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23 February, 2017

Upcoming Events at the ICFR

Collaboration, partnerships, research, knowledge sharing, networking and some celebrations... 2017 promises to be a busy and exciting year for the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR). This year sees the ICFR celebrate its 70th birthday! The Institute has over the years proudly established itself as a preferred research partner in supporting the South African Forestry sector.

The ICFR was inaugurated on 13 September 1984, and evolved from the Wattle Research Institute (WRI) which was established in 1947. Research carried out at the ICFR covers a broad range of applied aspects of commercial timber growing and harvesting, and addresses current and future challenges in a changing South African forestry sector. Current research focus areas include Forest Management, Risk Mitigation, Site Potential, Hardwood Tree Improvement (Eucalypts and Acacia) as well as Knowledge Management.

A team of talented researchers, technicians and support staff are focussed on a suite of projects funded by the private and public sectors. In many cases this relies both on using in-house skills and expertise as well as through forming collaborations and partnerships. This year will see the ICFR celebrate its 70th anniversary through various event and activities. Included in these are two notable events on the ICFR calendar which showcase the research being carried out; namely the Annual Research Meeting and the 7th Forest Science Symposium.

On the 7th and 8th of March, the ICFR hosts its Annual Research Meeting at Cedara Agricultural College near Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal. This event will highlight recent research activities and outcomes by ICFR staff and postgraduate students. The emphasis is on the science behind the research and how this adds value to the project, programme or research area as well as to the sector. The programme also includes a social event on the first evening, which encourages interaction with stakeholders after the presentations and formal discussion sessions. There is no cost to attend and the meeting is open to all interested parties.

The ICFR's 7th Forest Science Symposium takes place from the 18th to 20th July, at the One Life Church in Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg. This event is being hosted by the ICFR and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and other research partners. The theme for this year is "Research Underpinning the Sustainability of a Diverse Forestry Sector" and will explore forestry research broadly, looking at natural forests, plantations and woodlands, the range of genera and species, geographical and environmental variation, and the diversity of people and products.

Recognised leaders in forestry research have been targeted as keynote speakers for the Symposium. They will highlight research initiatives from across the region's forest research community and promote the critical role of research and technology in supporting decision-making at all levels across both public and private sectors. In addition to the regular format for papers, this year the Symposium will incorporate new forms of knowledge sharing including panel discussions and speaker's corners. The Forest Science Symposium is recognised as a valuable knowledge sharing and networking forum for all those in the South African forestry community. A second announcement as well as a call for abstracts has been sent out, and registrations have opened.

Coupled with this event, IUFRO is planning a three-day pre-Symposium training workshop as part of their special programme for developing capacities, entitled "Systematic Review in Forest Science".

For more information on these and other upcoming events, please contact Sally Upfold at sally.upfold@ukzn.ac.za or 033-3862314, or visit the website (www.icfr.ukzn.ac.za)

Dates to diarise:

  • 24 February: Deadline to register for ICFR Annual Research Meeting
  • 7 & 8 March: ICFR Annual Research Meeting (Cedara Agricultural College)
  • 28 April: Deadline for abstract submission for Forest Science Symposium
  • 30 June: Deadline to register for Forest Science Symposium
  • 18 - 20 July: ICFR 7th Forest Science Symposium (One Life Church, Pmb)


Source: ICFR

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