A unique two-day conference, Treescapes 2020, is being led by PhD students from a number of UK universities for foresters, land managers and researchers. It aims to stimulate lasting conversations between the research and forestry practitioner communities.
Panel discussions will be chaired by Professor Nicola Spence, Defra’s Chief Plant Health Officer. Along with biological anthropologist, author and well known broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts, who is also Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham.
Keynote speakers include:
- Jaboury Ghazoul, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Forests and Landscapes at the University of Edinburgh.
- Chris Quine, Chief Scientist at Forest Research (FR) and a member of FR’s executive team.
- Geraint Richards, Head Forester at the Duchy of Cornwall chair of Action Oak and formerly co-chair of Future Trees Trust and the National Tree Improvement Strategy.
Treescapes2020 is co-hosted by Doctoral Training Programmes Centa, EnVision, along with Forest Edge and the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) at the University of Birmingham on 1 and 2 July 2020.
Details of the packed programme of panels, workshops, and speakers and booking are available here.
RFS Chief Executive Simon Lloyd says:
“An incredible range of presentations and workshops is expected to create new conversations, insights and actions across the research and forestry practitioner communities. With so much change and uncertainty, close collaboration between these communities is more important than ever.”
Workshops include topics such as climate smart forestry, natural regeneration and managing changing tree-scapes.
More than 30 presentations and 20 posters will represent a wide spectrum of research, delving into all aspects of woodland management and forestry.
Delegates can also opt for an additional guided tour of the only forest scale Free Air Carbon Enrichment (FACE) facility in the Northern Hemisphere (BIFoR) at Norbury Park in Staffordshire on Day 3 (July 3).
Sponsors include the Woodland Trust and the RFS is offering up to five Spencer Bursaries to enable students to attend the conference.