Agenda

All listed meals and access to breakout sessions included with registration. This schedule is tentative and is subject to change without prior notice.

Thursday, 31 January

3:30-5:30: Breakout Sessions 

List of sessions and registration links will be updated soon. Access to all sessions are included with registration; however, some sessions may have a cap and thus requires online registration. Admission to breakouts is first come, first served.

3:30: Conference Check-In Begins

5:30-7:30: Welcome Reception

Cocktail reception for participants of the ISTF conference. Light dinner and drinks will be served. 
 

Friday, 1 February

8:00-9:00: Breakfast and Registration 

9:00-10:40: Opening Session

Opening Remarks: Dr. Ingrid Burke - Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean, Yale F&ES

Keynote Remarks:

Frances Seymour - Distinguished Senior Fellow at World Resources Institute; Senior Adviser to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Co-author of “Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change”
Taufiq Alimi - Vice President of RARE
Leila Salazar-Lopez - Director of Amazon Watch
 

10:40-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:00: Leadership Award Presentation

Yale ISTF is offering a cash prize to honor outstanding projects that show exceptional leadership in strengthening the resilience of tropical forest landscapes in the face of disturbance and transgression. Two ISTF Leadership Award finalists present their projects, which is followed by a casting of votes to choose the ISTF Leadership Award winner. 

12:00-1:00: Lunch

1:00-2:30: Keynote Breakout Sessions

Instead of Q&A after the opening keynote remarks, a discussion group will be led by each keynote presenter and facilitated by Yale Faculty. In a round-table discussion participants will delve into the thought provoking remarks provided in the morning. Conference participants are encouraged to rotate between the rooms and interact with each of the keynote speakers. 

2:30-3:30: Flash Talks

Flash talks are a PechaKucha style ten minute talk. Each session comprises of 5 presenters, divided into two different rooms, who will share their experiences or research on the resilience of tropical forest landscapes and people in the face of disturbance and transgression. 

3:30-4:30: Coffee Break and Poster Session 

4:30-6:00: Plenary Panel - Building Socio-Ecological Resilience with Ancestral Knowledge 

Fletcher Harper - GreenFaith / Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, United States
Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz - Otomi-Hñahñu Regional Council in Mexico, Mexico
Milka Chepkorir Kuto - Sengwer Indigenous People, Kenya
Moderated by Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker - Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar, Yale University
 

5:30-7:00: Special ISTF edition of TGIF (Thank God I’m a Forester!) 

A mini-concert from Gamelan Suprabanggo will start off the evening. Gamelan is the collective term for a set of percussion instruments from Central Java, Indonesia. Mingle with the foresters at Yale over beer, wine and snacks at this special edition of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies’ Friday evening tradition of TGIF! 
 

Saturday, February 2

8:00-9:00: Breakfast

9:00-10:30: Plenary Panel - After Transgression: Restoring Landscapes and Livelihoods

Benjamin M. Brown - Blue Forests, Australia/Indonesia
Paola Issacs - Instituto Alexander von Humboldt, Colombia
Michel Masozera - WWF-Africa, Rwanda 
 

10:30-11:00: Coffee Break 

11:00-12:00: Flash Talks  

Flash talks are a PechaKucha style ten minute talk. Each session comprises of 5 presenters, divided into two different rooms, who will share their experiences or research on the resilience of tropical forest landscapes and people in the face of disturbance and transgression.  

12:00-1:00: Lunch

1:00-2:00: Breakout Sessions

List of sessions and registration links will be updated soon. Access to all sessions are included with registration; however, some sessions may have a cap and thus requires online registration. Admission to breakouts is first come, first served.

2:00-3:30: Plenary Panel - When Disturbance Becomes Disaster: Planning, Managing and Recovering

List of panelists will be updated soon.

3:00-4:00: Coffee Break and Tool and Skill Share Expo

The tool expo allows participants to learn about methods, techniques and approaches focused on understanding or attending to socio-ecological complexity. Presentations will last roughly 15 minutes and happen simultaneously. Participants are encouraged to rotate through each presentation in small groups.

4:00-5:30: Concluding Session

ISTF Leadership Award Winner Announcement: Based on the votes casted on February 1, we will announce the ISTF Leadership Award winner from the two finalists mentioned above. Both the finalist and the runner up will be rewarded a cash prize to dedicate to their efforts in strengthening the resilience of tropical forest landscapes. 

Keynote Remarks: 

Maria Uriarte - Tropical forest ecology professor at the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology at Columbia University