Public lecture & debate

Elisabeth Kalko-Gedächtnisvortrag – Elisabeth Kalko Memorial Lecture

Tuesday 07th February 2017 - 18:30-20:00 - Auditorium Q Maathai, VUB Campus Etterbeek Open to everyone!

Maaike De Ridder - Moderator
Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, BE,

⇒ 18:30 - 19:15 SHORT TALKS

Jean-Louis Doucet - Logging impacts on biodiversity: a review
Professor, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liège, BE,

Jean-Louis Doucet has been studying central African forests since 1993. He is specialized in forest ecology, silviculture and management. In order to implement the results of his applied research activities, he has developed partnerships with FSC-certified logging companies. He is also a professor at ERAIFT (DR Congo) and USTM (Gabon).

Katharine Abernethy - Forest Conservation strategies: protected areas, managed forests, managed species
Associate Professor of Tropical Ecology, University of Stirling, UK and Associate Researcher, Institut de Recherche en Ecologie Tropicale, GA,

Kate Abernethy is an ecologist living and working in Gabon, Central Africa, where she has been based since 1994. She undertakes applied research on wildlife, forest ecology and forest history to inform conservation strategies which both promote sustainable use of timber and non-timber forest products and ensure conservation of key species and ecosystems. Her work also involves teaching and training in the field in Gabon, to support future African research and conservation careers.

Paul-Emmanuel Huet - Expectations and constraints of the private sector, an example from Congo Basin
CSR Director, Rougier, FR,

Paul-Emmanuel Huet is a forest engineer. After two years spent in a logging concession in Cameroon, he was General Secretary of ATIBT (International Technical Association of Tropical Timber) where he worked for six years before joining the Rougier group in 2008. He currently holds the post of CSR Director (in charge of the implementation of the social and environmental policy of the Rougier Group), Communication and Marketing.

Kasso Daïnou - Tales of a long-standing marriage between scientific research and forest logging for the sustainable management of Cameroonian natural forests
Responsible for the “Program of Applied Research and Silviculture”, NGO Nature+, BE and Assistant professor, University of Kétou, BJ,

Kasso Dainou is passionate by genetics and reproductive ecology of tropical rainforest tree species. He conducts most of his works in natural forest concessions and is associated to issues of biodiversity conservation despite logging. Presently he combines applied and fundamental research in silviculture and ecological genetics in order to better understand patterns of tree regeneration while offering insights for a sustainable forest management.

Richard Eba’a Atyi - The Congo basin Forest Partnership: a platform for science-policy dialogue
Team Leader for Central Africa, CIFOR, CM,

Richard Eba’a Atyi is specialized in forest management and economics and he has been for more than 30 years employed by the University of Dschang in Cameroon (lectures in forest management, forest certification and forest policy), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the Observatory for the Forests of Central Africa (OFAC), and currently for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as Team Leader for Central Africa based in Yaoundé.




Hans Beeckman - Presentation of the Belgian Xylarium
Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, BE,

Hans Beeckman graduated as forestry engineer and made his PhD on the numerical analysis of tree-ring data. He is senior scientist, curator of the Xylarium and head of the Wood Biology Service at the Royal Museum for Central Africa. Together with his research team he studies wood as a functional part of trees. This includes the analysis of cells and tissues (wood anatomy) and the growth of trees as a result of cambial activity.