International Research Group on Wood Protection
Welcome to the website of the International Research Group on Wood Protection, commonly known as the IRG. The IRG membership is a structured group of like-minded scientists and technologists focused on generating knowledge of the science of wood deterioration, and novel solutions to provide fit-for-purpose sustainably and environmentally responsible products for the protection of wood-based materials. The primary function of the IRG is to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and information in an informal atmosphere, unencumbered by refereeing of papers or other pre-conditions. The primary vehicle is the annual meeting usually held in May of each year with global locations chosen as providing optimal opportunities for interactions between attendees and in settings that are both interesting and economically viable for our diverse attendance from around the world.
Each year 100 to 190 papers are presented and published, with all papers being available free to members and sponsors in electronic format through our searchable database. Since our inception in 1969 nearly 5,000 IRG papers have been published and all are available online or through the IRG Compendium. Non-members of the IRG are able to search the online database and purchase any paper for download through the website.
Membership and sponsorship is open to all interested persons and organizations.
The IRG Secretariat is based in Stockholm, Sweden. The executive direction of the activities of the IRG is carried out through a number of committees made up of members and sponsors representatives.
We invite you to peruse the website and if you have any questions or comments please contact the Secretary of the IRG through the Contact page.
The IRG is also on Facebook and LinkedIn. We continue to explore new opportunities for communication to further our goal of an open, informal flow of ideas and interactions.
The IRG44 Annual Meeting will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on 16-20 June 2013.
IRGWP LEGACY FUND
To ensure the long term viability of the RCA, in 2011 the Executive Committee decided to establish a legacy fund with the sole purpose of providing a secure financial basis for the Scheme’s operation. The name of the fund is the IRGWP Legacy Fund (IRGLF).
The sole purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for the on-going operation of the RCA.
Only interest earned by the money in the IRGLF may be used, and only to support the RCA. Members and interested parties may make voluntary contributions to the fund whenever they wish. Donations shall be held in perpetuity in the currency of the IRG Secretariat. Contributions are to be kept confidential, but may be made in someone’s name (such as if bequeathed).
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