NOMINATION DEADLINE: Deadline has passed but we are accepting submissions until further notice.
Decisions will be made soon so submit earlier than later for the best chance of approval.
About the Conference
The International Mass Timber Conference is an annual, global conference on the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other mass timber in manufacturing and mid- to high-rise construction. The conference is produced by Forest Business Network in cooperation with the wood design experts at WoodWorks-Wood Products Council.
The three-day educational conference and expo is the largest gathering of CLT and mass timber experts in the world and celebrates its 4th year at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., March 19-21, 2019. A full day of tours to mass timber buildings and other related points of interest in and around Portland precedes two days of educational panels (70+ speakers), networking, and receptions. The 2018 event drew over 1,200 industry thought leaders and executives from 22 countries.
International Mass Timber Conference organizers seek experts to deliver dynamic track presentations. PLEASE NOTE: we give a higher priority for presentations that discuss real-world applications of mass timber in design, manufacturing, construction, development, pre-fabrication, etc. and a lower priority to theoretical discussions.
Interest to speak is high, therefore we are unable to approve every request. However, we carefully consider your presentation before making a final decision.
- TRACK 1 | REIMAGINING OUR CITIES
- TRACK 2 | PROJECT DELIVERY: MASS TIMBER IS NOT JUST A NEW PRODUCT, IT'S A NEW PROCESS
- TRACK 3 | BUILDING PERFORMANCE: DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION
- TRACK 4 | OVERCOMING BARRIERS & GROWING THE MARKET
We welcome and encourage you to propose topics of most all types related to the entire supply chain of mass timber manufacturing and construction. However, there are some topics we wish to specifically address at the conference and that may help guide you in preparing your submission(s):
- Carbon. Mass timber has great potential to help with reducing atmospheric carbon. How does mass timber help us reimagine cities and the carbon conversation?
- Case studies. Case studies of projects (under construction and recently completed)
- Coatings. What type of coatings are needed to protect exposed wood?
- Code. How to implement new code changes. Updates that affect mass timber construction. What’s next and how do we continue to grow?
- Communication. What can we do to influence stakeholders and the public to support greater use of mass timber and market growth? How do we better tie forest health to the mass timber story? Monthly media monitoring: what are we learning and how do/should we respond?
- Competition. Is mass timber competitive with steel/concrete in building construction? We are looking for testimony and real numbers from builders and real estate developers on actual projects (especially in the U.S.). How do we maximize the value conversation?
- Developers and builders. We are particularly interested in presentations that can help real estate developers and builders get the information they need to convert their clients to consider mass timber.
- End of life. What are the waste stream opportunities for wood? How does this compare with other mediums such as concrete? What new and updated life cycle assessment data do we have?
- Financing. What is the due diligence process to enable finance approvals for timber buildings? What unique financing tools are becoming available to support manufacturing and construction growth?
- Forestry. Where does the mass timber wood supply come from? Is it sustainably sourced? What does sustainable forestry mean? Are mass timber products certified, and what are the differences between SFI and FSC?
- Markets. What are the new market projections? Are there other markets for mass timber? Single family residential construction, sound barrier walls along interstate highways, mass timber tilt up walls, etc.
- Materials. Discussions and case studies on buildings that use a combination of wood, concrete, and/or steel.
- Modular. Who are the players in the U.S? Examples and case studies from Europe, Australia, and beyond. What are the barriers to increase the adoption of modular buildings and construction?
- Performance. Updates on highly relevant testing and research that are moving the needle forward for mass timber production and testing.
- Supply chain. Can lumber be manufactured to mass timber manufacturer’s specifications? State-of-the-art quality assurance and quality control considerations and their implications. What is the mix of species and grades that work for mass timber production? Are there pre-treating processes needed to protect mass timber? What constraints are present and how can they be addressed? What affect do tariffs and trade have on mass timber? How can we ensure supply is not a limiting factor in growth?
Expect the following sectors to attend the conference:
- City planners
- Real estate developers
- Construction companies
- Mass timber manufacturers
- Equipment manufacturers
- Fire officials
- Equipment suppliers
- Fastener manufacturers
- Fastener suppliers
- Economic developers
- Environmental NGOs
- State and federal agencies
- Land managers
- Code officials
Track presentations are 25 minutes long. Presenters receive 1-2 minutes at the beginning of their presentation to introduce themselves and their company/association.
Although the deadline was October 31, 2018, we are still accepting submissions until further notice. However, we encourage you to get your application in sooner than later due to high interest.
Benefits of Presenting
Presenters with winning applications receive:
- One (1) complimentary attendee pass with a value of up to $830 (pass includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks for up to two days, two evening receptions, and access to all educational panels)
- Significant exposure for you and your company in front of 1,000+ industry thought leaders
International Mass Timber Conference does not typically compensate or provide airfare or hotel rooms to speakers selected through the public nomination process.
Learn More About the Event
Learn more about the International Mass Timber Conference.
Deadline for abstract submission
February 8, 2019 (we periodically approve submissions as they come in, so you do not have to wait until February for confirmation)
Current university and college students only. Representatives of other efforts tied to higher education efforts will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Your abstract (250 words or less) should clearly define the objective of your presentation, briefly describe the topics to be covered, and list major conclusions or recommendations. After you submit your abstract, you will receive an email confirmation from conference staff if your poster is accepted.
Poster size and font
The maximum size for posters is 3 foot or .91 meter (width) by 4 foot or 1.2 meter (height). Please make sure your poster is in portrait orientation.
Text size should be no smaller than 18 pt. and that text should be readable from a 6 foot (1.8 meter) distance. Please try to use sans serif fonts such as Arial, as these are easier to read at a distance.
Provided for poster presenters:
- Poster display board space and a supply of push pins for the poster boards.
Even if your poster is accepted for inclusion at the event, you must purchase a student attendee pass. We have discounted student passes to only $95 (almost 90% off the full rate) and these passes include most meals for the 2-day conference. Register Now.
Please reach out via our contact form. We will reply as quickly as possible.