Dear colleagues,

Our meeting date draws closer. As you remember, the virtual meeting takes place on the 23rd of June, 12:00-14:00 GMT/UTC,  so early in the day for Americans (5-7 San Francisco, 7-9 Chicago, 9-11 Argentina), early afternoon for people in Europe (14-16 Paris CEST) and late  in the day for folks in Asia (Tokyo 21-23).

We will use Zoom for the meeting, please register in advance for the meeting :

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You will be able to watch the talks before the meeting on either Youtube or Youku. You will find the youtube links already below, the Youku links will follow in a later email.

It will facilitate the discussions during the meeting if you submit your questions before the meeting. You have different possibilities to do this : a) you can use the comment section of Youtube or Youku for each talk, which requires to log into Youtube or Youku. b) if you do not have an account, you can also send your questions to , clearly indicating the talk title for each question. c) to be able to continue discussions after the meeting, we will also copy the questions into a Slack channel. Participants can also directly ask questions in the Slack channel for each talk. The IUFRO2.08.05 Slack space can be accessed by this link :

We will discuss the possible future use of Slack for communications during the virtual meeting, and if there is a following, we might also use this in the future.

We will have 2 hours for the meeting. The tentative schedule will be (using GMT times) :

12:00 Welcome, introduction to the meeting and its program

12:15 – 13:30  talk discussions (15min each, including a 2 min presentation of the talk by the presenter, using one slide)

12:15 Graham Stone, Edinburgh University, UK :  tritrophic interactions from Fagaceae up.

12:30 Ryan Huish, University of Virginia's College at Wise, US, The Oak Conservation Alliance: Forming an interdisciplinary network of allies to help prevent and monitor pathogens in the oak family (Fagaceae)

12:45 Antoine Kremer, INRAE Pierroton, France : Genome wide evidence of rapid evolution of oaks during the Anthropocene

13:00 Paula Marchelli IFAB Bariloche, Argentina : Nothofagus in Patagonia, where do we stand? An overview of our population genetics research in Argentina

13:15 Maria Veronica Arana IFAB Bariloche, Argentina : Physiological and molecular bases of the responses of South American Nothofagus to the environment.

13:30 Discussions of future activities of the working group (virtual meetings, in-person meeting in Mexico)

14:00 End of the meeting

The program is also attached as a pdf file to this email.

We hope to see you all there, virtually

best regards

Oliver Brendel Chuck Cannon Keiko Kitamura