International Convention

Forest Products Society

About the Convention


205 delegates from 15+ countries attended the Forest Products Society (FPS) 70th International Convention. The Forest Products Society (FPS) Executive Board and the International Convention Planning Committee were thrilled to welcome delegates fromvacross the professional spectrum in beautiful Portland, Oregon in the heart of the Pacific Northwest forest industry.

Last year’s theme New Horizons for the Forest Products Industry brought together a great line-up of keynotes and over 125 talks and 41 posters that share their ideas. We heard about innovative research approaches and results that cover all aspects of wood science. Presentation topics included mass timber products and design, feedstock supply, biofuels, nano-composites, alternative adhesives, new construction technologies, and market opportunities. View the convention program

"The Convention provided a great chance to get a glimpse of the future of wood science and marketing by interacting with top researchers and educators in our field," said Maureen Puettmann, PhD, Convention Chair and FPS President. "The organizing committee brought back the Industry Focus Day, which targeted speakers and topics specifically selected to address our industrial members' interest."

FPS teamed up with CORRIM (Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials) and Waste to Wisdom for two all-day sessions with presentations covering environmental aspects of forestry and wood based building products and the utilization of forest residues for bioenergy and bio-based products.

The Society's 2016 Annual Excellence Awards were presented during an awards ceremony, recognizing student research, service to the Society, and the companies as well as the individuals who are developing technologies that are changing the face of the forest products industry. Puettmann added, "the FPS Board of Directors were very pleased to award scholarships to students in conjunction with the Convention." View the award and scholarship winners

"We would like to thank all speakers, session chairs, award winners, and especially the organizing committee who volunteered their time and talents to provide you with an excellent technical program. It really takes a village and you all proved it. Most of all, we thank our members and other attendees for being there," Puettmann summed up.

Most importantly, now is the time to mark your calendar for the 71st FPS International Convention, which will be held in June 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi, USA. More details will be available soon.

The Program committee will start meeting in July to start the planning process. If you are interested in helping plan the convention please contact Scott Springmier, Forest Products Society Executive Director.


The 71st Forest Products Society (FPS) International Convention will be held in June 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi, USA. The annual International Convention is the premier event for professionals in the forest products industry. The Convention brings together hundreds of scientists, design professionals, managers, decision makers, and others from academia, government, nonprofit, and private industry sectors to discuss the state of forest products research and learn about innovations in the field. The Convention covers a wide array of topics, including:

Advances in Technology   Marketing and Education  
  • Nanotechnology
  • Adhesives
  • Wood enhancements
  • Wood processing
  • Composites
  • Chemistry
  • New Products/Innovations
  • Forest certification
  • Green building certification
  • Environmental product declarations
  • Public perception
  • Timber supply issues
  • Export/import product and policy
Wood and the Environment   Wood in Construction  
  • Environmental impacts
  • Recycling and reuse
  • Treated wood/preservatives
  • Biofuels-bioenergy and feedstock supply impacts
  • Designing for the environment
  • Wood moisture relations
  • Strength properties
  • Wood quality
  • Paint coatings and finishing
  • Solid wood and panel product development

The complete list of 2017 topics will be announced soon.



"The FPS Convention was a fantastic experience. I was able to network and make new contacts that will help me in my research and in my career. I plan on attending again."
- William Hand, Auburn University

"Our team found the educational sessions and networking opportunities to be very beneficial. It is important for industry professionals and researchers to come together to facilitate innovation for the future of the forest products industry. The FPS Convention does just that."
- Nian Ou, Huber Engineered Woods LLC