International Research Group on Wood Protection

OUR Purpose

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

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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.




IRG52 Webinar

As the COVID-19 situation is still affecting global travel, the IRG52 annual scientific conference planned for Numazu, Japan will not take place in person this year. For the second year in a row we will certainly miss the ambient atmosphere of friendliness, friendship, scientific communication and networking. The IRG EC is working with the Japan Local Organizing Committee on future options for Japan to organize the IRG meeting in the coming years since they could not do so this year. When this is resolved we will advise the IRG membership.

In lieu of the canceled IRG52 meeting we will meet online, and we are excited to be hosting another webinar building on the successes of the previous two webinars. The IRG52 Webinar will take place during November 1-2. We welcome submissions from any of the IRG subject areas. The deadline for papers to be submitted to the Secretariat is August 1. Authors will be notified of acceptance in the webinar by September 15. Presentations of accepted papers will be due October 15. We will collect the presentations ahead of time to avoid any technical delays during the webinar. We are aiming to have approximately 15 presentations. While we will do our best to accommodate all submissions, some papers may need to be deferred to next year’s meeting in Bled.

While the webinar will take place over November 1-2, the exact times will be announced soon. The IRG EC recognizes that attendance at our previous webinars has not been easy for all time zones. As a result, the upcoming webinar will have two sessions at different times that will allow people from any time zone to participate in at least one session at a reasonable time of day.



Information on registration will be provided in due course



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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