International Convention

Forest Products Society

About the Convention

2017 Theme: The Future of the Global Forest Products Industry

The Forest Products Society’s 71st International Convention will be held on June 26-28, 2017 and hosted by the Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources.  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 2017 theme is “The Future of the Global Forest Products Industry”.  The program will include presentations on the newest, highly advanced production facilities and include plant tours.   The program will also showcase the newest research in areas like nanomaterials, MDF and panelboard, bioenergy, non-wood composites, green building and mass timber.   A poster session is also available.  

The event will be held in the beautiful new Mill Conference Center, near the campus of MSU. 



  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Operations Managers
  • Product Developers
  • Suppliers
  • Consultants


  • Abstract Submission Deadline: January 16, 2017
  • Paper and Poster Deadline for Inclusion in Proceedings: May 15, 2017
  • Early Registration and Hotel Room Cutoff: May 24, 2017
Organizing Committee      
  • Chair
    Rubin S Shmulsky
    Department Head
    Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, College of Forest Resources
    Mississippi State University
    Starkville, MS USA

  • Program Chair
    Hui Wan – Program Chair
    Associate Professor
    Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, College of Forest Resources
    Mississippi State University,
    Starkville, MS USA

  • Sponsorship Chair
    Fred Kurpiel
    Georgia Research Institute
    Peachtree City, GA USA

  • Student Co-Chairs
    Cody Blake
    Frank Owens
    Mississippi State University
    Starkville, MS USA

  • Poster Chair

  • Tour Chair
    Richard Baldwin
    Managing Partner
    Oak Creek Investments LLC
    Allen, TX USA

  • 2016 Conference Chair
    Maureen Puettmann
    WoodLife Environmental Consultants LLC
    Corvallis, OR USA

  • Members
    David DeVallance
    Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Wood Science and Technology
    Division of Forestry and Natural Resources
    West Virginia University
    Morgantown, WV USA

  • Forest Products Society Staff
    Deepa George
    Christina Artis
    Scott Springmier

  • Rich Vlosky
    Director, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center
    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA USA


"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