We are pleased to invite researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and industry experts to submit abstracts for the upcoming Forestry Science Symposium on Ensuring a Sustainable Forestry Sector. This event aims to explore innovative solutions and strategies to foster sustainability within the forestry sector, addressing both current challenges and future opportunities.

For further information or enquiries, please contact the Forest Science Symposium Chair, Dr Ilaria Germishuizen (

Symposium Theme: Ensuring a Sustainable Forestry Sector

Ensuring a sustainable forestry sector requires adaptive and resilient management strategies. Climate change exacerbates challenges such as pest and disease infestations, increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and wildfires.

To counter these threats, it is essential to promote genetic diversity in plantation forests, enhancing their resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses. Implementing proactive adaptation measures such as early detection and rapid response systems for pests and diseases, together with the development of climate-resilient genotypes through research and breeding programs, is critical for a sustainable sector. Strengthening policies that support sustainable forest management and mitigate climate change is essential for a shift to a low-carbon, green economy. Additionally, trade regulations (EUDR and others) and social pressures are significant drivers of environmental change and require responsive actions from the forestry sector. By embracing these comprehensive approaches, the forestry sector can sustain its important functions and economic benefits in a changing world.



  • Dynamic Breeding Initiatives
  • Addressing Climate Change Physical Risks
  • Addressing Climate Change Transition Risks
  • Biotic Threats
  • Biodiversity
  • Forest Products
  • Precision Forestry

scientific committee



Submission Guidelines

  • No more than 300 words
  • Written in English
  • Font Arial 12 pt
  • Double line spacing
  • Includes: title, author, affiliation and preferred sub-theme
  • Submitted via abstract table above
  • Submission deadline: 31 July 2024
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: 31st August 2024
  • Written papers will be published in a special edition of Southern Forests. These will be solicited based on the abstracts.