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.



IRG-WP is monitoring the coronavirus situation worldwide, its impact on our membership and the IRG51 meeting to be held this coming June in Bled, Slovenia. At this time, we have not yet decided to cancel the conference, but we understand that this may be a very likely outcome. At the end of March the EC, PCP and the local organizers will take a final decision. If the conference is cancelled, we will inform you about the possibilities regarding already submitted papers, registration fees, and arrangements linked to the RCA recipients.

Join us in Bled, Slovenia for the IRG51 Scientific Conference on Wood Protection June 7 - 11, 2020

The IRG51 Local Organising Committee invites you to Bled in, Slovenia for the IRG51 Scientific Conference on Wood Protection during 7 to 11 June 2020.

The IRG51 website is now online and will be continually updated as new information on the IRG51 meeting becomes available.

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As well as being available to register directly online, the IRG51 meeting Registration form will be available here soon le in either Word or PDF format.

The IRG51 meeting flyer is available at this link and will be updated as new information becomes available.

For details and downloads of IRG51 papers and posters templates go to the News and Events webpage.

The IRG51 Week Program will be available for download here in early 2020.

The IRG51 detailed day by day program wiill be available to download here in April 2020. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

The latest update of those who have completed registration to attend the IRG51 meeting will be available for viewing or download here in April 2020.

RCA Award Information


IRG President Lone Ross Gobakken and Vice-President Rod Stirling
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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