IUFRO appoints Mike Wingfield FRSSAf as new President

Nov 06, 2014 No Comments by

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) recently announced the appointment of Prof. Mike Wingfield as new President. IUFRO’s International Council elected him during a meeting at the 24th IUFRO World Congress in October 2014.

Mike Wingfield, IUFRO’s incoming President, said “Much as IUFRO has enriched my life so deeply, it is my wish that the same will be true, particularly for the many young forest scientists in the world”. He particularly highlighted IUFRO’s special relationship with IFSA and his commitment to build this bond as actively as possible in the future. Furthermore, he referred to IUFRO’s great responsibility as the global network for forest research “to provide solid and reliable data that will underpin some of the most important decisions relating to our fragile and highly threatened world. He added, ”Never before has the world relied so heavily on its natural resources and forestry links these resources in every possible way.” He underlined the essential role of forests for a sustainable future of our planet.

Michael (Mike) Wingfield, Professor and Founding Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) of the University of Pretoria (South Africa) has been involved in IUFRO activities for more than 30 years. He has served as IUFRO Vice President in the 2010-2014 Board Term. As a researcher, he is broadly interested in the health of trees and has conducted research on tree pests and pathogens. He is a fellow of various scientific societies including the Royal Society of South Africa and the American Phytopathological Society. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of British Colombia, Canada, and North Carolina State University and received the highest scientific award (Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award) from the African Union in 2013.

 

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