The 21st ISWFPC will be organized by the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University. NC State University is a leading university for applied science, engineering, & technology in the Southeast US. 9,000 faculty and staff and 34,000 students are world leaders in their fields, working to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

The conference will be held on campus at Talley Student Union.


We recommend the following hotels which are 10-15 minutes walking distance from the venue:

Aloft Raleigh 

Doubletree Hotel 


Raleigh is conveniently home of Raleigh-Durham International Airport which provides 48 nonstop destinations and direct international flight from London and Paris. Raleigh is also close to many major U.S. cities including the following:

  • Asheville, NC –241 mi.
  • Atlanta, GA–424 mi.
  • New York City, NY–489 mi.
  • Orlando, FL–588 mi.
  • Washington, DC–251 mi.
  • Wilmington, NC–123 mi.

Visa Information

For all international delegates planning to attend ISWFPC from countries requiring a U.S. Visa, you should be aware that the process to apply for a business, B-1 or tourist  visa can take up to four (4) months. While you do not have to be registered at the time of your application, we encourage attendees to do so as part of their supplemental documentation . Visit travel.state.gov to learn about the U.S. Visa process and all requirements that must be met.

For those attendees needing a visa, the following documentation is required for your visa interview:

Passport valid for travel to the United States – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States (unless exempt by country-specific agreements). Each individual who needs a visa must submit a separate application, including any family members listed in your passport.

Non-immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page.

Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview.

Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.

Some attendees will be eligible for a Visa Waiver through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) which enables most citizens or nationals of 39 participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a U.S. Visa.

About Raleigh, North Carolina

  • POPULATION: Raleigh (2015): 451,066; Greater Raleigh (2016): 1,302,946
  • VISITORS: 15.6 million to the Raleigh area (2016)
    • HISTORY: Raleigh was founded in 1792 as N.C.’s capital city. It was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, who attempted to establish the first English colony on the shores of the new world in the 1580s. Also known as the Research Triangle Park (Durham: Duke University, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, Raleigh: North Carolina State University).
    • SHOPPING: Even the most seasoned shoppers will find an impressive array of well-known retail stores, boutiques and locally-owned shops in and around Raleigh. 
    • CUISINE: Raleigh’s array of cuisine serves up something to satisfy almost any craving – from upscale fine dining to brewpubs to traditional Southern cooking. Home to three wineries, two distilleries and 21 (and counting) craft breweries. 
    • NIGHTLIFE: Listen to live music performed by popular local bands or international superstars at one of the area’s major venues, concert venues or entertainment complexes, or simply dance the night away to DJs.