Call for speakers - ForestTECH Conference

Wednesday 26 May 2021

The ForestTECH Conference is Australasia’s premier annual forest technology event - It is in its For over 14 years is has brought together industry leaders together from across Australasia. Our target audience includes resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and more recently, tree crop supervisors, forest establishment staff and silvicultural managers.

What happening? - Last year ForestTECH, against all odds, ran in New Zealand to both an in- person and virtual audience. In total we delivered the event tp well over 300 people. Workshops, meetings, field demonstrations and a two-day technology conference and trade exhibitions all ran for the wider industry over the week. The live and virtual hybrid format for ForestTECH 2020 also enabled a much wider cross-section of international presenters and delegates to be involved.

Delegates from 20 different countries for the first time were involved as part of the online streaming of the event out of Rotorua, New Zealand. Companies located in; New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Brazil, USA, Canada, Columbia, Chile, Ireland, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, China, South Africa, Latvia, Singapore and the United Kingdom were involved in ForestTECH 2020.

What’s planned for ForestTECH 2021? - For the first time, last year, ForestTECH 2020 was split into two main technology streams:1. Remote sensing, data capture and inventory management, and 2. Forest establishment, mechanised planting and silviculture.

Format and location: - Thus year our event will run in Rotorua. Uncertainties around country borders being open, international travel and a reluctance still by many individuals and companies to travel outside New Zealand means that the format used in 2020 (physical delegates in New Zealand with the full event being streamed to Australian and other international delegates) will be used for ForestTECH 2021.

Sessions will unclude
• Remote sensing/ satellite imagery technologies
• Mechanised & automated planting systems
• Advances in silvicultural treatments
• Data capture technologies and operational use
• Inventory management
• Big data management IT solutions
• Drone based imaging and data capture
• Options for AI and deep learning


Interested in presenting? - We have had a great response to date. If you or someone on your team still interested in presenting at the ForestTECH 2021 this year (either in person in New Zealand or remotely), please register your early interest by emailing brent.apthorp@fiea.org.nz by Friday 28 May 2021.

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