Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are being sought for presentations at the 2023 ANZIF Conference to be held on the Gold Coast (Australia) in October 2023.

ABSTRACTS CLOSE: Thursday 30 March 2023

Conference theme: Embracing Our Natural Capital: The Science, Technology and Art of Managing Forests For All Values

Australia and New Zealand’s forests are one of our greatest resources, from which people and the planet derive many benefits. Healthy forests provide economic, environmental and social values, managed through activities covering conservation, climate change mitigation, fire management, and other science and technology-based actions. The 2023 ANZIF Conference will further highlight the need for active and adaptive management of our natural capital using evidence-based and emerging innovation, technology, skill and knowledge to support our forests and secure our future. The challenge, now, is for forest scientists, forest professionals, national park and urban forest managers, forest owners and all stakeholders is to assimilate knowledge for continual improvement in forest and tree management to safeguard future forests for all.

Abstracts must be submitted using the abstract portal, via the link below.


The Conference Program

The Conference Program Sub-Committee aims to develop a diverse, authentic, and engaging conference program that includes a blend of local, national, and international issues to meet the needs of our stakeholders to bring together and energise the community of people interested in forests. The program will facilitate structured and informal dialogue and will incorporate a day of field sessions to explore the conference themes.

Themes and Sub-Themes

The program will be built around the following themes and sub-themes:

1. Science

  • Biodiversity and Alternative Species
  • Biosecurity
  • Climate and Climate Change
  • Ecosystem Services and Carbon
  • Fire
  • Forest Health
  • Genetics
  • Non-Timber Products

2. Technology and the Future

  • Bioeconomy
  • Fire Detection
  • Innovation
  • New Technology and Equipment
  • Predictive and Precision Forestry
  • Technology – Wood and Innovative Building Products
  • The Future for Agroforestry

3. People and the Art of Forestry

  • Education and the Future of Forestry Profession
  • Forestry Extension and Capacity Building
  • Forestry in the Pacific
  • Forests and Trees on Farms
  • Health and Safety
  • Stakeholder, Social and Cultural Values
  • Stewardship and Certification
  • Traditional, Cultural, Indigenous and Māori Forestry

4. Business, Investment and Markets

  • Agroforestry Opportunities
  • Bioeconomy
  • Carbon
  • Forest Valuation
  • Market Opportunities and Business
  • The Future of Forestry Investment

Presentation Formats

The conference will provide oral, workshop, whole session, short, poster and other types of presentations. All abstracts must be submitted electronically using the abstract submission form by the submission deadline.

Abstracts are being sought for:

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

* Students are also welcome to present in other sessions.

 Oral Presentation

Oral presentations have the following characteristics:

  • 20-minute duration for each presentation (speaking for 15 minutes, a four-minute Q&A and introduction by the Chair)
  • Speakers to present in a session with up to five other presenters with similar themes and sub-themes

Workshop Presentation

Workshops will provide delegates the opportunity to learn new skills or familiarise themselves with a topic that they do not know well.  The workshops should be interactive, can be ‘hands on’, and may include demonstrations. At the request of the facilitator, the workshop space can be prepared in classroom or open round style. Workshop presentations have the following characteristics:

  • 60 to 240-minute duration
  • A facilitator, and two to three speakers (the details of all facilitators and speakers to be included in the abstract)
  • Opportunity for extensive discussion, interaction and practical outcomes

Whole Session Presentations

A whole session proposal is when the organiser defines the topic of the session, the format and invites all speakers/contributors in the session.  An abstract for a session should have details of:

  • The topic
  • Details of all facilitators, speakers & presenters in the session
  • Description of the session, including length of time, and proposed outcomes from the session
    • Format of the session i.e. Series of oral presentations; Panel discussions; Interviews; Quiz the speaker; Debates or hypotheticals; Coffee table or ‘campfire’ discussions and storytelling; Yarning circles; Group Dialogue (Multiple questions posed to groups of four to six to discuss) or a Solution Room – Around a specific topic the room provides peer-supported advice, discussion, and solutions to specific problems

Poster Presentation

A poster presentation is designed to allow the presenter to provide a graphic summary (text, graphics and photos) of their research/work outcomes. Posters will be located in the exhibition and catering area. Poster presentations have the following characteristics:

  • Posters will be accessible on two platforms: (1) on display at the conference, and; (2) on the conference website
  • Each poster will be presented on one side of a large poster board
  • As posters are designed to be interactive, it is expected that at least one author of the submitted poster will register and attend the conference to be available to discuss with fellow delegates during scheduled timeslots
  • There will be a prize for the best posters – determined by popular vote of the delegates

Short (Three-Minute) Research Presentation – Competition for Students

The challenge is to present your research in three minutes.  You may use one slide in your presentation.  Your abstract will be published in the conference proceedings.  There will be prizes for the best presentation determined by acclamation from the audience.


The Program Sub-Committee are open to proposals for other styles of presentation to support learning and the exchange of ideas that is not mentioned in the Call for Abstracts.  If you would like to propose another style of presentation, please provide:

  • The topic
  • Details of all key people including facilitators and presenters
  • Description of the session and proposed outcomes from the session
  • The proposed format of the session

Australian Forestry and the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Journal

Please note that authors may wish to write a paper for Australian Forestry or the New Zealand Journal of Forestry based on the abstract submitted for the 2023 Conference.  The Program Sub-Committee may also approach authors, based on their abstract, requesting that they prepare a paper for publication.

Format of Abstracts:

Authors are asked to provide the following information when they submit their abstract:

  • Title: (up to 20 words)
  • Presentation type: (indicate) oral, workshop, whole session, poster, short or other
  • Authors
  • Authors affiliations
  • If more than one author, an indication of which authors will be speaking/presenting
  • Theme (from the list)
  • Sub-theme (from the list)
  • Keywords (up to 5 keywords)
  • Abstract (up to 250 words)
  • Interest in writing a paper for Australian Forestry or the New Zealand Journal of Forestry based on the abstract
  • Presenter’s Biography (up to 100 words)
  • Presenter phone
  • Presenter email
  • Presenter address

Please note:

It is the responsibility of the author to ensure abstract text does not contain any typos or grammatical errors. The 2023 ANZIF Organising Committee will not be responsible for any errors published.

If an abstract is accepted into the conference program, authors are required to register and pay to attend the Conference.


If you have any questions in regards to the Call for Abstracts, please email Beth at

We look forward to receiving your submissions, and welcoming you to the 2023 ANZIF Conference!