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

Proposals to hold the World Conference on Timber Engineering - WCTE 2027 conference are being sought from interested organizations from around the world. To be considered, please submit a short written proposal by 15 of May 2023
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Note that due to the recent global pandemic situation, the conference sequence has switched to odd years. In 2023, the WCTE will be held in Oslo, Norway. During this event, the selection of the WCTE 2027 venue will be made by the WCTE – Coordinating Council. Having the conference every second year has shown to be an appropriate pace.

Application submission date to 15.05.2023

For further information 
Prof. Jan-Willem van de Kuilen,
Technical University of Munich
Winzererstrasse 45
80797 Munich, Germany
Tel. +49 89 21806462
Email: vandekuilen@tum.de

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History & Background

The series of conferences known as the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) is the world’s premier 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. Considering events starting from the 80’s, the past conferences are:

  1. 1984 PTEC Auckland, New Zealand
  2. 1988 ICTE Seattle, USA
  3. 1989 PTEC Auckland, New Zealand
  4. 1990 ITEC Tokyo, Japan
  5. 1991 ITEC London, UK
  6. 1994 PTEC Surfer’s Paradise, Australia
  7. 1996 IWEC New Orleans, USA
  8. 1998 WCTE Montreux, Switzerland
  9. 1999 PTEC Rotorua, New Zealand
  10. 2000 WCTE Whistler, Canada
  11. 2002 WCTE Shah Alam, Malaysia
  12. 2004 WCTE Lahti, Finland
  13. 2006 WCTE Portland, USA
  14. 2008 WCTE Miyazaki, Japan
  15. 2010 WCTE Trentino, Italy
  16. 2012 WCTE Auckland, New Zealand
  17. 2014 WCTE Quebec City, Canada
  18. 2016 WCTE Vienna, Austria
  19. 2018 WCTE Seoul, Rep. of Korea
  20. 2021 WCTE Santiago, Chile

The 2023 WCTE will be held from 19-23 June 2023 in Oslo, Norway. The 2025 WCTE will be held in Brisbane, Australia.

About WCTE - Coordinating Council

The WCTE Coordinating Council (WCTE-CC) was formed between 1996 and 1998 through the initiative of the chairmen of the conferences of that era, to provide consistency and harmony in the naming and scheduling of the international conference series on timber engineering. The advice and comments of international key stakeholders in the field were sought and this became the basis for the Council operations.

At present, WCTE-CC is comprised of the three preceding WCTE conference chairmen and their respective conference secretariats. This means, three formal votes, in case voting is required to make a decision, e.g. selection of the next WCTE venue. The Chairman and Secretary of the current WCTE 2023 (Oslo, Norway) will be observing members, until the end of WCTE 2023, at which time they replace the representatives from WCTE 2016 (Vienna, Austria) in the Council.

The current WCTE-CC members are:

  • Wolfgang Winter and Prof. Josef Eberhardsteiner, Austria (WCTE 2016)
  • Jung-Kwon Oh and Dr. Kug-bo Shim, Rep. of Korea (WCTE 2018)
  • Juan José Ugarte Gurruchaga and Dr. Sebastian Carcamo (WCTE 2021)
  • Jan Willem van de Kuilen, Germany, CC secretariat
  • Tomi Toratti, Finland, CC secretariat

The chairman and representation of WCTE2023 Chair Prof. Kjell Arne Malo, Co-chair Prof. Anders Nyrud, Co-chair Dr. Kristine Nore, and Executive Secretary 2023 Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén in the organisation of WCTE 2023, are currently invited as observers in the WCTE-CC and will be formally joining WCTE-CC as explained previously.

The contact persons for WCTE2025, headed by Prof. Keith Crews, are also invited to attend the WCTE-CC meetings during WCTE2023 as observers.