1. April 2020

Submitted papers

The Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) are offering these options when it comes to submitted papers:

  1. Make a presentation to IRG members during a special webinar – SPC decides who will be invited. RCA recipient will be given priority.
  2. Leave the paper as part of the 2020 IRG Proceedings and do not present it.
  3. Present the paper at IRG52 in Japan in 2021
  4. Withdraw the paper from IRG

Please let the IRG Secretariat ( know which option you chose before April 15th.

The SPC will put together a webinar program based on those who wish to participate. Depending on demand, it may not be possible to include all papers as part of this webinar.

We extend the submission date for papers to April 15th (same as posters).

Special sessions

The special sessions on surface treatments and marine applications will be postponed to IRG52 in 2021. Options regarding submitted papers stated above do also apply to papers intended for the two special sessions.


Poster papers and posters (digital version) will be a part of the IRG Proceeding. You may also present the poster at IRG52 or withdraw the paper from IRG. Deadline for posters is April 15th.


Ron Cockcroft Award recipients who were to present their work in Bled, Slovenia, will be given the opportunity to attend the IRG52 in Japan in 2021. They may also participate in the special webinar if they chose. All RCA recipients will be contacted by the chair of SPC, Rod Stirling ( and Secretary General, Mats Westin ( regarding the details.

Registration fees

If you have payed the registration fee for the conference – you have two options: 1) transfer it to next year to cover the registration fee for the conference in 2021 or 2) get it refunded.

Please let the IRG Secretariat ( know which option you chose within June 15th 2020.


Companions program

If you have booked any of companion program tours you must contact the travel agency ( and individually cancel your booking.

19. March 2020

Dear friends and colleagues,

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.

Stay safe and take care of each other!

Warm regards,
Miha Humar, Chair of Local Organization Committee
Lone Ross Gobakken, President of IRG-WP

Message 20. February 2020

Dear friends and colleagues,

IRG-WP is considering the likely impacts of the coronavirus on our membership and how possible travel restrictions may impact our meeting in June. Whilst we hope that the outbreak will be contained and subside it remains to be seen if that happens. If conditions do become more restrictive concerning travel we will surely let you know as soon as possible. In the meantime, please continue with your paper submissions and online registrations as we need to know the numbers of people attending. In the unlikely event that IRG is cancelled or postponed everyone will be offered a registration refund.

Please note that we have extended the deadline for paper submission to April 1st.

Warm regards,

Miha Humar, Chair of Local Organization Committee Lone Ross Gobakken, President of IRG-WP


The conference will take place in Rikli Balance Hotel, Bled, Slovenia.

Address: Cankarjeva cesta 4, 4260 Bled

More information about the conference venue available at the following website:

For more information on the city and the venue location, please visit: or


Participation is open to IRG and non-IRG members who have a professional interest focused on generating knowledge of the science of wood deterioration, and novel solutions to provide sustainable and environmentally responsible products for the protection of wood-based materials.

Deadline for papers

Full paper submissions are due to IRG by the 1st of April 2020. No abstract submission for oral presentations. For poster extended abstracts are expected at the latest by 15th of April 2020. Durability data in papers can be directly uploaded into the IRG-WP Durability Data base. Please use the guidelines and template provided on the website


The IRG51 conference in Slovenia is reaching out beyond the research and industry community who attend on a regular basis, and beyond our historical scope of wood preservation. Young scientists in particular are encouraged to participate.

The IRG51, IRG-WP Annual conference in 2020, will have the same elements as detailed during previous meetings.

In addition to regular submissions, this year we will organise special sessions on two topics:

1. Protection against wood borers in the marine environment

Topics of interest within this session may include:

  • Novel treatments ofwood
  • Timber constructions in the marine environment
  • Damage assessment techniques and maintenance
  • Changes in the abundance and distribution of wood borers due to changing climate conditions
  • Settlement and early attack of wood borers on wood – mode of action
  • Influence of other fouling organisms
  • Bacterial symbionts of wood borers
  • Field tests versus lab trials
  • Lesser known durable wood species
  • Coastline protection using treated wood
  • Aquatic impacts of preservatives
  • Environmental impact models
  • Other items or perspectives 

See the full description of the special session on

Contact Dr Andreas Treu (

2. Surface treatments and characterization

Topics of interest
within this session include, but are not limited to:

  • Plasma treatments
  • Grafting of protective substances onto wood surfaces
  • Sol-gel treatments, including deposition of nanoparticles
  • Thermo-hydromechanical surface treatment methods
  • Wettability of surfaces and wettability assessment methods
  • Surface free energy and methods of its determination
  • Microscopic and spectroscopic surface analytical methods
  • Zeta potential and adsorption phenomena
  • Other items of perspectives
  • See the full description of the special session on

Contact Dr Marko Petrič ( or Dr Holger Militz (

Please be aware of the following deadlines:

• Ron Cockcroft Award (RCA) applications are due December 15, 2019
• Papers are due March 1, 2020
• Posters are due April 15, 2020

All submissions should be sent to the IRG Secretariat:

Templates for IRG papers and posters
Those who intend to present a paper or a poster at an IRG Scientific Conference are requested to prepare their papers and posters in accordance with the following templates:

Guidelines for the preparation of a full scientific paper  can be found on IRG WP website.
A full scientific paper is intended for an oral presentation and will in the program have a time slot of 15 minutes + question time.

Guidelines for the preparation of a Communication Paper/Poster  can be found on IRG WP website.
A communication paper can be less formal and not necessarily strictly follow the format of a scientific paper or scientific poster. A communication paper can be a few paragraphs of narratives of a subject matter including, but not limited to, literature reviews, new ideas/thoughts, observations, communications between different parties, cooperation, results, discussions, processes.
A communication paper is intended for either an oral presentation (15 min + questions) or for a short oral (3 min + 2-3 slides) + poster presentation in the poster session.

Guidelines for the preparation of a Poster Paper and Poster  can be found on IRG WP website.
This guideline gives advice on the layout of a poster. A poster can be accompanied by a short poster paper or by an abstract only. A poster can be presented as a short oral presentation (3 min + 1-3 slides) + poster presentation or as a poster presentation only in the poster session.

Scientific Program Committee Chairman Dr Rod Stirling, CA 

President IRG Dr Lone Ross Gobakken, NO 

Section 1: Biology Dr Nadine Amusant, FR; Dr Mark Mankowski, US 

Section 2: Test Methodology and Assessment Dr Christian Briscke, DE; Dr Erik Larnøy, NO 

Section 3: Wood Protecting Chemicals Dr Jun Zhang, US; Mr Patrick Meckler, DE 

Section 4: Processes and Properties Mr Paul Merrick, US; Dr Jan Van den Bulcke, BE 

Section 5: Sustainability and Environment Mr Dallin Brooks, US; Mr Lars Tellnes, NO