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12 December, 2017

International Conference Hosted by University of Stellenbosch - "New Frontiers in Forecasting Forests"


New Frontiers in Forecasting


Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)

September 25, 2018 - September 28, 2018

We are now calling for papers!  Please click here to begin the process of submitting your extended abstract...

Important note: The Scientific Committee would like to scope interest for creating a special issue from a selection of submissions in the international journal Annals of Forest Science.  Please indicate your interest when you submit and/or contact Dr David Drew for more information.

With support from IUFRO Division 4 (Forest Assessment, Modelling and Management), particularly 4.01.00, 4.03.00 & 4.04.02 and Division 5, particularly Working Group 5.01.04 (Wood Quality Modelling), the Department of Forest and Wood Science at the University of Stellenbosch is proud to host an international conference on future-focussed forest modelling: New Frontiers in Forecasting Forests 2018.

This meeting will be an international conference to

  • benchmark the state-of-the-art,
  • identify emerging frontiers and
  • explore new innovations and technologies

Models predicting future forest growth, yield and wood properties

An important objective of the meeting is to explore and discuss how new frontiers in forest modelling research can be implemented to empower decision makers and deliver impact, particularly in the context of changing international climate and market conditions.

The scientific committee identified the following key themes for the conference:

  • Understanding and evaluating uncertainties in models predicting future growth, yield and wood properties
  • The nexus between models of tree growth, wood formation and product properties
  • Model application, integration and accessibility for forest management, planning and product development
  • The cutting edge in process-based and statistical approaches: how we will model future forest attributes in the 3rd millennium
  • Leveraging big data and high technology in forest models

Conference Information