Abiodun Oluwafemi OLUWADARE is a Professor of Pulp and Paper Science, Wood Quality and Climate Change Education. He began his career as a Research Officer in the Pulp and Paper Laboratory Unit of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Lagos in 1989. He joined the University of Ibadan as a Lecturer in the Wood Science Unit in 1998. He rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Pulp and Paper Science and Wood Quality in the Department of Forest Production and Products in October 2001.

He is the current Dean of Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, University of Ibadan. Professor Oluwadare is a recipient of the following awards: The Commonwealth Forestry Bureau Prize, The Laurie prize, Forest Resources Management Departmental Prize, Senate Research Grants, MacArthur Foundation Capacity Building Grant, and Postgraduate School Conference Grants. He is a member of several notable professional bodies such as Chattered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON), Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA, U.K.), International Wood Anatomist Association (IAWA, The Netherlands), Society for Wood Science and Technology (SWST, U.S.A.), Forestry Association of Nigeria (FAN, NG), International Union of Forestry Organization, (IUFRO) and Forests and Forest Products Society, (FFPS, NG) and with over 100 publications in refereed conference proceedings, chapters in Book and reputable journals around the world on pulp,paper,wood science and technology. Professor Oluwadare will be speaking on “Bridging the Gap in Pulp and Paper Production in Nigeria”