The World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE)

The World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) is the world’s leading scientific forum for the presentation of the latest technical and architectural solutions and innovations in timber construction. The WCTE is, without doubt, considered the most prestigious international event in the field of timber technology for construction, timber structures, and the design of timber architecture.
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WCTE 2023 / Oslo/ Photo Syver Aas-Bakke

The series of conferences known as the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) started in 1984. In 1998 Montreux, Switzerland, the first WCTE conferences started as we know the conference today.

The conference attracts between 800 and 1,200 participants and is held every other year on a different continent, bringing together researchers, engineers, architects, consultants, contractors, project managers, suppliers, and manufacturers from across the globe.

WCTE 2023
Norway has been chosen to host the WCTE in 2023 because the country has a lot to offer, not only professionally in the field of construction but also in terms of the country’s nature and culture. We’re at the leading edge of the field internationally. Given the worldwide prestige of and interest in the WCTE, we want to use the opportunity of an event like this to raise the profiles of Norwegian and foreign business and knowledge enterprises. This will be done by way of several side events to ensure that our business partners get the most value possible out of participating, meeting customers directly, and, not least, raising their international profiles. WCTE 2023 will be a catalyst for increased export opportunities.

WCTE 2023 Organisers and Partners

Host Organisers
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
City of Oslo



Supporting Organisations
Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)
SINTEF Building and Infrastructure
Bergen School of Architecture (BAS)
Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)

Strategic Partners
Innovation Norway

Professional Congress Organizers (PCO)
Gyro Conference

Media Partners

WCTE 2023 Conference Chairs and Secretariat

WCTE Coordinating Council 2023

Josef Eberhardsteiner
Wolfgang Winter

South Korea 
Kugbo Shim
Jung-Kwon Oh

Juan José Ugarte
Sebastian Cárcamo
Carlito Calil

Norway (Observers)
Kjell Malo
Anders Nyrud
Kristine Nore
Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén

WCTE Coordinating Council Secretariat   
Jan Willem van de Kuilen

Tomi Toratti




History of WCTE

The forerunner of  WCTE dates back to May 1984, and the Pacific Timber Engineering Conference (PTEC) in Auckland, New Zealand. The first World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) started in 1998 in Montreux, Switzerland, when the world’s timber engineering society decided to coordinate the former world events and to introduce a biennial rhythm with consecutive conferences in Europe, America, Asia & Pacific.

Today WCTE is the world’s premier scientific dissemination forum for presenting and discussing the latest technical and architectural developments and innovations in timber engineering and construction.The scope covers research, education and practice topics from all over the world. The conference has attracted wide international representation and attendance.



  • 1984 PTEC Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1988 ICTE Seattle, USA
  • 1989 PTEC Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1990 ITEC Tokyo, Japan
  • 1991 ITEC London, UK
  • 1994 PTEC Surfer’s Paradise, Australia
  • 1996 IWEC New Orleans, USA
  • 1998 WCTE Montreux, Switzerland
  • 2000 WCTE Whistler, Canada
  • 2002 WCTE Shah Alam, Malaysia
  • 2004 WCTE Lahti, Finland
  • 2006 WCTE Portland, USA
  • 2008 WCTE Miyazaki, Japan
  • 2010 WCTE Trentino, Italy
  • 2012 WCTE Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2014 WCTE Quebec City, Canada
  • 2016 WCTE Vienna, Austria
  • 2018 WCTE Seoul, Rep. of Korea
  • 2021 WCTE Santiago, Chile
  • 2023 WCTE will be held in Oslo, Norway 
  • 2025 WCTE will be held in Brisbane, Australia

Open Call: Proposals to hold WCTE 2027

Request for Proposals to hold the 2027 World Conference on Timber Engineering, WCTE 2027
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