Tentative program

May 3rd, 2020 (Sunday)

14:00 - 17:00 Registration
17:00 - 18:00 Exhibition opening
19:00 - 21:00 Welcome party (Koliba Patria)


May 4th, 2020 (Monday)

8:00 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 12:00 Opening ceremony, Plenary sessions
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 18:00 Conference sessions
  Congress Hall
Structure and properties of wood and its changes at high temperatures
Hunting Salon
Fire modelling, testing, certification, investigation, dynamic, behaviour modelling, smoke control and combustion toxicity 
19:00 - 20:00 Dinner 


May 5th, 2020 (Tuesday)

9:00 - 12:00 Conference sessions
  Congress Hall
Fire safety in wooden objects
Hunting Salon
Wood burning retardation and wood-based materials
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 18:00 Conference sessions
  Congress Hall
Fire safety in wooden objects topics focus on wood & fire safety
Hunting Salon
Forest fires
19:00 - 0:00 Conference dinner 


May 6th, 2020 (Wednesday)

  Social programme



Plenary sessions – Keynote speakers

We are please to annouce the WFS2020 keynote speakers:


Eva Haviarova

Purdue University, USA
President of International Society of Wood Science & Technology (SWST), USA

The Society of Wood Science and Technology and their Support of Global Wood Science Programs; Overview of Wood and Fire Safety Research in the USA.

Eva Haviarova

Dr. Eva Haviarova is an associate professor of Wood Products Engineering and Strength Design in The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University. She is responsible for teaching of World Forest and Society, Global Sustainability Issues, and several Wood Products Development courses. She is conducting research in areas of Strength Design, Sustainable Product Development, Value Added for Hardwoods, Design and Development of Low-Cost Furniture for Underprivileged, Design of Light Timber Frames, Global Sustainability Issues, and advanced Wood ID. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications and delivered over 200 professional presentations. Through her outreach activities, she is working mainly with the forest products industry. She is active member of several professional associations and currently serves as the President of the Society of Wood Science and Technology.


Boris Iskra

Forest and Wood Products Australia

Australian Building Code Change - Eight-Storey Timber Buildings

Boris Iskra

Boris Iskra has an extensive understanding of the Australian forest and wood products sector with over 30 years of direct involvement. He is the National Codes & Standards Manager for Forest & Wood Products Australia where his role is to coordinate the development and review of Australian timber standards, and associated building standards and codes, on behalf of the Australian timber industry. He was principally involved with, and coordinated, the Building Code of Australia submission that now permits timber-framed and massive timber buildings to be built up to 25 metres in effective height as Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) solutions; typically, eight-storeys. This change now permits all classes of buildings, such as residential, school, hospital and aged-care buildings, to be constructed using structural timber elements.

Boris holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Structural) degree and a Graduate Diploma in Building Fire Safety and Risk Engineering. 


Rodolphe Sonnier

IMT Mines Alès, France

Flame retardancy of wood-plastic composites by radiation-curing phosphorus-containing resins

Rodolphe Sonnier

Rodolphe Sonnier is graduated from ENSAIT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles, France's 1st school of textile engineers) and holds a DEA (Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies In Macromolecular chemistry - University of Lille, France) and a doctorate in chemical sciences from the University of Montpellier, France, carried out at the Center of Materials (C2MA) from IMT Mines Alès, France. After a post-doctorate at the Macromolecular Materials Laboratory of INSA Lyon, France, he joined C2MA as research engineer and later as assistant professor of IMT Mines Alès.

His competences include the study of fire behavior and flame retardancy of polymer materials, compatibilization of polymer mixtures and modification of polymers by ionizing radiation (γ and β).

He has supervised 14 PhD students including 4 in progress. He is qualified to conduct research since early 2016.

He has published around 100 articles and book chapters. He is reviewer and associated editor for several international publications.



Social Program

The social program - May 6, 2020 (option 1 and 2) - is optional and will be paid separately - to be announced soon.




Option 1
Spis Castle and Levoca Tour
UNESCO Medieval Town Tour and a visit to UNESCO Spis castle


We will start our trip at the biggest castle ruins complex of central Europe, Spis Castle, built during the 12th century. It was an important political, economic and cultural centre of the Hungarian Kingdom. Several movies were filmed here, such as Dragonheart and The Last Legion.

We stop for lunch at the historical town of Levoca with the chance to try some traditional dishes from Slovakia. On the way to Levoca, you will have a chance to spot Spisska Kapitula, the administrative centre of the church since the 12th century. Levoca is a medieval town built between the 15th and 17th centuries. It is the biggest religious pilgrimage centre of Slovakia. In Levoca visitors can see a wellpreserved town wall, a Gothic church with the highest wooden altar in the world carved by the most famous medieval carving masters, master Pavol of Levoca, among other Renaissance buildings. In the city centre, there is a special medieval object from the 16th century, the ‘ shame cage’ . It used to be a place of punishment for people who disobeyed the law. Among all the beautiful buildings, the city centre has well-preserved merchant’s medieval houses.

Levoca, Kapitula and Spis Castle are listed as part of UNESCO World Heritage.

spis castle

Tour schedule

  • 9:00 - pick up clients at the hotel
  • 10:30 - 12:30 - Visit Spis Castle
  • 13:00 – 14:00 - lunch at Levoca historical town
  • 14:00 - 15:30 - Visit St. Jame’s Basilica with the highest gothic altar in the world, medieval houses and city centre of Levoca
  • 15:30 - 17:00 - Return to the hotel

What is included

  • Transport
  • Snacks and a drink
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees to Spis Castle and St. Jame’s Basilica
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide


Option 2
Hiking from Hotel Patria to the „Skok waterfall“ and back

trip info

This is an easy, clearly waymarked hike. Walking through the peaceful valley of Mlynická dolina, you will have an opportunity to admire the majestic Skok Waterfall, as well as multiple impressive views.


high tatras hiking

Start at the Hotel Patria (1,346 m above sea level) and follow the tarmac road to the ski jumps. From there, follow the yellow waymarked hiking trail. It will take you all the way to the tranquil valley of Mlynická dolina and the Skok Waterfall.

To Skok

skok waterfall

From Mlynická dolina, walk up the stony path. The higher you go, the narrower it will become. Hairpin bends will help you at the steeper parts. Peeking through the majestic spruces, you will be able to see the waterfall. And if your hearing is really good, you will be able to hear it too.

Continue on the yellow trail and you will enter the dwarf-pine zone. Notice the large rock formation called Kazateľnica (pulpit). After a short while, you will stand right at the bottom of the waterfall. Its 25-metre drop is spectacular. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region, and it falls from a ledge that is 1,789 m above sea level.


Retrun back to the Hotel Patria following the same route.




The social program - option 1 = 85 €
The social program - option 2 = 0 €

You can pay during registration process.



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