2021 National Conference


Your Forests, Our Future

11 – 14 October 2021
Country Club Tasmania, Launceston

The theme of the conference Your Forests, our Future highlights that Australia’s forests are for the benefit of everyone. Forests deliver many social, cultural, financial and environmental benefits, but their continued ability to provide these benefits depends on effective management and conservation. Through improved collaboration, sharing information, knowledge and skills and with the innovative use of technology and engagement of communities, forest scientists, managers, owners and other stakeholders will be better equipped to manage all types of forests across all tenures, including urban and farm forests.

Building on the successes and lessons of recent IFA and AFG national conferences, the program will facilitate both structured and informal dialogue and networking, and will incorporate a day of field sessions to explore the conference themes.

We encourage forest scientists, forestry professionals and forest growers to place this date in their diary.

The IFA/AFG is working towards hosting a dynamic face to face conference experience, however we will also monitor the COVID situation throughout Australia and, if required will deliver an engaging virtual conference experience.

2021 Conference Organising Committee

The 2021 Conference Organising Committee have commenced meeting and exploring ways to deliver an engaging and memorable conference. The members of the Committee are:

  •  Jim Wilson (Conference Convenor)
  • Jay Fowler
  • Bill Jackson
  • Julianne O’Reilly-Wapstra
  • Rowan Reid 
  • Peter Volker
  • Jinglan Wang
  • Suzette Weeding 
  • Naomi Will
  • Jacquie Martin

Call for Abstracts

In the coming months, the Conference Organising Committee will issue a call for abstracts that will be built around a number of sub-themes including:

  1. Forests in the face of change:
    risks and opportunities Climate; Commercial; Workforce and skills; Fire; Biosecurity and Markets & business

  2. Optimising and balancing multiple forest values
    Environmental and ecosystem services including carbon; Wood; Stakeholder, social and cultural value; Innovation & technology; Forest valuation and Forests on farms

  3. People and forests Communication & soft skills;
    Social acceptance, expectations, stewardship & engagement; Indigenous land management and Forest ownership

Sponsorship Prospectus

There will be opportunities for organisations and companies to participate and show their support of the conference.

More information will be available in the coming months.