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Trees for the Future Diversity and complexity for resilience and carbon storage

3 November 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4 November 2021 @ 5:00 pm


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November 3-4 2021

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.

This conference is a collaboration between AAB and the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research  (BIFoR) and a main objective 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 broad 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 the Food and Energy Security journal. Submissions for this special issue remains open until March 1st 2022.

Download Provisional Program: October 4th

Register for the meeting here.

Enormous thanks to The JABBS Foundation for allowing us to keep registration fees extremely low for such a high profile event!


In-person event: £75-175

One-site: On site registration includes day catering, wine reception and conference dinner held on  November 3rd in the Great Hall at the University of Birmingham. This will include the live presentation of the ‘All England Woodland  Resilience Award. Register as an in-person delegate by September 3rd 2021.

Virtual event: £5-£85

This hybrid event provides opportunities for virtual delegates to register for the meeting. This will include access to all plenary sessions (filmed by the professional UoB event staff) and the opportunity to participant in session Q+A. This will not provide access to the poster session. Register as a online delegate by October 29th 2021.


3 November 2021 @ 10:00 am
4 November 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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