11th International Beech Symposium

18-21 Sep 2018, Viterbo (Italy)


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce you the 11th International Beech Symposium, organized by the IUFRO Research Group 1.01.07 on Ecology and Silviculture of Beech, that will be held in Viterbo (Italy), 18-21 September 2018.


The conference, aimed at celebrating the importance of the inscription to UNESCO World Heritage of European old-growth beech forests, is open to scientists/practitioners/policy-makers and welcomes all contributes related to:

  • Fagus biology and ecology (including genetics, physiology, paleoecology and biogeography)
  • The natural dynamics of old-growth beech forests, and their role in conserving biodiversity
  • Beech forest management, and their role in providing crucial ecosystem services.

The conference central theme is: ‘Natural and Managed Beech Forests as Reference Ecosystems for the Sustainable Management of Forest Resources and the Conservation of Biodiversity’

Prof. Neil Pederson, Harvard Forest, USA
Topic: The Dynamics of Temperate Old-growth Forests in relation to Climate Change

Prof. Jacob Heilmann-Clausen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Topic: Biodiversity and its Conservation in Old-growth Beech Forests

Prof. Hanns Knapp, International Academy for Biodiversity Conservation, Germany.
Topic: The inscription of European old-growth beech forests to UNESCO World Heritage: implications for nature conservation in Europe

For more information please visit the official website  (still under construction, more information to be added soon).

During the conference, we’ll visit some of the Italian UNESCO old-growth beech forests (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1133).

We look forward to meeting you in Italy!
On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Alfredo Di Filippo