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University of Aberdeen




Aberdeen Forestry Alumni Society


All forestry graduates from Aberdeen University automatically become members of the Aberdeen Forestry Alumni Society. It is an opportunity to keep in contact with friends, arrange reunions, and find out what is going on the world of forestry. This year, we celebrate the Centenary of Forestry at the University of Aberdeen.


Forestry Society Annual Dinner 2009

The 2009 Annual Dinner of Aberdeen University Forestry Society was held on Friday 25 February at the Copthorne Hotel, Huntly Street, Aberdeen. The guest speaker was Dr James Pendlebury, Chief Executive, Forest Research , who presented his vision of the future of research into forestry and related areas. The raffle was a great success and raised nearly £300, which will be used to support student field trips. Thanks to all graduates and companies who contributed a raffle gift.


Support the dinner

It is important to keep the tradition going so come along and meet ‘old’ classmates. Why not make it into a class reunion. The Alumni Relations office can help you contact your colleagues (alumni@abdn.ac.uk). Alternatively, contact the honorary secretary of the Forestry Society, Dr Andrew Cameron, who will point you in the right direction (a.d.cameron@abdn.ac.uk).


Sponsoring Tables

Individuals and companies are welcome to sponsor tables at the Annual Dinner. Given the popularity of table sponsorship, some changes to the process have taken place. Sponsoring organisations will now be able to invite up to three non-Aberdeen graduate guests on each sponsored table seating usually 8 people. Please contact Andrew Cameron (e-mail a.d.cameron@abdn.ac.uk ; telephone 01224 272673) for more details.


The first Forestry Society Annual Dinner was held in 1946 and has become an established part of the Alumni and Student Societies’ calendars attracting 60-70 graduates and undergraduates every year in late February. We invite a senior figure from the forestry profession as guest speaker. On the lighter side, there is a raffle where the proceeds go to assist student activities. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet classmates, fellow graduates and undergraduates.


The Annual Borthwick-Steven Lecture

The 2009 Annual Borthwick-Steven Lecture was held on the afternoon of the Annual Dinner. The lecture was delivered by Professor Dougals Godbold, Bangor University on his research on climate change.


The 2010 lecture will be given by Dr Hugh Evans, Head of Forest Research, Wales on the afternoon of the Annual Dinner. The title of the lecture is Global threats to forests from international movement of forest pests.


The Borthwick-Steven Lecture is named after two of the most prominent Chairs of Forestry at the University of Aberdeen. Professor Albert W. Borthwick was the first Chair of Forestry from 1926 to 1937 and Professor Henry M. Steven held the Chair from 1938 to 1962. Professor Steven is perhaps best known for his commitment to the future of the native pine forests of Scotland and for the definitive text on the subject; ‘The Native Pinewoods of Scotland,’ H.M. Steven and A. Carlisle, Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh, 1959.


Some of the regulars at the Society Annual Dinner!


ARBOR magazine

Arbor Magazine first appeared in 1946 and included articles by students and staff, and a roundup of Forestry Society news. It was published up until 1998 when the costs of printing became prohibitive. The new ARBOR is in electronic format and be download from this site.

ARBOR 2007


Forestry Alumni Newsletter

Find out what’s happening in our Alumni Newsletter. If you do not receive a copy or an invitation to the Annual Dinner, Please email Andrew Cameron at a.d.cameron@abdn.ac.uk.

2010 alumni newsletter


Aberdeen University Forestry Society

Aberdeen University Forestry Society was founded in 1919. The first president was Ernest V. Laing who went on to become a member of staff. The students still involve themselves in a variety of sporting and social activities, including the Annual Dinner which is the high point of the Society calendar.




Some of the students at the Forestry Society Annual Dinner.





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