The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and DSI/NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB)

The annual meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB) has become one of the most important meetings relating to forest tree health in South Africa and globally. The 2021 TPCP/CPHB meeting will take place on the 4th of May. This event is open to staff of member companies of the TPCP and other stakeholders in the TPCP and CPHB. Due to Covid-19 and its regulations, this event will take place virtually with a possibility that some form of hybrid interactions could be possible.

As has been the case in the past, the 32nd annual meeting of the TPCP will focus on key issues relating to forest tree health in South Africa. Importantly, the meeting will again seek to provide feedback to forest industry and other stakeholders on programmes focused on dealing with threatening pest and disease problems following an integrated pest management approach.

Please note that the National Symposium on Biological Invasions 2021 organized by the Centre for Biological Control (CBC) in collaboration with Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) will also happen virtually on the 5th and 6th of May. Should you are also interested in joining this event, please register here.

Registration information

Please fill in the registration form below for the 22nd TPCP and CPHB meetings on Tuesday 4 May 2021. This meeting will happen virtually via Zoom and Team platforms. Detail on how to join the meeting will be communicated in due course using the email you provided in the registration form. Please make sure that you provide us with a correct email address.

The TPCP related events are only open to staff of member companies of the TPCP and other invited stakeholders in the TPCP and CPHB, and will be free of charge. If you are not sure whether you may attend, please contact and cc

Registration closes: 4 May 2021



Programme and Speakers


Tuesday 4th May, 8:00 - 14:00 : TPCP/CPHB meeting (Download programme)

Wednesday 5th May, 13:00 - 16:00 : TPCP Board meeting


Prof. Anton Ströh, Vice-Principle for Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Education, University of Pretoria
Prof. Bernard Slippers, Director of FABI, TPCP and Innovation Africa @UP, University of Pretoria
Prof. Emma Steenkamp, Director of the Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology, FABI, University of Pretoria
Mr. Duane Roothman, Vice President Forestry, Sappi Southern Africa
Mr. Jannie de Villiers, CEO of GrainSA
Dr. Julian Jaftha, Chief Director: Plant Production & Health, Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
Dr. Maneshree Jugmohan-Naidu, Director: Biotechnology at Department of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Innovation
Dr. Marinda Visser, Director: Strategic Projects and Partnerships, Innovation Africa @UP
Dr. Marianna Theyse, CEO of PhytoSolutions Consultancy
Prof. John Wilson, SANBI and Centre of Invasion Biology, University of Stellenbosch
Prof. Bernard Slippers, Director of FABI and the TPCP, University of Pretoria
Prof. Ecki Brockerhoff, Forest Health and Biotic Interactions, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Dr. Ronald Heath, Forestry South Africa
Prof. Wouter Maes, University of Ghent

And staff, postdocs and PhD/MSc students from TPCP and CPHB