South America: Venue for the WCTE 2020
Chile: Forestry Country and Natural Laboratory
“Chile País Forestal” (Chile Forestry Country) will provide the framework for the celebration of the World Conference on Timber Engineering, for the first time during its existence in South America. Chile has about 15 million hectares of forest (80% native and 20% plantations) and also a vibrant forestry industry, with important support from current national governmental initiatives which encourage the industry to be more competitive based on the huge potential for the development of timber engineering.
Chile is not only one of the biggest forestry producers in the world, it is also a natural laboratory for the exploration of diverse technologies in timber engineering. As a country prone to earthquakes, it presents one of the highest rates of seismic activity in the world, registering the biggest earthquake in documented history (Valdivia, 1960). Additionally, due to its great geographical variety, which includes the driest desert in the world, located in the north, and the southern Patagonian ice fields, Chile is an excellent country in which to study the behaviors of timber as a construction material when exposed to different weather and temperature conditions.
Santiago, the capital of Chile, was chosen by the New York Times (2013) as one of the best destinations to visit in the world. The city is a dynamic and modern metropolis, located in the heart of the fertile Central Valley, surrounded by the Andes mountain range and very close to the sea. Besides this, Santiago has an attractive artistic-cultural scene, a variety of restaurants and an exciting night life.
Topics of the WCTE 2020
The topics of the WCTE are the core of the event and each host venue is encouraged to include the local context when defining the topics. With this in mind, the main topics for the World Conference on Timber Engineering CHILE 2020 are:
- Sustainable Forests for Lumber Production
- Wood Products, Connections
- Timber Engineering
- Timber Architecture
- Building and Environmental Impact
- Implementation and Management
- Policies, Education and Future Trends
We invite you to be part of this stimulating world conference. We are completely sure of the huge regional industrial potential and the great tourist opportunities too. Chile promises you unforgettable memories of your participation in the WCTE CHILE 2020. Not just a country, a whole continent is waiting for you!