BIFoR Fourth Annual Meeting

 

29th and 30th January 2020
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston Park Hotel, Birmingham. 

 

One day or two day tickets are available for this free event. 

Our annual community meeting provides us with the opportunity to disseminate early results and receive feedback from research and practitioner communities.

Our Institute was set up to address two fundamental and interrelated challenges: 
- the impact of climate and environmental change on woodlands 
- the resilience of trees to invasive pests and diseases. 

The first day (29 January 2020) will be joint with the Action Oak programme and will focus mainly on the research underway regarding resilience of trees to invasive pests and diseases. 

The second day (30 January 2020) will be focussed on research underway at the BIFoR Free-Air Carbon Enrichment (FACE) facility by researchers from across the UK.  

Crosscutting through both days we'll be sharing our research coming through from our Forest Edge doctoral research programme now in it's second year. The Forest Edge doctoral scholarship programme offers 20 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships at the University of Birmingham, the projects will be multi-disciplinary and some interdisciplinary at least outside usual research council remits.  Our doctoral researchers will be sharing their research covering a wide range of areas including forests & flooding & young people's experiences in urban woodlands. 

We have a great line up of entertaining and thought provoking  speakers and poster presentations and a large team of scientists for you to meet. 

To book tickets online please visit the University of Birmingham shop or contact d.brettle@bham.ac.uk for further information. 

Programme 

Day One - Wednesday 29 January 2020 

10:45

Welcome, Prof Jeremy Pritchard, Director of Education for College of Life and Environmental Sciences and Director of BIFoR, University of Birmingham

11:00

Bacterial diseases of trees: exploring the challenges of studying them and improving tree health, Prof Rob Jackson, University of Birmingham, Chair of Tree Pathology  

 

Using coniferous resources from the BIFoR FACE facility to investigate the evolution of seed-plant reproduction, Dr Andrew Plackett, Royal Society University Research Fellow. University of Birmingham

 

Forests and the methane cycle, a global perspective, Prof Vincent Gauci, University of Birmingham

 

From plant conservation planning to implementation: a European perspective, Prof Nigel Maxted, Chair in Plant Genetic Conservation, University of Birmingham

 

Introduction to the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Scheme (DSP) Forest Edge, Dr Simon Dixon 

12:30 - 14:00

Poster session and lunch 

Hear about wider forest related research and of that coming through from our Forest Edge doctoral research programme now in its second year. Our doctoral researchers will be sharing their research covering a wide range of areas including forests & flooding & young people's experiences in urban woodlands.  

 14:00-15:30 

Key Note Speaker: Lynne Boddy – Cardiff University

Survival Of Acute Oak Decline Associated Bacteria, In Rainwater And Forest Soil Bethany Pettifor, Bangor University 

Mortality of young plantation oak in England: A multi-omic analysis of a serious bark disease, Andrew Griffiths, Bangor University 

Title TBC, Louise Gathercole,  RBG Kew and Queen Marys University London

Dendrochronology and AOD: looking for evidence of predisposition, Katy Reed, Forest Research 

Questions for the speakers 

15:30-16:00 

Refreshment break 

 

 

 

Exploiting the oak immune system for resistance against powdery mildew, Estrella Luna Diez, University of Birmingham, BIFoR 

Host-pathobiome-insect interactions in Acute Oak Decline, James McDonald, Bangor University   

Monitoring oak tree health using metabolomics, Jasen Finch, Aberystwyth University

Questions for the speakers

17:00

Conference closes

Day Two - Thursday 30 January 2020 

10:45

 11:00

Welcome, Prof Laura Green University of Birmingham

Key note: Draft title “Challenges and opportunities in assessment of forest response to elevated atmospheric CO2”, Prof Richard Norby, Corporate Research Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Institute of Advanced Studies Distinguished visiting fellow at the University of Birmingham

 

Early results and information about the BIFoR FACE facility, Liam Crowley & Angeliki Kourmouli,, University of Birmingham

 

Assessing the effects of elevated CO2 on fungal communities in a temperate forest, Aileen Baird, University of Birmingham

 

Xylem sapflow at BIFoR FACE: early results of tree-soil water relations 2017-2019, Sue Quick, University of Birmingham

 

Disentangling mechanisms of co-adaptation between trees and soil food webs in response to environmental pertubationas, Prof David Johnson, University of Manchester 

 

A representation of phosphorus cycle in Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES-PM), Dr Andre (Mahdi) Nakhavali, University of Exeter

13:00 - 14:30

Poster session and lunch  

Hear about wider forest related research and of that coming through from our Forest Edge doctoral research programme now in its second year. Our doctoral researchers will be sharing their research covering a wide range of areas including forests & flooding & young people's experiences in urban woodlands.  

 

The importance of long-term ecological experiments, Professor Jonathan Silvertown, Ecological Continuity Trust, University of Edinburgh

 

Quantifying long-term effects of free-air CO2 enrichment on the growth of temperate woodlands from terrestrial laser scans, Dr Eric Casella, Forest Research

 

If the wind blows in a forest, and no one's around to measure it, how does it move around? Edward Bannister, University of Birmingham

 

Active Distributed Temperature Sensing for spatio-temporal monitoring of soil moisture, Dr Giulio Curioni, University of Birmingham

 

Impact of elevated CO2 on leaf wax δ13C, Bridget Warren, University of Birmingham

 

Tea and coffee break

Panel Discussion

16:30

Conference closes

Accommodation

Local accommodation:

Edgbaston Park Hotel,  www.edgbastonparkhotel.com  

Lucas House Hotel, www.lucashousehotel.com    

Alternatively, there are many hotels in central Birmingham City Centre, just a short bus journey/train journey away. 

Directions

 A map of how to reach the hotel from the train station / bus station is available

Complimentary parking spaces will be available at Edgbaston Park Hotel, Hornton Grange Hotel, Garth House, Lucas House Hotel and the ground floor of the Pritchatts Road Car Park.

All guests must obtain a parking permit from the Edgbaston Park Hotel reception desk and display on the dashboard of each vehicle.