New Frontiers in Forecasting Forests 2018

Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)

September 25, 2018 – September 28, 2018

We have now posted the detailed schedule of presentations. NB: Don't forget to register before the earlybird deadline which is at the end of May!

For delegates who are in the process of making travel arrangements, you can get information about Stellenbosch accommodation & things to do, travel options and the conference venue here, or don't hesitate to contact one of the organising committee members if you've got any questions!


With support from IUFRO Division 4 (Forest Assessment, Modelling and Management), particularly 4.01.00, 4.02.07, 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 and wood properties modelling: New Frontiers in Forecasting Forests 2018.

About the meeting:

The ability to accurately predict future forest growth and structure, and the yields and quality of diverse products from these forests, is an essential part of forest management.  With changes in global climate patterns, rapid genetic gains in commercial forest sectors around the world and the serious risks posed internationally by pests and diseases, forecasting how forests will develop is increasingly challenging.  New innovations in statistical modelling techniques, as well as significant advances in process-based modelling approaches are leading, however, to major improvements in modelling success.  In the context of challenges facing forestry professionals around the world, this conference will provide an opportunity to bring together scientists, modelers and managers in a focused forum to present and discuss advances in models predicting future attributes of forests.  The conference will be organised as plenary sessions to bring stakeholders together around five key themes that pertain to the broader topic.  To address key conference themes, five 40 minute presentations will be delivered by our invited keynote speakers to kick off the presentations with a strong view of the area of research.  After finalisation of all submissions, four themes have been identified for the meeting as:

  • 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 forest measurements and models

The conference has in scope a range of research into and applications of forecasting models (i.e. models predicting future attributes, including yield, structural aspects or wood properties) in forests, with a focus on work being done in managed forests, including plantations. Research taking empirical, process-based or mixed approaches to modelling at any scale is acceptable, and research looking into methods of deriving data to support and develop models is also in scope.

The three main objectives of the meeting are 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 aspect of the meeting will be 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.

Registering for the meeting:

Even if you're not planning to present a paper at the meeting, don't forget to register before the earlybird deadline (currently end of April 2018).  The registration fee will include

  • Access to all presentations and discussions at the meeting
  • Regular refreshments and an excellent lunch on full conference days
  • Attendance at the conference banquet (incl. limited beverages)
  • Cocktails and refreshments at poster session/s
  • Conference bag and materials

The Organising Committee is also pleased to be able offer a limited number of delegates an opportunity to take part in a pre-conference tour of Cape Town and the peninsula (at extra cost).  Registration for this event closes on June 15th.  You can find out more here.  Delegates can also sign up for an optional welcoming function, including cocktails and snacks, and at which early registration will be available.  This is scheduled for the evening of Monday 24th September.


The conference will be held at the acclaimed Wallenberg Centre at the Stellenbosch Insitute for Advanced study (STIAS) in the beautiful university town of Stellenbosch.  Find out more about the venue and accomodation and travel options here.



Planned program updated

We have now updated the provisional program.  Click here to download the latest version.  We're hoping to post the full plan of scheduled presentations next week!  
Posted: 2018-05-11

Reminder: Earlybird deadline end of May


Don't forget to register and pay for participation in New Frontiers in Forecasting Forests by the end of May to get the earlybird prices!

If you have any questions, or problems with the process, don't hesitate to email David Drew or Poppie Gordon.

Posted: 2018-05-10

Abstracts can now be viewed

Note that an editted version of the extended abstracts can now be viewed when clicking on the title of listed presentations.  Authors, if you see any issues in the editted version of your abstract that is shown, please contact David Drew to get it fixed!  
Posted: 2018-04-26

Call for papers: CFP closed!

The Call for Papers has now closed for NFFF 2018.  The peer review process will start this week.  You can monitor the process via the online link you received on the system-generated email.  We will post the schedule as soon as the accepted presentations are finalised.  
Posted: 2018-04-02

Call for papers: One week to go!

Only seven days left until abstract submission closes!  Click here to submit your abstract...  
Posted: 2018-03-23

Possible side events

As interest in the conference grows, a number of possible side events (before and after the main meeting) are starting to be discussed.  Check out the possibilities here, and contact David Drew if you're interested in perhaps being a part of one of these events.  
Posted: 2018-02-23
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