Behind us we have three industrial revolutions, with legacies of steam, electricity and computing; all ground-breaking at the time but now taken for granted. Can you believe that the World Wide Web is still under 30 yet is driving so much of what we do? Look at how platforms like YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn have changed the way we learn, how we work and interact.
Our businesses have changed, our lives have changed, we’ve changed. And, they are about to change again as we enter the Fourth Industrial – and digital, physical and biological – Revolution.
We have to be ready to meet new expectations both from clients and from our workforce, be open to new models for the forestry and arboricultural workplace and for its operations, and know how to ensure that considerations like health and safety aren’t compromised. We have to be empowered to think differently and do things differently.
Put the future of your forestry industry in your diary – 2 to 3 May 2018, and book now.
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Fiona Lickorish, Cranfield University, on using strategic foresight to plan for and manage change
Nick Pyatt, Trioss, on harnessing adaption pathways to adjust to an uncertain climate changing world
Professor Tariq Butt, Swansea University, on biopesticide-based tree pest controls
Professor John Mackay, University of Oxford, on biotechnology and tree breeding
Dr Graham Ormondroyd, Bangor University BioComposites Centre, on modifying properties of cellulosic materials for commercial uptake
Francis Charette, FPInnovations (Canada), on the challenges of developing autonomous equipment in forestry
Jeremie Leonard, BioCarbon Engineering, on unmanned aerial vehicles
Professor Christian Rosset, MOTI, and Bern University of Applied Science (Switzerland), on capturing dendrometric variables using mobile phone applications
Professor Iain H Woodhouse, University of Edinburgh Living Environment Institute, and Carbomap, on remote sensing innovations
Juan Suárez-Minguez, Forest Research, on early detection of tree stress by thermal imagery
Sharon Hosegood FICFor, Sharon Hosegood Associates Ltd, on radar surveys of urban tree roots
Stefano Pascucci, Professor in Sustainability and Circular Economy, University of Exeter Business School
At the Conference Dinner
Mark Stephenson, author, entrepreneur and futurologist, on the 8 principles to success and optimism
Find details on the ICF website »
Conference venue: Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Conference Dinner venue: Scottish Café and Restaurant
Annual General Meeting
The Institute of Chartered Foresters Annual General Meeting for members will take place during the conference at Edinburgh International Conference Centre, starting at 17.30hrs on Wednesday 2nd May 2018. There is no charge for members who wish to attend the AGM only.
Thank you to the headline sponsors: A.W. Jenkinson Forest Products, Scottish Woodlands and Tillhill Forestry.