Innovations in Professional Practice
within Forestry & Arboriculture


 Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, 6–7th Sep 2016

Aim of the Conference

To promote knowledge & understanding of recent research innovations and their practical applications within the fields of forestry & arboriculture.
Complete book of proceedings & abstracts will be able to download HERE

Topics include

metal tree

William Robb – Innovative Aerial Access Simulator


Daniele Zanzi – 3D Cross Section Tree Anatomy

Tree Inspection: 
Tree Health: 



Conference Language

ENGLISH with simultaneous translation in CZECH language

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Andrei Apăfăian (Researcher, University of Transylvania, ROMANIA)

Andrei Apăfăian (Ph.D. Eng) is a researcher at the Department of Forest Engineering from the Transilvania University of Brașov. He completed his Ph.D in 2015 at the same university studying  time expenditure and fuel consumption of harvester-forwarder systems under Romanian conditions. Previously, he worked  as a forest engineer organising forest management operations and deployment of modern machinery in a privately owned forest. His main focus is undertaking time and productivity studies on different types of forestry equipment.

Dr. Razvan Vasile Campu (Associate Professor, University of Transylvania, ROMANIA)razvan_campu

Câmpu Vasile Răzvan (Ph.D. Eng.) graduated from the Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering, Transilvania University of Brasov in 2003. He completed his Ph.D. at the same university in 2008 in Silviculture. He also worked for the Forest Research and Management Institute of Brasov in the departments of Forest management and Biometry. Currently he holds the position of Associate Professor at the Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering of Brasov where he teaches Wood Harvesting and Wood Processing Technology. He has been in charge of three national research contracts and has published numerous scientific articles indexed in international databases as well as books on the following topics: wood quality evaluation methods in standing trees, ecological effects of logging on forest ecosystems and wood scaling.

 Oskars Krisans (Scientific Assistant-State Forest Research Institute, LATVIA)oskars_krisans

Oskars Krišāns (MSc. geogr.) is an assistant in Latvian State Forest Research Institute SILAVA. In Latvia University of Agriculture he elaborates a PhD thesis in the field of tree ecophysiology. Concurrently scientific work Oskars is involved in volunteer educational work in the Society of Annas Tree School and organizing seminars in the field of arboriculture.

Dwayne Neustaeter (President of Arboriculture Canada Training & Education Ltd, Alberta – CANADA)dwayne_neustaeter

Dwayne Neustaeter is president, curriculum programmer and lead instructor of Arboriculture Canada Training & Education Ltd, an organization focusing on meeting the training and business needs of arborists and related industries.
He instructs classes, seminars and hands on training programs on safety and a wide range of skills for arborists around the world.  He is widely recognized for his upbeat speaking style, engaging learners and making learning fun. As current Society of Commercial Arboriculture President, current member of ISA Board Certified Master Arborist Test Committee, past-president of the ISA Prairie Chapter, past committee member of the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Panel of Experts and ISA TRAQ instructor, he remains involved in associations and committees across North America to give back to the industry and continue learning.

Dr. Glynn Percival (Plant Physiologist & Manager of the Tree Research Laboratory University of Reading-School of Biological Sciences & FA Bartlett Tree Expert Company Ltd, GREAT BRITAIN)glynn_percival

Glynn Percival is the plant physiologist and technical support specialist for the Bartlett Tree Expert Company Ltd and manages their UK research and diagnostic laboratory based at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. Dr Percival has an active research and training program at the Laboratory and University that focuses on many different aspect of tree care.  Recent studies have included work on i) tree survival following transplanting, ii) novel methods of pest and disease control and iii) the effects of environmental stress upon tree physiology. Dr Percival has been invited to present papers on his work at the International Society of Arboriculture and Arboricultural Association annual conferences and in addition the International Society for Horticultural Science, 1st International Symposium on Urban Tree Health. He is the author of over 100 scientific papers, magazine articles and book chapters. In addition Dr Percival is on the editorial board for Arboriculture and Urban Forestry and Urban Forestry Urban Greening and is the co-editor of the proceedings of the Trees, People and Built Environment Conference, published by the Forestry Commission. Reading University made Dr Percival an honorary visiting research fellow, citing his valuable contributions within the Plant Science Department and the University. Dr Percival is also a visiting lecturer at Kew Gardens.

Frank Rinn (Inventor of RESISTOGRAPH®  & Founder-RINNTECH, Heidelberg – GERMANY)frank_rinn

In 1963, Frank Rinn was born in Lich, Germany. After school and having jobbed on the family’s carpentry business in Heuchelheim, Germany, he studied physics and philosophy at Giessen and Heidelberg University.
In his physics master thesis (1986-88), Frank developed the method of needle resistance drilling for the purpose of tree-ring density analysis at the dendrochronology lab of Hohenheim University, Germany. Later he developed this method into a tool for tree and timber experts.
In 1987, Frank was selected as one of the 25 best University students of the state and became member of the ‘elite / excellence study group’.
After finishing his degree in physics in 1988, Frank started his own company, RINNTECH, for developing and applying equipment for dendrochronology, tree and timber inspection.
Frank invented and developed different methods, machines, and computer programs for various purposes in tree-ring analysis, dendrochronology, tree- and timber inspection, such as resistance drilling, sonic tree tomography & root-plate detection, wood surface density analysis. He was granted several national and international patents, for example on high resolution and high-precision resistance drilling (1990) and sonic tomography (1999).
For clearly labelling his inventions, Frank created, established and owns international trademarks, such as RESISTOGRAPH® and ARBOTOM®.
For his inventions and developments, he received several research and innovation awards (1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2004, and 2012).
Besides managing RINNTECH (manufacturing, selling, and training), Frank works as a court registered expert, inspecting trees and timber (structures). In addition, he published several dozen papers on various topics.
Frank gives lectures and training regularly in many different countries such as USA, Europe, South America, Australia / New Zealand, China and other Asian countries – not only for tree and timber experts but furthermore at Universities.
Already as a teenager, Frank started activities in voluntary organizations. Since 2001, he serves as voluntary Executive Director of ISA Germany, represented his chapter on several board meetings, joined the ISA Tree-Risk Panel of Experts and contributed to the corresponding BMP. In addition, he was a member of German (www.fll.de) and international standardization expert panels (www.rilem.org). From 2011 to 2013 he served on the ISA Board of Directors (www.isa-arbor.com).

Dr. Juan Carlos Rubio-Romero (Engineer and Full Professor of “Safety at Work” in the School of Industrial Engineering, University of Malaga, SPAIN)juan_carlos_rubio_romero

Juan Carlos Rubio-Romero (PhD, MEng, BSc), is an Industrial Engineer and Full Professor of “Safety at Work” in the School of Industrial Engineering (University of Malaga). He obtained his PhD in 2000 in occupational health and safety in the industry, and is currently the Chair of Prevention and Social Corporate Responsibility at the University of Malaga as well as the director of the research group, “Operations and Sustainability: Quality, ICT and Risk Prevention at Work”. Dr Rubio has spent over 18 years doing research into workplace health and safety and has published a wide range of textbooks, reports, and papers, especially on management of workplace health and safety in the manufacturing industry and at construction sites.

Dr. Daniele Zanzi (European Arboricultural Council Past President / International Society of Arboriculture, Fito-Consult, ITALY)daniele_zanzi

Daniele Zanzi is a well known landscaper and consultant in arboriculture all over the world. He received a MSc degree in Agricultural and Forestry Sciences from the Catholic University of Piacenza in 1976, which earned him the Agostino Gemelli Award, presented every year to the best graduate of the whole University.
After a working experience in the research field, in 1982 he set up Fito-Consult, the first tree care Company in Italy. In the same year he joined ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) as one of the first European arborists. In 1994 he was the Co-founder of the ISA Italian Chapter in which he served as President from 1996 to 2000. In 1998 he was elected Chair of the European Arboricultural Council in which he had a pionieristic role in the set up. He also served in the International Board of ISA for six years as and also in the National Board of the Italian Agricultural and Forestry Graduates in Rome.
His main aim was to develop into Europe the new idea of Modern Arboriculture, working closely with his friend Dr. Alex Shigo, as well as to introduce into Italy  and Europe innovative arboricultural techniques – tree climbing, safety rules, inventory and assesment hazard trees. With the aims to raise the level of arboriculture he organised several International Congresses in Italy and Europe with international speakers.
During his career, he carried out many botanical census, landscape project and consultancy for prestigious clients in Italy and all over the world. He also runs a well known and attended four days workshop “The tree system” on tree biology. Author of several scientific and technical publications, he is often called as speaker in many national and international Congresses all over the world (USA, Asia, Australia, South America, all over  Europe).
He and his group joint and led several European International Projects on safety, arboricultural industry, tree biology and software applications. In 2010 he was accepted in the Chelsea Flower Show presenting a project inspired by the alpine flora – “Lights and colors of the Alps”. The garden was complimented on by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2015, during the Annual International ISA Congress in Florida, he was awarded with the Award of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by ISA, which recognizes a career of outstanding, meritorious service in advancing the principles, ideals, and practice of arboriculture.


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