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Annual meeting of the Forest Invasive Species Network for Europe and Central Asia (REUFIS) on Digital solutions for better forest health monitoring in Europe and Central Asia

August 30 @ 00:00 CEST

26-28 June 2023
Place of the venue: University of Sopron, Ligneum Bajcsy-Zs. u. 4.


26 June 2023, Monday (Hybrid)

Arrival of participants
11:30 Meeting at the Reception of Hotel Lővér
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch – University Restaurant (Nyugat)
13:30 – 14:00 Registration, University of Sopron, Ligneum
14:00 – 14:15 Welcome

–          Ferenc Lakatos, University of Sopron, Secretary of REUFIS

–          Norbert Winkler-Ráthonyi, FAO REU

14:15 – 16:00 REUFIS meeting – part 1 – moderated by Ferenc Lakatos

Overview of Remote Sensing and GIS Applications for Forest Monitoring

Géza Király, Kornél Czimber, University of Sopron, Faculty of Forestry, Sopron

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break 
16:30 – 18:00 The Hungarian Forest Health Monitoring System – Current methods, future possibilities – Ferenc Lakatos, University of Sopron, Faculty of Forestry, Sopron

Forest Health Monitoring Systems across the globe – Shiroma Sathyapala, FAO HQ

19:00 Dinner together – Hotel Lővér
27 June 2023, Tuesday – REUFIS meeting (Hybrid)
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

–          Ferenc Lakatos, University of Sopron, Secretary of REUFIS

–          Norbert Winkler-Ráthonyi, FAO REU

–          Shiroma Sathyapala, FAO HQ

9:15 – 10:30 REUFIS meeting – part 2: Keynote presentations – moderated by Ferenc Lakatos

Modelling Ips typographus development and predisposition to outbreaks in Austria Sigrid Netherer, Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria (online)

Monitoring the status and expansion of bark beetle problems in the north-western corner of Europe – Bjørn Økland, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) As, Norway

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break 
11:00 – 12: 30 REUFIS meeting – part 3 – moderated by Shiroma Sathyapala

Country presentations – part 1

–          Digital solution in pest surveillance in Ukraine – Denys Baturkin, Ukraine

–          Digital solutions for monitoring bark beetle damages in Belarus – Mikhail Ilyuchyk, Belarus

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch – University Restaurant (Nyugat)
14:00 – 15:30 Country presentations – part 2

–          The Bulgarian practices and needs – Petya Mateva, Executive Forest Agency, Directorate Forestry

–          From the sky to the canopy – Mara Tabakovic-Tosic, Institute of Forestry, Belgrade, Serbia

–          On the system of forest health monitoring in the Russian Federation – Anastasia Kozadaeva, engineer of Department of state forest pathology monitoring organization, Russian Centre of Forest Health, the Russian Federation


Wrap up and closing of REUFIS meeting, Shiroma Sathyapala, FAO HQ

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break 
16:30 – 17:30 Meeting of the REUFIS focal points

–          Current issues in the REUFIS member countries (interventions by focal points):

–          The state of development of the outbreak of mass reproduction of the bark beetle Ips typorgraphus in the spruce forests of the European part of Russia – Yuri Gninenko, senior researcher, Head of Laboratory for forest protection against invasive species, Russian Research Institute for Silviculture and Mechanization of Forestry, (VNIILM), the Russian Federation

–          Agrilus planipennis, Polygraphus proximus, and its associated Corinectria spp.: approaching threats to European ash and fir – Rimvys Vasaitis, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

–          REUFIS workplan 2023-2025, Shiroma Sathyapala & Ferenc Lakatos

–          Discussion and conclusions

18:00 Dinner together – Restaurant in the city of Sopron (Main Square: Gyógygödör)
28 June 2023, Wednesday – Field & laboratory training (Offline)
9:00 – 12:00 Departure to Forest Study Company Ltd., Sopron mountains (from the Hotel Lővér) – approx. 5km walking in the forest
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch – University Restaurant (Nyugat)
13:00 – 15:00 REUFIS meeting – part 4 – University of Sopron, Inst. of Forest and Natural Resource Management (Building A)

–          Modern molecular biology applications in forest diagnostics and protection – György Sipos, University of Sopron, Hungary

–          How to use data acquired? – Open discussion

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break 
15:30 – 17:00 Feedback from participants regarding the meeting
17:00 – Shuttle for participants leaving on Wednesday from the University
18:00 Dinner together – Hotel Lővér
30 June 2023, Friday – Departure of participants
9:00 Project meeting on TCP/RER/3801
13:00 Departure of participants



Downloadable presentations:

0626_02_Czimber-Forest Damage
0627_05_Petia Dimitrova_REUFIS – Bulgaria
0627_06_Mara Tabaković-Tošić_Serbia
0627_08_Gninenko et al_Russia


August 30
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