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International scientific conference: Genetics to the rescue - Managing forests sustainably in a changing world

 

January 27 - 31, 2020 - University of Avignon, Avignon, France

Key dates

Abstract submission for the scientific conference - Extended deadline November 15, 2019
Decision of scientific committee about abstract acceptance November 30, 2019
Early bird registration December 5, 2019
Regular Registration January, 10, 2020

 

Genetics for sustainable forest management

 

The Pope's Palace in Avignon. Credit: Herbert Frank/flickr

The Pope's Palace in Avignon. Credit: Herbert Frank/flickr

The conservation and sustainable use of forests is one of the major challenges of the twenty-first century, in a context of environmental change of uncertain magnitude and scale. Society demands that forests provide a wide range of potentially conflicting ecosystem services, from timber products, raw materials and renewable energy, to climate change mitigation and sociocultural amenities and habitats for nature conservation.

Genetic diversity is a key component of resilience and adaptability. Overall, forest tree populations are genetically very diverse, conferring them an enormous potential for genetic adaptation via such processes as gene flow and natural selection. What remain largely unknown are the scale and pace at which local adaptation occurs in forest trees and whether adaptation and resilience for some traits conflicts with adaptation and resilience for others. Without this basic knowledge, innovative and science-based management and policy approaches will lag behind the pace of environmental and societal constraints.

Access to large scale genomic, phenotypic, environmental and policy data have the potential of opening new dimensions in how adaptation and resilience is studied. Focusing primarily but not exclusively on forest trees, the conference will showcase some of the key results made during the past few years in the field of evolutionary sciences that can inform sustainable forest management and policy.

The event will take place at the University of Avignon, France, January 27-31, 2020. The scientific conference will welcome a maximum of 250 participants while the training and the stakeholder sessions held back to back with the conference will welcome no more than 80 participants each and the Wikipedia traning session no more than 20 participants.

The conference is organized by the H2020 project GenTree (http://www.gentree-h2020.eu/).

The conference is Carbon Neutral.