10th European Palaeobotany & Palynology Conference (EPPC), August 12-17, 2018, University College Dublin

IAWA will sponsor a general session "Fossil Woods: New Results and Perspective." Conveners are Anais Boura, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, and Anne-Laure Decombeix, CNRS-UMR AMAP, Montpellier, France, focusing on several aspects of the study of fossil wood and bark anatomy, ranging from the description of new taxa to the use of wood to reconstruct the diversity, biology, and/or environment of fossil plants. We also invite contributions that aim to move forward the taxonomy of fossil woods, introduce new methods of analysis, or advance the conservation of fossil specimens and sites. Studies that focus more specifically on the timing and phylogeny of functional traits in wood can be submitted in our sister IAWA sponsored symposium "The Timing and Phylogeny of Functional Traits in Wood." Conveners are Lisa Boucher, University of Texas, USA, and Nathan Jud, Cornell University, USA. This session will focus on aspects of the timing and phylogenetic placement of functional traits in the evolution of secondary xylem including, but not limited to: trends in the appearance of traits in the fossil record; combinations of characters in phylogenetic lineages; novel traits as adaptations to environmental or niche shifts; evolution of trait correlations; and phylogenetic constraints on wood evolution. Please check: http://eppc2018.ie/call-for-abstracts

Elisabeth Wheeler, USA

IAWS/IAWA Meeting, October 15-19, 2018, Guadalajara, Mexico

The IAWS (International Academy of Wood Science)/IAWA (IAWA as an equal partner) meeting combined with an IAWS Plenary Meeting will take place in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, during the week October 15-19, 2018. The meeting will be sponsored and hosted by the Department of Wood, Cellulose and Paper, University of Guadalajara. It will be the first time the IAWS/IAWA has a meeting in Mexico. This is a good opportunity to share and advance our knowledge of all aspects of wood science while immersed in the rich history and culture of Mexico.

XII Latin American Congress of Botany – XII Congreso Latinoamericano de Botánica, October 15–21, Quito, Ecuador

The most prestigious meeting of Latin American botanists is programmed to take place in Quito, Ecuador, October 2018. The IAWA will host a symposium titled “Wood and Bark: structure and function”, organized by Fidel Roig (CONICET– Argentina) and Teresa Terrazas (UNAM – Mexico). Registrations with a 25% discount are open until September 31st, 2018.

Marcelo R. Pace, Mexico

2nd “Underwater Archeology, Ningbo Forum”, October 2018, in Ningbo, China

The 2nd “Underwater Archeology, Ningbo Forum”, in cooperation with the National Center of Underwater Cultural Heritage, Ningbo Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, and China Port Museum, will be held 16–18 October, 2018 in Ningbo, China. Protection of waterlogged wooden heritage is one of the forum topics.
Juan Guo, China

13th Joint Seminar of China-Korea-Japan on Wood Quality and Utilization, 2018, in Nanjing, China

The 13th Joint Seminar of China-Korea-Japan on Wood Quality and Utilization of Domestic Species will be held on October 25–27, 2018, at Nanjing Forestry University, Jiangsu province of China. The aim of the conference is to provide an international forum for researchers to exchange the latest research results, technological advances and experiences related to wood quality and utilization of domestic species from China, Korea, Japan and other countries. The main topics include wood formation and ecological wood anatomy, structure, quality and utilization of wood, bamboo and rattan, wood utilization and environment and wood processing technology. Please contact the Seminar Secretary: ckj2018@njfu.edu.cn for more details.

The Academic Symposium on the Protection and Investigation of Lacquer-Wooden Wares of Chu and Han Dynasties, October 2018, in Yangzhou, China

The Academic Symposium on the Protection and Investigation of Lacquer-Wooden Wares of Chu and Han Dynasties will be held on 25–28 October, 2018, at Yangzhou Conference Center, Yangzhou Museum, China.
Juan Guo, China

61st SWST International Convention, November 5–9, 2018, in Nagoya, Japan

The 61st Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) International Convention, in cooperation with the Japan Wood Research Society (JWRS) and Nagoya University, will be held on November 5–9, 2018, at the Noyori Conference Hall, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan. The overall theme is “Era of a Sustainable World – Tradition and Innovation for Wood Science and Technology”. More information can be found at http://www.swst.org/wp/meeting/2018-swstjwrs-international-convention/

Juan Guo, China

5th IAWA-China Group annual meeting in Fuzhou, China

The fifth IAWA-China Group Annual Meeting will be held at Fuzhou city, Fujian Province of China, 23 and 24 November, 2018, organized by the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University.

Biao Pan and Jinguo Lin, China

The 18th International Course on Wood Anatomy of Tree Rings

The 18th International Course on Wood Anatomy of Tree Rings "Wood Anatomy and Tree-Ring Ecology 2018" will be held on November 26 to December 1, 2018, in Klosters Dorf, Switzerland. The course is organized by Holger Gärtner, Alan Crivellaro and Fritz H. Schweingruber. The deadline for registration is October 1, 2018. Acceptance of participation will be done on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Holger Gärtner (holger.gaertner@wsl.ch) for registration. More details and information update can be found at: https://www.wsl.ch/en/about-wsl/events/courses/international-course-on-wood-anatomy-tree-ring-ecology-2018.html

Holger Gärtner, Switzerland

Wood anatomy: an African perspective, January 2019, at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa

This symposium “Wood anatomy: an African perspective” will be held on 7–10 January 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the annual Conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB). The program will include varied topics related to wood and bark anatomy, including structural diversity, formation, functions, evolution and identification of these tissues with the focus on the exploration of African woody plants. The symposium will be associated with IAWA. For more details please contact Alexei Oskolski (aoskolski@uj.ac.za).

Alexei Oskolski, South Africa

IAWA - IUFRO International Symposium: Challenges and Opportunities for Updating Wood Identification, 20–22 May 2019, Beijing, China

The IAWA-IUFRO International Symposium: Challenges and Opportunities for Updating Wood Identification will be held on May 20–22, 2019 in Beijing, China. The symposium co-organized by the Research Institute of Wood Industry, Chinese Academy of Forestry and the Forest Products Laboratory, Forest Service, USA, is an update and follow-up meeting to the IAWA-IAWS-IUFRO Conference of June 23–26, 2010 in Madison, USA and the Regional workshop for Asia-Pacific "Identification of Timber Species and Origins” of August 20–21, 2013 in Beijing, China. This meeting will bring together scientists and key stakeholders concerned about promoting legal logging and associated trade, and reducing negative impacts on environmental and social sustainability. The goals are to reinforce the research network, to ensure legal timber trade, and to curb illegal and unsustainable logging by facilitating and promoting the integrated use of different wood identification techniques. The symposium will be associated with IAWA and IUFRO. Please contact Yafang Yin (yafang@caf.ac.cn) and Alex Wiedenhoeft (acwieden@wisc.edu) for more details.