International Forest Phenotyping Workshop

Phenotyping Forests: A potential game changer for planted forests

8-9 October 2018, Rotorua, New Zealand

A satellite meeting following the 5th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium (IPPS) 2018, Adelaide, Australia

Given the long lived nature of plantation forest tree species and the real world environments that they are planted into it has not been possible to easily explore the phenotype of species in planted forests. However, with recent advances in remote sensing it is now possible to collect phenotypic data for trees, relieving the phenotyping bottle neck that has been associated with forestry.

The theme of the two day workshop is to explore the advances and opportunities in forest phenotyping and to observe current research activities in one of the largest planted forests in the world.

We are putting together a stimulating programme that will include on the first day an invited key note speaker and volunteered papers. On the second day we will travel through Kaingaroa forest, one of the largest planted forests in the world visiting areas of interest where the forest phenotype is being explored.

Contributions are invited for volunteered presentations. 20 minutes will be allocated including 15 minutes for the presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions. Abstracts should be submitted by Friday 31st of August for consideration by the organisers. Successful presenters will be advised by the 7th of September. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and provide a clear statement of what will be covered in the presentation. Poster presentations will also be considered as well as there are limited slots for presentations.

Abstract submission
Abstracts should be submitted by Friday 31st of August to Successful presenters will be advised by the 7th of September.

Outline of Satellite Workshop
Day 1: Mon 8th October, Presentations and Discussion, at Scion, Rotorua. (8 am – 5.30 pm, 6.30 pm dinner)
Day 2: Tue 9th of October, Field trip to Kaingaroa Forest (8.30 am – 4.30 pm)

Full registration Day 1 & Day 2 (includes 8th & 9th October, dinner on 8th October): NZ $200.
Single ticket Day 1: Monday 8th October (includes day catering and evening dinner): NZ $140.
Single ticket Day 2: Tuesday 9th October (field trip including packed lunch): NZ $80.
Online registration available here and is due by 15 September 2018.

To find out more about the satellite meeting contact Peter Clinton at Scion (NZ Forest Research): email

Rotorua is a world class destination and has a range of accommodation options nearby the conference venue. The magnificent backdrop of Whakarewarewa Forest (also known as The Redwoods) is not far from the city center. There are many recreational opportunities in Rotorua including world renowned mountain biking rides and geothermal pools.

A range of international airlines fly to New Zealand from Australian airports and flight connections can be easily made via main centers such as Auckland to Rotorua, flying Air New Zealand.

The conference will be hosted at Scion, Sala St, Rotorua. (

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