MEDIA RELEASE: National Conference goes hybrid to increase accessibility

Media release
16 August 2021

IFA/AFG National Conference goes hybrid to increase accessibility
Your Forests, Our Future
11-14 October 2021


Forest scientists, professionals and growers in lockdown need not fear about missing the IFA/AFG National Conference of the year.

The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) has announced its National Conference will be delivered both face-to-face and online in a hybrid model designed to increase accessibility for all interested attendees..

IFA/AFG President Bob Gordon said with such an exceptional conference program it was important no forest professional missed the opportunity to participate in this year’s event.

“Just two months out from kicking off, the national conference already has over 260 registrations which has greatly surpassed our expectations and is a huge vote of confidence in the program,” Mr Gordon said.

“With such strong interest, it’s important no-one misses out on the opportunity to hear from some of the leading minds in our field, as well as to share knowledge with peers and colleagues about how we can work together to make sure forests can continue to benefit Australia.

“While we still hope as many people as possible can join us in Launceston in person, we’re glad to be able to provide a participation option for those who are unable or unwilling to travel.

“We also hope the online accessibility provides something for those in lockdown to look forward to, and if you haven’t registered yet it’s not too late – just visit www.forestryconference.com.au,”

Conference Convenor Jim Wilson said the IFA/AFG was delighted to be able to offer participants an exceptional conference program featuring 155 speakers from a diverse range of topic fields.

“The IFA/AFG received over 130 abstracts and expressions of interest from field foresters, researchers, students, farmers, communication and technology experts,” Mr Wilson said.

“The calibre of abstracts was exceptional, which has translated into a high quality, exciting and stimulating conference program which is not to be missed!”

IFA/AFG CEO Jacquie Martin said the organising committee was committed to ensuring the conference would provide value for all delegates.

“The IFA/AFG is committed to providing an exceptional conference experience for all delegates and speakers whether they are participating in person or online,” Ms Martin said.

“To achieve this, the organising committee has invested in quality software, upgraded internet speed and technical support to ensure a quality experience.

“Every session will be recorded, which will allow both in person and virtual delegates to catch up on all conference content at a later date, providing delegates access to over 55 hours of content at a time convenient to them. “By moving into the online space, the hybrid model will provide speakers and sponsors with an opportunity to reach larger audiences throughout Australia and globally.”

The IFA/AFG National Conference is taking place from 11-14 October 2021, at Country Club Tasmania in Launceston.

To register, visit the conference website: https://www.forestryconference.com.au/

To view the conference program: https://www.forestryconference.com.au/program/

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Media contact: David Abbott, Font PR, 0400 446 736, davida@fontpr.com.au