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Invitation to Attend

Image.jpgThe theme of the 2018 Joint IFA-AFG Conference - Forests for healthy cities, farms and people – speaks to the increasing importance of urban forests in our growing cities, the continuing importance of trees on farms for productive and sustainable rural landscapes, and our increasing understanding of the links between healthy treescapes and healthy people. On behalf of the Conference Committee, I invite you to join in learning about and discussing these issues in the national capital this spring.

These issues are not new for foresters, but it has often been challenging to advance them in the national agenda. In our rural landscapes, it has been difficult to capitalise on the foundations established by initiatives such as Landcare and the Farm Forestry Program. In our cities, both urban sprawl and densification are impacting on familiar treescapes that deliver a myriad of services to the majority of Australia’s population. Yet research is increasingly demonstrating the value of trees and treed landscapes to both human and landscape health.

We’re fortunate in this conference to be able to capitalise on world-leading work, in both research and practice, from across Australia and with some key international partners. We’re designing the program to maximise the opportunities for learning across both rural and urban landscapes, and in each separately. And we’ve taken lots of note of the feedback from recent IFA and AFG conferences.

We’ll have a program that’s packed with both stimulating presentations and panels and opportunities for discussion in each of structured and informal settings; and that gives voice to young professionals. The field day sessions are integrated into the main program, and capitalise on our location in the bush capital.

We look forward to you joining us in Canberra for this stimulating professional event.

Professor Peter Kanowski

on behalf of the Conference Committee

Abstracts   Registration   Program   Speakers   FAQ  Key Dates 

AFG Pre-conference Tour   

Early Career Professionals/Student/Leaders Grant


Conference Details:



University House ANU

1 Balmain Cres. Acton ACT 2601

Check out the location in the map: http://unihouse.anu.edu.au/hotel-accommodation/#contact


A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate at the conference venue, University House. Contact University House directly on Ph: 6125 5259 and quote that you will be attending the IFA-AFG Conference to access this rate.

Special rates are also currently being negotiated with Forrest Hotel and Apartments, National Circuit, Forrest https://www.forresthotel.com/ Please also quote that you will be attending the IFA-AFG conference when booking to access the rates

Other hotel accommodation is available within walking distance in and around Civic and New Acton.


By Road

The University House Hotel is a 12-minute drive from Canberra Airport.

Get on Pialligo Ave in Pialligo from Terminal Ave.

Follow Pialligo Ave, Morshead Dr and Parkes Way to Lawson Cres in Acton. Take the Lawson Cr exit from Parkes Way. Turn right onto Bachelors Lane, turn right onto Liversigde St. Sharp left onto Balmain Crescent. Continue until your destination.

By Bus

The University House Hotel is two buses away from the Airport.

Take bus Route 11 (Counter-clockwise) to the City.

In the city bus station, you will find many routes to the University and its surroundings. Such as Route 3 (north) from city bus station platform 4, which can drop you of at: Garran Rd University House. 


Phone ahead and arrange pick up or drop off straight to the University House Hotel

Tel: 131 008

Conference Organising Committee:

Professor Peter Kanowski, Chair of the Conference Organising Committee.

Contact the Committee: admin@forestry.org.au