Olympics on Radar With Brisbane to Host Global Timber Hub

Wood Central spoke to the World Conference on Timber Engineering conference chair ahead of the conference launch

Fri 22 Mar 24


Papers are invited for the World Conference on Timber Engineering 2025 to be hosted in Brisbane from June 22 to 25 next year by the University of Queensland, with support from the ARC Advance Timber Hub.

The WCTE is the world’s leading scientific forum for the latest technical and architectural solutions and innovations in timber construction. Abstracts for the conference close on June 30 this year.

“It is the most prestigious international event in the field of timber technology for construction, timber structures and the design of timber architecture,” said conference chair Professor Keith Crews, also the director of the Australian Research Council’s ARC Advance Timber Hub.

The conference theme is ‘Advancing Timber for the Future Build Environment.’

“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.

The WCTE 2025 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 are now emphasising timber engineering as the preferred solution for many projects, including housing.

Themes 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, and examples and construction case studies.

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Chair of the World Conference on Timber Engineering in Brisbane next year Professor Keith Crews (left) with Senator Anthony Chisholm and Dr Richard Johnson,  with Associate Professor Paul Dargusch, School of Environment from the University of Queensland, at the hub’s official launch at the University of Queensland in January. (Photo Credit: Supplied)

Professor Crews said abstract submissions would embrace three focus areas – architectural, engineering and practitioner skills.

Sponsorships are offered in titanium, platinum, gold, silver, and bronze categories, and sponsors are invited to sponsor the gala conference dinner. For a prospectus, contact the executive.

Looking forward to meeting delegates, along with chair Professor Keith Crews, are Professor Greg Nolan, the University of Tasmania deputy chair, and Kelly Rischmiller, executive secretary of ARC Advance Timber Hub.

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Dr Lisa Ottenhaus is leading research to assess the most relevant criteria on the disassembly ability of timber structures. (Photo Credit: Supplied)

Meanwhile, UQ, researchers are conducting a survey to assess the most relevant criteria regarding disassemble ability of timber structures. 

The survey is aimed at professionals in the construction sector, as well as fastener/joint manufacturers and individuals who have previously worked or are involved in the field of timber construction. 

The results of the survey will be used to create an intuitive tool to assess the disassemble ability of connections at an early stage of the design and inform research of ARC Advance Timber Hub Node 3.

Leading this research is Dr Lisa Ottenhaus, senior lecturer, School of Civil Engineering at UQ.


  • 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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