Co-collaboration for business development and climate action

The Climate crisis continues to intensify. Our natural and built environments need to adapt to change rapidly. More and more societies see forests and timber construction as a bigger part of the solution to decarbonising our built environment. At the same time forests are becoming more under pressure from global warming. What does this mean for future building projects? WoodBUILD offers an opportunity to meet with experts from across the forest industries and timber construction sectors to learn, collaborate and be inspired.

Since the first WoodBUILD event in 2016, this conference and expo has become the premium timber industry and low carbon housing event in Wales. This year’s WoodBUILD will be bigger and better than ever. For 2024 we are organising two-days packed with enticing speakers, exhibitors and a series of presentations, panel discussions, off-site forest and farm visits, interactive plenary sessions, co-creation workshops and hands-on demonstrations. Join more than 250 industry experts on 2-3 July in Swansea.

Here follows our proposed draft programme.

WoodBUILD 2024 will engage Timber and Construction Industry stakeholders in a collaborative effort to build new, multi-disciplinary business opportunities and regenerative solutions.

Designed to bring together stakeholders from across the timber value chain, provide a safe space to air perspectives, share knowledge, get hands on with new industry tools, and deliver updates on Home-Grown Homes 2.

08:00Wood walk
09:00Arrivals, refreshments, exhibition, networking
10:00Welcome, keynote and elevator pitches from sponsors
11:00Break: refreshments, exhibition, networking
11:30Breakout session with targeted presentations of Home-Grown Homes 2 project outcomes to date
13:00Lunch: exhibition, networking
14:00Breakout session with hands on demonstrations and tool share
15:30Break: refreshments, exhibition, networking
16:00Plenary focused on co-collaboration and building cross-group relationships
17:45Wrap up
19:00Networking and Dinner

Focusing on bringing communities together and developing collaboration for action. First within traditional streams, then deliberately seeking to cross boundaries and develop the ‘next best step’ towards cross-boundary community projects.

08:00Wood walk
09:00Arrivals, refreshments, exhibition, networking
10:00Plenary with policy update keynote
11:00Break: refreshments, exhibition, networking
11:30Breakout session focused on strengthening existing communities of practice, building relationships and sharing challenges
13:00Lunch: exhibition, networking
14:00Cross-boundary co-creation workshops: bringing together groups across the boundaries between streams to find common ground, define a single collaborative action, and define the next best step.
15:30Plenary with round up and feedback
16:00Conference close
16:00Break: refreshments, exhibition, networking
16:15 – 17:00Woodknowledge Wales AGM for members (closed session)

Sponsors and Exhibitors

We are currently open to sponsor and exhibitor enquiries.

Please find our sponsor and exhibitor pack here.

Tickets

Full priceEarly Bird*
Two-day ticket£200£100
One-day ticket£150£75
WKW members (two-day pass with AGM)£100£70
Students**£50n/a
Conference barbecue 2 July£30n/a

*Early bird ticket offer ends 30 April 2024.
** Limited availability. Please note: For student tickets only bookings made from an academic email address are accepted.
All tickets give access to both conference and exhibition.

How to get there

Planning to arrive via public transport or car? Find out how to get there here.

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