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8 March, 2012

5th Forest Science Symposiumco-hosted by the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research &the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries

24th and 25th July, Hilton College, Hilton

Press Release

Since the inaugural event, held in 2005, the Forest Science Symposium has strived for and succeeded in providing a unique opportunity for the southern African forest research community (i.e. researchers and interested research technicians, area and regional managers and silvicultural managers) to interact and share knowledge around the work being carried out across the country. It has also provided an opportunity for researchers who have already presented their work at recent international conferences (during the last two years) to present their findings to their peers. This year we are hoping to reach new heights in achieving these goals when we hold the 5th Forest Science Symposium on 24 and 25 July at Hilton College outside Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal.

This year is a special one in that it will coincide with celebrations earmarking 100 years of local Forest Research and the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research's (ICFR) 65th birthday.

The theme for this year's Symposium is "Risks to sustainable plantation forestry in southern Africa: The role of Research". This theme together with these two special events will all form part of our Symposium programme. We have confirmed four plenary speakers and are pleased to announce that Professor Mike Wingfield (FABI), Dr Andrew Morris (Sappi), Professor Colin Dyer (ICFR) and Ms Viv McMenamin (Mondi) will all give keynote addresses at the Symposium.

For the second time in the history of the Symposium, we are proud to be co-hosting the event with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, which has again afforded us an opportunity to aim for a more regional focus, and we are extending an invitation to those working at forest research organisations and relevant academic institutions north of South Africa, reaching into southern and south-eastern countries.

A formal call for paper and poster submissions will go out shortly. This year, we are also partnering with the journal Southern Forests, and there will be a special category for the submission of papers of new work (not previously published), which will be considered for inclusion in the Journal. Dr Andrew Morris, the Journal's editor will be on the Science Committee to manage this process.

For more information please contact Sally Upfold (Symposium Organiser) at:
Tel: (033) 3862314
Fax: (033) 386 8905
Cell: 082 570 0851


Download the original PDF document: Press Release Symposium 2012