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5 April, 2017

DEADLINE for Abstract submissions: 7th Forest Science Symposium

News Update: Reminder of Call for Abstract Submissions

The deadline for the submission of abstracts for the Symposium is fast approaching - and we have already had a good response from delegates in South Africa as well as from our neighboring African countries.  

Please note that the closing date for submission is Friday 28 April 2017 and we request you send in your abstract as soon as possible.

The abstract submission form is attached but is also available from the website.

Remember that abstracts 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  • Full paper (20 mins) - unpublished work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)
  • Poster

Completed abstract forms with speaker details must be emailed back to The Science Committee will review all submissions and where full papers cannot be accommodated, these may be offered short/speed or poster options.

Confirmed Invited Speakers  

We are very pleased to announce the following confirmed Invited Speakers:

  • Prof Gary Hodge (Director: CAMCORE & Professor of Forestry at North Carolina State University)
  • Prof Bruce Sithole (Director at Forestry & Forest Products Research Centre, UKZN/CSIR)
  • Ms Cathy Sutherland (Research & Academic Leader; Development Studies UKZN)
  • Dr Gillian Petrokovsky (IUFRO-SPDC & Oxford University)
  • Prof Colin Dyer (ICFR Director)
  • Dr Andrew Morris (ICFR Research Manager)
Event Details

  • 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 and 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.
  • Please 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.

Pre-Symposium Workshop 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 science

For more information on this please visit    

Registration and Attendance
Registration has opened and delegates wanting to attend must complete and return the registration form with proof of payment by 30 June 2017

Further information can be found on our website or you can contact us directly.

Download Symposium Registration form HERE

Download Symposium Abstract form HERE

Source: ICFR