First Call for Papers and Posters- Abstract submission by February 6, 2021.

The 2021 World Wood Day Virtual Symposium and the Third IUFRO Forest Products Culture Colloquium



CO2 & Wood: Carbon Capture and Storage in Forests, Wood and Non-Wood Products


21-22 March, 2021


The background to this 2021 World Wood Day Symposium in cooperation with the Third IUFRO Forest Products Culture Colloquium is to emphasize the importance that harvested long-lived forest products (wood and non-wood materials) play in mitigating climate change particularly as stored wood-based carbon products that society values. Wood is a natural renewable raw material and is derived from CO2. Carbon is exchanged naturally between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere, whereby wood is formed by photosynthesis of CO2 and water. One cubic meter of wood can correspond to the reduction of the CO2 emission from fossil fuels up to 1.1 tons.
Since the Kyoto Protocol when only forests were the essential carbon sinks for climate change mitigation, wood, and likely non-wood, products are now recognized to have complementary roles. As with forest management and conservation efforts to secure long-lived carbon sinks in forests, various efforts are also being made to secure the carbon sink effectiveness as well as the fossil fuel substitution effects of harvested wood products in climate change mitigation.
Society needs to cultivate a deep sense of cultural appreciation on the benefits of wood and non-wood products. Various strategies are needed to secure the long-lived carbon storage effectiveness of forest products through research and innovations in forest products technology as well as educational aspects concerning wood and forest culture.


  1. Carbon Capture and Storage in Forests, Wood and Non-Wood Forest Products
  2. Wood in Construction and Buildings Including Wood Durability and Protection Needs
  3. Building Components, Furniture, Musical Instruments, Artifacts Manufacturing and Design
  4. Education on Sustainable Forests, Forest Products Utilization and Wood Culture
  5. Challenges for Sustainability in the Forest-Wood Chain
  6. Wood Products and Wood Biotechnology (IAWS Special Session)

Download: 2021 WWD Symposium Submission Form (Word/PDF)

Please fill in and send the submission form for oral presentations and for poster presentations within the 6 topics listed above. This symposium is co-organized by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS), International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Division 5 (Forest Products) including IUFRO Research Unit 5.15.00 (Forest Products Culture), IUFRO Research Unit 9.03.02 (Forest Culture) of Division 9 (Forest Policy and Economics), Estonian State Forest Management Centre (RMK) and with the support of International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA) as well as International Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST).


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