Show Preview: ISA Annual International Conference and Trade Show

The 2018 International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Annual International Conference and Trade Show will be held August 5-8, 2018 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio. Pre-conference activities will take place August 3-5.

The schedule is as follows:


Friday, August 3

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.            Pre-Conference Workshops

(Street Tree Master Planting Design Workshop, Tree Anatomy Workshop, and Soil Quality Assessment and Management for Urban Trees)

1 – 5 p.m.        ITCC Masters’ Qualifying Events

6 – 9 p.m.        ISA Certification Exam (Pre-registration required)


Saturday, August 4

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.            Pre-Conference Workshops

(Law & Order, Top Knots, Tree Anatomy Workshop, and ASTI Workshop)


8 a.m. – 6 p.m.            ITCC Masters’ Qualifying Events and Award Ceremony


Sunday, August 5

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.            Pre-Conference Workshops/Tours

(Tree Anatomy Workshop, and Using the 10thEdition of the Guide for Plant Appraisal)

8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.ITCC Masters’ Challenge

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.            Branch Out Sessions

(A-Z: A300, A-Z: Z133, Citizen Science in Urban Forestry, and Chaos & Conflict)

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.      Arboriculture Celebration with Keynote Presenter Angelou Ezelio

Angelou Ezelio

After a brief stint of practicing law, it was through her work as a Legal Specialist for the New Jersey State Agriculture and Development Committee that Angelou Ezeilo embarked upon a career as an environmentalist. Angelou further honed her skills as a Project Manager for the Trust for Public Land (TPL) in both its New Jersey and Georgia offices. In her position, Angelou acquired land for preservation and worked on the New York/New Jersey Highlands Program, Parks for People-Newark, the New York/New Jersey Harbor Program in New Jersey, the Atlanta Beltline and the 20 County Regional Greenspace Initiative in Georgia. While at TPL, Angelou realized the disconnect between the land that was being preserved and the education of people about that preservation—particularly as it related to our next generation. This was the impetus for the Greening Youth Foundation. The Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) mission is to engage underrepresented youth and young adults while connecting them to nature and conservation and believes that youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds can greatly benefit from the career opportunities presented within the state and federal land management sectors. GYF provides hands-on environmental and wellness education programming to students K-12 and access to paid internships and service crew opportunities to young adults. The foundation provides its services throughout North America and West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia).

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.         Welcome Reception on the Trade Show Floor


Monday, August 6

7 – 8 a.m.        Women in Arboriculture Breakfast

8 – 8:30 a.m.   ISA President and Local Chapter Welcome

8:30 – 9:20 a.m.         Featured Presenter: Mark Bays

Since Spring 1996, Mark Bays and others within Forestry Services and the tree care industry have been directly involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Foundation and the recovery efforts centering on improving the health of the Survivor Tree. This native American elm is less than 100 yards (91 meters) from where the bomb was detonated on April 19, 1995 at the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The elm is the closest living tree that took the full force of the bomb and is a centerpiece of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, which was dedicated on April 19, 2000. Mark Bays has been with Oklahoma Forestry Services for the past 27 years helping communities and individuals across the state appreciate the value, benefits, and services trees provide. He helps Oklahoma solve tough environmental issues through proper tree planting and maintenance programs. He administers grant programs that provide funding to communities and nonprofits for tree planting, educational opportunities, and local program development.

9:30 – 11 a.m.            Evolution of Modern Tree Climbing (Separately Ticketed)

9:30 – 11 a.m.            General Education Sessions (visit session titles)

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.          Break on the Trade Show Floor

11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    Trade Show Open

11:10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.           Climbers’ Corner

1 – 3 p.m.       General Education Sessions (visit session titles)

3 – 4 p.m.        Break on the Trade Show Floor (with poster presentations)

4 – 5 p.m.        General Education Sessions (visit session titles)

5:30 – 8 p.m.  AREA Meeting and Student Social


Tuesday, August 7

7:30 – 9 a.m.   Breakfast on the Trade Show Floor

7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.       Trade Show Open

8 – 8:25 a.m.   ISA Annual Business Meeting

8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.Climbers’ Corner

9 – 11 a.m.      General Education Sessions (visit session titles)

11 a.m. – Noon           Break on the Trade Show Floor

Noon – 2 p.m.General Education Sessions (visit session titles)

2 – 3 p.m.        Break on the Trade Show Floor

3 – 3:40 p.m.  General Education Sessions (visit session titles)

3:45 – 5 p.m.  Featured Presenter: Matt Melis

Matt received both a BS in Civil Engineering and an MS in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State University and has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center for 35 years.  His primary area of focus is in impact testing and analysis of composite materials for aerospace applications. With degrees in civil engineering and engineering mechanics, he has been recognized for his work in actively cooled structures, stress analysis, ballistic impact research, and multiphysics analysis during his tenure at the Research Center.  He has worked on numerous aeronautics and space programs for the agency including the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle and NASA’s Exploration Program.  In the four and one half years that followed the Columbia accident, Matt was assigned full time to working the Columbia Accident Investigation and the Shuttle Return to Flight Program with the NASA Glenn Ballistic Impact Team.  Currently Matt is serving as Technical Lead conducting impact analysis and testing efforts for NASA’s Advanced Composites Program.

6 – 7 p.m.        TREE Fund After Hours Buckeye Bash

7 – 9 p.m.        Toast with the Host (Hosted by ISA Ohio Chapter)


Wednesday, August 8

8 – 8:40 a.m.   L.C. Chadwick Award Winner Presentation

8:40 – 8:50 a.m.         Good Ole Rocky Top: Knoxville, Tennessee 2019! (Get a glimpse of the host city for the 2019 ISA Annual International Conference)

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.            AREA and General Education Sessions (visit session titles)

9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.       Tours (seperately ticketed)

(Ohio State University Campus Tour)


Thursday, August 9

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.            TRAQ Renewal Course

The TRAQ credential is valid for five (5) years from the date it is earned. A credential holder must take the renewal course and pass its exam every five years in order to renew the credential. Maintaining this qualification does not require CEUs; however, ISA certification holders will be offered 14.5 CEUs for attending the course. The renewal course is an abbreviated version of the full course. The renewal is a one-day refresher with five hours of instruction and three hours to take the exam. Current TRAQ holders can complete the abbreviated renewal course as early as 18 months prior to the expiration of their qualification. Upon passing the renewal exam, the expiration date will be adjusted to five years from the original expiration date. This means that if you pass the renewal exam four years into your credential, you will have six years until it expires. TRAQ holders who do not take the renewal course and exam before their expiration date will be required to retake the full TRAQ course and pass its exam to requalify. This event requires pre-registration.


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