 2024.

Tropical regions are renowned for the diversity and richness of their forests, which are sources of abundant resources, particularly wood. Tropical forests host a large diversity of wood and timber species. The large species diversity parallels a large variation in properties, such as color, density, hardness, and mechanical stress, offering various opportunities for use. Furthermore, its abundance in tropical regions facilitates accessibility to both urban and rural populations. Wood has long served as a primary material for construction and cooking fuel in tropical countries. However, traditional uses remain prevalent in timber harvesting and processing industries, catering to domestic and global markets, and illegal logging and irrational practices threaten the sustainability of the market.

Extensive reliance on wood leads to high deforestation and illegal logging, which is a major threat to tropical forests. Therefore, developing and propagating practical research is fundamental to harnessing technological advancements and promoting sustainable utilization of tropical forest resources. This conference sought to promote knowledge exchange and showcase best practices that reconcile conservation efforts with productive utilization. It aims to inspire further research and development that promote harmonious coexistence between meeting human needs and preserving these precious ecosystems.

The conference is scheduled to take place from the 26th to the 28th of August 2024 in Antananarivo, the Capital of Madagascar. It will include invited keynotes, voluntary papers, round-table discussions, and field visits. All presentations will be held live and on-site. The field visit will be organized in Mandraka Community forest, approximately 60 km from the capital.

The event is organized by the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques of the University of Antananarivo, and its partners (Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique Antananarivo, Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique Antsiranana, Institut Supérieur de Technologie Antananarivo, Centre National de Formation des Techniciens Forestiers Angavokely, DP Forês et Biodiversité). This initiative is organized as part of the ForesTIA project, titled "Improving Forest and Timber Engineering Education in Madagascar through Industry-Academia Partnerships". Supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), this project is an integral component of the HEP SSA program, that aims to ensure that the higher education system in sub-Saharan Africa produces engineers with the skills and knowledge required to meet the needs of industry and tackle local and global challenges. Additionally, the conference is being organized in conjunction with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations IUFRO research group 5.01.00 – Wood and fibre quality.

Deadlines are as follows

  • Abstract submission opens: 01 December 2023 
  • Abstract submission deadline: 14 February 2024
  • Authors notification: 01 April 2024
  • Revision: 30 April 2024
  • Registration site opens: 01 April 2024
  • Early bird registration deadline: 15 May 2024
  • Regular registration deadline: 30 June 2024

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Modification date: 06 December 2023 | Publication date: 06 December 2023 | By: Corinne Martin