Hybrid timber construction and the repair of heritage timber structures will be two of the subjects covered at the Institute of Wood Science’s 2008 annual conference.

The event, at the University of Bath on September 18-19, will feature a theme of “Traditional into Modern”.

Speakers include Buro Happold’s Jon Shanks talking about engineering of traditional oak construction, while Joao Custódio of Lisbon’s National Laboratory of Civil Engineering will examine repair of heritage timber structures.

Nick Milestone of B&K Timber Structures will look at hybrid timber construction, Oakwrights’ Bill Keir will cover traditional oak frame construction and German housebuilder Baufritz will give a case study on one of its homes in Bath featured on Grand Designs.

Glen Howells of Glen Howells Architects will talk about the award-winning Savill Building in Windsor Great Park.

The event will start on September 18 with a tour of Stourhead Forest and a reception at the Roman Baths before the IWSc annual dinner, while the conference the next day will feature a laboratory test of an oak frame.