Research - Forest Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

6th International Forest Engineering Conference (FEC2018): "Quenching our thirst for new knowledge"

16th - 19th April 2018, Rotorua, New Zealand

Conference Goal:  

This truly international conference event creates a forum for researchers and practitioners from the broad field of forest engineering to share research ideas and experiences from around the world. It will also showcase the local forest and equipment manufacturing industry that have implemented some world-leading developments. The programme has been designed to maximize the engagement between participants through a diverse schedule that includes workshops, a field-trip and time to enjoy some camaraderie. We look forward to seeing you here!

Venue: Holiday Inn Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand

The Holiday Inn Hotel is situated right on the doorstep of some of Rotorua’s highlights. Right behind the hotel is a geothermal area and the famous Whakarewarewa Village, and a short walk will get you to the Redwood Forest and the Mountain Bike Park. So bring your walking boots, your swim gear and biking shorts! The Holiday Inn provides very comfortable rooms, a nice hot-pool to swim in, and great food. You can book the Hotel at a discounted Best Flexible Rate (this allows you to modify or cancel your reservation up to the day of your arrival without charge). There are also many (40+) accommodation places within walking distance of the conference hotel to suit all budgets.

Conference Registration and Cost:

Please register and pay for your conference participation using this link (Note: this will take you to an Eventbrite Website where you can buy a Ticket). Your conference registration ticket includes the ice-breaker, the two presentation days, the conference dinner and the field trip! There is a small additional charge of NZ$50 to register for the Monday ‘Company Visit/Workshops’ cover transportation and lunch (optional).

  • Early Bird Registration (end Dec 31st 2017) NZ $825 (Note: approx. 530 Euros or US$570)
  • Early Bird Student* Registration (end Dec 31st 2017) NZ $525
  • Normal Registration (Through to 31st March 2018) NZ $975

* Must be registered Degree/Masters/PhD student and <28 years of age at time of conference.

Making a Presentation or Poster at FEC2018:

To make an oral or poster presentation, please submit an abstract. The deadline is 15th December, 2017. While all forest engineering related topics are considered, our themes include:

  • Integration of new technologies for safer, lower impact and more productive systems
  • New machine designs and applications of autonomous and remote control machinery
  • Steep terrain harvesting developments including cable-assist and advanced yarder applications
  • Safety and Ergonomics – putting systems in place that work
  • Protecting environmental and social values
  • Logistics, tractability, supply chain operations and international trade
  • Forest Engineering in the new bio-economy


Monday 16th -  Company Visit/Workshop (optional) + Evening Ice-breaker

Day - In small groups attend a workshop hosted by local forestry entities. Choose from a range including machine manufacturers, forestry companies, and technology and research applications to get a close-up and personal NZ experience (see this full list (pdf, 286KB)). Please select your workshop preference when you register for the conference – places are limited.
Evening - Ice-breaker.

Tuesday 17th Main Day ‘Selected speakers’ + Conference Dinner

Morning: Keynote & plenary speakers, highlighting forest engineering innovations and industry developments from around the world.
Afternoon: Selected research speakers; including safety systems and practices, profitable forestry business & selected research projects.
Evening: Conference Dinner (cost included in registration).

Wednesday 18th – All day Tour

Tour: (1)  Kawerau central processing plant; (2) Port of Tauranga + C3 Logistics; (3) Lunch at beach; and(4) Steep terrain harvesting with cable-assist and modern cable logging.

Thursday 19th – Research Presentations.

All day: Parallel sessions of 20 minute presentations selected from abstracts submitted. Finish at 3:00pm to allow people to travel ‘home’.

What is 'Forest Engineering Conference' (FEC)?

FEC is a group of enthusiastic people engaged in forest engineering (/all aspects of forest operations) that host an event every four years to provide an international forum to share research ideas and experiences. Find out what FEC is about (pdf, 197KB), how it is set up, information about the previous conferences and who is currently on the committee.

Conference Organisers:

Rien Visser - NZ School of Forestry

Mark Brown - AFORA,
University of the Sunshine Coast,


Raffaele Spinelli - IVALSA,

Conference Sponsors:

We are grateful for the following sponsors:

NZ Forest Owners Associaton