International Research Group on Wood Protection

OUR Purpose

To provide a forum for communication of the science and technology associated with wood protection.

Welcome to the website of the International Research Group on Wood Protection, commonly known as the IRG.

The IRG membership is a structured group of like-minded scientists and technologists focused on generating knowledge of the science of wood deterioration, and novel solutions to provide sustainably and environmentally responsible products for the protection of wood-based materials.

The primary function of the IRG is to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and information in an informal atmosphere, unencumbered by refereeing of papers or other pre-conditions. The primary vehicle is the annual meeting usually held in May of each year with global locations chosen as providing optimal opportunities for interactions between attendees and in settings that are both interesting and economically viable for our diverse attendance from around the world.

Each year 100 to 190 papers are presented and published, with all papers being available free to members and sponsors in electronic format through our searchable database. Since our inception in 1969 nearly 5,000 IRG papers have been published and all are available online or through the IRG Compendium. Non-members of the IRG are able to search the online database and purchase any paper for download through the website.

Membership and sponsorship is open to all interested persons and organizations.The executive direction of the activities of the IRG is carried out through a number of committees made up of members and sponsors representatives. The IRG Secretariat is based in Stockholm, Sweden.



Join Us in Johannesburg, South Africa for the IRG49 Scientific Conference on Wood Protection
29 April to 3 May 2018

The IRG49 Local Organising Committee invites you to Sandton, Johannesburg in South Africa for the IRG49 Scientific Conference on Wood Protection on 29 April to 3 May 2018, to be held at the Sandton Hilton Hotel.

Click here for the IRG49 website which will be continually updated with the most recent information on the IRG49 meeting.

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For off-line registration download the IRG49 Registration form here as: Word or PDF

The IRG49 meeting flyer is now available. Click her to download and read the PDF

IRG49 Registered Attendees. Click here to view updated list of attendees.
IRG49 Meeting Program. Click here to view updated IRG49 Meeting Program.


RCA Award information


IRG President Joris Van Acker and Vice-President Lone Ross Gobakken
Become a Member or IRG Sponsor

IRG is open to any person with an interest in research and development relating to wood protection or to the technology and practice of wood protection. Sponsorships are welcome from any organisation or industry active and interested in wood protection research and wishing to support the IRG financially.



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