From July 22-25, 2013, the conference Forest Genetics 2013 will be held in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. This conference is a joint meeting of four organizations:
Scientific sessions at this international conference will include presentations on a wide range of topics within forest genetics including population, quantitative, and conservation genetics, genomics, tree breeding, and seed orchard management. In addition to invited presentations by leading forest geneticists, there will be opportunities for volunteer talks and posters. Students are encouraged to attend, and will be offered reduced registration fees. A limited number of student sponsorships will be available for students from Canadian universities through the Canadian Forest Genetics Association.
Whistler is a four-season resort village 1.5 to 2 hours by vehicle from Vancouver, BC along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Buses run regularly between the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Whistler Village. Whistler was home to the alpine skiing and sliding events at the 2010 Winter Olympics. The area offers many summer activities including mountain and road biking, hiking, golfing, and zip trekking. Conference events being planned will likely include a trip by gondola up Whistler and Blackcomb mountains to view local subalpine and alpine ecosystems and the diversity of tree and animal species they contain, and an opportunity to learn about local First Nations art and culture at the beautiful Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. A post-conference field trip to research installations is currently in the planning stages.
The conference venue will be the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa, conveniently located in the village centre, just steps from the Whistler-Blackcomb Gondola. Information on how to book accommodations at the Hilton for a special meeting rate is available on the Accommodations page.
Conference organizing committee
, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Logistics: Diane Douglas, Tongli Wang, Pia Smets, Sally Aitken, Lee Charleson
Registration: Diane Douglas, Pia Smets, Jack Woods, Sally Aitken, Lee Charleson
Finances: Jack Woods, Sally Aitken, Diane Douglas
CFGA student sponsorship: Dave Kolotelo
Field Trip: Michael Stoehr, Greg O’Neill
Scientific: Sally Aitken
CFGA: Alvin Yanchuk, Jean Bousquet
WFGA: Andreas Hamann, Glenn Howe
IUFRO 2.04.01: Wickneswari Ratnam, Reiner Finkelday, Om Rajora
IUFRO 2.02.05: Keith Jayawickrama, Michael Stoehr, Tom Blush