New Frontiers in Forecasting Forests 2018

Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)

September 25, 2018 – September 28, 2018

We are now calling for papers!  Please click here to begin the process of submitting your extended abstract...

Important note: The Scientific Committee would like to scope interest for creating a special issue from a selection of submissions in the international journal Annals of Forest Science.  Please indicate your interest when you submit and/or contact Dr David Drew for more information.

With support from IUFRO Division 4 (Forest Assessment, Modelling and Management), particularly 4.01.00, 4.03.00 & 4.04.02 and Division 5, particularly Working Group 5.01.04 (Wood Quality Modelling), the Department of Forest and Wood Science at the University of Stellenbosch is proud to host an international conference on future-focussed forest modelling: New Frontiers in Forecasting Forests 2018.


This meeting will be an international conference to

  • benchmark the state-of-the-art,
  • identify emerging frontiers and
  • explore new innovations and technologies

in models predicting future forest growth, yield and wood properties.

An important objective of the meeting is to explore and discuss how new frontiers in forest modelling research can be implemented to empower decision makers and deliver impact, particularly in the context of changing international climate and market conditions.

The scientific committee identified the following key themes for the conference:

  • Understanding and evaluating uncertainties in models predicting future growth, yield and wood properties
  • The nexus between models of tree growth, wood formation and product properties
  • Model application, integration and accessibility for forest management, planning and product development
  • The cutting edge in process-based and statistical approaches: how we will model future forest attributes in the 3rd millennium
  • Leveraging big data and high technology in forest models



Call for Papers Open!


The Call for Papers for NFFF 2018 is now open!  Click here to submit...


Posted: 2017-11-20

Final registration prices

Please note that with the finalisation of the extra day for NFFF 2018, the registration fees have changed slightly.  The prices now listed under "registration" can be considered the final numbers.  
Posted: 2017-11-13

Call for papers opens mid-November 2017

To find out more about the procedure and format required, click here.  
Posted: 2017-11-01 More...

Extension of meeting

Please note that the meeting has now been extended by one day! New Frontiers in Forecasting Forests will now end on 28 September, and the optional tour will happen BEFORE the conference, on Monday 24th!  See the provisional program for more information... Watch this space as the final program will be developed over the next months!  
Posted: 2017-10-26

Invited speakers

We are pleased to be able to be able to have added the names of speakers who have accepted our invitation to give keynote presentations at NFFF2018!  We are hoping for five speakers in total, and will finalise all of these ASAP.  
Posted: 2017-10-06


Dr David Drew and the Department of Forest & Wood Science at Stellenbosch University, on behalf of the Organising and Scientific Committee, cordially invite you to attend "New Frontiers in Forecasting Forests" to be held in Stellenbosch in September 2018!  
Posted: 2017-08-29
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