The 1st International Conference on Timber Structures is being organised by the Wessex Institute in collaboration with the Technical Centre of Wood Industry in Belgium.

Rapid advances have recently been made in the development and processing of innovative ecologically friendly wood products.  A wide range of new structural shapes can now be fabricated and used to construct buildings and bridges which have minimal impact on the environment.  Wood is particularly attractive since it is renewable and has no carbon footprint when it is harvested in a sustainable way. Timber structures are ecologically sound and comparatively low cost.  The material lends itself to innovative design and new types of composites offer reliable, robust and safe materials.

The Conference will explore the latest developments in wood products and their application as structural components with emphasis on new research and real applications.  It is intended to provide a platform for the presentation and discussion between researchers and practitioners of new and innovative ideas in this important field. 

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Timber Structures 2017. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Wood products characterisation
  • Material properties of wood
  • Durability aspects, service life modelling
  • Fire safety of timber structures
  • Protection against decay
  • Non-destructive inspection and monitoring
  • Glued, laminated structures, Xlam and CLT
  • Timber joints and connections
  • Vernacular wood structures
  • Heritage timber structures
  • Timber housing and eco-architecture
  • Timber bridges
  • Large span timber roof structures
  • Shell structures in timber
  • Mixed, composite and hybrid structures
  • Computational analysis and experimental methods
  • Structural engineering and design
  • Seismic behaviour of timber structures
  • Protection of timber
  • Case studies
  • Repaired timber structures
  • Rapidly assembled and transferable timber structures
  • Guidelines, codes and regulations
  • Structure failures
  • Art and craftsmanship


Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers Papers presented at Timber Structures 2017 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (ISSN:2046-0546; Digital ISSN:2046-0554).

Reviews Abstracts and papers are reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts.

Open Access WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work.  WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free ( 

Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Thomson Reuters Web of Science, Google Scholar*, Scopus and ProQuest. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings Delegates will receive a copy of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. The USB will, in addition, contain papers from previous conferences in this series. Following the Conference, authors will receive an electronic copy of the publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

Networking Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, becoming part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at their conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much reduced conference fee.


*Google Scholar Indexation  
WIT Press has made all its conference and journal papers open access in an effort to help its dissemination within the scientific and technical community.

This means that you are now able to download any paper in the WIT eLibrary ( totally free and without having to pre-register.

This major development has the added benefit of allowing the Google Scholar search engines to fully index all WIT papers.

Google Scholar is a search engine created specifically for researchers to facilitate the indexation and citation of academic papers free of charge. This service is becoming the most accepted comprehensive benchmark and quality standard.

In Google Scholar you will be able to see the number of citations of your articles as well as the ‘h-index’ ranking for both author and publications. The h-index is the largest number h such that at least h articles (by the author or in a publication) were cited at least h times each.

The impact of your work is given by the ‘i10 index’ which refers to the number of publications within the last 10 years that have at least 10 citations.

You can also easily create within the system an Author’s Profile which helps to highlight your achievements.

Google Scholar is becoming the most popular system in the world and its metrics are independent and unbiased. Unlike other ranking systems, it is free.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible by clicking on the 'Submit an Abstract' button found at the top and bottom of this page. Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.

Once your abstract has been reviewed, you will be notified of the acceptance of your abstract and be given a submission date as well as instructions on how to prepare your paper.

Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication, must be presented at the conference.

We encourage early submission of abstracts and papers to facilitate registration and travel arrangements.

The language of the conference will be English.


To register online for this conference please complete the registration form by clicking on the 'Register' button at the top or bottom of this page. If you would prefer to print out a copy of the Registration Form, please download the PDF Registration Form below and return to the Conference Secretariat.

PDF Registration Form

Conference Fees

Includes conference proceedings, other documentation and refreshments.

Registration Fee, €890

Conference Chairmen, WIT Fellows and members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, €780

Students, €500

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at Timber Structures 2017 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (ISSN:2046-0546; Digital ISSN:2046-0554).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.

New Forest, UK 

15577562073 6f43081091 oTimber Structures 2017 will be held in the New Forest National Park, which borders the south coast of England and is home to the Wessex Institute. The New Forest is situated in central southern England, 100km from London. Spreading over nearly 400 square kilometres, this National Park is home to picturesque villages, unspoiled scenery, abundant wildlife and many attractions for visitors. The New Forest was established as a royal hunting ground by the Norman King William I, and 900 years later, the New Forest is still owned by the Crown. Local commoners have the right to graze their ponies, cattle and pigs on forest land where they wander freely. The Forest is unarguably recognised as one of the most unique wilderness areas in Western Europe, where many landscapes have remained virtually unchanged for many centuries.


Conference Venue

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Situated at the heart of the New Forest National Park, the Balmer Lawn Hotel has uniquely designed and decorated rooms. This 4 star hotel has its own restaurant, 3 acres of grounds, squash courts, tennis court, pools, sauna, spa and fitness suite as well as direct access to the New Forest. Only a short walk from the shops, pubs and restaurants of Brockenhurst village and Brockenhurst train station, the hotel is easily accessible.


Visa Information

Citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area and Commonwealth, don’t require a visa to enter the UK. There are other countries which also do not require a visa for a short visit, please follow the link below if you are a citizen of a country not mentioned above

Should you not require a visa to enter the UK, you will still require a valid Passport (or EU National identity card). Please check with the corresponding embassy for specific requirements citizens of your country may need in addition to the passport. If citizens of your country require a visa to enter the UK, you will have to contact the correspondent Embassy in your country and start the application process at least 5 months before your trip.

Find out the required documentation for your VISA application at:2014_08_Visitor_Documents.pdf

Important information: Please notice that although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, it is your responsibility to check that the visa and travel requirements with the corresponding Embassy in your country. 

Invitation Letters
If you require a letter of invitation for your visa application, please submit a request for a letter of invitation to the conference secretariat Registration fees must be paid in order to be issued an invitation letter. Please make sure you read the cancellation policy stated in the registration form before sending your payment.

All letters of invitation will be sent to you by email and regular mail unless otherwise specified. Please provide the following information in your request:

  •  Title (Dr., Professor, Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms, etc.)
  •  Your full name (Please specify family name and given name)
  •  Organization
  •  Full mailing address
  •  Additional information such as if you are presenting a paper at the Conference
  •  We cannot provide visa letters for spouses or guests, however we can include their name on your letter

Additional Information

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