A major international conference on "Intact Forests in the 21st Century" will take place in Oxford on 18 – 20 June 2018, hosted by the University of Oxford in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The conference will bring together leading scientists, researchers, policy experts and practitioners from around the world to review and debate the current state of knowledge relating to intact forests, their values, the threats they face, and the most appropriate responses.

The exceptional value of intact forest ecosystems

This recently published paper in Nature Ecology and Evolution highlights many of the issues to be discussed at the conference. Read paper.

Call for abstracts now open

We invite abstract submissions for both oral presentations and posters.

Please email your abstract submission (300 words) to Emily Read via by 30 March 2018.

Provisional conference themes:

Day 1

Where are the most intact forests, and what values do they have?

Day 2

What threats do intact forests face, and how does this affect their value?

Day 3

What policy and management options exist to protect and restore intactness?

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Frances Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute, US
  • Oliver Phillips, Professor of Tropical Ecology, Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds, UK
  • Peter Potapov, Research Associate Professor, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, US
  • Anand Osuri, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Earth Institute, Columbia University, US
  • James Watson, Director, Science and Research Initiative at the Wildlife Conservation Society, US, and Professor at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Interim Director for the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland, Australia

Conference Registration Fee

Early bird standard conference registration fee: £200 deadline 30 March 2018.

Early bird concession conference registration fee: £100 deadline 30 March 2018.

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Conference registration includes attendance at the conference for three days, lunch, coffee breaks, and wine receptions. Conference registration does not include accommodation or conference dinner.

The concession rate is available to students and to nationals of Low and Medium Income countries.

Conference registration standard fee: £280 deadline 15 May 2018. Conference registration concession fee: £140 deadline 15 May 2018.


Conference participants are required to make their own accommodation arrangements. We recommend that you book your accommodation early. (Accommodation in college is not available as the conference is taking place in term time.) Further information about hotels and bed and breakfasts in Oxford.

Useful Oxford taxi number: Radio Cars, 01865 242424

Speakers line-up and further information on registration will be announced in early 2018. It is anticipated that the symposium will achieve outreach through media channels, and lead to policy briefs and one or more synthesis papers and/or a special issue in a high impact journal.

Conference Partners

Wildlife Conservation Society Environmental Change Institute OCTF