Keynote speakers

lefevre François Lefevre, INRA, Avignon, France

As a senior scientist at INRA-URFM (Avignon, France), my research is targeted at the issues of sustainable management of forest genetic resources and adaptation of the Mediterranean forests to climate change. Having personal expertise in genetics and evolutionary biology, I also collaborate with pathologists, physiologists, statisticians and sociologists to investigate the evolutionary processes of forest genetic resources. Beyond basic research activities I am also involved in their applications regarding the two issues mentionned above, mainly at national level as chair of the national Commission on Forest Genetic Resources (CRGF), and at European level as national coordinator and member of the steering committee of the European Programme on Forest Genetic Resources (EUFORGEN). A significant part of my activity is also devoted to research management as director of URFM for eight years and member of several scientific boards.

Keynote talk: Adaptation: where functional ecology and evolutionary biology meet
garciapausas Juli G. Pausas, CIDE-CSIC, Valencia, Spain

I am a plant ecologist and evolutionary biologist working at Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación (CIDE, Valencia, Spain) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). My research focuses on the ecology and evolution of fire-prone ecosystems, and specifically on understanding the role of fire in shaping plant species, populations, communities and landscapes.

Keynote talk: Evolutionary fire ecology: lessons learned from pines
makela Annikki Mäkelä, University of Helsinki, Finland

Professor of silviculture in the department of forest sciences of the University of Helsinki with long experience in development of process-based growth modelling and its management applications, and dynamic modelling in plant ecology.

Keynote talk: Modelling stand growth for optimal management under climate change: experiences from Scots pine stands in Finland
zas Rafael Zas, CSIC-MBG, Spain

PhD in Forest Science in 2001 and Tenured Scientist in MBG-CSIC since 2008, where I lead the Forest Genetics and Ecology research group ( Our general aim is to improve our understanding of the genetic and ecological basis of plant responses to biotic threats in long-lived woody species, and specifically in Iberian pines. We aim to understand how trees are able to resist and/or tolerate the multiple and variable biotic aggressors with which they have to coexist during their long-live span. This knowledge will help to build new sustainable and environmentally-friendly strategies to manage forest pests and forest diseases. Besides, we are also interested in other life history traits and in their interaction with the resistance to biotic threats. During the last years we have been involved in several National research projects aimed to understand at what extent the trade-offs between resistance and other life history traits are driving the evolution of Iberian pine populations. As a result of these projects, two students have defended their PhD thesis, and we have published more than 40 articles in scientific journals.

Keynote talk: Can we improve the health of our pine forests by managing tree investment in resistance traits?
pettenella Davide Pettenella, University of Padova, Italy

I am full professor at the University of Padova (Italy) where I teach forest economics. I am also the director of the LERH PhD program.I have worked extensively in forest products and services marketing, with a special focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and the ethical aspects connected with public institutions role in regulating the forestry sector (illegal logging and FLEGT, ENA-FLEG, flexible mechanisms, PES, REDD+, ethical finance,…). J have published more than 400 papers in the field of forest economics and marketing as a result of research activities and field works carried out within programs financed by the European Commission, FAO, European Forestry Institute, World Bank, CIFOR and by Italian institutions.

Keynote talk: Markets development for pine products: actors and patterns of trade in a changing market condition
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