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Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers

Theme 1: Management opportunities to increase productivity and resilience of mixed-species or uneven aged natural forests under threat of climate change.


Prof. Hans Pretzsch. (Germany)

Chair for Forest Growth and Yield Science, Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, Technical University of Munich, Freising, Germany.

Hans Pretzsch has been Professor of Forest Growth and Yield Science since 1994 and responsible for the network of long-term experimental plots in Bavaria which date back to 1860. For the past 25 years he focused on general rules of tree and stand growth, tree and stand dynamics under stress, mixed-species stands, and forest modelling.

He lately published the textbooks “Forest Dynamics, Growth and

Yield”, “Grundlagen der Waldwachstumsforschung” in a 2nd

edition for German readers, and “Mixed-Species Forests” with D.

I. Forrester and J. Bauhus as co-authors.

Theme 2: Strategic silvicultural choices and adapted management regimes for plantation forests grown under an increasingly erratic climate.


Prof. Rafael Rubilar (Chile)

Dr. Rafael Rubilar is an Associate Profesor of Forest Site Productivity and Sustainabilaity at Universidad de Concepción in Chile and Adjunct Associate Professor at North Carolina State and Virginia Tech. He also serves as Co-Director of the Forest Productivity Cooperative ( Dr. Rubilar main research interests focus on strategies for increasing productivity and sustainability of intensively managed forest plantations. Over the last decade his work has centered on understanding water use and water use efficiency of Eucalyptus genotypes and short rotation crops that may provide opportunities to

improve water sustainability of forest plantations.

Theme 3: Advances in understanding wood formation dynamics and the environmental control of wood property variation

Prof. Giai Petit (Italy)

Giai Petit is a forest ecologist and Assistant Professor at the Department Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (University of Padua, Italy). With his research he investigates the responses of trees and forest ecosystems to climate change. In particular, he studies allometric relationships of structural and functional traits of trees, analysing whether environmental variability (e.g., drought, cold temperatures) and body size do or do not induce phenotypic adjustments (i.e., changes in these

relationships) to withstand physiological limitations. Overall, he published around 40 research articles in peer review papers, receiving more than 800 citations, worth an h-index of 17.