Looking ahead… 2019 IUFRO World Congress in Brazil


Just something to put in your diary for 2019…

The 25th World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will take place in Curitiba, Brazil, in October 2019. For more information click here.


It’s all happening in Salt Lake City, USA!

In 2010, I was very privileged to attend the IUFRO World Congress in Seoul, Korea. It was my first opportunity to attend such an enormous conference, with over 2500 delegates from around 90 countries – and what a fantastic experience it was! This year, a few of my South African colleagues have travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to attend the IUFRO 2014 World Congress in Salt Lake City, USA, and I am sure it will be another outstanding event (you can follow the current updates on the Congress here)! We would love to get some feedback on the Congress to put on this blog, so if you, or a colleague, have been fortunate enough to attend the IUFRO World Congress this year, then we’d love to hear from you!

You may be wondering… what events are happening in the world of ‘seed science’ in the near future?

Well, we are very excited about the upcoming International Society for Seed Science (ISSS) Seed Longevity Workshop which will be held in Wernigerode, Germany, from 5-8 July 2015. This promises to be a very interesting workshop with a great selection of keynote speakers that have been confirmed. The topic of the conference is “Seeds for future generations – Determinants of longevity”. For more information, click here.

And… we are also in the process of planning a small conference for 2015… so, ‘watch this space’ for more information!

Conferences – too few and too far?

The ISSS conference in China is less than three weeks away! Are you registered? If not, when last did you attend a seed science conference? Which factors do you consider critical when signing up for a conference?

Please take our short poll above so that we can get some feedback from you on whether there is sufficient demand and interest for a seed science conference early to mid 2015.

Thanks for you participation!






Introducing the Working Group Deputy, Dr Marnie Light


Marnie at a Pinus patula pot trial set up to investigate a nursery pathogen.

Dr Marnie Light (Working group deputy coordinator)

Programme Manager / Scientist at the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research, South Africa

What do I do?

Manage a small team of researchers and technicians to conduct research related to silvicultural management of commercial pine or eucalyptus plantations in South Africa. This programme covers research on:

  • Pine and eucalypt regeneration
  • Eucalypt coppice management
  • Vegetation management
  • Integrated pest management

Communicate research findings and practical applications to our stakeholders and relevant private growers.

Publish relevant reports and peer-reviewed papers.

Assist and mentor students.

Through an honorary appointment at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, I conduct some research related to smoke-stimulated seed germination.

For more information, Marnie can be contacted at marnie.light@icfr.ukzn.ac.za

Introducing the Working Group Coordinator, Dr Shelagh McCartan


Shelagh collecting juniper berries on the slopes of Hellvelyn (3rd highest mountain in England).

Dr Shelagh McCartan (Working group coordinator)

Seed Scientist at Forest Research, Forestry Commission, Britain

What do I do?

Co-ordinate and deliver a programme of seed biology research, which focuses on:

  • processing, pre-treating, and storing seeds of important forestry species (Douglas fir, Scots pine and Common ash) and also novel forestry species (Atlantic cedar, Coast redwood and European silver fir); and
  • developing thermal time models and predicting benefits and risks associated with assisted migration of forestry species as part of a climate change adaptation strategy.

Co-ordinate a UK-wide collection of juniper berries for the UK National Trees Seed Project as part of an ex situ conservation effort.

Communicate research to public, practitioners and professionals through appropriate media including workshops, technical articles, and peer-reviewed papers.

Mentor and train students.

For more information, Shelagh can be contacted at shelagh.mccartan@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


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