December 2020 Annual Meeting
As with everything else in this strange year, the 2020 Annual Meeting will not be what we have enjoyed in past years. Our meetings in Brazil, Sweden, Colombia, Portugal, etc., have been opportunities to disconnect from our normal duties, connect with colleagues from all around the world, learn new things, enjoy field tours and see forestry from new perspectives, and focus on Camcore breeding and research. Since we cannot all be present in one place this year, we cannot replicate all of those things, but we do hope to have a semi-focused period where we can review the status of our research and breeding projects, have some member presentations, and plan for 2021 and beyond.
Specifically, we are planning to have six Camcore Annual Meeting sessions over a two-week period, using Zoom. With members all over the world, in multiple time zones, we plan to hold the meetings at the same time as we have been holding the Webinars, as this allows for everyone to participate at a (more-or-less) reasonable time in their day. Since many members have regular staff and administrative meetings planned for Mondays and/or Fridays, we plan to have the Camcore meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and restrict the meetings to 2½ hours. We will have a maximum of six meeting days, and this will give us slightly more hours in technical meetings than we typically have had in “live” Camcore meetings over the past several years.
We would like for everyone to mark off the following dates on their calendars:
Tuesday, Dec 1
Wednesday, Dec 2
Thursday, Dec 3
Tuesday, Dec 8
Wednesday, Dec 9
Thursday, Dec 10
For now, we will plan for all meetings to run from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM, Eastern Standard Time. We will also plan to record all of the presentations, so if anyone has an unavoidable conflict and cannot attend a live meeting, you will still have an opportunity to hear the presentations and provide feedback.
Past Annual Meetings
The 2019 annual meeting focused on strategic planning for the next ten years and had no formal host. At the end of the meeting there were two day to visit forestry and tree breeding operations of The Navigator Company, a large Portuguese pulp and paper company. Nuno Borralho, a well-known tree breeder from Portugal, helped arrange our visit.
The 2018 annual meeting was hosted by Smurfit Kappa Colombia.
The 2017 annual meeting was hosted by Camcore, SLU (Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet) and Skogforsk.
The 2016 annual meeting was hosted by Camcore, Klabin SA, and WestRock.
The 2015 annual meeting was hosted by Camcore, WestRock, ArborGen, USDA Forest Service, and IFCO.
The 2014 annual meeting was hosted by Grupo De Guate and Camcore.
The 2013 annual meeting was hosted by Cape Pine, Komatiland, Mondi, PG Bison, Sappi, and York Timbers.
The 2012 annual meeting was hosted by Arauco Bioforest and CMPC Forestal Mininco.
The 2011 annual meeting was hosted by associate member CSIRO.
The 30th Anniversary 2010 annual meeting was hosted by Camcore.
The 2009 annual meeting was sponsored by Stora Enso Uruguay and Weyerhaeuser.
Annual Technical Visit