The 2022 IUFRO / FTMB Conference

The 20th IUFRO Tree Biotech and the 2nd FTMB (Forest Tree Molecular Biology and Biotechnology) Conference will be held in Harbin, China, from July 7th to 9th, 2022. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held online. Thanks to tremendous support from the organizing institutes and conference sponsors, we are pleased to offer “FREE” registration for all participants attending the virtual conference. The topics of this conference include forest adaptation to climate change, tree genomes and epigenomes, wood biology and uses, genomic variation in breeding and genetic studies, and regulations and biosafety of GMOs. On behalf of the organizers, we warmly invite you or anyone interested in the area of forest tree biotechnology and molecular biology to participate in this exciting conference.

The IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference is the premier biennial international event that focuses on molecular biology, genetics, genomics, and propagation technologies of forest trees – in short, Tree Biotechnology! Now in its 37th year, the 2022 meeting (7th - 9th July, Harbin, China) will be an opportunity for the international researchers in forest tree biotechnology to communicate new research methods, research progress, and ways in which discoveries can be used to help forests adjust this changing world.

The 2nd International Symposium on Forest Tree Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (FTMB) will highlight the latest findings and breakthroughs in tree biotechnology and is dedicated to gathering scientists from across the globe to present and discuss research on genomics, epigenetics, biochemistry, and other relevant topics. This symposium is hosted by the Northeast Forestry University and was held for the first time in July 2018 in Harbin, China, where 382 delegates from 12 countries attended the symposium.


IUFRO is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists promoting global collaboration in forest-related research and enhancing the understanding of the ecological, economic, and social aspects of forests and trees. IUFRO is "the" global network for forest science cooperation. It unites more than 15,000 scientists from almost 700 Member Organizations across more than 110 countries, and is a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU).

About NEFU

Northeast Forestry University (NEFU) is the primary organizer and sponsor of the 20th IUFRO Tree Biotech and the 2nd FTMB Conference. NEFU is a multidisciplinary university with Forestry as its dominant discipline and Forest Engineering as its major focus. It is situated in Harbin, the center of China's largest state-owned forest region.

NEFU is proud of its outstanding talents, including 2,300 faculty and staff, among them are members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), Yangtze River Scholar, winner of the National Fund for Outstanding Young Scientists, members of the National Millions of Talents Project, etc. More than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently attending NEFU, and nearly 180,000 students have graduated since its founding in July 1952. NEFU has excellent bases for teaching, research, and extension. National-level facilities at NEFU include the State Key Laboratory of Tree Genetics and Breeding, State Field Scientific Monitoring Station of Mao’ershan Forest Ecosystem, State Mock Experiment Teaching Centers of Forest Engineering, and Wildlife Resources.

NEFU established cooperative relationships with over 100 universities and research institutes from more than thirty countries and regions. After 69 years of research and innovations, NEFU continues to make its founding purpose a reality. NEFU endeavors to maintain its status as a world-class forestry university that continues to deliver real-world values to society and the environment.

Key Dates

March 2022
May 2022
June 2022
July 2022
March 20, 2022:
Online conference registration opening
May 30, 2022:
Abstract submission deadline
June 20, 2022:
Online registration deadline
July 7, 2022:
Conference beginning



Registration for all participants attending the conference virtually is free of charge.
Please direct all questions about online registrations, changes, cancellations, and requests to skltgb@nefu.edu.cn, phone number: 0451-82192219.

Abstract Submission

  1. 1.  Abstract submission deadline is May 30th, 2022.
  2. 2.  To submit an abstract, please complete the online registration form.
  3. 3.  All abstracts must be in English, and each abstract should contain:
    • ·A title (up to 20 words).
    • ·Full names of authors, affiliated institutions (department, institution/hospital, city, and country), and a contact email address.
    • ·A concise description of the research (up to 300 words).
    • ·Up to 5 key words.
    • ·No image, table, or figure is allowed.
  4. 4.  Only abstracts submitted online via this website will be sent to the Scientific Advisory Committee for review. Abstracts submitted by fax or others means will not be accepted.

Abstracts for Oral Presentation

Abstracts submitted to be considered for oral or poster presentations will be evaluated, and authors will be notified of acceptance for oral presentations by June 20th, 2022. Authors selected for oral presentations are encouraged to also bring posters to increase interaction during the poster sessions. If you are not planning to bring a poster to accompany your oral presentation, please inform the Conference Secretariat (skltgb@nefu.edu.cn)

Plant Communications Journal

A Special Issue in Plant Communications on Tree Biology and Biotech (www.cell.com/plant-communications) will be issued for the 2022 IUFRO / FTMB Conference. The Journal has commissioned two types of articles for the Special Issue: (1) Review Articles and (2) Research or Resource Articles. Please submit your manuscript directly to the Journal according to the instruction at www.cell.com/plant-communications/authors with a cover letter indicated for the special issue “Tree Biology and Biotechnology.” The Special Issue will be published in November 2022.

Key Dates

Nov 30, 2021: Deadline for responding to Plant Communications invitation
Apr 30, 2022: Plant Communications submission deadline


Conference Program

The Program Overview is available here and the detailed Presentation and Poster Schedule is available here.

Session topics will include:
Session I: Forestry and climate change
Session II: Genomes and epigenomes
Session III: Wood biology, physiology, development and uses
Session IV: Genomic variation in breeding and genetic studies
Session V: Regulations and biosafety of GMOs


Diversity and Inclusion

The 20th IUFRO Tree Biotech and the 2nd FTMB Conference is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion among speakers and chairs, particularly in gender balance and underrepresented groups. Our goal is to ensure that the proportion of female representatives in speakers and session chairs is equal to the male participants at the conference.


Local Committee

Vincent Chiang (Chair)
Chuanping Yang (Chair)
Wei Li (Chair)
Guangzheng Qu (Co-Chair)
Guanjun Liu (Co-Chair)
Jack P. Wang
Dawei Liu
Aizhi Wang
Chenguang Zhou
YoYo Yao

IUFRO Working Party Coordinators

Heather D. Coleman, United States
Carsten Kuehlheim, United States
Jonas Lafave, Canada
Ying-Chung Jimmy Lin, China - Taipei
Sofía Valenzuela Aguila, Chile
Chenguang Zhou, China

Scientific Advisory Committee

Benedicte Riber Albrectsen, Umeå University, Sweden
Claudio Balocchi, Bioforest S.A., Chile
Wout Boerjan, Ghent University, Belgium
Heather Coleman, Syracuse University, United States
Taku Demura, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan
Dario Grattapaglia, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Brazil
Keming Luo, Southwest University, China
Laigeng Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Ying-Chung Jimmy Lin, National Taiwan University, China - Taipei
Meng-Zhu Lu, Zhejiang A&F University, China
Shawn Mansfield, University of British Columbia, Canada
Ewa Mellerowicz, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Zander Myburg, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Yiping Qi, University of Maryland, United States
Ron Sederoff, North Carolina State University, United States
Steve Strauss, Oregon State University, United States
Sofia Valenzuela, Concepcion University, Chile
Tongming Yin, Nanjing Forestry University, China

Organizing Editorial Committee

Vincent L. Chiang (Committee Chair), Northeast Forestry University & North
    Carolina State University, United States
Laigeng Li (Committee Co-Chair), Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Wei Li (Committee Secretary), Northeast Forestry University, China
Claudio Balocchi, Bioforest S.A., Chile
Wout Boerjan, Ghent University, Belgium
Taku Demura, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan
Keming Luo, Southwest University, China
Shawn Mansfield, University of British Columbia, Canada
Zander Myburg, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Steve Strauss, Oregon State University, United States


Chinese Society of Forestry - Tree Genetics and Breeding branch
IUFRO Division 2 - 2.08.00 - Hardwood improvement, culture and genetic resources