The brightest forestry minds from Australia and New Zealand will come together next year to share knowledge on how to best manage both countries’ forests and the wide range of values they offer society.
Forestry Australia and the New Zealand Institute of Forestry today launched the joint ANZIF 2023 Conference, which will be held in Coolangatta from 15-19 October 2023.
Close to 400 forest scientists, professionals and growers are expected to participate in a range of sessions under the theme; Embracing our natural capital: The science, technology, and art of managing forests for all values.
Conference Convenor and Forestry Australia Vice President, Jim Wilson said ANZIF provided a vital platform for collaboration and learning to continue the momentum established by previous sector conferences.
“The key objective of conferences such as ANZIF is to ensure that the many social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits forests provide are able to be enjoyed by societies for generations to come,” Mr Wilson said.
“ANZIF 2023 will build on the enormous success of Forestry Australia’s 2022 Symposium held in Albury, the 2021 National Conference in Tasmania, and the last joint conference held in Christchurch in 2019 to make sure foresters can continue to work together towards a positive future for the sector.”
New Zealand Institute of Forestry President James Treadwell said the sharing of knowledge across the Tasman would help both nations prepare for the opportunities and challenges ahead for sustainable forestry.
“Australia and New Zealand are two nations rich with forestry history and knowledge,” Mr Treadwell said.
“By bringing together the best and brightest minds to share perspectives and insights on the latest developments in forest science and management, ANZIF 2023 will make sure our corner of the globe can continue its world-leading reputation when it comes to sustainable forestry.”
ANZIF Conference Program Committee Chair, Dr Madaline Healey, said the program will feature two and a half days of plenary and concurrent sessions, workshops, networking and field trip opportunities with a wide range of topics and themes.
“Forestry is such a diverse sector, with so many talented individuals from varying fields of expertise making positive contributions to the sector and society,” Dr Healey said.
“The program committee has been working hard to make sure ANZIF 2023 has something for everyone with an interest in forestry, and we are inviting experts from all related fields to put forward their topics for consideration when calls for abstracts open in the coming weeks.”
The ANZIF 2023 Conference is taking place Sunday 15 – Thursday 19 October, 2023 at the Twin Towns Conference Centre, Coolangatta, Queensland.
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