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  • Invitation to urban forestry professionals to participate in a process of developing data standards for urban forest data collection and recording: please visit RG 6.07.00 – Activities

  • Interactive database on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe (UNECE, FAO), New interactive database on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe at



  • International Forestry Students' Association IFSA: IFSA is pleased to announce the latest issue of its newsletter IFSA News – The Journal. Download issue 57/2014!

  • GeoTreesearch: Forest Service Research and Development (R&D) is proud to announce the launch of GeoTreesearch, a new interactive, web-based map that gives users a powerful search tool to discover topics and locations of Forest Service research anywhere in the world.  GeoTreesearch leverages information in Treesearch, R&D's database of its scientific publications, by mapping references to geographic places found in the documents.  A user can click any location on the scalable map, such as a county or state within the United States or a country in southern Africa, to explore Forest Service research relevant to that area.  The user can further filter the results with terms used in the full text document.  For example, the combination allows searches for "Discula destructiva" (which causes dogwood anthracnose) in western Pennsylvania or "place based conservation" research near the Olympic National Forest.
    Visit:  to access the mapping tool on the Forest Service R&D national web site. 

  • GLORIA: The Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments; a worldwide monitoring network for climate change impacts on the ecology of high mountain systems.

  • Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF): the CPF is an informal, voluntary arrangement among 14 international organizations and secretariats with substantial programmes on forests. Detailed information: Information Brochure


  • 72nd Session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI): At the invitation of the Government of the Russian Federation and with the support of the Russian Federal Forest Agency and the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan will host the 72nd Session from 18 to 21 November 2014.
    The meeting will focus on the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy. It will showcase how actors within and outside the forest sector can work together to make the best contribution to the emerging Green Economy. Their input are diverse: from improving forest-based technologies to develop innovative wood and non-wood forest products; from making forest work safer, to valuating and setting up payments for the multiple services that forests offers to the society in the UNECE region. Delegates to the Committee session will discuss forest resources assessment and reporting issues, as well as the role of forests in the post-2015 development agenda. They will also provide guidance to the secretariat on how to implement the UNECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work for the COFFI and the FAO European Forestry Commission adopted at their joint session "Metsä2013" in December 2013. 
    For more information about the programme, please follow this link: Contact: Paola Deda: paola.deda(at)



  • Forest Information Billboard: The latest issue of the Forest Information Billboard is out!! The Forest Information Billboard a cooperation the Global Forest Information Service (GFIS) and the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section. The purpose the Forest Information Billboard is to share specific information on forest reporting including advances in reporting as well as related projects, publications and events. If you have announcements in these areas (max. 250 words, with a link to the full source of information), please contact Elina Warsta (elina.warsta(at) Kindly mention if you wish to have your billboard announcement included also in GFIS ( to ensure broad distribution of the information. Deadlines to provide contributions to the next issues are 15 September and 15 December 2014.

  • INFOSYLVA is an information service of news clippings provided by the FAO Forestry Information Centre with news on forests and forestry issues in English, French and Spanish. The articles are in their original language and compiled every two weeks. INFOSYLVA keeps readers informed of the latest news, research articles, publications, upcoming meetings and other events, as well as job postings, on forests and forestry related issues.



  • The CBD Secretariat has supported open access to an article in the journal 'Biological Conservation' entitled 'A framework for integrating biodiversity concerns into national REDD+ programmes'. The article is posted in English, French and Spanish as an information document for CBD SBSTTA 16 (document UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/16/INF/22). It is available at

  • United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB): The promotional video outlining the goals of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) is now available in English on the UNDB website at:

  • The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has partnered with ECOLEX, the Gateway to Environmental Law, to provide readily accessible information on biodiversity-related laws and policies. ECOLEX is a web-based information service operated jointly by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). ECOLEX is the most comprehensive global source of national and international environmental and natural resources law and policy. Visit and learn more!



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  • An Atlas of the World's Conifers. An Analysis of their Distribution, Biogeography, Diversity and Conservation Status. Aljos Farjon, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK and Denis Filer, University of Oxford. ISBN13: 9789004211803; E-ISBN: 9789004211810; Publication Year: 2013; Format: Hardback; Publication Type: Reference Work; Pages, Illustr.: 512 pp.

  • Entrepreneurship and Management in Forestry and Wood Processing – Principles of Business Economics and Management Processes
    By Franz Schmithüsen, Bastian Kaiser, Albin Schmidhauser, Stephan Mellinghoff, Karoline Perchthaler and Alfred W. Kammerhofer. First published 2014 by Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, London and New York
    Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics No 42; 496 pp. ISBN; 978-0-415-59101-0 (hbk); ISBN: 978-1-315-88459-2 (EBK) Excerpt

  • Two new books on the role of fire in the environment:
    - Goldammer, J.G. (ed.) 2013. Vegetation Fires and Global Change: Challenges for Concerted International Action. A White Paper directed to the United Nations and International Organizations. A publication of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC). Kessel Publishing House,400 p., ISBN 978-3-941300-78-1
    - Goldammer, J.G. (ed.) 2013. Prescribed Burning in Russia and Neighbouring Temperate-Boreal Eurasia. A publication of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC). Kessel Publishing House, 326 p., ISBN
    Extracts of both books at

  • Integrated land-use and regional resource management – A cross-disciplinary dialogue on future perspectives for a sustainable development of regional resources. Journal of Environmental Management. Volume 127, Supplement, Pages S1-S190 (September 2013). Edited by Christine Fürst, Katharina Helming, Carsten Lorz, Felix Müller and Peter H. Verburg.


  • Urban Forestry & Urban Greening: Urban Forestry and Urban Greening is a refereed, international journal aimed at presenting high-quality research with urban and peri-urban woody and non-woody vegetation and its use, planning, design,...

  • Annals of Silvicultural Research (ASR): ASR is the follow up and on-line conversion of the journal ANNALI, featured in hard-copy and under different names since 1932 by the current Forestry Research Centre of the Consiglio per la Ricerca e la sperimentazione in Agricoltura (CRA-SEL) in Italy. It is a peer-reviewed journal featuring original scientific articles, reviews and notes on all aspects of silviculture. Related subject-matters include forest dynamics, forest ecology, dendro-ecology, agro-forestry, forest growth, forest monitoring, conservation of biodiversity and genetic resources, protection of forest ecosystems, maintenance of their multifunctional role and of the provision of goods and services. The journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

  • Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems (CASES): CASES offers a forum for R&D on socio-ecological systems functioning under climate and global change and on strategies and policies in how to adapt to the future. We address scientists and practitioners in environmental management & policies, land use planning and socio-ecological system development. More information: Dr. Christine Fürst – cfuerst(at)uni-bonn(dot)de  Center for Development Research (ZEF) Dept. Ecology and Natural Resources Management University of Bonn, Germany.

  • Revista Chile Forestal: La revista Chile Forestal ofrece a sus lectores una detallada información respecto del acontecer de uno de los principales sectores productivos del país. Con más de tres décadas de edición, junto con la revista se edita un Documento Técnico, especialmente dirigido a los profesionales y estudiantes universitarios del sector.


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School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University

Professor of Practice in Biomaterials

Main Campus; Houghton, MI, USA

Position announcement

1 August 2014

International Council for Science (ICSU)

Executive Director

Paris, France

Position announcement

11 August 2014

International Council for Science (ICSU)

Head of Science Programmes

Paris, France

Position announcement

11 August 2014

Florida Forest Service

Statewide Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator position

Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Position announcement

13 August 2014

Department of Landscape Architecture Architecture, Planning and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Professorship in Urban Vegetation

Alnarp, Sweden

Position announcement

25 August 2014

Chair of Silviculture, University of Freiburg

PhD position to carry out research on "The influence of forest harvesting intensity on species and structural diversity of forests"

not indicated

Position announcement

31 August 2014

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Up to four Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in Plant Systems Biology

Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Position announcement

23 November 2014



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XXIV IUFRO World Congress

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Congress website


IUFRO Division 7 – Forest Health

IUFRO All-Division 7 Conference: Global change and forest health – climate change, biological invasions, air pollution, forest pathology, forest entomology, and their interactions

Istanbul, Turkey

Early announcement

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COOL (Competing uses Of forest Land)

More fodder for the oven? Dealing with forest related conflicts arising from the use of energy wood in Europe

COOL session at the international conference Bioenergy from Forest

Helsinki, Finland

Conference website

Session announcement


International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Parks Australia, New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Sidney, Australia

Conference website

Future date TBA!

Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Pretoria; International Society for Sustainable Development & Agriculture (ISSDA); International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)

International Seminar On Bamboo in Africa

Pretoria, South Africa

Conference announcement


Italian Academy of Forest Sciences, Italian State Forest Service, the Tuscany Region

Second International Congress of Silviculture

Florence, Italy

Conference website


International Association of Landscape Ecology

9th International Association of Landscape Ecology World Congress

Portland, OR, USA

Conference website


International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS), German Phytomedical Society (DPG), Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Agriculture Industry Association (IVA)

XVIII. International Plant Protection Congress (IPPC) 2015 "Mission possible: food for all through appropriate plant protection"

Berlin, Germany

Conference website

! Call for Abstracts !


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

14th World Forestry Congress: Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future

Durban, South Africa

Conference website



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Training School on Modelling Non-Wood Forest Products

COST Action FP-1203 "European Nonwood Forest Products Network"

Madrid, Spain;
29 September – 3 October 2014


14 August 2014

Training Course on Research Proposal Writing  with a focus on upgrading value chains of neglected and underutilized species of plants

Bioversity International, the International Foundation for Science (IFS) and partners

27-31 October 2014 – Zimbabwe;
3-7 November 2014 – Kenya;
17-21 November 2014 – Togo


24 August 2014

PhD course – Gender, Development and Environmental Governance

Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

8 September – 10 October 2014;
Uppsala, Sweden

Course announcement

27 August 2014

Atelier de Formation à l'Écriture d'Article Scientifique

CIRAD, DIVECOSYS, Bois & Forêts des Tropiques

13 au 17 octobre 2014;
Cotonou, Bénin

Course announcement




  • Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship 2014 call re-opens: We are inviting outstanding scientists from developing countries who wish to carry out research on the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity to submit their applications, including a 2000 word research proposal, before 28 February 2014. Call

  • International Climate Protection Fellowships: For young climate experts from developing countries interested in conducting a project in Germany and developing long-term collaborations. The fellowship allows future leaders to spend a year in Germany working on a research-based project of their own choice in the field of climate protection. Fellows are free to choose their own collaborative partners. Submit an application if you come from a non-European transition or developing country and are involved with issues relating to the scientific, engineering, legal, economic or social aspects of climate change.
    During a three-week introductory phase, you will have the opportunity to make contact with other climate protection fellows and visit companies, research institutions and cultural events in Germany. An intensive German-language course before you begin the fellowship will smooth your way into everyday life in Germany whilst a continuing education event lasting several days in the course of the fellowship will enable you to acquire not only practical knowledge of climate protection but also expertise in management. Subject to final agreement to provide funding, 20 fellowships can be granted. Deadline for application: 15 March 2014. The fellowship will begin on 1 March 2015. Details at

  • Full scholarships for students from Africa to attend the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia: either as undergraduates or to enroll in the professional Master’s programs. For the September 2014 entry, students can apply to any of the undergraduate programs. These cover Forest Resources Management, Forest Sciences, Natural Resources Conservation and Wood Products Processing. Details of these programs, and the various specializations within them, are available at These are four-year programs, and the scholarships will cover all travel, living and tuition costs. They will also cover return travel costs during the summer breaks – students are expected to return to Africa to undertake volunteer or paid work opportunities during the summers. Students can also apply for our one-year Master’s program in Sustainable Forest Management, details of which are provided at:  Details of the program, together with application forms, are available at:

  • MSc European Forestry: The MSc European Forestry is a top class taught masters programme in the field of forest sciences. The quality of the programme was acknowledged by the European Commission in 2004 when MSc European Forestry was awarded the Erasmus Mundus status. The MSc European Forestry programme provides academic education in forestry focusing on the international dimension of sustainable forest management issues. The programme is an extra dimension to the already existing educational markets in forestry and nature management in Europe. In this programme, European forestry universities collaborate intensively to offer joint courses as well as their existing curricula, based on the knowledge and experience of forest management for which European forestry was the cradle already centuries ago. 
    The two-year 120 ECTS taught masters degree is carefully organised and students are supported throughout their studies by the MSc European Forestry secretariat with regard to practical arrangements. Our graduates are amongst the most sought after in the field by national and international employers alike.
    The MSc European Forestry is now open for late applications and warmly welcomes talented and enthusiastic students from all over the world to apply. The minimum eligibility criteria are a good command of English language and a BSc degree in forestry or a related field.
    For further information on the programme and how to apply, please visit our web pages: or ask a question: secretariat(at)

  • The NSERC-CREATE funded initiative TerreWEB (Terrestrial Research on Ecosystem & World-wide Education & Broadcast), at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, has funding opportunities for Masters, PhD and post-doctoral fellows available.
    National and international Students and post-docs from diverse academic backgrounds with interest in research and communication of global change / climate change issues are encouraged to apply. Deadlines are bi-annual (May 1, and December 1st).  For further information visit

Fellowship Programs

  • 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: Deadline for application: 24 August 2014.

  • WFI International Fellowship Program – Term: 6-12 months – Applications accepted year-round. 
    The award-winning WFI Fellowship program brings professionals in natural resources to conduct a practical research project at the World Forestry Center.  In addition to projects, Fellows participate in weekly field trips, interviews and site visits to Northwest forestry organizations, research labs, universities, public and private timberlands, trade associations, mills, and corporations.  The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable forestry from the Pacific Northwest forestry sector, and to work with colleagues from around the world.  Fellowships are open to any country, including U.S. citizens. The Fellowship program offers partial scholarships through the Harry A. Merlo Foundation, but all applicants must be able to cover at least 50% of the program fee. Over 100 Fellows from 30 countries have participated to date.  Applications are accepted year-round.  For more information and how to apply, please visit:

  • The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program: Leaders for a Global Society: The HHH Fellowship Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world. Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. This year’s competition is in the fields of: (...) Agricultural Development/Agricultural Economics and Natural Resources, Environmental Policy and Climate Change. For details, visit:


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

Call for Nominations for Awards, IUFRO World Congress 2014, Salt Lake City, USA

Non-IUFRO Awards:

  • Marcus Wallenberg Prize: Magnus Berggren, professor of organic electronics at Linköping University, Sweden, is the winner of the 2014 Marcus Wallenberg Prize, for his ground-breaking work on electronic paper. Professor Berggren won the award for his fundamental scientific breakthrough, which has led to applications that can be industrially manufactured and that, according to the jury, open the door to a completely new market for forest products.
    Further reading at:

  • 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 2013 Winners

  • The Forest Products Society presents four awards at the International Convention each year. The prestigious Fred W. Gottschalk Memorial Award honors exceptional service to the Society by an individual member. The L.J. Markwardt Wood Engineering Award encourages research and promotes knowledge of wood in the engineering field. The Wood Engineering Achievement Award recognizes excellence in the discipline of wood engineering. The Forest Products Society's Wood Award recognizes outstanding research in the field of wood and wood products conducted by graduate students. For details see     

  • Mahathir Science Award: The Academy of Sciences Malaysia in its 53rd Council Meeting decided to establish the ASM Award for Scientific Excellence in Honour of Tun Dr Mahathir Award in conjunction to the Academy's 10th Anniversary Celebration. This award is to be Malaysia's most prestigious Science Award for tropical sciences and it will be bestowed on any scientists, institution or organization worldwide in recognition of contributions and innovations towards solving problems in the tropics through science and technology and to be awarded to the most deserving based on merit.

  • Prince of Asturias Awards

  • CFA Young Forester Award: the Award provides a grant and placement in order to give work experience to young foresters.    

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