The Institute of Chartered Foresters calls for papers for Urban Trees Research conference

The Institute of Chartered Foresters has made a call for papers for the Urban Trees Research Conference on 13 & 14 April 2011, to be held at the Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Two types of paper will be included in the conference programme:

  • Papers presenting original research in a specific subject area.
  • Papers reviewing existing and ongoing research in a broad subject area
  • Completed research that remains relevant,
  • Research being undertaken currently, and
  • Gaps in research where future efforts need to be focused.

Papers are welcomed that address any topic involving trees and the built environment, in both the social and natural sciences, such as tree pathology, tree establishment, community involvement, trees and urban design, urban forest mapping, biodiversity and veteran trees. This type of paper is also expected to indicate where future research in that particular field might be focused. Papers from overseas authors are welcomed.

Papers will be chosen by a panel of academic and industry specialists drawn from members of the Conference Steering Group. Authors whose papers are selected will be invited to present their work at the conference. Presentations will last no longer than 30 minutes. It is expected that presented and accepted papers will be peer-reviewed for an edited book.

Authors wishing to respond to this call should send an abstract of not more than 1,000 words by 12 noon on 1 November 2010.

Proposals must include a title, the author(s), organisational affiliation, and three keywords. This should be submitted electronically and in Word format.

Authors whose papers are selected will be notified by 1 December 2010. Full papers of selected presentations will be required by 11 March 2011.

The author or main author of selected papers will be given a complementary place at the conference and will have their travel and accommodation expenses reimbursed in accordance with conference guidelines for speakers.

Abstract submissions and enquires should be directed to: Dr Mark Johnston, Myerscough College, email:

The conference recognises the range of organisations and disciplines whose work relates to urban trees. Although the conference will be hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters as its 2011 National Conference, the event is a partnership initiative that is supported by a Conference Steering Group who will guide the programme content and format.

The partners are: 

Arboricultural Association, Ancient Tree Forum, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, Forest Research, Forestry Commission,  International Society of Arboriculture (UK & I Chapter), Landscape Institute, London Tree Officers Association, Midland Tree Officers Association, Myerscough College, Natural England, Royal Town Planning Institute, Trees and Design Action Group, University of Manchester, Utility Arboriculture Group, National Association of Tree Officers.

For conference information contact 0131 240 1425 or email or see the Chartered Foresters Website.


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