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IUFRO Announcements

2015-03-26

IUFRO Spotlight #29 – Supersites for Superior Forest Science

How can we best understand the complex linkages between air pollution and climate change? How can we best understand how forests affect – and are affected by – climate?


And how can we best learn how to mitigate the related hazards and capitalize on the related opportunities?

To learn more about what these Supersites are and how they function, check out the paper posted at:
http://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70100/70102/publications/ 

There you will also find a link to the related publication: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Global Challenges, a cooperative publication of IUFRO Research Group 7.01.00 and the EU-funded COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action FP0903 MAFor (Climate Change and Forest Mitigation and Adaptation in a Polluted Environment), suggests a network of Supersites to achieve those aims.

And, read our latest Spotlight entitled "Supersites for Superior Forest Science" at: http://www.iufro.org/media/iufro-spotlights/.

Other Announcements

General

2015-03-16

Discovering Plant Destroyers in South Africa with Citizen Science

Forest pathologist J Hulbert, doctoral student at IUFRO member organization FABI (Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute), plans to survey the indigenous forests of South Africa for Phytophthora species with the help of the public.

Phytophthora, the Greek term for "plant destroyer", is a group of plant pathogens that threaten agricultural and forest systems around the world. More than 100 species of Phytophthora are known to exist and between 100-600 species are estimated to still be unknown to science. The scientific purpose of this initiative is to discover new species of Phytophthora that are native to forested areas of South Africa. Hulbert is currently trying to fund the project by using Experiment.

Details at: https://experiment.com/projects/discovering-plant-destroyers-in-south-africa-with-citizen-science

UNECE

2014-08-20

Interactive database on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe (UNECE, FAO)

New interactive database on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe at w3.unece.org/pxweb/Dialog/.

UNEP

2014-08-20

Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can Support a Green Economy

A report by the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN REDD Programme, outlines how integrating REDD+ programmes into a Green Economy approach can conserve and even boost the economic and social benefits forests provide to human society.

To download the report, please visit: http://www.un-redd.org/IRPReport/tabid/132330/Default.aspx#infographics
To download info-graphics visit: http://www.un-redd.org/IRPReport/tabid/132330/Default.aspx#infographics

FAO

2014-12-10

Climate change guidelines for forest managers

This document provides guidance on what forest managers should consider in assessing vulnerability, risk, mitigation options, and actions for adaptation, mitigation and monitoring in response to climate change. Recommended actions for climate change adaptation address impacts on: forest productivity; biodiversity; water availability and quality; fire; pests and diseases; extreme weather events; sea-level rise; and economic, social and institutional considerations. A range of mitigation actions is provided, along with guidance on the additional monitoring and evaluation that may be required in forests in the face of climate change.

Download by chapters: http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3383e/i3383e00.htm
Download PDF: http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3383e/i3383e.pdf  

CBD

2014-10-22

United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB)

Find the basic facts about biodiversity in The Youth Guide on Biodiversity: http://www.fao.org/docrep/017/i3157e/i3157e00.htm

The promotional video outlining the goals of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) is available in English on the UNDB website at: http://www.cbd.int/2011-2020.

Publications

2015-03-26

IUFRO Spotlight #29 – Supersites for Superior Forest Science

How can we best understand the complex linkages between air pollution and climate change? How can we best understand how forests affect – and are affected by – climate?


And how can we best learn how to mitigate the related hazards and capitalize on the related opportunities?

To learn more about what these Supersites are and how they function, check out the paper posted at:
http://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70100/70102/publications/ 

There you will also find a link to the related publication: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Global Challenges, a cooperative publication of IUFRO Research Group 7.01.00 and the EU-funded COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action FP0903 MAFor (Climate Change and Forest Mitigation and Adaptation in a Polluted Environment), suggests a network of Supersites to achieve those aims.

And, read our latest Spotlight entitled "Supersites for Superior Forest Science" at: http://www.iufro.org/media/iufro-spotlights/.

Non-IUFRO Publications

2015-03-12

Forest Genetic Resources Training Guide

Forest genetics is often perceived as a complex and difficult subject. Tertiary education curricula tend to cover the topic superficially, or not at all. Despite rapid advances in research tools (molecular markers, biotechnology, bioinformatics, etc.) most forestry students have little exposure to FGR topics. This Training Guide supports the teaching and learning of FGR for non-specialists. It focuses on the links between forest management and forest genetic resources: conservation strategies, forest restoration and logging, for example. The Guide consists of short science-based case studies, grouped together in thematic modules.

Details at: http://forest-genetic-resources-training-guide.bioversityinternational.org/about-this-guide/
Free download at: http://forest-genetic-resources-training-guide.bioversityinternational.org/ 

Position Announcements

2015-03-24

Three Senior Research Fellow positions at NordRegio // 2 April 2015

Nordregio is currently seeking to expand its base of senior level research staff. The essence of your work is combining spatial perspectives at a range of scales with regional development issues. The roles and responsibilities of the individuals hired will depend on the qualifications of individual applicants.

Organization: NordRegio
Location: not indicated (NordRegio is located in Stockholm, Sweden)
Submit application by: 2 April 2015

Details at: http://www.nordregio.se/System/News/Nordregio-is-now-inviting-applications-for-three-Senior-Research-Fellow-positions/

IUFRO Meetings

2015-02-23

IUFRO All-Division 2 Conference

Date: 17-24 June 2018
Organizers: IUFRO Division 2 - Physiology and Genetics
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Other Meetings/Events

2015-03-19

6th International Wildland Fire Conference

The International Wildland Fire Conference provides an arena for all stakeholders to share knowledge and experience of fire management methodology pertaining to conservation and sustainable use of natural resources through plenary meeting, theme session, and regional meetings. Firefighting demonstration and exhibition which shows various products and technology are also held during along with the Conference.

Date: 12-16 October 2015
Location: PyeongChang, Korea
Organizers: Korea Forest Service, together with Korea Forest Research Institute

Details at: http://en.wildfire2015.kr/

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2015-02-16

Introduction to Wood Science and Forest Products course

The overall purpose of this three-day course is to provide those working in the forest products industry with a basic knowledge of wood properties, processing and production. Participants will gain fundamental knowledge about wood and wood behavior, along with an understanding of how the production of products is influenced by the materials utilized from the forest.

Date: 11-13 May 2015
Location: Starkville, Mississippi
Submit application by: Fees for the course must be paid in full by 4 May 2015.
Organizers: Mississippi State University's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts

Details at: http://www.forestprod.org/course/index.html

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2015-03-24

SAF 2015 Gregory Award // non-US/non-Canadian nationals only // 1 May 2015

The Gregory Award provides economic assistance to outstanding students and young professionals from outside of the US and Canada to attend the SAF annual convention to foster meaningful engagement with foresters on this continent. 

Submit application by: 1 May 2015 (extended from 1 April 2015)

Details at: http://www.xcdsystem.com/saf/site14/scholarships

Fellowship Programs

2014-09-04

Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship

Bioversity International established the Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship for research on conservation and use of forest genetic resources in sub-Saharan Africa  to honour the memory and celebrate the work of Dr Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a scientist from a university or national research institute in sub-Saharan Africa, with support from the CGIAR Research Program for Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. For more information, please visit: http://www.bioversityinternational.org/about-us/opportunities/fellowships/abdou-salam-ouedraogo-fellowship/.

Awards

IUFRO Awards

2014-09-15

Congress-related IUFRO Awards

Scientific Achievement Award (SAA) - More info
Outstanding Doctoral Research Award (ODRA) - More info
IUFRO Student Award for Excellence in Forest Sciences (ISA) - More info

Furthermore, the Congress will also offer:
Best Poster Award (BPA) - More info
IUFRO World Congress Host Scientific Award - More info

Special Issue IUFRO News (8/2014): Scientific Awards - IUFRO World Congress 2014

Non-IUFRO Awards

2014-09-04

The Blue Planet Prize

In 1992, the year of the Earth Summit, the Asahi Glass Foundation established the Blue Planet Prize, an award presented to individuals or organizations worldwide in recognition of outstanding achievements in scientific research and its application that have helped provide solutions to global environmental problems. The Prize is offered in the hopes of encouraging efforts to bring about the healing of the Earth's fragile environment. About the PrizeThe 2014 Winners