69th International Softwood Hybrid Conference (ISC) will be held in Helsinki on 13.–14.10.2021.


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69th International Softwood Conference (ISC) will be a hybrid Conference taking place in Helsinki on 13-14 October 2021

The European Timber Federation (ETTF) and the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS), together with hosting association Sahateollisuus (Finnish Sawmills Association) announce that the 69th International Softwood Conference (ISC), will take place in a hybrid form (both physical and digital) on 13-14 October 2021.

“The ongoing pandemic, the high level of uncertainty, but also the willingness to have the feeling of a normal conference, pushed us to come up with this innovative format for the ISC 2021” said Kai Merivuori, Managing Director of Sahateollisuus, in agreement with EOS and ETTF.

While the co-organisers look forward to meeting in person the many stakeholders that have made this event an unparalleled one in the wood world, the hybrid format will allow people who cannot travel to attend the Conference and enjoy the knowledge that will be shared during the event.

The ISC in 2021 will be particularly interesting in view of the unprecedented market developments that have been taking place since the beginning of the pandemic. The high-level presenters at the ISC will strive to forecast how the market will move in the foreseeable future ensuring good geographical coverage and stimulating topics.

The hybrid ISC conference will be held on 14 October in one day and will be preceded by the traditional welcome cocktail on October 13. The gala dinner will take place on October 14. The ISC 2021 will be moderated by long-serving moderator and timber market expert Keith Fryer.

Like every year, information about the registration for the hybrid conference 2021 will be available on this specially-designed website. Registrations will open on June 14.

Brussels/Berlin/Helsinki, 31 May 2021



Wednesday 13th October 2021

19.00 Welcome cocktails, Bysa Lobby, 3rd floor


Anna Ni

Anna Ni

Don Kayne

Don Kayne

John W Herbert

John W Herbert

Herbert Jöbstl

Herbert Jöbstl

Kai Merivuori

Kai Merivuori

Marcus Lindner

Marcus Lindner

Matti Kuittinen

Matti Kuittinen

Morten Bergsten

Morten Bergsten

Nils Torvalds

Nils Torvalds

Tommi Sneck

Tommi Sneck

Vadim Eresko

Vadim Eresko

Thursday 14th October 2021

8.00 – 10.00 Registration
Bysa Lobby, 3rd floor

10.00    Welcome
Tommi Sneck, Chairman of the Board, Finnish Sawmills Association
Morten Bergsten, Softwood Chairman, ETTF
Herbert Jöbstl, President, EOS

10.10    Opening
Nils Torvalds, MEP

10.30 Q&A

10.35    Wood Construction and Climate Change
Matti Kuittinen, Professor Aalto University, Senior Specialist Ministry of the Environment, Finland

10.55 Q&A

11.00   Production Outlook #1
Finland – Kai Merivuori, Managing Director, Finnish Sawmills Association

11.10 Q&A

11.15    Break

11.45    Production Outlook #2
Europe – Herbert Jöbstl, President, EOS, Stora Enso Wood Products
North America – Don Kayne, President & CEO, Canfor Corporation
Russia – Vadim Eresko, Sales Director, Woodworking Division, SEGEZHA GROUP

12.30    Q&A 

12.45    Lunchbreak

13.45    Demand outlook #1
Europe – Morten Bergsten, Softwood Chairman, ETTF, Bergsten Timber
DIY sector worldwide – John W. Herbert, General Secratary EDRA / GHIN

14.15    Q&A

14.30    Coffee break

15.15    Demand Outlook #2
China – Anna Ni, Senior Advisor, Business Finland
Packaging – Rob van Hoesel, President, FEFPEB

15.45    Q&A

16.00    Global log supply and climate change
Marcus Lindner, Principal Scientist, EFI

16.15    Q&A

16.30    Close and Announcement of 70th ISC 2022
Morten Bergsten, Softwood Chairman, ETTF
Herbert Jöbstl, President, EOS

19.00    Dinner
Bysa 1-2, 3rd floor

Your host and Moderator:
Keith Fryer
Past President UK Timber Trade Federation










Welcome to Helsinki

Helsinki, the capital of Finland will host International Sofwood Conference 2021. Helsinki is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks.


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  • 16 floors, 425 stylish rooms with stunning views
  • 15 versatile meeting rooms with complimentary WiFi access
  • A la carte restaurant and Sky Bar with stunning views
  • Gym and swimming pool with Finnish saunas
  • Room service 24/7
  • In the heart of Helsinki

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We are pleased to offer you discount code EVENTS when booking your stay in Clarion Hotel Helsinki. Discount is 15% of the best available rate.

You can make your room reservation easily online at https://www.nordicchoicehotels.com/ . Type in discount code EVENTS below the date to get the reduced rate..

Each individual reservation can be cancelled free of charge latest 16.00 (local hotel time) on the day of arrival.

Late cancellations or no-show reservations will be charged to the credit card guaranteeing each reservation.

Arriving to the Hotel

We recommend you arrive with public transportation, tram stop called “Huutokonttori” is located immediately in front of the hotel. Tram lines numbers 7, 9 and 6T will bring you to the hotel from the Helsinki Main Railway Station. Ruoholahti metro station is approximately 700 m away from the hotel.

If you arrive by car, there is an underground parking garage called Rokkiparkki, about 450 meters from the hotel. The address of the garage is Välimerenkatu 12.  

You will need to download the EasyPark application before you park. Parking will also be paid through the application. Read more about EasyPark here.  

Safe Stay

We recommend you wear face masks, when in the public areas of the hotel. The elevators are safe with enough social distance with 

maximum four guests at time. For more details on the hotel and our Safe Stay -concept please see here.


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Live event participation 868 € (incl. VAT)

Online event participation 310 € (incl. VAT)

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