The objective of the project is to organize an international Conference with the view to assessing the current state of research and development, innovation and other technological developments in the global forest and wood product industries, and determine policies and strategies to further increase innovation and its uptake to continually improve the sustainability and competitiveness of the forest and wood products industries. The Conference will also provide opportunity for building on existing collaborative and strategic alliances as well as developing new ones to assist the transfer of technology, skill and knowledge. The Conference will include a special Session on tropical timbers. Two major outputs are expected from the project:
*The Conference proceedings describing the current state of innovation in the global industry, as well as new developments in knowledge, products and processes;
*The development of new alliances/partnerships, which could assist on-going innovation, its adoption and transfer among the global industry.