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Invited Keynote Speakers

The Organising and Scientific Committees for NFFF 2018 have pleasure in announcing the following keynote speakers:

Prof Harold Burkhart (USA)

Prof Harold E. Burkhart is perhaps one of the world’s most well-known researchers in forest mensuration and modelling, having published over 250 research papers in journals, research bulletins, book chapters, and proceedings papers.  He has also authored two widely adopted books: the undergraduate textbook “Forest Measurements,” now in its fifth edition, and the advanced-level book “Modeling Forest Trees and Stands,” considered the leading reference for this research specialty.  Currently a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Prof Burkhart has been a faculty member since 1969.  He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards over the years, including the IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award (1981), Virginia's Outstanding Scientist (2013) and the 2014 IUFRO World Congress Host Country Scientific Achievement Award. Prof Burkhart will give a keynote presentation on aspects of the topic “understanding and evaluating uncertainties in models predicting future forest attributes”.

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Prof Annikki Mäkelä (Finland)


Prof Mäkelä, from the University of Helsinki is world-renowned for her work in forest modelling research, with over 100 papers published in international peer reviewed journals.  She currently leads a forest modelling research group which develops theories and models of tree function, structure, and growth, and applies these to questions relevant to forest management under changing environmental conditions and alternative management objectives. The group is also part of the Centre of Excellence in Atmospheric Science.  Her special interests are in understanding how trees capture and allocate resources.  Prof Mäkelä will talk on the topic "The cutting edge in process-based and statistical approaches: how we will model future forest attributes in the 3rd millenium".

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Prof John Kershaw (Canada)


Prof John Kershaw, from the University of New Brunswick has specialist expertise in forest mensuration, forest inventory design and analysis, growth and yield modelling and the interplay between these fields.  In particular, he has pioneered the application of copulas, a special class of multivariate distributions, in forest inventory, LiDAR analysis, and growth modeling.  Well known internationally, he currently works on projects in the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia.  He has authored or contributed to over 75 articles in peer reviewed journals and was a lead author on the 5th Edition of Forest Mensuration (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017).  Prof Kershaw will talk on the topic "Leveraging big data and high technology in forest models".

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Dr Auro Almeida (Australia)


Dr Almeida, a senior research scientist at CSIRO, based in Hobart, has pioneered the development and application of process-based model in the forestry industry in Brazil, including aspects of wood production, catchment hydrology and climate change.  Although Australia-based, Auro has long-term collaboration with research institutes and industries in South America, Southeast Asia, Europe and Oceania. His current research in forest systems and sensing network, is connecting and modelling growth and water forecasting at multiple scales, making models more accessible and easier to use and influencing decision-making processes.  He has contributed to over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles.  Dr Almeida will talk on the topic "Model application, integration and accessibility for forest management and planning".

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Prof Dave Auty (USA)


Prof Auty, currently Assistant Professor of Wood Science and Utilization at Northern Arizona University (USA), has a research program focusing on the measurement and modeling of wood and fibre properties, with a particular interest in how variation in wood properties can be incorporated into growth and yield models. This approach allows for predictions of the effects of silvicultural practices on both the volume and distribution of wood properties in the present and the future wood supply. Prof Auty, who collaborates internationally on research in his field, has published nearly 30 peer-reviewed articles in the scientific literature. He will give an address on the topic "The nexus between models of tree growth, wood formation and product properties".

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Sponsor the conference

Sponsors have the option to select from three "sponsorship packages" (see below) with associated privileges and exposure opportunities.  Please contact Dr David Drew if you have any further questions or would like to discuss other options.

 

Platinum

Gold

Silver

ZAR 30,000

ZAR 20,000

ZAR 10,000

(excl. VAT)

(excl. VAT)

(excl. VAT)

Number of free standard registrations

2

1

0

Name and logo on the conference programme, stating the level of sponsorship

X

X

X

Special acknowledgement, stating level of sponsorship, at opening and closing of meeting

X

X

X

Continuous exposure through rolling digital presentation displayed in the venue during breaks

X

X

 

Sponsor name on symposium web page with hot link to the sponsor’s home page

X

X

 

Display of  branding material

Sponsor’s choice of location

In main venue

In main venue, only at back and sides

One presentation/display table throughout the meeting

X

X

 

Number of pages of advertising material in conference bags

8

4

2

Website exposure

Logo with links on main page and sponsors page

Logo on main page and sponsors page

Listed on sponsors page

 



 

Instructions for presenters

For all registered delegates who are giving an oral presentation or a poster, please take note of the following information:

For Oral Presentations

  1. Please prepare your presentation to be no longer than 20 minutes long.  You will have an additional 5 minutes for questions.  The session chair will ask you stop speaking after 20 minutes have elapsed.  Keynote speakers will give 40 minute presentations.
  2. We can support Microsoft Powerpoint (*.ppt or *.pptx) or Adobe acrobat (*.pdf) files for presentations.  Please try to prepare your presentations in these formats.  If this is likely to be a major issue, please contact Mr Anton Kunneke urgently so we can see if we can accomodate you.
  3. Please ensure your presentation is ready for upload to the computers at the venue at least ONE FULL SESSION before you are scheduled to speak.  For example, if you're talking after lunch time, please be sure to load your presentation no later than morning tea time of the same day; if you're talking in the morning session, please load your presentation the afternoon before.
  4. If your presentation is ready before you arrive, or even at the meeting, you can upload it to the following location: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwYtRhhImRvZejgwZjk0M2gwM1E?usp=sharing.  Please be sure to include the name of the first author in the file name!  When you do so, or is you have any issues, please email Mr Brian Mandigora to let him know you have uploaded your file/s.  Or you can email the file/s to Brian if you have problems.

For Poster Presentations

  1. You can prepare your poster to be either in "landscape" or "portrait" orientation.  But please be aware the space per poster is limited to A1 size in landscape orientation (no wider than 1 m).
  2. Each poster will have a board on its own: we are not doing double-sided board presentations.
  3. There are many printing facilities in Stellenbosch (e.g. Wizardz print) but it is strongly recommended that delegates bring their posters ready-to-go.
  4. IMPORTANT: Each poster presenter will be given the opportunity to give a short (max 5 minutes) "lightning talk" about their poster on one of the two "lightning sessions" before lunch on Wed 26th and Thu 27th (see the schedule to check when you're on).  This is a "talking only" slot: please just use it to speak briefly about your topic and to give enough information to whet the appetite of delegates to come and get more information at the FULL poster session.  You will not have the opportunity to use slides or other electronic visuals during this lightning talk.
  5. The poster session itself will be in the afternoon of Thursday 27th September.  Refreshments will be available during this session.  Poster author/s are required to be present throughout this session to answer questions.
  6. Presenters should aim to pin up their posters during the registration period, or morning tea or lunch time breaks on Tuesday 25th September.

NB: Note that information given here is subject to change and we recommend you check this page from time to time when preparing your talk or poster!!



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