Final conference programme and presentations

Designing Trees for the Future: Data are the keystone

The conference programme is available here as a printable PDF file.

Brussels, 4-6 April 2016 ● Conference venue: Hotel Bedford, 135 rue du Midi


Monday PLENARY SESSION (13:30–17:45)            

Registration: starting at 13h30

Launching event of the Trees4Future Strategic Innovation Research Agenda

13h30    Registration and welcoming coffee

Moderator: Andreas KLEINSCHMIT VON LENGEFELD, Institute of Technology FCBA, FRANCE

13h45 – 14h30   TREES4FUTURE: A success story and future perspectives: European Tree Breeding Centre, Luc E. PÂQUES, Coordinator of T4F project, INRA-Unité AGPF, Orléans, FRANCE

14h30 – 15h00   T4F – STRATEGIC INNOVATION RESEARCH AGENDA – SIRA, Jo VAN BRUSSELEN, European Forest Institute, Joensuu, FINLAND

EUROPEAN Research Innovation Programmes relevant to T4F

15h00 – 15h20   Overall Research Infrastructure perspective, Anna Maria JOHANSSON, Research Programme Officer, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation B4: Research Infrastructures

15h20 – 15h40   Current opportunities for forest research funding and preparations for the upcoming programming (2018-2020), Doru-Leonard IRIMIE, Research Programme Officer, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation F3: Agri-Food Chain

15h40 – 16h00   EIP-AGRI network's activities on forests, Antonella ZONA, European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, Perspectives from other stakeholders 

16h00 – 16h30   The Canadian Model : Collaborating through Complexity, Lise CARON, Acting General Director, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre Natural Resources Canada, CANADA

16h30 – 17h00   Trees for the Future – links, differences and perspectives from the plant sector, Ulrich SCHURR, IBG-2: Pflanzenwissenschaften, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, GERMANY


18h00 – 19h00   Networking cocktail


Tuesday PLENARY SESSION (8:30–18:30)

"Designing Trees for the Future: Data are the keystone"

Registration: starting at 08h00


SESSION 1: Data production: the focus of this session is to highlight the needs for large geographic scale/time series datasets, of innovative high-throughput methodologies and of some alternative ways to collect data. 

Moderator: G.J.Nabuurs (Alterra)

Invited speakers:

8:30-9:00: C.Matyas (Univ.West Hungary)  Hoarding data for times of uncertainty – lessons from pan-european experimental genetic networks

9:00-9:30: F.Fiorani (EPPN) Opportunities and challenges for the development of a European plant phenotyping research infrastructure

9:30- 10:00: R.Julliard (Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle) Monitoring biodiversity through citizen science - 15 years of experience at a country scale

Coffee break

Moderator: S.Lee (FR)


11:00-11:20: K.Kramer (Alterra) The importance of provenance data for climate change impact assessments, and limitations of existing data - with an example of phenology analyses of European beech

11:20- 11:40: O.Brendel (INRA) Tree-water-relationships: Assessing the most vital functions of forest trees

11:40-12:00: JC.Rodrigues (ISA) NIRS in Forestry: From leaves to soil

12:00-12:20: K.Karkkainen, LE.Pâques (LUKE, INRA) Impact of high-throughput phenotyping on estimation of genetic parameters

Lunch break

SESSION 2: Data storage, access and intellectual property: this session aims to present international initiatives for long-term, massive data storage, open access to data and IP rights on data  

Moderator: J.Climent (INIA)

Invited speakers

14:00-14:30: C. Miguel (Elixir) ELIXIR – the European distributed infrastructure for life-science information: how can it impact forestry research?

14:30-15:00: M.Bozzano (Bioversity) EUFGIS database: use, linkages and future relevance


15:15-15:35: S. Gaubitzer and E-M Sehr (AIT) Trees4Future databases

15:35-15:55: R. Lokers (Alterra) Transparent access to distributed forestry resources

15:55-16:15: N.Morcrette, C.Tremberth (INRA) Open data legal aspects

Coffee break

SESSION 3: Data analysis and modelling in various contexts: this session is focused on development and use of new tools for data analysis and modelling.

Moderator: D.Ray (FR)


17:30-17:50: L. Sanchez (INRA) BreedR: Accounting for abiotic and biotic neighboring heterogeneity affecting tree phenotypic evaluation in experimental trials

18h30-20h30  Cocktail and Poster session


Wednesday AM PLENARY SESSION (continued; 8:30–12:30)        

SESSION 3: Data analysis and modelling in various contexts (continued)

Moderator: E.Beuker (LUKE)

Invited speaker

8:30-9:00: E.Cappa (INTA) Application of mixed models in forest tree genomic evaluation


9:00-9:20: D. Ray, M.Marchi, J.Boiffin, V.Badeau (FR, CRA, INRA) Niche model results can provide evidence on tree breeding zone: recommendations and uncertainties in a warming climate

9:20-9:40: G-J. Nabuurs, M.Vizzari   (Alterra, Unimol) Applicability of genetic data in European forest modelling; state of knowledge and future aspects Forest resources modelling Part 1, Part 2

Coffee break

SESSION 4: Access and benefit-sharing – Traceability

Moderator: H.Wolf (SBS)


10:30-11:00: E. Beuker (LUKE) A model MTA for forest genetic material

11:00-11:20: B.Heinze (BFW) Tracing forest reproductive material by its DNA: forest forensics

11:20-11:35: S.Gaubitzer (AIT) Structuring & providing common access to databases

SESSION 5: T4F Users’ success stories

11:35-12:15: P.Rosà (FEM/CNR) and two invited TNA users: R.Salomón and F.Guarino Lessons to learn from TNA programme and some successful TNA visit stories

R. Salomón Carbohydrate storage and root persistence in historically coppiced Quercus Pyrenaica

F.Guarino Genetic biodiversity and epigenetic stability of white poplar plantations


Wednesday PM PARALLEL SESSIONS 13:30–17:30 Demonstration and dissemination of T4F tools


Session 6A

Session 6B

Session 6C

Session 6D

Standardisation of trait assessment methodologies and development of high-throughput phenotyping tools (based on WP2/WP11)

BreedR: an open statistical tool to analyse genetic data  (based on WP6)

Better climate matching species and FRM to sites  (based on WP8)

T4F genetic and environmental information portal

(Clearinghouse  DBs, portal)  (based on WP1, 4 and 9)


PhenoPlastFor: networking for incorporating phenotypic plasticity in forest tree breeding (based on WP3)

Forest resources modelling (based on WP10)

Forest Reproductive Material: your problem, our solution (based on WP7)