The primary function of the IRG is to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and information in an informal atmosphere, unencumbered by refereeing of papers or other pre-conditions. The primary vehicle is the annual meeting usually held in May of each year with global locations chosen as providing optimal opportunities for interactions between attendees and in settings that are both interesting and economically viable for our diverse attendance from around the world.
The research papers presented in conjunction with the IRG annual meetings are archived and available to all IRG members and sponsors through the IRG Documents page.
Another aspect of research within the IRG has been the establishment of a Durability Database where members and sponsors are able to input field test data in order to establish a comprehensive database and expand and share our knowledge between members. This relatively recent initiative is led by Dr Christian Brishke at the University of Hannover in Germany.
As part of our mission to provide information on research activities within the field of wood protection globally, we have developed interactive maps to access information on field test sites both globally and additionally within Europe. The Global Field Test Sites map and the European Field Test Sites map use test site locator hover buttons to click on and access images of each test site, and then clicking on each of these test site images provides a direct link to more extensive information and additional images of each test site.
Further initiatives are planned to provide additional research information through the Research section of the IRG website, watch this space.