Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is now open! Abstracts are being sought for presentations at the 2021 IFA/AFG National Conference.

See below for further details. Abstract submissions have been extended! Submissions now close 21 April 2021.

The theme of the conference Your Forests, our Future highlights that Australia’s forests are for the benefit of everyone. Forests deliver many social, cultural, financial and environmental benefits, but their continued ability to provide these benefits depends on effective management that is aligned to the expectations of our community.

The value of forests and trees has extended from forest landscapes to consideration of the benefits in agricultural and urban settings. These benefits are not just in terms of commercial timber but have extended to ecosystem services, natural capital and mitigation of the effects of climate change.

The challenge is for forest scientists, forest professionals, national park and urban forest managers, forest owners and other stakeholders to assimilate knowledge for continual improvement in forest and tree management for the betterment of society and the planet.

The Conference Program Sub-Committee are seeking to develop an interesting, diverse, authentic and engaging conference program, that includes a blend of local and national issues, meets the needs of our various stakeholders, and brings together and energises a community of people interested in forests.

Abstracts are being sought on the following themes and subthemes:

1. Forests in the face of change: risks and opportunities

Climate; Investment; Workforce and skills; Fire; Biosecurity; Markets and business; Innovation and technology

2. Optimising and balancing multiple forest values

Environment & biodiversity; Ecosystem services and carbon; Timber and wood products; Stakeholder, social and cultural value; Forest valuation; Forests and trees on farms

3. People and forests

Communication and soft skills; Social acceptance, expectations, stewardship and engagement; Indigenous land management; Forest ownership; Human health and wellbeing

Abstracts can be delivered in the following formats:

  • Oral
  • Workshop
  • Whole session
  • Poster
  • Short (3-minute) student presentation*
  • Other

* Students are also welcome to present in other sessions

Please download the Call For Abstracts document below for further information and guidelines.

Download Call for Abstracts
Download Abstract Template