IUFRO Announcements

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Other Announcements



FOREST EUROPE - Show Off Your Forest

FOREST EUROPE is pleased to invite you to the second edition of the Show Off Your Forest Photography Contest. The protective role of forests, and how, in turn, we can protect them, is the central theme of this contest. Photos may be taken either with mobile or tablet devices or with digital cameras. They can be submitted up to the deadline of 8 February 2015. Find detailed information about the contest at: 



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)



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:
To download info-graphics visit:



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. The deadline to provide contributions to the next issue is 15 December 2014.



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:



IUFRO Spotlight #28 – 2014 IUFRO World Congress

A session on American Indian Forestry at the IUFRO World Congress illustrates how tribes have developed a balance among social, economic and environmental issues in terms of their forest management.

For thousands of years, American Indians have been managing the forests in which they live. Today, with trained professionals who are tribal members, their forests are managed with modern tools and methods. But the way in which American Indians manage their forests often differs from the philosophies and methods of non-native forest organizations.

At the IUFRO World Congress this fall in Salt Lake City, USA, a session entitled American Indian Forestry will give American Indians an opportunity to show the rest of the world what the tribes are doing in terms of forest management.


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Non-IUFRO Publications


International Journal of Forest Engineering (IJFE)

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Journal of Forest Engineering, free access to the journal is provided until the end of October.

The International Journal of Forest Engineering (IJFE) is dedicated to the dissemination of scholarly writings in all aspects of forest operations, both empirical and theoretical. An important role of the IJFE is to report on existing practices and innovations in forest operations by scientists and professionals from around the world to promote environmentally sound forestry practices and contribute to sustainable forest management.

Selected by the Editor-in-Chief, Ola Lindroos, the following articles are currently free to access.  Simply click on your article(s) of choice for instant access today.


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Position Announcements


Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in Forest Health // 1 December 2014

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley seeks an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist (Fiscal Year) in Forest Health. The expected start date is July 1, 2015. The Forest Health Specialist will help create a collaborative, multidisciplinary and multifaceted research and outreach program with UC Cooperative Extension Advisors and Specialists; community partners; government/institutional groups; forestland owners and managers, and land management and advisory agencies with forestland responsibilities. The Specialist will investigate the linkages between policy and planning processes, and environmental outcomes on forests at multiple scales. Application deadline: open until filled (applications received by 1 December 2014 will receive priority).

Organization: Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley
Location: UC Berkeley, California, USA
Deadline: open until filled, but applications received by 1 December 2014 will be given priority

Details at:

IUFRO Meetings


IUFRO All-Division 5 Conference

Date: 2017
Organizers: IUFRO Division 5 - Forest Products
Location: Vancouver, Canada

Other Meetings/Events


17th International Boreal Research Association Conference "IBFRA2015"

Date: 24-29 May 2015
Organizers: Finnish Forest Research Institute METLA (from 1st of January 2015: Natural Resources Institute Finland LUKE)
Location: Rovaniemi, Finland

Details at Conress website:

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

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Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


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 is recommended before you begin the fellowship. 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. Details at

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:


IUFRO Awards


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


Forest Products Society Awards

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