Events - Birmingham Institute of Forest Research

BIFoR fifth annual meeting 2021
27 and 28 January 2021
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus

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

We share our research related to two fundamental and interrelated challenges: 
- the impact of climate and environmental change on woodlands 
- the resilience of trees to invasive pests and diseases. 

We also share our wider research related to forested landscapes, for example the research outputs from the Forest Edge Doctoral Scholarship Programme

This is a free event.

Treescapes 2021 
30 June and 1 July 2021
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus  

Treescapes2021 is a unique event being led by early career researchers from a number of UK universities and disciplines to stimulate conversations between the research and woodland practitioner communities. We aim to capture the priorities and concerns of stakeholders and to influence future research agendas and practices.

Our national treescapes are facing immense challenges from climate change, pests and diseases. Research shapes our understanding and provides insights that can inform best practices - it underpins action, but it is not action. Its real-world impact relies on swift inclusion into policy and adoption by managers and practitioners. 

This conference is for all those carrying out research allied to forestry, woodland, urban and other treescapes, for those managing woods and trees and for those interested in learning about the latest forestry and forestry-related research.

More information is available on the Treescapes 2021 website.

Trees for the Future – Diversity and complexity for resilience and carbon storage
3 and 4 November 2021
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus

As a key part of actions to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the UK Government set a target of up to 19% woodland cover. Key decisions therefore are required concerning how and where we expand tree cover. Modern forestry is generally based on monocultures largely because of timber production. However, future forests will play a key role in climate change mitigation. It is therefore crucial that appropriate informed decisions are made with regard to the structure, composition and planning of future forests, in order to provide sustainable solutions that are of benefit to society. Mixed forests with their higher biodiversity, are likely to be better than monocultures in regulating the water cycle and sequestering carbon.

A main objective of this conference is to explore state-of-the-art scientific evidence showing that higher tree species diversity enables higher productivity and stability, with a lower susceptibility to biotic and abiotic stress, together with a portfolio of ecosystem services, as well as economic and management benefits. Invited speakers will address these issues from the perspective of science/industry/economics/politics interfaces. A key aim is to produce a policy document that will inform UK government strategy. In addition, we will produce other outputs such as a Special Issue of Food and Energy Security.  Deadline for submission of manuscripts to the FES Special Issue is 31 January 2021

More information is available on the Association of Applied Biology website