IUFRO Announcements


IUFRO Spotlight #30 – Forests: Food for thought – and nourishment

Fighting global hunger is high on the global political agenda and, evidence indicates that conventional agricultural strategies fall short of eliminating global hunger. A new report is now highlighting the important role of forests and tree-based systems in building up food security particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable, including women.

More than 60 renowned scientists from around the world collaborated on the peer-reviewed publication "Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition. A Global Assessment Report", which was coordinated by IUFRO on behalf of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). The study comes in the lead up to the United Nations' finalization of the Sustainable Development Goals, designed to address, among other global challenges, poverty and hunger.

The full report, published as IUFRO World Series 33 and edited by Bhaskar Vira, Christoph Wildburger and Stephanie Mansourian, and the related policy brief can be found at:

For further information on the IUFRO-led 'Global Forest Experts Panels' initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), please visit:


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Other Announcements



Africa Science Leadership Program

The Africa Science Leadership Program (ASLP) is a new initiative of the University of Pretoria and the Global Young Academy, with the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

It aims to grow mid-career African academics in the areas of thought leadership, team management and research development, with the intention of enabling them to contribute to the development of a new paradigm for science in African, focused on its contribution to solving the complex issues facing both Africa and the global community.

The leadership program aims to:

  • Identify early- to mid-career academics who have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in developing key leadership skills
  • Support them to apply the acquired skills to projects that are relevant to the academic development on the continent and its impact on society
  • Create a network of academic leaders on the continent, spanning not only across countries, but also across disciplinary boundaries
  • Advance a curriculum for academic leadership development which can be utilised in other institutions in Africa and beyond.

Details at:
Second call for applications: September 2015



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

New interactive database on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe 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:



Implementing the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests

New publication by FAO. Download from:



United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB)

Find the basic facts about biodiversity in The Youth Guide on Biodiversity:

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



Annual Report 2014





Download IUFRO's Annual Report 2014.

Non-IUFRO Publications


CPF: Promoting sustainable forest management

An innovative interagency partnership on forests, comprising 14 international organizations, institutions and secretariats with substantial programmes on forests.

By bringing together entities within and outside the UN system - one of them IUFRO - whose shared objective is to promote sustainable forest management, CPF has produced widely recognized results and enhanced the work of its members in areas such as forest finance, sustainable forest management, reporting, scientific analysis, representation at global events and forest communication. It has proved to be a highly effective platform for launching coordinated action on forests at the global level.

IUFRO joined the CPF in 2003.

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Position Announcements


Research Scientist: rural livelihoods and forest use in the tropics // 15 July 2015

The Thünen Institute invites applications for a Research Scientist to engage in rural livelihoods and forest use in the tropics. Within the interdisciplinary research project "LaForeT-Landscape Forestry in the Tropics" which will be implemented in different countries across the tropics we are searching for a forest scientist with specialisation in social / socioeconomic disciplines or a graduate in social- or socioeconomic sciences, with experience in tropical forestry. The engagement is limited to four years and 75 % of the regular weekly working time.

Organization: Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics, one of 14 specialized institutes of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute
Location: Hamburg-Bergedorf, Germany
Submit application by: 15 July 2015

Details at: 

IUFRO Meetings


IUFRO All-Division 2 Conference

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

Other Meetings/Events


1st annual FLARE (Forests and Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement) conference

Reducing poverty and increasing adaptive capacity relying on forests is difficult to implement and monitor, but it can be done – successful examples around the world exist at both community and household levels, and both the social and natural science methods behind these challenges are at a watershed. The first annual FLARE conference will advance cutting edge knowledge on forest-based livelihoods, laying the groundwork to further develop tools, methods, and indicators to assess how, where, and why interventions function best to protect forests, reduce terrestrial GHG emissions, and improve the lives of forest-dependent peoples within the larger landscape context. Through a series of oral presentations, speed talks, posters, and workshops, we will create a strategy to catalyze analyses of existing large-scale forest, census, and household datasets; generate functional analytic frameworks, indicators, and methodological products to assess outcomes of forest sector interventions; identify areas of needed research; and promote the broader adoption of these products by researchers, practitioners, and policy makers alike.

Date: 27-30 November 2015
Location: Paris, France
Organizers: International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI), Program on Forests of the World Bank (PROFOR) and the Musée de l’Homme Research Group on Social and Natural Evolution

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University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


Ph.D. Course - Bio-Cultural Diversity and Governance Aspects of Urban Green Infrastructures

This PhD course aims to provide a platform for discussing state-of-art theories and methodologies for analysing bio-cultural diversity approaches and governance in the context of urban green infrastructure. It will provide an interdisciplinary framework for future research, including: - Discussing relevant theory and methodology on governance, biocultural diversity, place, urban green infrastructure planning and development. - Enhancing the theoretical and methodological foundations of individual PhD research associated with the conditions of urban design, planning and management, and ways to address this.

Date: 28 September - 2 October 2015
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Register by: 14 August 2015
Organizer(s): University of Copenhagen
Further details:

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


WFI International Fellowship Program

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.  The term is 6 to 12 months, applications are accepted year-round.  For more information and how to apply, please 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:


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 Economics Prize

Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research, published by Oxford University Press, is proud to announce the launch of the Forest Economics Prize. This prize will be awarded to the best paper on forest economics accepted for publication in Forestry between 1 April 2015 and 29 February 2016. We are looking for innovative papers that inform polices and practice affecting the sustainable management of forests, woodlands and trees.

Details at: