Olympics in Focus with Brisbane Set to Welcome World’s Top Timber Engineers

Focus on preferred wood design with the world's leading timber engineers set to gather in Queensland

Tue 19 Dec 23


The peak conference for timber engineering, the World Conference on Timber Engineering, is an opportunity to showcase Australia’s research and development status and expertise in wood product design and durability on a global scale.

Scheduled to be hosted in Brisbane in June 2025, WCTE 2025 chair Professor Keith Crews exclusively revealed to Wood Central that the conference builds a significant platform for networking with internationally recognised research groups across various timber design fields.

“The conference will highlight the advances and carbon benefits of timber construction, particularly for Queensland government stakeholders as they plan the 2032 Olympic venues and athlete accommodation,” Professor Crews said.

It comes after Wood Central reported that the new Queensland Premier, Steven Miles, committed to building “cleaner, greener and more sustainable” infrastructure as part of a broader commitment to using low-carbon construction materials in buildings.

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Professor Keith Crews, centre, with 43 Australian delegates, was the largest from Australia in the history of the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) in Oslo earlier this year. (Photo Credit: Wood Central)

The University of Queensland, along with the support of the ARC Advance Timber Hub, will host the event, which this year attracted more than 850 delegates in Oslo, Norway.

WCTE 2025 chair Professor Crews is also director of the newly-formed Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Hub to Advance Timber for Australia’s Future Built Environment (ARC Advance Timber Hub) administered by the University of Queensland.

The conference committee invites authors to submit two-page abstracts/ mini papers by April 30 next year.

Submissions are sought for oral and poster presentations addressing the principal conference theme – ‘Advancing Timber for the Future Built Environment’.

The technical program will focus on the importance of research and development undertaken by the timber design and construction community in response to the increased demand from engineering and architectural firms, developers and investors who now emphasise timber engineering as a preferred solution for many projects.

Chosen themes for WCTE 2025 include:
  • Material performance and durability.
  • Sustainability and timber in a circular economy.
  • Timber engineering and structural performance.
  • Timber architecture and biophilic design.
  • Education, innovation and challenges.
  • Exemplars and construction case studies.

WCTE 2025 sponsorships are offered in titanium, platinum, gold, silver and bronze categories with invitations to sponsor the gala WCTE 2025 dinner.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities and to receive the WCTE 2025 sponsorship prospectus, email the WCTE 2025 executive secretary.

The WCTE 2025 committee includes Professor Keith Crews (chair), University of Queensland; Professor Greg Nolan, deputy chair, University of Tasmania; and Kelly Rischmiller, executive secretary of UQ ARC Advance Timber Hub.


  • Jim Bowden

    Jim Bowden, senior editor and co-publisher of Wood Central. Jim brings 50-plus years’ experience in agriculture and timber journalism. Since he founded Australian Timberman in 1977, he has been devoted to the forest industry – with a passion.


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