Future Forest Health - Early detection and mitigation of invasive pests and diseases in Nordic forests

NordGen Forest Conference 2019

Place: Hotel Örk, Hveragerði, South Iceland

Time: 17-18 September 2019


Forest pests are a significant threat to boreal forests and forestry. The NordGen Forest conference 2019 will focus on threats posed to Nordic forestry and forest plant production by invasive pest species. Main issues addressed at the conference will be:

  • Climate and spread of invasive forest pests with special focus on plant production
  • Current status of plant health in the Nordic countries
  • Actions to mitigate forest pests: actions to limit introduction of new pest species, actions to eradicate new pest species, breeding for resistance
  • The potential effect of climate change on forest pests and timber production in the Nordic countries

An excursion is held on the 18 September; including visits to geothermal heat forests in Reykir, breeding for resistance in Black cottonwood, use of biological control in greenhouse farming at Fridheimar and presentation of the Land reclamation project in Iceland. The excursion will be held close to the volcano Hekla.

On the 19 September an SNS Matchmaking Day will be organised in Reykjavik. If you are a PhD student you can apply for a travel grant to Iceland!


NordGen Forest Conference 2019


From Tuesday, September 17, 2019 8:00 AM
To Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:00 PM
Friday, September 13, 2019 1:00 PM

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NordGen Forest Conference 2019

Iceland, Hveragerdi, 17 -18 September 2019

Future Forest Health - Early detection and mitigation of invasive pests and diseases in Nordic forest


Program - Draft - Titles of talk can change

  • Tuesday 17 September

  • 08.00 - 08.30

    Coffee and registration

  • 08.30 - 08.50

    Conference opening: NordGen

  • 08.50 - 09.30

    How can we combat international movement of pests by trade?

    by professor Hugh Evans (Britain)

  • 09.30 - 10.10

    Screening potential pests of Nordic coniferous forests associated with trade of ornamental plants

    by Juha Tuomola, Finnish Food Authority

  • 10.10 - 10.40


  • 10.40 - 11.10

    The role of climate factors in association with spread of invasive forest pests with special focus on plant production

    by Anne Uimari, LUKE, Natural Resources Institute, Finland

  • 11.10 - 11.40

    Invasive forest pests in Iceland

    by Guðmundur Halldórsson, Soil Conservation Service of Iceland

  • 11.40 - 12.10

    Breeding for disease resistance

    by Halldór Sverrisson, Icelandic Forest Service

  • 12.10 - 12.30


  • 12.30 - 13.30


  • 13.30 - 14.00

    Action to mitigate threats towards forests in the Nordic countries

    by Hans Peter Ravn, University of Copenhagen

  • 14.00 - 14.30

    New invasive species which may arrive in the European Union: risk analysis, prevention and management options using biological control

    by Jørgen Eilenberg, University of Copenhagen

  • 14.30 - 15.00

    Susceptibility of different provenances of birch in Iceland to Eriocrania unimaculella

    by Brynja Hrafnkelsdóttir, Icelandic Forest Service

  • 15.00 - 15.30


  • 15.30 - 16.00


  • 16.00 - 16.40

    Climate change, forests pests and forest production in the Nordic countries

    by Edda Oddsdottir, Icelandic Forest Research

  • 16.40 - 17.00

    Wrap-up and closing of conference

  • 19.00

    Conference dinner

  • Field trip, Wednesday 18 September

  • 09.00

    Departure from the Hotel Örk in Hveragerdi

  • 09.20 - 10.00

    Geothermal heat forest in Reykir, Hveragerdi

  • 10.40 - 11.20

    Hrosshagi research field. Breeding of Black Cottonwood to increase resistance for the rust fungus, Melampsora larici-populina.

  • 11.45 - 12.20

    Fridheimar - greenhouse farming. Use of biological control in the production process.

    There is access to toilets in Fridheimar

  • 12.20 - 13.00

    Fridheimar (Lunch)

  • 13.00

    Departure from Fridheimar

  • 13.45

    Þjorsardalur (National Forest). Presentation of the land reclamation project – Hekluskogar.

    There is access to toilets in Þjórsárdalur (National Forest)

  • 14.15 - 16.15

    Driving through the area of Hekluskogar, close to the volcano Hekla

    Information in the bus with short stops on the way to Gunnarsholt, the main office to Landgrædslan (Soil Conservation Service of Iceland)

  • 16.15 - 17.15

    Gunnarsholt (Soil conservation service of Iceland)

    Coffee in the history museum of soil reclamation


    There is access to toilets in Gunnarsholt

  • 17.15

    Departure from Gunnarsholt

  • 18.00

    Arrival to Hotel Örk, Hveragerdi


The Organizing Committee for the conference is pleased to invite all oral and poster presenters to submit abstracts of their presentations at the conference. A book of abstracts will be published electronically jointly by the Icelandic Forest Service and NordGen.

The abstracts should be submitted as ordinary Word-files. The length should be 0.5 - 4 page.

Abstracts should be sent to: gudmundurh@land.is, with cc to edda@skogur.is

Deadline for abstract submission is September 1.


The conference will be held at Hotel Örk in Hveragerði. The conference hotel is located 45 km east of Reykjavík. Route finder

The organisers have reserved some rooms at the conference hotel. Guests will book and pay their rooms themselves. Deadline for booking: 17 August 2019.
Reservations should be booked via internet on www.hotelork.is with promocode „NordGen2019“
For information or assistance, contact by e-mail: booking@hotelork.is or tel. +354 483 4700 
Kindly use code: NordGen2019


*  Standard single room 11.470 ISK
*  Standard double room 13.885 ISK
*  Superior single room 13.515 ISK
*  Superior double room 19.300 ISK

- including breakfast buffet, swimming pool, hot tubs and sauna.


Hveragerði is located 45 kilometers away from Reykjavík center. The road is one of the best in Iceland and even though it winds its way over Hellisheiði mountain you barely notice the difference in height. In wintertime it is though adviseable to pay good notice to weather forecast just in case.
If you are by car, get on Vesturlandsvegur/Route 49, then follow the road no. 1 (Þjóðvegur) to the south. After 40 km you arrive at a roundabout where you have to turn left and follow the main road for a few meters. You can see Hotel Örk on your left side.

Bus services:

Bus from Keflavík ariport to Reykjavík, BSÍ Bus terminal
Flybus airport transfer

Bus routes that go around South Iceland from Reykjavík, BSÍ bus terminal
• 51: Reykjavík > Hveragerði > Selfoss > Hvolsvöllur > Vík > Skaftafell > Höfn
• 52: Reykjavík (Mjódd) > Hveragerði > Selfoss > Hella > Hvolsvöllur > Landeyjahöfn 
Bus timetables

Waiting list

Registration for the NordGen Forest Conference has now been closed. We have reached 60 registered participants, together representing different parts of the Nordic-Baltic region. We will open up for waiting lists for the event, in the case of late comers.


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