Rescheduled Annual Meeting 6-9 JUNE 2021 in Corvallis, Oregon.


After a successful 2019 meeting in Hungary and Austria and a year-long postponement due to the COVID-19, the second part of the two year joint annual meeting collaboration between the Council on Forest Engineering and FORMEC will take place 6 - 9 June 2021 in Corvallis, Oregon.  

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Complete information provided on the meeting website:  

Important dates:

  • Call for abstracts: October 15, 2020
  • Abstract submission deadline: January 15, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2021
  • Early bird registration deadline: April 30, 2021

Meeting Website

2019 FORMEC/COFE Joint Meeting Summary

Written by Christian Kanzian and Woodam Chung

For the first time in their history, FORMEC and COFE co-organized a joint annual meeting in Hungary/Austria, October 6-9, 2019.  The meeting was also the result of the joint venture between the University of Sopron, Hungary and the University of Life Sciences Vienna, Austria as hosting organizations.  A total of 280 participants from 30 countries attended this year meeting including over 30 participants from North America.  The conference hosted 110 presentations spread over three parallel sessions in two days that provided insight in the latest development in forest engineering research and technology.  A digital poster session allowed 55 posters to be accessible via web and a kiosk screen. Two keynote sessions presented by six speakers (Rasmus Astrup, Clement Atzberger, Chad Bolding, Woodam Chung, Hans Heinimann, and Martin Kühmaier) focused on smart forestry, sustainability and digitalization in forest operations.



52nd International Symposium on Forestry Mechanization (FORMEC) and 42nd Council on Forest Engineering (COFE) Annual Meeting

“Exceeding the Vision: Forest Mechanisation of the Future”  

October 6‐10, 2019  in Sopron | Forchtenstein (Hungary | Austria)

 Abstract Submissions Due: February 10, 2019

SOE and BOKU is proud to host the 52nd International Symposium on Forestry Mechanization (FORMEC) and the 42nd COFE Annual Meeting in Sopron | Forchtenstein (Hungary | Austria)

Presentations in lecture (oral) or poster format are invited that are consistent with the conference theme including forest harvesting systems, wood transportation, forest biomass, forest road network planning and construction, environmental impacts of forest operations, forest work sciences.

The deadline for abstract submission is February 10th 2019 and selection will be made within 15 days of the closing date. A lecture format involves a 20-minute oral presentation including discussion. A poster format involves visual aids for mounting on a poster board. Each contributor, either for a lecture or a poster, must submit a title and an abstract not to exceed 350 words.

All proposals must be submitted via the online form using the following link: Confirmation emails will be sent upon receiving the abstract. 

Registration and hotel accommodation are available from 1st March 2019. For more detailed information and for a preliminary program of the conference please go to the FORMEC website

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you in Hungary/Austria!


2019 COFE Annual Meeting - 6-10 October 2019 in Sopron (Hungary)

For the first time ever, the the 42nd annual COFE meeting will be held in EUROPE, together with the 52nd edition of the FORMEC symposium from 6-10 October 2019 in Sopron (Hungary).  The meeting is jointly organized by University of Sopron and BOKU University and will include an optional one day field excursion to AUSTROFOMA in Forchtenstein (Austria) will be organized on 9 October.  Official meeting lanugage is ENGLISH.  The 2020 Meeting will also be a joint COFE/FORMEC meeting, but this time held in Oregon, USA!


FORMEC is a very similar organization to COFE, just with a more European centric membership.  More information can be found on their website:

The field tour will include a visit across the border into Austria for the 2019 AUSTROFORMA machine exhibition.  Click Here a video of previous AUSTROFORMA Exhibits.