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The January 2023 issue of IUFRO-Japan News features: - a Participation Report on the ALL-IUFRO CONFERENCE 2022 KOHSAKA Ryo, The University of Tokyo; - a Report on IUFRO OKINAWA 2022: Progress in Small-scale Forestry beyond the Pandemic and Global Climate Change MAEDA Chiharu, University of Hyogo; - a Participation Report on the IUFRO Okinawa 2022 HAYAFUNE Masato, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; - Participation Report on the IUFRO Conference Division 7 – Forest Health, Pathology and Entomology Lisbon 6-9 September 2022 NAKAMURA Katsunori, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; - Report on Participation in the 5th International Conference on Radioecology & Environmental Radioactivity in 2022 KOMATSU Masabumi, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; - Information of "XXVI IUFRO World Congress 2024"; and - a Notice from the Secretariat.

The IUFRO-Japan (IUFRO-J) Committee, is an organization launched in 1970 to promote global and domestic partnerships in forest-related research; it cooperates with IUFRO Headquarters.

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VisitAnts Ukraine Funds

These exceptional scholarships are awarded to Ukrainian scholars to enable them to carry out scientific research on environmental change and biodiversity loss, and/or human socio-cultural responses to them at the University of Oulu. Funding covers living costs in, and travel to/from Oulu, and is currently available for stays of up to six months. Open to researchers holding a PhD or currently enrolled in a doctoral programme. Grantees will work in Oulu, conducting research on environmental change and biodiversity loss, and/or human socio-cultural responses to them. For an application, a CV and a 2000-word research plan are required.

Deadline for application:  None - applications will be considered in order of when they are received.

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Branching out - Episode 4, November 2023

What do Southeast Asia – especially Malaysia and Indonesia –, Madagascar, the Andes, Central America and the Caribbean, just to name a few, have in common? They are biodiversity hotspots, so regions characterized both by exceptional levels of plant endemism (meaning species that only grow there) and a particularly vulnerable environment.

The new podcast episode is out! This time we discuss the relationship between biodiversity and other services our forests provide.

As already known, Jose Bolaños (IUFRO HQ) presents the podcast, and our cohost spotlights rotate to offer diverse perspectives. This time, we were delighted to have Peter Edwards, a senior researcher at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, New Zealand. He urges to think beyond the physical forest products, but the services that forests provide. Both set the stage and talked about how forest are not just trees, but the tapestry of life on land. Peter Edwards is Deputy Coordinator of  Working Party 9.01.07 – Media analysis and Deputy Coordinator of Working Party 9.05.01 – Bioeconomy policy.

Sally Aitken, from University of British Columbia and IUFRO Scientific Achievement Awardee 2014, guides us through the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. She unveils how diversity forms the backbone of resilient ecosystems, providing us with essential services. Sally emphasizes the need to embrace diversity at both species and genetic levels with research as our compass in the face of change.

Next Marjana Westergren, Slovenian Forest Institute and deputy coordinator of IUFRO Division on physiology and genetics, shares her insight about forest genetic resources and diversity, a cornerstone for ecosystem services. Marjana also explores the untapped potential in less-studied tree species, stressing the importance of responsible use and experimentation. She is Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 2.04.11 – Alpine forest genomics and Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Division 2 – Physiology and Genetics.

After that we go into a journey through a forest landscape restoration project in Sri Lanka with K.M.A. Bandara, who walks us through a real-world example, showcasing how removing an invasive species positively impacts biodiversity, and how the key for the success of these project is legislative support, clear objectives, and stakeholder involvement. He is Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 1.02.04 – Sustainable management and genetic resources in Meliaceae and IUFRO International Council Representative for Sri Lanka.

Last but certainly not least, Nazmus Sadath from Khulna University in Bangladesh shares his views on how effective governance, integrated policies, and community involvement are critical for halting biodiversity loss, and why collaboration is key to successful forest landscape restoration. He is Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Workding Party 9.05.06 – Community forestry.

We invite you to tune in to the Branching Out: the forest podcast. Listen wherever you enjoy your podcasts,  on Spotify and Apple Podcasts or here our website, and don't forget to subscribe, rate and review!

Non-IUFRO Publications


Forestry in the Face of Global Change: Results of a Global Survey of Professionals

Forests support most global terrestrial biodiversity and contribute to the livelihood of billions of people, but these and other benefits are in jeopardy due to global change. This leads to questions, such as how to address the challenges of global change in forest management, given the lack of knowledge and deep uncertainty about future developments. In addition, many of the impediments to implement adaptation strategies are unknown.

This publication presents an overview of results from a global survey of 754 forestry professionals (370 researchers and educators, 227 practicing foresters, 37 policy makers, 64 administrators, and 56 with other or unspecified roles) from 61 countries across 6 continents who were interested in global change issues. These professionals were asked about their opinion regarding three different adaptation strategies: resist, adapt, and transform. Most respondents agreed that the majority of global change factors will negatively influence the ability of forests to provide desired ecosystem services. Similarly, they agreed about major challenges when implementing adaptation strategies, and specifically whether our current knowledge base is sufficient. These concerns were not limited to ecological aspects, but respondents also highlighted the need for a better appreciation of social/political and economic barriers, especially regarding transformation strategies. In addition, the response patterns, including differences due to economic status, highlight the importance of developing and evaluating adaptation strategies in a local social–ecological context.

Authors:  Austin Himes · Jürgen Bauhus · Shankar Adhikari · Saroj Kanta Barik · Hugh Brown · Andreas Brunner · Philip J. Burton · Lluís Coll · Anthony W. D’Amato · Jurij Diaci · Yonten Dorji · Ernest G. Foli · David J. Ganz · Jefferson S. Hall · Rodney Keenan · Yuanchang Lu · Christian Messier · Ian Munanura · Daniel Piotto · Thomas Seifert · Douglas Sheil · Ekaterina Shorohova · Kibruyesfa Sisay · Daniel Soto · Hiroshi Tanaka · Peter Umunay · Alejandro Velázquez‑Martínez · Klaus J. Puettmann
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Position Announcements


Academic Research Fellow in Forest Ecosystem Research // 2 January 2024

The Department of Forest Protection and Wildlife Management, Faculty of Forestry Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno, is looking for motivated researchers to join a cutting-edge interdisciplinary research group dedicated to forest ecosystem research led by leading scientist, Professor Douglas L. Godbold. The team is studying the impacts of projected climate scenarios on Central European forests. The necessary data collection and practical research are carried out at the Masaryk Forest Enterprise in Křtiny, Czech Republic. The research position is funded by the five-year prestigious Horizon project EXCELLENTIA started in May 2023.

The successful candidate will work in the research fields of plant ecophysiology, ecological stability of trees and stands and root pathogens. S/he will: - engage in research and teaching activities within the Czech Republic and on the EU level; - publish research results in high-impact journals; - supervise MA and PhD theses in the selected scientific domain; - teach MA-level and PhD-level courses; - participate in dissemination activities; - organise research and development activities; - build research collaborations inside the MENDELU and develop fruitful partnerships with research groups outside of MENDELU; - actively seek research and development funding and leading grant projects.

Institution:  Department of Forest Protection and Wildlife Management, Faculty of Forestry Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno
Duty station:  Brno, Czech Republic
Closing date:  1 January 2024 - 23:00 (UTC)


IUFRO Meetings


International Conference: The Forests Factor - More nature to fight climate change, and the role of protected areas

The international conference "The Forest factor" was held in Rome, Italy, on 6 and 7 June 2023, at the Roma Tre University, with the aim of placing the emphasis on the protection of forests, as an essential element in the fight against climate change, and on their vital importance for biodiversity, the carbon, water and energy cycles on a planetary scale.

Other Meetings/Events


4th European i-Tree Conference & Urban ReLeaf Conference

Join the 4th European i-Tree Conference and Urban ReLeaf Conference, in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. The theme this year is 'Turning data into action, in and around the urban forest'. The 2024 i-Tree and Urban ReLeaf conferences will provide a great opportunity to connect with experts and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines: municipalities, citizen associations, civil society organisations, businesses, authoritative data agencies, urban planners, architects, and more.

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


New non-credit online Agroforestry short course

UF IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences SFFGS is excited to announce the launch of our new non-credit online Agroforestry short course!

This specialization from the University of Florida Department of Forest, Fisheries and Geomatics Sciences presented by leading experts in the field, is a five-module program covering the various aspects of agroforestry including the global distribution of the practices, their underlying principles, and major scientific advances during the past nearly five decades. Students will gain extensive knowledge and skills related to agroforestry systems, best practices and scientific management that can be useful in promoting their professional development and sharpening their land management skills.

This five-part short course, offered by SFFGS and available through the UF/IFAS Extension Online Learning catalog or by subscription in Coursera, is designed to equip students with invaluable knowledge and practical skills on agroforestry from around the world. By enrolling in this program, students will learn about tools for professional growth and effective land management practices!

Available courses
Agroforestry I: Principles and Practices
Agroforestry II: Major Systems of the World
Agroforestry III: Principles of Plant and Soil Management
Agroforestry IV: Climate Change, Carbon Storage and Agroforestry Systems
Agroforestry V: Ecosystem Services, Food Security and Sustainable Development

Date: open enrollment, self-paced
Venue: online
Organizers: IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences SFFGS, University of Floridy (UF)


Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


Gund PhD Research Fellowships // 15 January 2024

The Gund Institute is a research center dedicated to understanding and tackling the world's most critical environmental challenges, where over 250 faculty, global affiliates, postdocs, and graduate students collaborate widely to understand interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems. The Institute seeks PhD students working on the Gund Institute's five research themes, and especially the connections among them. Student's primary advisor must be a Gund Fellow. Students will receive four years of support, typically three years of this assistantship ($35,000 stipend per year) plus a fourth year of teaching assistantships or other support from the home department (department stipends may vary). Also covered with this assistantship are tuition and UVM's student health insurance. Funded students also have access to professional development trainings and funds for conference participation and research costs. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously studied at UVM and who already have a Master's degree, but all qualified candidates will be considered. These assistantships are for individuals who have not yet started their PhDs.

Institution:  Gund Institute for Environment, University of Vermont (UVM)
Closing date:  15 January 2024


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

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Non-IUFRO Awards

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