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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

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



  • 2014 PEFC Collaboration Fund Competition: Call for Proposals. PEFC is delighted to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2014 Collaboration Fund and is inviting organizations globally to submit innovative projects by 12 April 2014. The PEFC Collaboration Fund seeks to support members and partner organizations in their dedicated efforts to advance sustainable forest management and forest certification around the world. Through the competitive small grants program, PEFC International wishes to extend its support to encourage locally relevant advancements in the sustainable management of forests. Proposals will be considered for new and independent projects which embody and stand to deliver on the Fund's objectives through the eligible means.  Call:

  • 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



  • 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 June, 15 September 2014, 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.


  • 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.

  • Forest Ecosystems, a new international Open Access journal established at Beijing Forestry University in cooperation with Springer Science. The project has excellent backing regarding available staff and other resources. Publication of peer-reviewed original articles and critical reviews will start in January, 2014. The focus will be on individual papers and special issues relating to natural and managed forest ecosystems and their services to people. Manuscripts will go online and will be ready for download as soon as they are accepted. Forest Scientists are invited to visit the website at  and submit their manuscripts after logging in as author and providing the contact details of 4 qualified referees. Proposals for special issues are welcome.

  • Springer Science Reviews: Publishes literature reviews by outstanding PhD students and early career researchers in life, biomedical and related sciences. Its key goal is to actively promote cross-fertilization and trans-boundary thinking, publishing the biological and directly related social and physical sciences side-by-side. The journal includes invited expert reviews relevant to both early career as well as established researchers. Submission information


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Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University

PhD – Molecular host-pathogen interactions of aerial Phytophthora species in forest systems – Scion

Palmerston North, New Zealand

Position announcement

12 April 2014

Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia

Lecturer in International Forestry

not indicated;
location of institution: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Position announcement

15 April 2014

Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, and the Swiss Federal Research Institute (WSL)

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Landscape Ecology

not indicated;
location of ETH and WSL: Zurich, Switzerland

Position announcement

15 April 2014

Department of Forestry and Horticulture, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES)

Urban Forestry, Assistant Scientist II

New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Position announcement

Review of application material will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

2 PhD Students: Chemical Ecology

not indicated;
location of institution: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Position announcement

not indicated;
positions to start in Fall (September 2014) or Winter (January 2015) terms

Governance, Environment & Markets (GEM) Initiative, Yale University

Program Manager for growing research center at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

New Haven, CT, USA

Position announcement

not indicated;
start date: 1 May 2014

Research Unit "Mountain Ecosystems" at National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA)

Post-doc position: Operational models for mainstreaming ecosystem services implementation: towards a social‐ecological integration

Grenoble, France

Position announcement

open until filled;
position ideally to start on 1 May 2014

SLU, Faculty of Natural Resorces and Agricultural Sciences

Professor in Insect Ecology

Uppsala, Sweden

Position announcement

9 May 2014

Agroclim (INRA, Avignon) and Tree/Microorganism Interactions laboratories (INRA, Nancy)

Postdoctoral Position on Forest Epidemiology Modeling

Agroclim unit in Avignon, France; and
Tree/Microorganism Interactions unit in Nancy, France

Position announcement

not indicated;
provisional start date: July 2014

INRA and Doctoral School RP2E

Young Scientist  Contract

Nancy, France

Position announcement

12 May 2014

Global Footprint Network

Director, Programs and Outreach

Oakland, CA, USA or
Geneva, Switzerland

Position announcement

not indicated

Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Social-Ecological Systems

not indicated;
location of institution: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Position announcement

15 May 2014


Senior Research Fellow positions

Stockholm, Sweden

Position announcement

30 May 2014

Department of Forestry, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan R.O.C.

Full-time Assistant Professor or above in Bio-material or Functional Material

Taichung, China-Taipei

Position announcement

1 June 2014



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XXIV IUFRO World Congress

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Congress website

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Institute of Chartered Foresters

Trees, People and the Built Environment II

Edgbaston, UK

Conference website


Several governmental, scientific and international partners

İstanbul Carbon Summit: Carbon Management, Technologies & Trade

İstanbul, Turkey

Conference website


Universidad de La Frontera, la Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias y Forestales, en conjunto con la Sociedad Chilena de Ciencias Forestales

VI Congreso Chileno de Ciencias Forestales

Temuco, Chile

Conference website


U.S. Chapter of the International Association of Landscape Ecologists

Cumulative Impacts and Landscape Initiatives: A Sustainability Check During Climate Change – 2014 Annual Symposium

Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Conference website


Saint-Petersburg Research Forestry Institute

IV International Scientific and Practical Conference "Innovation and Technology in Forestry" – ITF-2014

St. Petersburg, Russia

Conference website


American Academy of Sciences

International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 2014

Houston, Texas, USA

Conference website


Umeå Plant Science Center

Lignin 2014 – biosynthesis and utilization

Umeå, Sweden

Conference website


Biodiversity and Landscape History Research Institute; Landscape Conservation Forum; British Ecological Society; South Yorkshire Biodiversity Research Group ECONET; International Peat Society; Sheffield Hallam University

In the Bog. The ecology, landscape, archaeology and heritage of Peatlands

Sheffield, UK

Conference website


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


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


International Association of Landscape Ecology

9th International Association of Landscape Ecology World Congress

Portland, OR, USA

Conference website


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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Two-year Erasmus Mundus master course programme

MEDfOR (Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management)



15 January 2014

XI Curso Internacional sobre Herramientas para el Monitoreo del Secuestro de Carbono en Sistemas de Uso de la Tierra

CATIE, Universidad de Tolima

2-7 June 2014;
CATIE, Sede Central Turrialba, Costa Rica


2 May 2014

ALTER-Net Summer School, 'An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service


3-13 September 2014;
Peyresq, France


30 April 2014



  • 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:

  • 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:

  • BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards: Call: The BBVA Foundation promotes scientific research of excellence. The awards honor fundamental disciplinary or supradisciplinary advances in a series of basic natural, social and technological sciences. The nominations process will conclude at the end of June. For details, please write to awards-info(at) or go to Deadline for application: 30 June 2014.

  • Premi Ramon Margalef d'Ecologia: The call for submissions to present candidatures for the 10th Ramon Margalef Award for Ecology has been made. The candidatures must reach the Technical Secretariat of the Prize before 16 May 2014 and must be submitted by qualified representatives from universities, schools of higher learning, research centres, academies of science, or by persons who have been awarded the Prize or who have been members of the Jury of the Prize. Exceptionally, candidatures submitted by persons with an acknowledged prestige in the field of ecology will also be admitted. The candidatures must be submitted in a letter or statement of well-reasoned justification signed and dated by the presenter, accompanied by a curriculum vitae of the candidate. The candidatures should be sent to the Technical Secretariat of the Premi Ramon Margalef, Department of the Presidency of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Its content may be sent beforehand by e-mail to the Prize Secretariat at prm(at) Prize: € 80,000. Deadline for application: 16 May 2014. Call for submissionswebsite

  • 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

  • CPF Wangari Maathai Award: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has launched its inaugural Wangari Maathai Award to honour and commemorate an extraordinary woman who championed forest issues around the world. The USD20,000 award will be given in recognition of outstanding contributions made by an individual to preserve, restore and sustainably manage forests and to communicate the key role forests play in rural livelihoods and the environment across generations. More information:; Nomination guidelines:

  • Marcus Wallenberg Prize: Research on airborne laser scanning for forest inventory is awarded the 28th Marcus Wallenberg Prize. More information at IUFRO is entitled to nominate candidates! Nominations are accepted by e-mail or airmail at any time of the year!

  • 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.

  • The Japan International Biodiversity Award (JIBA): established to mark the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the AEON Environmental Foundation and to celebrate the 2010 International Year on Biodiversity

  • 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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