2022 conference bannerThe world’s forests are major stocks and sinks of carbon, play vital roles in livelihoods and economies, host enormous biodiversity and are important allies in the fight against climate change. These ecosystems are also changing as a consequence of global change, with large increases in tree mortality being observed in many regions. Yet, despite their importance, the challenges of monitoring these ecosystems across the different biomes mean that we currently lack a clear picture of how global forests are changing. This symposium brings together experts covering ecology, ecophysiology, carbon accounting, forestry and socio-ecological systems, using approaches including ground-based monitoring, remote sensing and modelling. We will address our current capacity to observe, and project the future of, the world’s forests, and give perspectives on how we can leverage, bring together and expand efforts to transform our understanding of those forests.

Some recordings of the talks and the biographies of speakers are now available.  

The majoriy of posters from the conference are now available. 

Speakers include Prof Jérôme Chave, Dr Emma Bush (Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh), Dr Susan Cook-Patton (Nature Conservancy), Prof Aida Cuni-Sanchez (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Dr Laura Duncanson (University of Maryland), Dr Adriane Esquivel Muelbert (University of Birmingham), Dr Filipe França (Lancaster University), Prof Vincent Gauci (University of Birmingham), Prof David Lapola (UNICAMP), Prof Belinda Medlyn (University of Western Sydney), Prof Oliver Phillips (Uni. Leeds), Prof Mark Rounsevell (Karlsruhe Inst. Technology), Dr Paloma Ruiz-Benito (University of Alcalá), Dr Cornelius Senf (Technical Uni Munich), Dr Susanne Suvanto (University of Birmingham), Prof Sami Ullah (University of Birmingham), Prof Alexander Vibrans (Universidade Regional de Blumenau) and Prof Chris Woodall (US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Inventory and  Analysis Program) 

21 June 2022 at 16:00 - 17:30 (UK time) 

Online or in person 
Keynote talk - the capacity of tropical forests to mitigate global change 
by Prof Jérôme Chave, Université Toulouse more information 

22 June 2022 09:30 - 17:00 

online or in person

- Large ground data initiatives, understanding forest dynamics
- Large ground data initiatives, beyond the trees
- Scaling up in space and time
- Forests and human interaction
- Panel discussion – building a global observatory of forest dynamics
- Posters
- Evening reception for in person delegates (17:00-19:00) 

23 June 2022 09:30 - 17:00

- Ecosystem manipulation
- Informing the reforestation debate
- Genome to Biome, showcasing research from BIFoR

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Thanks to sponsorship of the 'New Phytologist Foundation' we have been able to offer 5 travel grants to early career researchers to attend. New Phytologist - Foundation Logo (Turquoise)