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ISAHK International Conference 2022 - Storm Tossed: Trees in Concrete Forest

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

Since 2016, ISA Hong Kong Chapter has been organizing International Conference annually, inviting international experts to share their scholastic research, innovative ideas and industrial insights on tree-related issues. In this year, the conference thematizes "Storm Tossed: Trees in Concrete Forest" in which 6 scholars from USA and Canada will present their recent findings and discuss with arborists in Hong Kong.

Date & Time: 30.12.2022 (Fri) 9:00am - 4:00pm (Hong Kong time)

Media: Zoom

Language: English

Deadline: 22.12.2022 (Thur) 12:00nn (Hong Kong time)

Registration Fee:

AM Section (9:00am - 12:45nn) for 3 CEU

HK$360 for Non-member;

HK$300 for ISAHK Ordinary Member;

HK$240 for ISAHK Professional Member

PM Section (2:00pm - 4:00pm) for 1.5 CEU

HK$180 for Non-member;

HK$150 for ISAHK Ordinary Member;

HK$120 for ISAHK Professional Member

Whole-day Section (9:00am - 12:45nn; 2:00pm - 4:00pm) for 4.5 CEU

HK$540 for Non-member;

HK$450 for ISAHK Ordinary Member;

HK$360 for ISAHK Professional Member;

HK$200 for ISAHK Student Member or Hong Kong full-time student

*Waiver of 1-year ISAHK student membership fee will be granted to particiants who are Hong Kong full-time students to join the whole-day conference. For existing ISAHK student members who join the whole-day conference, an extension of 1-year student membership will be offered in free of chrage. **Validity period of ISA Hong Kong Chapter Student Membership is conditional upon proof of their full-time student status being submitted to and accepted by ISA Hong Kong Chapter.


*The rundown and topics are subject to be changed by the organizer.


Opening Remarks

by Mr. LIN Wai Tung Ryan (Head of Tree Management Office,

Development Bureau, HKSAR Government)


Biology, Benefit, and Protection of Large Trees, in the Human Landscape

by Dr. Kevin T. Smith (Supervisory Plant Physiologist, Forest Service Northern Research Station)


Visual Tree Risk Assessment: Which Defects Truly Predict Tree Failure in Windstorms

by Dr. Andrew Koeser (Associate Professor of Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida)


Panel Discussion


Preventing Tree Root Damage to Hardscaping Using Research-Based Equations

by Dr. Deborah Hilbert (Lead Consultant, Many Trees Consulting, LLC; Executive Director, Florida Urban Forestry Council)


Storm Management in Cities: Urban Tree Professionals’ Risk Management Practices, Community Engagement, and Collaboration

by Ms. Stephanie Cadaval (Graduate Assistant, Clarke Human Dimensions Lab, School of Forests, Fisheries, and Geomatics Science, University of Florida)


Panel Discussion


Lunch Break


When the Storm Hits: Proactive Planning Improves Safety and Efficiency in Storm Response

by Mr. Alexander Martin (Director, Ironwood Urban Forestry Consulting Inc.; ISA Board Certified Master Arborist)


Optimal Tree Selection for Constrained Urban Sites

by Mr. Christopher Boza (Board Director, ISA Headquarter; Consultant)


Panel Discussion


Closing Remark


Dr. Kevin T. Smith

Dr. Kevin T. Smith is a Supervisory Plant Physiologist for the USDA Forest Service based in Durham, New Hampshire, USA. Educated as a plant pathologist and mycologist, for more than forty years, Smith has actively researched the growth and defense processes of living trees and the long-term relationships of trees and forests with decay fungi and their associates. A long-time colleague of the late Dr. Alex Shigo, Smith has published more than 150 research and technical articles on topics ranging from cultural archaeology to quantitative wood anatomy to air pollution chemistry. He has served on the test development committee for the ISA BCMA credential and is a Life Member of both the New Hampshire Arborist Association and of the Tree Ring Society.

Dr. Andrew Koeser

Dr. Andrew Koeser is an Associate Professor of Urban Tree and Landscape Management at the University of Florida. Andrew maintains an active research program investigating barriers to urban tree species diversity, trees and storms, and the impacts of development on tree growth and longevity. He is the father of four amazing daughters and a companion to a faithful basset hound and an okay cat. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys cycling and training in martial arts.

Dr. Deborah Hilbert

Dr. Deborah Hilbert is an urban tree scientist, manager, and educator. She is the lead consultant at Many Trees Consulting, Executive Director of the Florida Urban Forestry Council, and an Associate Lecturer of Arboriculture at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. She conducts research on many topics, including urban forest tree diversity, urban tree establishment and survival, tree planting space recommendations, and urban forest canopy assessments. She has given over 40 talks and has published 12 peer-reviewed papers relating to urban forestry and urban greening. She is the past president of the Arboricultural Research and Education Academy, and is an ISA Certified Arborist, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ), and is trained in the Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) system.

Ms. Stephanie Cadaval

Ms. Stephanie Cadaval is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Clarke Human Dimensions Lab at the School of Forests, Fisheries, and Geomatics Science at the University of Florida. Stephanie's collaborative research focuses on conflict and collaboration around urban forests and storms in the United States in the cities Jacksonville, FL, Minneapolis, MN and Philadelphia PA. Stephanie’s dissertation is a part of a collaborative and interdisciplinary research project funded by TREE Fund. She received the prestigious Charles Wood Thesis Award from the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies in 2021 to honor her master’s thesis on Partnerships, Gender, and Decision-Making in Community Mangrove Restoration in Costa Rica.

Mr. Alexander Martin

Mr. Alexander Martin is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, TRAQ, and TCIA Certified Treecare Safety Professional. He currently works as Director of Ironwood Urban Forestry Consulting Inc., a research and consulting firm based in Winnipeg, Canada. He volunteers his time as the Co-Chair of the Canadian Tree Research Education and Endowment (TREE) Fund. His research and consulting focuses primarily on resource-limited communities interested in urban and community forestry, specializing in rural municipalities and Indigenous communities. His work has been recognized internationally, including as the 2021 recipient of the ISA’s Millard F. Blair Award for Exceptional Contribution to Arboriculture.

Mr. Christopher Boza

Mr. Christopher Boza is currently a consultant with over 40 years of experience in municipal tree management, park management, employee management, fiscal budget management, irrigation design, construction and management, landscape design, construction and maintenance management, capital project construction management, volunteer coordination and inter-agency coordination. Chris recently retired from the City Arborist for the City of Missoula, Montana. Prior to Missoula, Chris served as the Urban Forester for Hayden, Idaho, the Urban Forester for Chico, California, the Assistant Arborist for San Jose, California, and as a Field Tech for Forest-Ag in Lafayette, California. Chris is passionate about educating residents and homeowners about proper tree and landscape care. He currently volunteers at the Inland Empire Rail Museum construction trackage and restoring locomotives.


For ISA Credential holders who meet at least 80% attendance rate and input correct course code in evaluation form given, CEU will be granted.

*Please make sure that you have provided correct personal data. Your CEU request will be the subject to be determined by ISA Headquarter and its decision should be final.

Evaluation Form:

All participants must complete the evaluation form in 3 days after the event. At the end of the conference, a unique “course code” will be immediately announced to all participants. CEU will be granted to ISA Credential holders with correct input of course code in the evaluation form.


Please settle your payment by bank transfer to the Hang Seng Bank account: 789-314119-001 (ISA Hong Kong Chapter Ltd), and copy your transfer slip with the full name, mobile and email of registeree to before the deadline. Please note that payment is not refundable and no change of registration accepted once the payment is settled.

*For Hong Kong full-time students who are not existing ISAHK student member to join, please attach your valid student card and/or optionally a completed membership application form to us.

Access to Zoom:

The access link to attend this webinar will be sent to your registered email address no later than 3 days before the webinar. If you did not receive the access link in due course, please contact the office for assistance. The access link is non-transferable and only allows one registeree to login in the moment, so please do not share the access link to others. Participants must make sure fluent Internet connection and effective devices to attend the conference. You may test the link 15 mins before the webinar and feel free to contact us for office support during the test. The system will detect your login information automatically. If we trace that you did not login/attend the webinar in your true person, we reserve the right to cancel your CEU request.


Should you have further questions, please contact ISA Hong Kong Chapter Office following means.

Tel: +852 3757 8079

WhatsApp: +852 5596 8496

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