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6.09.00 - Forest education


Two Webinars Upcoming!

IUFRO Webinar: AI in Forest Sciences Education; online; 23 January 2024, 2:30-3:30 pm UTC.

AI has been a hot topic since the launching of ChatGPT last winter. Especially among teachers, students in schools and at universities an active discussion has emerged. In this webinar we will have a briefing what AI services such as ChatGTP are all about, provide some guidelines provided so far and do some projections for the future learning and working life in general.

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IUFRO Webinar: Introduction to Forest Sciences Textbooks; online; 10 January 2024, 2:30-3:30 pm UTC.

There is a need for global understanding of the core competences that forest experts require in the modern working life. Some countries and regions have accreditations for forester education. The standards therein provide a systematic basis for the textbook project. However, the IUFRO Forest Education Research Group wants to take one step further: to make a textbook, both traditional and online versions, which covers dynamic elements such as assignments and ways to do networking among subject and pedagogical specialist all around the world. In this event, we will do some brainstorming about "Forest Sciences online textbook". Please feel free to send the invitation forward.

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Two new publications!

Rekola, M., Lekah, A. U-R., Onatunji, A. & Ofosu, S., 2019. Global Outlook on Forest Education (GOFE): A Special Report: Forest Education in Africa. Rekola, M., Lekah, A. U-R., Onatunji, A. & Ofosu, S..

Gabay, M. & Rekola, M. 2019. Forests, peaceful and inclusive societies, reduced inequality, education, and inclusive institutions at all levels: Background study prepared for the fourteenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests. United Nations.


Uncoming Event: International Conference on Forestry Education

Rome, Italy; 27-29 April 2020.

This international conference, organized by FAO, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), in collaboration with other members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), and with generous support from the government of Germany, will bring together a broad range of stakeholders, from teachers and students to public and private sectors, to discuss ways forward for forest education. Discussions and recommendations will inform a strategic vision to enhance forest education and training methods globally. As forest education takes place in diverse forms and fields, the conference aims to bring together the broadest possible range of stakeholders, including participants from scientific and educational institutions, government ministries and non-governmental organizations, as well as representatives of the private sector and students.

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5th Asia-Pacific Forestry Education Conference - Globalization of Higher Forest Education in a Digital Era

Abstracts are invited for the 5th Asia-Pacific Forestry Education Conference - Globalization of Higher Forest Education in a Digital Era; Beijing, China; 27-28 March 2018. Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2018

Over the past decade, rapid global change poses both challenges and opportunities to higher forest education in the Asia-Pacific region. Higher forest education has embraced a more collaborative role in response to global forest challenges and cultivate new generations to address them. Globalization becomes increasingly important for the development and reform of higher forest education in the Asia Pacific region and worldwide. In addition, technological innovation is opening up new opportunities to improve higher forest education at regional and global levels. The AP-FECM, an international university consortium supported by APFNet, has brought together forestry institutions from the Asia Pacific region and the world to enhance higher forest education and sustainable forest management through international collaboration.


The 12th Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources

hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, March 8-10, 2018.

The BCUENR 2018 conference will encompass a variety of topics related to natural resources education. While we are soliciting contributions in the areas and related topics listed below, we also welcome proposals for themes not explicitly noted.  

  • Experiential and service learning
  • Communications and leadership 
  • Recruitment, retention and advising
  • Technology
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Diversity and inclusion

More information, as well as a link to submit your proposal, can be found online at

Abstract submissions must be received no later than Friday, October 6, 2017.

Please e-mail with any questions you may have. 

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