Prof. Dr. Thomas Knoke, Institute of Forest Management, Technische Universität München, Germany


Prof. Thomas Knoke is an expert in sustainable use concepts for forest and other ecosystems. His particular interest lies in risk modeling and diversification strategy planning. Methodologies drawn from decision theory, operations research and modern finance theory are applied to forest science issues and land-use problems in general.

Thomas Knoke studied forest science at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and received his doctorate in 1998. He acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (Habilitation) at TUM in 2003. In 2005 he was appointed Professor for "Waldinventur und nachhaltige Nutzung" (Forest inventory and sustainable use) at the Institute of Forest Management at TUM, where he also became Director of the MSc program "Sustainable Resource Management" in 2012. Since 2014 he has been Director of the University Forest of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

He will give his presentation on the role of Douglas fir in future tree species portfolios. Douglas fir is very competitive from an economic point of view, provided that appropriate provenances are used. However, it is an introduced tree species in Europe, susceptible for drought (spring) and frost (autumn) when planted. This means possibly high investments to establish this species. Moreover, there may be so far unknown diseases and other risks for Douglas fir. It is thus an important question, how forest planers can derive suggestions about the advisable proportion of Douglas fir in future forests. This will be the topic of his presentation, where he obtains a purely economic perspective.


Prof. Dr. Ingo Kowarik, Department of Ecology, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany


Prof. Dr. Ingo Kowarik is an ecologist, with major research interests in biological invasions. Here, the focus is on ecological consequences of non-native tree species and how these relate to biodiversity conservation and human values. Further research fields cover urban ecology and nature conservation in cities.

Ingo Kowarik received a doctorate at Technische Universität Berlin (1988), hold a full professorship for Applied Plant Ecology at the University of Hanover (1992-1999) and is, since 1999, Professor for Ecosystem Science and Plant Ecology at the Technische Universität Berlin. Ingo Kowarik is involved in Neobiota, the European Group on Biological Invasions, as co-founder, coordinator (1999-2011), president (2012-2014), and honorary president (since 2014). He also serves as honorary State Commissioner for Nature Conservation in Berlin, Germany.

His keynote will illustrate the importance of the human dimension in biological invasions in understanding and assessing ecological impacts of introduced plant species.


Dr. John Moore, Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute), New Zealand


Dr. John Moore is a Senior Scientist in the Forestry Systems team at Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute). His research focusses on the management of planted forests in New Zealand with a specific focus on the quantification of realised genetic gain, wood quality, wind damage and the relationships between stand structure and yield. He started at Scion in 1994 after graduating from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He then took study leave to complete a PhD at Oregon State University before returning to Scion in 2002. He continued to work at Scion until 2006 when he left and was a Principal Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University where his research focussed on timber quality in British forests. He returned to New Zealand in 2011.

His presentation will cover the development of the plantation forestry model in New Zealand which dates back to 1913 when the Royal Commission on Forestry determined that native forests would not be sufficient to provide for future timber needs. The development of a sector based on exotic species has been underpinned by research into nursery propagation systems, tree improvement, silviculture, wood processing, marketing and codes/standards. In addition to briefly review some of these developments, he will also highlight some of the challenges that the industry faces in the future.