ICWSE 2017 November 2-4, 2017

View over the city center
City Hall
County Council
The Black Church
"Piata Sfatului" Square
The Museum of History
Behind the old fortress walls
Main street
Olimpia Sport Center
Brasov green area
Spring traditional feast
View of the Rectorat building
Conference Aula


Conference Programme

November 2, 2017 
08.00 h - 09.30 h: Registration of participants.  
09.30 h - 10.00 h: Opening ceremony  
10.00 h - 12.00 h: Keynote papers 
12.00 h - 13.00 h: Lunch  
13.00 h - 15.00 h: Paper sessions  
15.00 h - 15.30 h: Coffee break  
15.30 h - 17.30 h: Paper sessions  
19.00 h: Welcome cocktail (ARO Palace Hotel) 

November 3, 2017  
8.30 h - 10.15 h: Paper sessions  
10.15 h - 10.30 h: Group photo 
10.30 h - 11.00 h: Coffee break 
11.00 h - 13.00 h: Paper sessions  
13.00 h - 14.00 h: Lunch  
14.00 h - 15.00 h: Paper sessions  
15.00 h - 16.00 h: Poster session (coffee and discussions)
19.00 h: Banquet (ARO Palace Hotel) 

November 4, 2017
Post conference excursion
 - Visit to Rupea fortress and medieval Sighisoara citadel- UNESCO heritage 

1. Departure from ARO Palace Hotel, Brasov: 10:00
2. Guided visit to Rupea fortress 

Guarded by thick strong walls, the fortress is located on top of a hill near the Carpathian Mountains and is one of the oldest archeological vestiges on the Romanian territory. As you get to the top of the citadel, you can see all the breathtaking landscapes surrounding the area. 

3. Guided visit to medieval Sighisoara citadel- UNESCO heritage


Placed on a hilltop, Sighisoara (115 km NV Brasov) draws hundreds of thousands of travellers who come here in search of old time customs andmanners. The citadel is part of the UNESCO patrimony. 

Main sights:
- Citadel Square - back in the medieval times, every Wednesday an international fair would take place here - traders from Istanbul in Turkey,Vallachia, Moldavia, Transylvania, Hungary, and Austria would come all the way to sell their well-made products. The Pole of Infamy to which the "never-do-wells" were bound also stood here.
- The Stag House - a unique insight in the Transylvanian Renaissaince;
- The Covered Steps - built in wood in 1654 to ease the access of students to the school which is placed at the citadel's highest point;
- The Hill Church - the spiritual center of the Sighisoara community, with a 12th century foundation; winner of the Europa Nostra contest in2004 for the restauration work made in the previous years; the only church in Transylvania with a crypt beneath the altar;
- The Tinsmiths Tower - a curiously-shaped tower that withstood many attacks and provides us with insight on the various stages of weaponuse back in the day;
- Vlad Dracul House - the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula), prince of Valacchia;
- The Venetian House - the simple, yet impressive architectural details make this place stand out from the surrounding classic Saxon buildings;
- The Monastery's Church - the only building left from the Dominican Monastery in Sighisoara, the church is mentioned by Pope Bonifacius VIIIback in 1298;
- The Clock Tower - this is the main entrance into the citadel; built initially in the 13th century in a very simple and austere manner for defensive purposes, this place evolved as the city grew in size and commercial importance. Here lies a copy of the City Chronicles by Georgius Krauss. The rustique baroque statuettes that decorate the facades each have a story to tell. 

4. Arrival in Brasov - ARO Palace Hotel: 19:00
Cost: 60 euro (including transportation, entrance tickets, lunch)

Registration deadline: 30 September 2017
 Registration form - post conference excursion

Per e-mail to (see registration form attached). It is of utmost importance to have in advance an accurate list of participants for this event, in order to make reservations!

Payment: together with conference registration fee by bank transfer or at the registration desk, on arrival

The Conference is supported by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the Forest Products Society and the Society of Wood Science and Technology


            Scientific partners: The University of Tennessee Knoxville, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (FHS), Oklahoma State University, FPInnovations Vancouver, Bucks New University High Wycombe,Technical University Zvolen, Stellenbosch University, Shizuoka University, Forest Products Journal, Wood Research and ProLigno.


We hope to have you as guests at this special event in 2017!

TRANSILVANIA University of Brasov, Faculty of Wood Engineering
Colina Universitatii nr.1, 500068 Brasov, ROMANIA Tel/Fax : **40 268 419 581