From March 21-23, the 2018 World Wood Day Symposium and the first IUFRO Forest Products Culture Research Group Colloquium gathered 36 scholars from 16 different countries to examine seven sub-categories of research fields in historical utilization and cultural values; traditional knowledge, innovations and practices; landscape and biodiversity conservation; art, design, architecture and music; international and domestic challenges; wood and environmental education and forest products

Keynote addresses, talks, and heated discussion efficiently allowed speakers to share and exchange their research findings and ideas. Topics elaborated during the three-day program were designed to raise awareness on current issues facing the Greater Mekong Subregion and the world, and to enhance multidisciplinary discussions for the crucial role of wood and non-wood forest products in various cultures and sustainable development.