IUFRO Announcements


IUFRO-Japan News No. 122

IUFRO-Japan News No. 122 takes a look back on the celebrations on the occasion of the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress, held in Freiburg, Germany, in September 2017. In addition, other events such as the 28th IUFRO Conference for Specialists in Air Pollution and Climate Change Impacts on Forest Ecosystems: "Actions for Sustainable Forest Ecosystems under Air Pollution and Climate Change", which was held in Tokyo, are presented.

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

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World Wood Day 2019

World Wood Day is a cultural event celebrated annually on March 21st, same day as the International Day of Forests, to highlight wood as an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial and to raise awareness on the key role wood plays in a sustainable world through biodiversity and forest conservation. This unique celebration reminds us all the importance and true value of wood and its responsible uses. In 2019, it will be held in Graz and Stübing, Austria.

Details: World Wood Day 2019 Brochure      



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.

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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.




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:



IUFRO Spotlight #58: To build a healthier city, build a better forest

Recent innovative studies conducted in Canada and the U.S. show that trees remove air pollution – both gaseous and particulate pollutants – and this has a beneficial effect on human health. And, while the concepts of trees scrubbing the air and cleaner air having beneficial effects are not particularly new, "the innovation derives from linking pollution removal by trees to human health in cities," said Dr. David Nowak of the US Forest Service, and one of the authors of the studies. Dr. Nowak, Coordinator of IUFRO's Research Group 6.07.00 – Urban forestry, also highlights free tools available to aid cities and forest managers globally in assessing their current forest structure and benefits (

Further reading

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Non-IUFRO Publications


Die Geschichte der Forstwissenschaft – eine Geschichte der Hoffnung

Translated from the English-language book "Science and Hope: A Forest History", this book tells - in German language - the story of the hopeful science and trusting art of forestry. It is a story about the hopes of foresters and other scientists to understand the forests more deeply, and about their unspoken trust that their knowledge could ensure an enduring sylvan future. Much has been written on the origins and development of modern forestry in various countries, and on the people and institutions involved, but there is little in the forest history literature that explains what the science actually is. Forest knowledge has an ancient history documented since classical times and applied within the intricate social and legal systems of medieval Europe. This volume is concerned with the modern form of forest science, founded in Europe early in the nineteenth century, when regimes for managing the forests, that could be traced to the ancient world and had flourished in the Middle Ages, were disrupted and new ways had to be found.

Authors: John Dargavel, Elisabeth Johann | ISBN: 9783945941355 | 334 pages.

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Position Announcements


Faculty Positions Announcement // 3 September 2018

The School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University currently has an opening in each of the following areas:

1. Silviculture or Tree Physiology. // 2. Forest Biodiversity (in Plant Taxonomy, Mycology, or Soil Microbiology).

Position Type: Full-time Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor to begin on February 1, 2019.

The required documents shall be mailed in hard copy to the School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University. The documents must be received by September 3, 2018.

Institution: School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University     
Closing date: 3 September 2018

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IUFRO Meetings

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Other Meetings/Events


Plasticity in Plant Vascular Systems: Roles, Limits and Consequences

This conference will focus on the roles and limits of phenotypic plasticity and trait variation in plant vascular systems on plants, populations, and ecosystems at multiple scales.

Organizers: Gordon Research Conferences 
Date: 17-22 June 2018
Location: Mount Snow, West Dover, VT, USA


University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


15th University of Eastern Finland (UEF) - United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements // 31 May 2018

The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) are jointly organizing a high profile two-week Course on international environmental law-making and diplomacy. The special theme of this year’s course will be ”The Environment and Human Rights”. Under that theme, a broad range of subjects will be addressed including human rights in multilateral environmental agreements, environmental protection in human rights instruments and mechanisms (including regional human rights systems), and the mainstreaming of environmental human rights in business, finance, trade and investment, and the situation of environmental human rights defenders. In addition, general issues relating to international environmental law-making and diplomacy will be dealt with. The Course employs interactive teaching methods. The Course is intended for experienced government officials engaged in international environmental negotiations. In addition, other stakeholders, such as representatives of non-governmental organizations and the private sector, may apply to the Course. Researchers and academics in the field of international environmental law are also eligible. As the 2018 Course's thematic focus is environment and human rights, candidates with experience in this field are encouraged to apply.

Date: 20-30 August 2018
Venue: Joensuu, Finland
Organizers: University of Eastern Finland (UEF) - United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Submit application by: 31 May 2018


Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


5 Fully-Funded MSc Scholarships in Tropical Forestry // 31 May 2018

Bangor University is pleased to announce that up to 5 fully-funded scholarships (each worth over £14,550 to cover tuition fees) are available for applicants from the following developing commonwealth countries to study for our MSc Tropical Forestry by distance learning: Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The scholarship also includes a generous bursary to enable scholars to attend a compulsory two-week study tour which will be held in a country with notable tropical forest resources in July/August 2019. This postgraduate programme is primarily intended for students who already have an interest in forestry and who wish to learn more about the environmental and societal benefits that tropical forests can provide. Suitable applicants include individuals working in forestry/forest-related industries/ natural resource management, particularly in the fields of planning, regulation, policy, monitoring, conservation and environmental protection. The course is also suited to individuals working in forestry education who wish to further their knowledge and expertise in order to improve their teaching. The scholarships are only available for entrants who are able to start the programme in September 2018.

Institution: School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Bangor University
Submit application by: 31 May 2018


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


Marcus Wallenberg Prize

The purpose of the Prize is to recognize, encourage and stimulate pathbreaking scientific achievements which contribute significantly to broadening knowledge and to technical development within the fields of importance to forestry and forest industries.