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International Softwood Conference goes digital in 2020

The European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) and the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) have announced that the 68th International Softwood Conference (ISC), which was originally planned in Helsinki from 6-9 October 2020, will now take place digitally in a compact form on 8 October 2020. Source: Timberbiz

“The expanding COVID‐19 outbreak, experienced in the last months in Europe, as in the rest of the globe, made us feel we should take responsibility and opt for a new ISC format,” said Silvia Melegari, Secretary General of EOS.

The COVID‐19 pandemic has disrupted trade and affected supply chains. It is not clear whether these actions are temporary or if they will have a lasting impact.

With respect of the digital ISC 2020 conference it will continue to offer high level speakers and cover what the post COVID-19 markets will look like. The event will last four hours and comprise of worldwide market reports and forcasts as well as a report on associated sectors. The event will be moderated by timber market expert Keith Fryer.

The Finnish Sawmill Association will host a physical International Softwood Conference in 2021.  The digital ISC 2020 will be moderated by the timber market expert, Keith Fryer.

“We see this digital ISC as an excellent opportunity to hold this important event even in the pandemic year and to report on the global softwood lumber markets. A complete cancellation of the event would therefore have been out of the question for us,”said Thomas Goebel, Secretary General of ETTF.

Information about the registration for the digital conference 2020 will be available shortly.

With so many international conferences now being hosted online it makes the tyranny of distance for Australians a thing of the past.

The Finnish Sawmill Association will host the Softwood Conference in 2021.