ICF National Conference 2018: Innovation for Change
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ICF National Conference 2018: Innovation for Change

02/05/2018 to 03/05/2018
When: 3rd May 2018
Where: Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Morrison Street
Edinburgh EH3 8EE
United Kingdom
Contact: Allison Lock
+44 (0)131 240 1425

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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


To Book

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.


Headline Sponsors

Thank you to the headline sponsors: A.W. Jenkinson Forest Products, Scottish Woodlands and Tillhill Forestry.

Professional bodies licensed to award the Chartered Environmentalist registration:

Society for the Environment
EC1.1 Enterprise Centre, Puma Way 
Coventry, West Midlands CV1 2TT.
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