Stavros Avramidis

(BS Aristotle University, MS and PhD State University of New York), joined the University of British Columbia in 1987. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Metals and Minerals. He has served on numerous national and international R&D and policy committees. Multiple journal editorial board member and reviewer, twice UBC senator, member of University/Faculty/Departmental committees, external panel evaluator, and mentor to undergraduate and post-graduate students, and Post-Docs. Author and co-author of about 300 publications. He is the Head of the Department of Wood Science since 2016.”

Johannes Hübl

is appointed to the field of Natural Hazards and Risk Management and heads the Institute of Mountain Risk Engineering (BOKU-IAN). He holds a PhD from BOKU-University (1995) and a Habilitation in the field of Torrent Control. His key qualifications encompass monitoring of torrential activities, documentation of natural hazards, hazard analysis and design of torrent mitigation works. Prof. Hübl was involved in several national and international research projects, all dealing with topics in the field of integral risk management. The results of the studies were published in technical and scientific papers, book chapters and conference proceedings.

Davorin Gazvoda

is teaching landscape design at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Department of Landscape Architecture since 1989. His international experience includes teaching landscape design at universities in Turkey, China, Serbia, Croatia, Russia, and USA. In a field of landscape design he accomplished dozens of landscape and urban design projects and competitions, most of them awarded. His research work includes published articles, papers at international conferences and research reports from a field of urban open spaces and landscape architecture education. He was the dean of Biotechnical faculty and is currently serving as a vice-dean of academic affairs.

Nejc (=Jernej) Jogan

born in 1966 in Ljubljana, B.Sc. 1992 and PhD. 2002 (supervisor T. Wraber). At the University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty since 2003 assistant professor teaching Systematic botany, Biogeography. For more than two decades focused in vascular plant flora of Slovenia and SE Europe, particularly grasses and recently in invasive alien plants. Collaborator/coordinator on 2 Natura 2000 projects (Non-forest habitat types and Vascular plants), coordinated Important Plant Areas project for Slovenia, Neobiota Slovenije project and 3 projects for Ljubljana Municipality for mapping Ambrosia and vascular plant flora. Co-author of standard monographs Mala flora Slovenije (1999, 2007), Habitatni tipi Slovenije (2004), leading author of Gradivo za Atlas flore Slovenije (2001).

Richard Vlosky

is Director of the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and Crosby Land and Resources Endowed Professor in Forest Sector Business Development at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge.  He received his Ph.D. in Wood Products Marketing at Penn State University, an M.S. in International Forest Products Trade from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Natural Resources and Forest Management from Colorado State University. His areas of research include: mass timber, wood-based bioenergy, domestic and international forest products marketing and business development, certification & green marketing. He has authored or co-authored 157 refereed publications, 22 book chapters and 4 books, and has made over 550 presentations on a variety of topics in the U.S. and in 33 countries.