Jacobs (7)The overall theme of the conference is Restoring Forests-What Constitutes Success in the 21st Century? The conference will be structured according to the following topics:

Ecosystem restoration: strategies and needs
Defining the scope of forest regeneration
Public demand and trends in policy making for restoration
New opportunities for restoration: counteracting environmental impacts
Advances in ecological theory affecting restoration strategies
Prioritization:  what should be restored first?
Monitoring restoration success

Producing plant material to resist stress
Promoting cold and drought hardening
Role of mineral nutrition in improving stock quality
Plant crop and mycorrhizae interactions
New/alternative stocktypes
Seedling quality assessment

Prediction of field performance: ecophysiological basis
Seedling nutrient and carbohydrate dynamics during establishment
Water relations and seedling establishment
Identifying components of stress and assessing planting stress
Soil properties and root growth

Site preparation for restoration: effects on site microclimate and subsequent plant response under harsh conditions
Weed control: mechanical procedures, herbicides and alternative methods
Tube shelters and other protection methods
Biotic facilitation
Field fertilization
Soil preparation to enhance root growth capacity and proliferation

The role of genetics in producing resilient ecosystems
Molecular genetics:  application to selecting traits of interest
Breeding for insect and disease resistance
Developing seed zones to counter global change
Species selection and population genetics