13 March, 2017
Update of the 7th Forest Science Symposium
Planning for the ICFR/IUFRO 7th Forest Science Symposium
, which will take place from 18-20 July 2017 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa,
is well in hand and detailed information can be found on the ICFR website www.icfr.ukzn.ac.za
Please note this website is undergoing upgrades but the information will be available throughout this process.
The 2017 Symposium will also coincide with the ICFR's 70th anniversary
celebrating our extensive experience and expertise in applied forestry research, and our role as an
indispensable and preferred research partner in supporting a vibrant,
sustainable, productive and globally competitive forestry sector in
southern Africa.As has been mentioned, we are co-hosting with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO),
and with the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
, as well as with our research partners including FABI, NMMU and SUN
This year, our theme will focus particularly on Research underpinning the sustainability of a diverse forestry sector
will seek to explore forestry research in the broadest sense looking at
natural forests, plantations and woodlands, the range of genera and
species, geographical and environmental variation, and the diversity of
people and products.
note that a special feature part of our Symposium is the we do not have
concurrent sessions, and so the programme accommodates one main session
with a range of types of presentations including keynotes, panels,
papers, speed sessions and posters. This is to ensure that everyone can take part and contribute towards the Symposium programme, and not miss out on any aspects.
Our aim is to showcase the depth and breadth of forestry research across southern Africa, and aims to provide a unique opportunity for the southern African forest research community, to interact with international partners and share knowledge around the work being carried out across the region.
Abstract submission has been steady with good support from our partners in Southern Africa. The
abstract submission form is attached and we hope to have many South
African forestry sector contributions of paper and poster abstracts.
Please note that abstract can be submitted in one of four categories;
- Full paper (20 mins) - unpublished work
- Full paper (20 mins) - work which has previously been published/ presented
- Short/ Abbreviated paper (5 mins)
Please complete and submit your abstract using the attached form. This can be emailed back to firstname.lastname@example.orgThe
Science Committee will review all submissions and where full papers
cannot be accommodated, these may be offered short/speed or poster
The closing date for submission is Friday 28th April 2017.
We are also targeting keynote and invited speakers and will announce these once they confirm attendance.
Of particular value, is IUFRO's contribution through their Special Programme for Development of Capacities (IUFRO-SPDC), who will hold a pre- Research Symposium event focused on African countries. This is a 3-day training workshop on systematic review in forest scienceFor more information on this please visit www.iufro.org/science/special/spdc/actproj/twsouthafrica/.
Registration and Attendance
has opened and delegates wanting to attend must complete and return the
registration form with proof of payment by 30 June 2017
Research Symposium itself is aiming for a strong regional focus, and we
hope many of the forest research organisations and relevant academic
and research institutions into the continent's southern and
south-eastern countries will attend. In
addition we are aiming for a strong youth focus and are working closely
with the International Forestry Students Association (IFSA) who hold
their annual symposium in South Africa in 2017, to ensure many of them
attend and participate.
We look forward to meeting with many of you in July.Please visit our website or contact me should you require any additional information.
Sally J Upfold, Knowledge Manager
Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR)
UKZN Campus, Carbis Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg
P O Box 100281, Scottsville 3209, South Africa
Tel: 033 - 3862314,
Fax: 033 - 3868905