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Santiago, Abril 2020.

The conference organizing team has been constantly monitoring the world COVID-19 crisis and studying its implications not only for the realization of the conference, but also for the health and safety of everybody involved. The latter being the top priority.

Consequently, it has been considered that the original date for this conference is not suitable anymore to hold such a massive and international event. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that the WCTE 2020 will be held on January 11th-14th, 2021

We are extremely grateful for all your kind words of support, and the strong commitment that you have shown to our national and international collaborators, especially in difficult times like these. We will keep the hard work to develop this event. It is the organizing team strong belief that this new date is in the best interest of all our attendees, keynote speakers, sponsors and organizing team. It considers the international context of both, the northern and southern hemisphere, as well as the weather implications that may favour the realization of the conference. 

If you have any doubts or require more information, please do not hesitate to write to Our team will be happy to guide you!


See you all in January 2021!

Stefan Winter – Germany

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Stefan Winter is a German civil engineer with a PhD in composite steel and concrete structures. He has dedicated his career to teach at prestigious universities and to research about diverse topics on timber construction, such as fire safety, multi-story structures, and sustainable and modern constructions.

He has not only been appointed professor of diverse courses on timber construction, but he has also worked at the Aalto University in Helsinki as part of the Finnish Distinguished Professorship program.

His career has led him to win several awards, such as the Bayerischer Holzbaupreis and the Best Project Award from ERA-NET, both in 2011.

His work is helping to shape the knowledge on wood as a construction material, since his investigation revolves around fire safety, sizing wood capacity in structures and the advantages for sustainable constructions.

Hermann Kaufmann – Austria

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Hermann Kaufmann is an Austrian architect, who has spent his career to work with wood as a construction material, which has revolutionised the field in his pursue for holistic solutions for sustainable and modern constructions.

Kaufmann designed the first wooden building 8 stories tall, which questioned what was known about timber construction until then, in terms of the time spent building this project, the use of CLT, and also the flexibility for adapting every construction to every different context.

The Austrian architect has been the winner of several important awards due to his work on sustainability, the use of wood in construction, the success of all his projects in terms of innovation and technology, research, among others.

John Moore – New Zealand

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John Moore has a PhD in forest resources from Oregon State University and has vast experience conducting researches regarding the use of wood in the construction industry.

He has worked in very important journals in New Zealand, such as the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science and the Annals of Forest Science, where he worked as associate editor in both of them. He has also worked in the International Union of Forest Research Organization as coordinator, and as research and development management in Timberlands Ltd.

His work and advances in forestry science are helping to shape a more modern and sustainable construction industry in New Zealand and around the world.

Helen Goodland – Canada

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Helen Goodland is a British architect with an MBA from the University of British Columbia, with over 30 years of experience working with governments and privates to innovate in the construction industry, both in Canada and around the world.

She co-founded Building Technology Innovations, a building technology incubator that provides services to diverse firms as a means to push innovative ideas and sustainability in the construction industry.

She also works as chair of the United Nations Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative’s technical committee that promotes sustainable buildings worldwide. Moreover, she also serves at the Canadian Construction Association in the Corporate Social Responsibility Taskforce, where she assessed firms to work in a more sustainable manner.

In 2017, she won the “Outstanding Woman in Construction Award” in the Awards of Excellence of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, for her work in advancing innovative high–performance projects.


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Dear WCTE Community


We are happy to announce that we have received over 750 extended abstracts coming from all the five continents, with a never seen before Latin-American participation. As the Conference Secretariat, we take this information as a clear signal of the great interest in timber construction, and trust that the conference will have an important impact on our country and region.

Along with this great news, we would like to communicate that we have decided to move to a new location. We have opted for Sheraton Santiago Hotel & Convention Center to develop the scientific and academic event, while the social events will take place in the Architectural Faculty of the Pontifical Catholic University, Campus Lo Contador UC, only two blocks away.

We can’t thank enough the privilege to host this event and receive such a high-level guests and professionals; we greatly hope that this gathering will have an important repercussion in our region towards the increase of timber construction, in both scientific and a professional field, as well as industry and public policies. We hope to see you next August, so we can show you the goodness of our beautiful country, its vast geography, culinary excellence and the warmth of our people. On behalf of the WCTE 2020 National Board and the large professional team that is working with passion to make this conference a memorable experience for all who may attend, we greet you with affection.

Best regards WCTE 2020 Secretariat

Chile wins two awards for «Best Destination in the World»

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The country won two awards in a new edition of the World Travel Awards (WTA), in the categories of «Best Green Destination in the World» and «Best Adventure Destination in the World.»


Both awards were announced in the 26th version of the World Travel Awards (WTA) and highlighted the scenic landscapes and extreme nature of our country.

Chile is for the first time the Best Green Destination in the World according to the World Travel Awards (WTA), awards that, by popular vote, highlight the main tourist spots on the globe and respect for extreme nature. This year, the award highlighted Chile for places such as the Atacama Desert (the driest in the world), the more than four thousand kilometers of coastline with enviable waves for surfing, the more than 100 parks and national reserves and the highest concentration of glaciers in South America.

The recognition was announced in the 26th version of the WTA, in a ceremony held on November 28 in Oman, where our country was also awarded for the fourth consecutive time as the Best Adventure Destination in the World, surpassing specialty icons, such as States United, New Zealand and Australia.

Along these lines, the Undersecretary of Tourism, Mónica Zalaquett, added that the new awards “fill us with pride for the country and also for the thousands of entrepreneurs and workers of the national tourism industry. They are tremendously important, because they are a recognition of the work that has been done in Chile to develop responsible, sustainable and inclusive tourism. In addition, they are an injection of energy to continue working with more enthusiasm, dedication and commitment, because our country is today a recognized destination worldwide ”.

For its part, the national director of Sernatur, Andrea Wolleter, said that “these awards are a reflection of the work we have promoted together with the industry to position Chile as an unmissable destination and highlight the differentiating characteristics that position us as a unique place . In addition, the award for Best Green Destination presents us with the challenge of continuing to promote and work to develop tourism products and experiences under sustainability criteria and increase the sustainable offer that today in the country amounts to 141 services between accommodation and tour operators ”.

The Oscars of Tourism Created in 1993, the World Travel Awards seek to promote and develop the global travel and tourism industry, rewarding the excellence and diversity of its offer. Today, the event has become a world-renowned brand as a hallmark of quality in all services and experiences associated with the sector.

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