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The Scientific Committee has selected the two overall best papers. The best poster was determined by a voting of all FORMEC participants during the symposium. The winners are Nopparat Kaakkurivaara, Christian Kanzian and Ola Lindroos. Congratulations!

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The schedule of the FORMEC 2015 symposium starts with an Icebreaker on Sunday evening, followed by two intensive conference days and closes with field trips on Wednesday and Thursday.

BOKU is pleased to announce an initiative that aims to encourage a very high standard of written contributions to the FORMEC 2015 Conference Proceedings. The Scientific Committee will review all papers received and the two overall best papers and the best posters will receive a split 800 Euro award to be presented at the meeting.

The 48th FORMEC held in Linz, Austria, has gathered 189 participants from 28 countries around the globe. Thank you all for your participation, efforts and help to make the FORMEC that successful. We look forward to seeing you in Warsaw, Poland, at FORMEC 2016.

All the posters will be available during the whole sysmposium. Additionaly two poster sessions are planned, where all the presenters should be available for discussions. The sessions will be on Monday between 1:30 and 2 pm and on Tuesday between 2 and 2:30 pm.

FORMEC 2015 symposium is co-editor of Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering (CROJFE). A selected number of the highest scored papers have been invited to be peer reviewed and published by CROJFE. The following papers have successfully passed the review process and are ready for publishing:

The schedule of the FORMEC 2015 symposium starts with an Icebreaker on Sunday evening, followed by two intensive conference days and closes with field trips on Wednesday and Thursday. The keynote speakers for the plenary session are:

  • Rien Visser (University of Canterbury) gives a review about changes in steep terrain harvesting.
  • Marko Paakkunainen (John Deere Forestry) will give a presentation about ergonomics and productivity improvements through machine automation.
  • Keith Raymond (Future Forests Research Ltd) shows the latest research in tele-operated felling machinery.
  • Andreas Gronauer (BOKU) will talk about precision farming and presents successful examples from agriculture which might be adopted for forestry.
  • Hans Rudolf Heinimann (ETH Zürich) will scrutinize current practices in forest road network and pavement engineering.
  • Thomas Steinmüller (Austrian State Forests) will give a critical review about current state and new developments in forest road construction.

FORMEC will bring together researchers, practitioners and government officials from different countries to share state-of-the-art knowledge of harvesting operations, with a focus on steep terrain.

The mission of SLOPE is to develop an integrated system for the optimization of the forest production in mountain areas. Its aim is to fill the gap between the more expensive and less flexible forestry operations in mountain areas and more optimized cut-to-length systems in flatland forests.

The conference venue has provisionally made 120 rooms available for conference participants. The Courtyard Linz Hotel will hold this block booking until 08/23/15. Advanced reservation is highly recommended since the blocking is limited.

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As an alternative accommodation we can recommend Hotel ibis Linz City which is at a distance of 1.5 km from the conference venue.

Proceedings and presentations are published online now. Images can be found at flickr and there also is a new flickr group called formec. If you are active on flickr, feel free to join us and add your Forest & Engineering related images.

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