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International scientific conference: Genetics to the rescue - Managing forests sustainably in a changing world


January 27 - 31, 2020 - University of Avignon, Avignon, France

Post-conference News

- The conference talks and discussions were filmed and the video is available. See : Please, let us know in advance if some of the material you present should not be shown.

- An award for best poster was announced during the social event, Wednesday January 29. It went to Aurore Desgroux et al.: National programme for the Conservation of Forest Genetic resources in France. Congratulations!

- Posters are viewable and downloadable by clicking on their pdf icon, at the following page:

- GenTree and the #rescueforest conference are in Science. See:

- The #rescueforest conference received the attention of the local media. Listen to:

The Avignon #rescueforest conference is now over. Thanks to all who participated and made this event a memorable and enjoyable scientific moment.

GenTree Groupe

Genetics for sustainable forest management


The Pope's Palace in Avignon. Credit: Herbert Frank/flickr

The Pope's Palace in Avignon. Credit: Herbert Frank/flickr

The conservation and sustainable use of forests is one of the major challenges of the twenty-first century, in a context of environmental change of uncertain magnitude and scale. Society demands that forests provide a wide range of potentially conflicting ecosystem services, from timber products, raw materials and renewable energy, to climate change mitigation and sociocultural amenities and habitats for nature conservation.

Genetic diversity is a key component of resilience and adaptability. Overall, forest tree populations are genetically very diverse, conferring them an enormous potential for genetic adaptation via such processes as gene flow and natural selection. What remain largely unknown are the scale and pace at which local adaptation occurs in forest trees and whether adaptation and resilience for some traits conflicts with adaptation and resilience for others. Without this basic knowledge, innovative and science-based management and policy approaches will lag behind the pace of environmental and societal constraints.

Access to large scale genomic, phenotypic, environmental and policy data have the potential of opening new dimensions in how adaptation and resilience is studied. Focusing primarily but not exclusively on forest trees, the conference will showcase some of the key results made during the past few years in the field of evolutionary sciences that can inform sustainable forest management and policy.

The event will take place at the University of Avignon, France, January 27-31, 2020. The scientific conference will welcome a maximum of 250 participants while the training and the stakeholder sessions held back to back with the conference will welcome no more than 80 participants each and the Wikipedia traning session no more than 25 participants.

The conference is organized by the H2020 project GenTree (

The conference is Carbon Neutral.

The conference will be filmed and the videos will be made available broadly.