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National Conference 2019: The UK's Role in Global Forestry
10/04/2019 – 11/04/2019
Examination Schools

The 2019 National Conference will be held in Oxford on 10-11 April, and will profile the UK’s role in global forestry.

Forests are increasingly being relied on to provide a sustainable future for the planet and are vital for achieving many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. An increasing use of timber is looked on as the best solution for a low carbon future. The benefits to individuals spending time within forests are now widely acknowledged, and many of the world’s poorest people rely heavily on trees and forests for their livelihoods.

Understanding of the influence of forests on the wider environment, including their role in combating climate change, safeguarding biodiversity and protecting water catchments, is increasing. Although the level of deforestation and forest degradation is falling, it is still too high – with a net loss, worldwide, of 3.3 million hectares per year. At a time when the importance of forests has never been so widely recognised, where do professional foresters fit in? How can they best use their skills and expertise to address these global challenges? Will young British foresters even have the chance to continue to influence forestry globally?

Although we are a small island, the UK has a surprising influence on the global forestry stage. We are one of the largest net importers of timber. We also import other products, such as palm oil and soya, which are driving deforestation. This means that we influence forests far beyond our shores.  Meanwhile, we are also one of the biggest donors of forest-related development assistance, and some of our world renowned institutions and experts continue to play a major part in shaping the future for the world’s forests.

Situated in the heart of Oxford, the Examination Schools is is easily accessible via a range of public transport methods or is within easy walking distance of many of Oxford’s landmarks. The main entrance to the Examination Schools faces the High Street.

Delegates will hear from some of these influencers, both from the UK and overseas, and explore the UK’s role in global forestry, its past, present and future. Among them will be:

  • Alexander Buck, Executive Director, IUFRO, Austria
  • Rob de Fégley, President, Institute of Foresters, Australia
  • Professor Colin Galbraith, Independent Member of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Director of his own environmental consultancy, UK
  • Professor Sandra Harding, Vice Chancellor & President of James Cook University, Australia
  • Luis Nevis Silva, New Generations Plantations Project Leader, WWF, Portugal

Conference Dinner
Conference Dinner Venue: Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6QA

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Hours allocated for Continuous Professional Development are on a self-assessment basis and may not be appropriate for all disciplines/professions. As a guide, Chartered Members of the Institute who attend the full conference including the AGM and the Conference Dinner may record up to 18 hours in accordance to the relevance to their own personal development plan.

Venue Directions

Arriving by bus?
The central bus station (Gloucester Green Bus Station) is approximately 13 minutes on foot from the venue. If you’re coming from London, the Queen’s Lane bus stop is immediately in front of the venue.
A taxi ride from Gloucester Green Bus Station should take approximately 10 minutes. Taxis can be hired from Gloucester Green Town Square, immediately east of the bus station.
Various bike share/hire schemes are available: Pony Bike, Ofo, oBike, Mobike, Oxonbike.

Arriving by train?
The Oxford train station is a 20 minute walk from the Examination Schools.
A taxi ride from the train station will take 10 minutes.
Various bike share/hire schemes are available: Pony Bike, Ofo, oBike, Mobike, Oxonbike.
Brompton bikes can also be hired from the train station.

Travelling by car?
There is no car parking on site, however there are plenty of parking options available within easy distance of the venue.
The nearest city centre car parks are St Clements car park (8 minutes on foot from the venue) and the Gloucester Green car park (13 minutes on foot).
Park and Ride systems provides bus travel to the city centre from various suburban car parks. Buses can either be taken to the central bus station (Gloucester Green) or to the nearest bus stop to the Examination Schools (Queen’s Lane).
The Thornhill Park and Ride is east of city centre, the Redbridge Park and Ride is south of city centre, the Seacourt Park and Ride is west of city centre, and the Pear Tree and Water Eaton Park and Rides are north of city centre.

  • St. Clement’s car park (80 spaces). Post code: OX4 1AB
  • Gloucester Green car park (105 spaces). Post Code: OX1 2BN
  • Worcester Street car park (200 spaces). Post Code: OX1 2BQ
  • Oxpens car park (420 spaces). Post Code: OX1 1RQ
  • Seacourt Park and Ride (800 spaces). Post Code: OX2 0HP

For alternate Parkopedia is a website that comes in handy to check for additional parking spaces.

There is some disabled parking available near the venue. (click here for Oxford City Centre Parking Map for People with Disabilities).


The Institute has secured a limited number of rooms at a great rate of only £102.90 per night within the beautiful grounds of the Queen’s College in the heart of Oxford - just a three minutes’ walk to conference venue.

Oxford is known for premium accommodation rates and these places are limited so don’t delay and secure your room today at https://www.queens.ox.ac.uk/bed-breakfast using promo code ICF2019.

Further Information

For any enquiries about the conference, please contact the Institute on 0131 240 1425 or at icf@charteredforesters.org

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