Special event review
After a long Corona break, there was once again an arboricultural conference in Augsburg. On September 21, the special event took place at the Kongress am Park, the place where this conference originated. Based on regulatory requirements, we were able to accommodate 49 exhibitors indoors and outdoors. The hall had great similarities with the one in the fair. There was no mask requirement in the hall for the 270 visitors. The participants felt comfortable and were happy to finally meet colleagues again.
The event began immediately with a much-discussed topic: how to deal with ivy in tree inspection from a legal and biological point of view. The biological part was taken over by Andreas Detter, the legal part by Rainer Hilsberg, who participated in the meeting via video link. It was organized in such a way that also the questions of the participants could be answered directly by Mr. Hilsberg. It is a complex topic and the many questions clearly showed that the colleagues are uncertain in practice. A written elaboration on the subject by the two speakers can be found in the Yearbook of Arboriculture 2020.
In the further course, Dr. Axel Schneidewind reported on the root development of container trees and gave recommendations for planting. Professor Dujesiefken gave an overview of current changes and developments in standards and regulations for tree protection on construction sites, and Dr. Markus Streckenbach showed positive and negative examples from practice. The following discussions impressively showed the need for expert information on this topic.
Professor Roloff then gave a presentation on "Drought stress on urban trees". The dry years since 2018 have caused considerable damage to trees. Many trees have died. Which tree species came to be replanted in changing climate conditions? Do native tree species even have a chance anymore? These questions were discussed and it was pointed out that this topic will be a focus at the German Tree Care Conference next year. At the end of his presentation, Andreas Roloff made a wood species sound: he had a xylophone made of Robinia wood and played on the instrument while pictures of drought-resistant trees were shown on the screen. This performance was rewarded with a huge applause.
At the end of the special event, Dirk Dujesiefken and Thomas Amtage were once again on stage together. They had led through the day and gave an preview of the upcoming events of the German Arboriculture Conference. Dirk Dujesiefken first thanked Thomas Amtage for the excellent cooperation this year, because this special event was the first jointly organized and implemented conference in Augsburg. Since this year, both form a dual leadership and are joint managing directors of the German Tree Care Conference. For the coming years, both are counting on continuity. At the same time, digitalization must be advanced. One of the topics is the connection of a speaker via video. Rainer Hilsberg's presentation at this conference was a successful start. The use of a booking portal for registering as a participant is another development in this area. This has also already been introduced this year. At the advisory board meeting on the day before the special event, it was also decided that there would no longer be a scientific poster session during the conference in the future. The response to this type of knowledge transfer has been very low in recent years. Instead of posters, there will be short lectures starting in 2023. Proposals for topics for these short talks can be submitted and will be accepted until mid-June 2022. The advisory board will then discuss the conference program. Accepted short lectures will be published in the Yearbook of Arboriculture.
In summary, the special event was a great success. On the one hand, a larger conference took place at all, on the other hand, this event was a multiple test run for technical innovations in the organization and for the lectures. But the most valuable thing was that after months of contact restrictions and video conferences, colleagues were together again and had the opportunity for an intensive exchange.