International Symposium on Urban Greening and Wellbeing

March 4, 2023


Jurong Lake Gardens
Photo by Gigi on Unsplash

Day 1: March 3, 2023, from 4pm to 8:05pm (Vancouver Time)
Day 2: March 4, 2023, from 8am to 12:05pm (Bejing Time)
Where: Online via Zoom
Hosts: Dr. Guangyu Wang, Dr. Haifang Li

About the Symposium

Urban forests are an essential component of a healthy and sustainable city, especially in the era of rapid urbanization and globalization. Research has proven that urban forests can benefit us in various ways. They improve air quality, reduce the heat island effect, maintain biodiversity, and improve our health. However, urban forests in many cities are diminishing, fragmenting, and deteriorating due to a limited understanding of urban forestry, restricted and competing land uses, and low political priority. Therefore, there is a growing demand for more research to improve our knowledge of urban forestry, and for more trained professionals who better understand and manage urban forests.

To continue meaningful conversations & to learn best practices in urban forestry, and to strengthen international collaboration between urban forestry institutes in the New Normal, the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Qingdao Agricultural University (QAU) will organize the International Symposium of Urban Greening and Wellbeing (ISUGW) on Friday, March 3rd, 2023 (Vancouver time). The ISUGW will be open to researchers, students, professionals, government officials, and non-governmental members who work and/or study in the field of urban forestry around the world. The Forum will discuss the current state and growing interest in urban greening and human wellbeing.


  • The University of British Columbia
  • Qingdao Agricultural University


  • Asia Pacific Forestry Education Coordination Mechanism
  • Beijing Forestry University
  • Chinese Academy of Forestry
  • Nanjing Forestry University
  • Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University
  • Zhejiang A&F University


Day 1: March 3, 2023

Proposed TimeAgenda Item
4:00 – 4:10 pmOpening Remarks
Dr. Rob Kozak: Dean, Faculty of Forestry, UBC
4:10 – 4:20 pmOpening Remarks
Dr. Yike Tian: Vice President, Qingdao Agricultural University
4:20 – 4:45 pmKeynote Speaker 1: Urban Planning and Urban Green Space
Dr. Stephen Sheppard, Urban Forests Research Hub, UBC
4:45 – 5:10 pmKeynote speaker 2: Re-Designing Suburbia with Nature
Dr. Keunhyun Park, Urban Forest Design, UBC
5:10 – 5:35 pmKeynote Speaker 3: Urban Forestry Education
Dr. Andrew Almas, Forest Resources Management, UBC
5:35 -5:55 pmBreak
5:55 – 6:20 pmKeynote Speaker 4: UBC Urban Forestry Programs
Dr. Sara Barron, Urban Forestry Leadership Program, UBC
6:20 – 6:45 pmKeynote Speaker 5: Urban Forestry and Environmental Challenges
Dr. Zhiqiang Zhang, Beijing Forestry University
6:45 – 7:10 pmKeynote Speaker 6: Urban Greening and Urban Biodiversity
Dr. Cheng Wang, Chinese Academy of Forestry
7:10 – 7:35 pmKeynote Speaker 7: Building a Livable and Sustainable City in China:
Transforming Urban Landscapes through the Program of National
Forest Cities
Dr. Chunjiang Liu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
7:35 – 8:00 pmKeynote Speaker 8: Forests and Human Wellbeing
Dr. Guangyu Wang, MINT, UBC
8:00 – 8:05 pmClosing

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