Professor Brett Hurley has been appointed as a Research Associate of the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) strengthening the long and close association between the Institute, especially with the ICFR’s Dr Ilaria Germishuizen, and the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme in FABI. This honorary appointment is a further step to increase the engagement with the ICFR on collaborative projects. The Institutes currently collaborate on several projects, including Gonipterus remote sensing, monitoring of Leptocybe invasa and its biological control agents and the Sirex biocontrol programme. Prof Hurley’s research focuses on the study of insect pests of forest trees to develop knowledge-based management strategies.