Special Lecture Speakers


Lee, Si Hyung, MD, PhD
Director, Institute of Serotonin Culture, Seoul, South Korea

Title of Presentation
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Forest Welfare in terms of Brain Science”

Won Sop Shin
President of Korea Forest Therapy Forum

Title of Presentation
“Re-Examination of Forest as the Space for Health Promotion after COVID-19 Pandemic Outbreak”

Invited Speakers

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan President of the Japanese Society of Forest Medicine (http://forest-medicine.com) Vice president and secretary general of the International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine (INFOM, http://infom.org) Directors of the Forest Therapy Society in Japan (https://www.fo-society.jp) Managing Vice Chairperson of Forest Health Maintenance Research of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies Professor and Dr. Qing Li (MD, PhD) is the world’s foremost expert in forest medicine and immunology. He has published several books such as Forest Medicine in 2012 in the US, Forest bathing in 2018 in the US, Shinrin-yoku in 2018 in the UK. Shinrin-yoku has been translated into 26 languages in the world. He has established a new science, Forest Medicine.

Session 1: Physiological Effects of Forest Therapy
Qing LI, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan

Title of Presentation
“From a Feeling to a Science-Beneficial effects of forest bathing/shinrin-yoku/forest therapy on human health”

Matilda van den Bosch is an Associated Researcher at the Barcelona Institute of Global Health, Spain and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia. Her research lies in the interface of human health and the health of our natural surroundings with the goal of contributing to local and global policies that promote healthy environments for both humans and ecosystems. Most of her research has focused on the human health benefits of contact and exposure to urban natural environments. She is the primary editor of the Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health (2018) and is leading several international research projects related to green space exposure, childhood health, and climate change. Matilda has advised several international organisations, including WHO, FAO, US Environmental Protection Agency, and the UN Environmental Programme, on issues related to human health impacts of forests and nature.

Session 2: Psychological Effects of Forest Therapy
Dr Matilda van den Bosch(MD, PhD)
Associated Researcher at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health

Title of Presentation
“Nature and human health – pathways, mechanism, and policy impacts”

Dr.Mihee Kang is Director Asia-Pacific, Global Sustainable Tourism Council(GSTC). She is also Managing Director of K TOURISM, a consultancy providing solutions for tourism destinations and businesses. She has taught and researched on ecotourism and sustainable tourism at Seoul National University and other universities since she got her Ph.D. degree in 1999 at Seoul National University, one of Korea’s top-level universities. As the first Ph.D. in ecotourism in South Korea and a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) Young Scientists Awards 2000 winner, she has been involved in sustainable tourism policy development and planning and sustainability assessments of various types of destinations in S. Korea and other countries over 25 years. She has served a number of key positions in both domestic and international organizations including Asian Ecotourism Network. She has actively participated in numerous research projects and ODA projects in Korea and abroad including Australia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, and many others. Dr. Kang has published many articles and books including a recent book about ecotourism in Asian countries. She is acknowledged as a top expert in Asia- Pacific on certification for sustainable tourism, called upon regularly by top government ministries, local authorities, NGO’s, etc. for research and guidance on standards, certification, and compliance.

Session 3: Industrialization of Forest Welfare
Mihee Kang PhD
Director Asia-Pacific
GSTC trainer & destination assessor
Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Republic of Korea

Title of Presentation
“The need for international standardization in the area of Forest Therapy : Lesson from Travel & Tourism Sector”

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. Amos is also widely known for his work in restorative justice. He is founder of the Center for Restorative Process, where he has led the inquiry into how the principles of restorative justice can inform ways to heal the broken relationships between humans and the more-than-human world of nature. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Amos has been the primary developer of ANFT's acclaimed training programs.

Session 4: Field application and practical use of forest welfare
M. Amos Clifford MA
Founder/CEO, Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs

Title of Presentation
“A Standard Sequence of Invitations for Guided Forest Therapy Walks: The ANFT Model”


Session 5: Policy and Traditional Knowledge related to forest welfare of each
Tamberly Conway PhD
Founder/CEO, Conservation Conexions

Title of Presentation
“Forest Therapy: Developing Connections Among Ecosystem and Human Diversity with Forest and Community Health”

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