The organizers

IUFRO
IUFRO is "the" global network for forest science cooperation. It unites more than 15,000 scientists in almost 700 Member Organizations in over 110 countries, and is a member of ICSU. Scientists cooperate in IUFRO on a voluntary basis. (www.iufro.org) 
Division 7 - Forest Health. This Division includes research on: physiological and genetic interactions between trees and harmful biotic impacts, including resistance mechanisms; biological and applied aspects of tree diseases; environment/ pathogen interactions in forest decline; the biology and control of forest tree insects; and impacts of air pollution on forest trees and forest ecosystems, including diagnosis, monitoring, biology, genetics and treatment of polluted forests and other wooded lands. (www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7)
7.02.13 - The Forest Health in Southern Hemisphere Commercial Plantations Working Party aims to improve the management of forest health issues through increased contact and collaborations between forest health professionals. The Working Party will focus on forest health issues affecting commercial hardwood and softwood plantations in the Southern Hemisphere; in particular the focus will be on commonly planted species such as eucalypts, acacia and pines. However, we welcome any individuals from Northern Hemisphere countries who are working on the same forest species, pests and pathogens, with similar style plantation and silvicultural processes. (
www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70200/70213/)


INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIÓN AGROPECUARIA (INIA) (Uruguay)
INIA is the National Agricultural Research Institute of Uruguay, a non-public governmental institution. Its mission is to contribute to the integral development of farmers and the national agricultural sector, generating, incorporating and adapting knowledge and technologies considering the state policies, the economic and environmental sustainability and the social equity. Over 160 scientists work for 11 research programs, using facilities at five experimental stations. (www.inia.uy/en)

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA REPÚBLICA (UDELAR) (Uruguay)
Universidad de la República is the leading institution of higher education and research in Uruguay. It was founded on 1849 in Montevideo, having nowadays a student body of 108,886 students (2012). In collaboration with a wide range of institutional and social actors, also performs multiple activities aimed at socially valuable use of knowledge and dissemination of culture. It is a public institution, autonomous, with a board integrated by Faculty, students and Professionals. (http://www.universidad.edu.uy/)
 
FOREST PROTECTION RESEARCH GROP (GIPF) (Uruguay)
The GIPF is integrated by researchers from INIA and UDELAR, and includes pathologists, entomologists, breeders, mycologists, physiologists, and statisticians. It aims to coordinate efforts to develop the forest protection at a national level, with a strong interaction with the industry, and other national agencies involved with forest resources, including both native and exotics.
 
 
NSW PRIMARY INDUSTRIES (Australia)
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is part of the Department of Industry, Skills, and Regional Development, also known as the Department of Industry. DPI works to increase the value of primary industries and drive economic growth across NSW. DPI manages a broad range of initiatives from resource to industry, including natural resource management, research and development, pest and disease management, food safety, industry engagement, and market access and competition. (www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/)
 
 
BIOFOREST SA (Chile)
Bioforest was founded in 1990 with a mission to develop and apply technologies to maximize production of ARAUCO’s industrial and forestry resources. Today it is recognized as a scientific-technological research center of excellence, the only one of its type in Chile and South America. Recognized for its leadership in the development of technological forestry and industrial development, Bioforest employs highly specialized personnel, applying the latest technology in its labs, plant nurseries, and the company’s forestlands and industrial facilities. In addition, Bioforest is part of a technological network of open collaboration among national and international organizations that are up-to-date on the latest industrial forestry scientific knowledge, generating an exchange of information that nourishes the company and the forestry industry as a whole. (www.bioforest.cl)
 
 
SCION (New Zealand)
Scion is a Crown Research Institute (CRI), which is a government-owned company that carries out scientific research for the benefit of New Zealand. Each of seven CRIs is aligned with a productive sector of the economy or a grouping of natural resources. We specialize in research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood and wood-derived materials and other biomaterial sectors. We are the leading CRI in: Sustainable forest management and tree improvement; Forestry biosecurity, risk management and mitigation; Wood processing, wood-related bioenergy, waste streams and other biomaterials; Forestry and forestry-based ecosystem services to inform land-use decision making. Also, we collaborate with other research providers and end-users to develop: Land-based biosecurity, soil and freshwater management; Climate change adaptation and mitigation; Indigenous forestry; Industrial biotechnology and high-value manufacturing. (www.scionresearch.com)