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Future Foresters Initiative - IFA mentoring program

Are you an experienced scientist or professional working in a forest related sector, interested in supporting and sharing your knowledge with the forest leaders of tomorrow?

Are you a young scientist/professional or current student, looking to use this congress as a way to network, learn and discuss your own ideas?

Then register to take part in the Future Foresters Initiative (FFI) - IFA Conference Mentoring Program!

What is the FFI-IFA conference mentoring program?

The IFA 2017 Conference will bring together forest professionals from all over Australia and our wider region to share knowledge and dialogue across the full range of topics and disciplines relating to tropical forestry and innovation in the Asia Pacific Region. But beyond this, the congress will provide an exciting platform for young students and early career professionals and researchers to connect with and learn from senior delegates and presenters, and to share their ideas on the most pressing forest-related issues of our time.

For many students and people just entering the early stages of their career, large conferences can be a new and daunting experience - many find it hard to navigate the complexity of topics, to speak up in discussions, or to network with senior participants. Others are seeking further professional development opportunities, career advice or just the chance to get feedback on their own work or research.

The FFI - IFA mentoring program is here to address these challenges!

How does it work?

Once you've applied for this program, the FFI team will strategically match mentors with mentees, based on your similar backgrounds and interests.

Mentors will then help guide their mentee throughout the conference to facilitate networking, professional development, and understanding of presented topics and forums. In turn, mentees will have the chance to share their own knowledge, research, experience or insights. There are no specific requirements as to how much time you spend together during the congress - how you approach your mentoring experience is 100% up to you!

There will also be the opportunity to take part in a longer term mentoring program facilitated by the FFI and IFA - stay tuned for more information!

This sounds great, how can I take part?!

Please register your interest in this program as part of the overall conference registration. If you have already registered for the conference, and would now like to take part as a mentor or mentee, please contact the FFI at .

We will then be in contact to confirm your participation, introduce you to your mentor/mentee, provide you with information, tips and FAQs, and any other support you may need leading up to or during the conference.

If you have any questions, please contact the FFI at


Platinum Sponsor

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Gold Partner


Silver Partner

Forest and Wood Products Australia


Conference Sponsor

OneFortyOne Plantations

Conference Dinner

Forestry Corporation

Name Badge/Lanyard Partner

Margules Groome

Welcome Reception Partner

PF Olsen Australia

Session Sponsor

Cape York Partnership

Vic Forests

Forestry SA

Hurford Hardwood


African Mahogany (Australia)

Jack Westoby Fund


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