Keynote & Invited Speakers

Forestry Australia  are delighted to announce the below Keynote and Invited Speakers who will be joining us at our 2024 Symposium ‘Healthy and resilient forests for our future’.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Lori Daniels
Faculty of Forestry, UBC, Vancouver

Lori Daniels is the inaugural Koerner Chair of the Centre for Wildfire Coexistence and directs the Tree-Ring Lab at UBC. Lori investigates the impacts of natural and human disturbances and climate change on forests. With her research team, she has on-going projects on wildfires, forest dynamics, and social-ecological resilience to climate change across British Columbia. Her enduring partnerships with local, provincial, and national governments, environmental organizations, forest management companies, community forests, and First Nations ensure her scientific advances are translated to active conservation, restoration and management. She is among the 150 Canadian Scientists recognised in 2017 for research shaping new frontiers and making our world a better place (#150Scientists). She was received the 2019 Canadian Institute of Forestry Scientific Achievement Award, 2022 Distinguished Career Award in Biogeography from Association of American Geographers, and 2023 Distinguished Leader in Research Award from the Association of Fire Ecologists.

Dr Bill Jackson

Bill Jackson is an adjunct Professor with the Tropical Forest and People Research Centre of the University of the Sunshine Coast and an independent consultant with over 40 years’ experience in forest conservation and management, protected area management and community development.

Bill was the chief author for the Australia State of Environment Report 2016, and he held the positions of Chief Executive of Parks Victoria and Director of National Parks from late 2010 until mid-2015. Prior to his appointment to Parks Victoria, he was Deputy Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). During his 13 years with the IUCN, he helped establish the organisation’s overall strategy and worked on a wide range of conservation issues in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Latin America. Earlier in his career he worked on community forestry in Nepal and forest and fire management in New South Wales. His PhD focused on community forestry in Nepal.