Following on from the Institute’s 2018 National Conference in Edinburgh, we are pleased to be holding this webinar on Tuesday 27 April at 2PM.
- Metarhizium: A Multifunctional Microbe – Professor Tariq Butt
- The Internet of Nature Starts in the Soil – Dr Nadina Galle
- The European Space Agency, Satellites, Real Time Data & Future Innovation: An Update – Enda Keane
- Early Diagnosis of Vegetation Health Using Ground-Based Evaluations, Airborne Imaging Spectroscopy, Satellite Time Series Data & Model Simulation – Dr Rocio Hernandez-Clemente & Dr Jackie Rosette
- An Update on how Timber will be Different in the Future – Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis
Chris Hamill MICFor
Chris Hamill is a Forest Manager with forestry management consultants Pryor & Rickett Silviculture, based in Hereford. After 15 years running an online technology retail company, Chris made the decision to retrain, embarking on an MSc in Environmental Forestry degree course at Bangor University. He graduated in 2014 then joined Pryor and Rickett. Chris has responsibility for a wide-ranging portfolio of clients from Wildlife Trusts, to councils, to private estates. Chris utilises his technical background to apply innovative approaches to forestry tasks.
About the Speakers
Professor Tariq Butt
Professor Tariq Butt leads the Bioocontrol and Natural Products group at Swansea University. One of the goals of the group is to develop environmentally friendly products and strategies for the control of invertebrate pests (insects, ticks, mites, nematodes, molluscs) of socioeconomic importance. Tariq is internationally recognised for his work on the development of insect pathogenic fungi for the control of pests which impact on tree health (e.g. pine weevil), food security (e.g. thrips) as well as vectors of human and animal diseases (e.g. mosquitoes, midges, ticks). He has published over 152 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, co-edited 2 books and written over 14 book chapters. Tariq works closely with industry, helping develop products for commercial use and strategies which make efficacious use of insect pathogenic fungi in pest management programmes.
Dr Nadina Galle
Dr Nadina Galle is an award-winning ecological engineer and entrepreneur dedicated to applying emerging technologies to improve the health of urban ecosystems for future generations of city dwellers. Something she calls the “Internet of Nature” (IoN). Nadina specialises in the translation of scientific discovery into public knowledge. She works with urban planners and ecologists on applying today’s technologies so they can make better decisions to secure a greener, healthier, and brighter urban future for all. Nadina is an earth scientist, tech enthusiast, published academic author, keynote speaker, and advisor to start-ups and universities. Her work has been recognised by National Geographic, The Next Web, TEDx, Newsweek, ELLE, and the European Space Agency. In 2020, she was featured on the #ForbesUnder30 list for Science and Healthcare.
With a degree in forestry and more than 20 years of experience in the sector, Enda Keane co-founded software-based technology company TreeMetrics Ltd in 2005 with Chief Operating Officer Garrett Mullooly. Since then, he has grown the company and now TreeMetrics provides pioneering solutions to the global forest industry in more than 16 countries. It utilises satellite communications technology and tailors them for maximum benefit for the forestry industry. In 2017, TreeMetrics hit the headlines after Enda first agreed a €1 million deal with Ireland’s State forestry company, Coillte, to help make its harvesting operations more efficient. He then sealed a €1.2 million deal with the European Space Agency under which its technology will feed data on forest growth and development into the agency’s satellite communications systems.
Dr Rocio Hernandez-Clemente
Dr Rocio Hernandez-Clemente is a member of the Geography Department at Swansea University. She received her undergraduate degree in agricultural engineering from the School of Agricultural Engineering and Forestry, University of Córdoba, Spain, and a PhD degree accredited by the Department of Forestry, University of Córdoba, Spain in 2012. Her research interests include the development of new methods for assessing the spatial and temporal dynamics of plant traits using imaging spectroscopy and radiative transfer models.
Dr Jackie Rosette
Dr Jacqueline Rosette is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Swansea University and has 11 years’ experience in forest remote sensing research. From 2011-12, Jackie was based at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she was employed on NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System initiative, using techniques combining lidar, field data and Landsat disturbance products to estimate vegetation carbon distribution at an operationally-relevant scale. Her primary research interest is the use of remote sensing for forest biophysical parameter estimation, particularly to complement and enhance forest inventory, monitoring and assessment, and to offer observational inputs to forestry models.
Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis
Dan Ridley-Ellis is an Associate Professor and Head of the Centre Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University. He is one of the UK’s technical experts on guessing the strength of wood and can talk for hours on the topic – which he frequently does if nobody stops him. His main area of research is understanding the properties of wood, and how they are influenced by tree growth, forest management, and climate. He represents the UK at European Standards Committees for grading of construction timber, and the majority of structural sawn timber produced in the UK is now graded with settings he developed. He was named “woodland hero” for 2016 by Grown in Britain, and is also active in online learning, public engagement and science communication. He is the lead organiser of Bright Club Edinburgh.
Ticket Type 1 - Standard
Ticket Price 1 - £15