Come celebrate Halvor Solheim's 70th birthday! Forest Health Symposium 1.-2. November 2018

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VitenParken Campus Ås
From Thursday November 1st 2018 at 00:00
To Friday November 2nd 2018 at 00:00
Wednesday October 31st 2018 at 00:00

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Come celebrate Halvor Solheim's 70th birthday! Forest Health Symposium 1.-2. November 2018

Prelimary program

Thursday November 1

13:30-14:00 Registration and coffee/tea
14:00-14:15 Welcome and introduction Carl Gunnar Fossdal, Head of Department of Forest Health, NIBIO
14:15-14:35 Forest pathology experiences with Halvor over the past 25 years Iben Margrete Thomsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
14:35-14:55 Following the blue-stained footprints of Professor Halvor Solheim Thomas Kirisits IFFFF Austria
14:55-15:15 Forest Pathology from field surveys to genome sequencing Jan Stenlid SLU, Sweden
15:15-15:45 Coffee and cake
15:45-16:05 Siricid woodwasps and their associated fungi Bernard Slippers, Director of FABI, University of Pretoria, South Africa
16:05-16:25 Bluestain fungi revisited Halvor Solheim, NIBIO
16:30-16:45 Short break
16:45-17:05 Bark beetles + blue-stain fungi = tree-killing? Paal Krokene, NIBIO
17:05-17:25 Bark beetle-associated fungal reseach in Finland Linnakoski Riikka  Luke, FINLAND
17:30 Round-up Carl Gunnar Fossdal, NIBIO
18:30 Conference dinner NIBIO, Høgskoleveien 8 (Forest Research Building)

Friday November 2

8:30-9:00  Coffee/tea
9:00-9:15 Introduction Paal Krokene, NIBIO
9:15-09:35 Many sides of the Heterobasidion virome Hantula Jarkko, LUKE, Finland
09:35-09:55 Title to be decided Håvard Kauserud, University of Oslo, Norway
09:55-10:15 Title to be decided Miroslav Kolarik, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
10:15-10:45 Coffee and cake
10:45-11:05 The role of fungal associates in the success of bark beetle attack Jonathan Gershenzon, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany
11:05-11:25 The role of fungal and host tree volatiles in maintaining the bark beetle-bluestain fungus association Dinesh Kandasamy, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany
11:25-11:45 Genetic and genomic evidence of niche partition in the mountain pine beetle fungal symbionts, Dario Ojeda Alayon, NIBIO11:45-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Guided Tour on Campus Ås
15:00- 15:20 Don’t let it get under your bark: Exploring mechanisms of defense priming in Norway spruce Melissa Magerøy, NIBIO
15:20-15:40 How do trees die? Isabella Børja, NIBIO
15:40-16:00 Title to be decided Rein Drenkhan
16:00-16:20 Title to be decided Ari Hietala, NIBIO
16:30-17:30 Food & drinks, mingle
17:30-17:45 Invasive bark beetles… Bjørn Økland, NIBIO
17:45-18:00 NN
18:00-18:15 Closing of the meeting Paal Krokene, NIBIO

Come celebrate Halvor Solheim's 70th birthday! Forest Health Symposium 1.-2. November 2018


Outside Ås:


In or near Ås:

  • Ås guest house ( - nice private guest house with 5 rooms a 15 min walk from NIBIO, the owners live next door, 700 NOK p.p. and night, no breakfast (can be arranged)
  • University guest accommodation ( - shared housing and studio apartments next door to NIBIO, 900 NOK p.p and night (double rate 1 100,-), no breakfast (but can be arranged)
  • AirBnB – there are a couple of good options near NIBIO but they get booked early
  • Reenskaug Hotel in Drøbak ( (in Norwegian)) – by the Oslofjord about 25 minutes by bus from Ås, 1 400 NOK p.p. and night, breakfast included


How to get to the meeting:

There are trains from Oslo and Ski to Ås every hour (18 min past the hour from Oslo, 42 min from Ski). It is a 15 minute walk from the train station to the venue at Ås Campus.



NIBIO address:

Phone: +47 406 04 100

Visiting address: Høgskoleveien 7, 1433 Ås


Venue address:

Vitenparken Campus Ås
Fredrik A Dahls vei 8
0433 Ås

Any questions? Contact Paal og Carl Gunnar.

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Come celebrate Halvor Solheim's 70th birthday! Forest Health Symposium 1.-2. November 2018

Social Programme (optional)

  1. Pub crawl in Oslo:

Friday evening after the official program we go to Oslo to visit some traditional pubs and bars. We leave by train from Ås and can pick up people at Oslo Central station on our way.

  1. Sightseeing in Oslo on Saturday.

This is a chance to see the best parts of Oslo while walking and talking with colleagues:

A .By foot: we take the train to Oslo Central and walk over to the beautiful opera house, then through the oldest part of the city including the Akershus castle and fortress, down to the City Hall, Aker Brygge and out on Tjuvholmen, a new and fancy part of the Oslo waterfront.

  1. Or by car: we visit some of Oslo’s main tourist attractions, such as the Ekeberg sculpture park, Vigelandsparken, and the famous Holmenkollen ski jump stadion.