Other Meetings / Events


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, many events worldwide are either postponed or completely cancelled.

Once informed about postponements or cancellations by organizers, IUFRO will update its Noticeboard immediately.

However, if you are a registered participant in one of the events listed below, please double-check with the event organizers or the event websites to learn whether the event will be held on the dates planned, before making any travel arrangements. Please note that IUFRO cannot be held liable for any forfeited travel costs incurred.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.


Conference on Forest Monitoring and Restoration in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Part A of the conference "Monitoring"will feature the final meeting for the UNDA project "Accountability Systems for Sustainable Forest Management in the Caucasus and Central Asia" (2016-2020), that was implemented in Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Objective of this online meeting is to review results of the project and strengthen capacity on methodologies for data collection for indicators under criteria and indicators’ sets for sustainable forest management. International and national experts will present policy briefs on relevant topics developed within the project. Part B "Restoration" will provide an opportunity for countries of the region to discuss implementation of the Astana Resolution, as well as explore funding options. Meeting aims to support implementation of pledges under the Bonn Challenge to achieve the restoration of 3 million hectares in the region by 2030. It will provide an overview of Forest Landscape Restoration efforts in the region, challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic and possible solutions.

Date: 9 December 2021
Location: online
Organizers: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Details: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=53850


XV World Forestry Congress: Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future with Forests

The Congress will bring together global forest stakeholders to review and analyze key challenges facing the sector and ways to address these. Participation is usually diverse, with representation from all regions and sectors; including the public and private sector, NGOs, CSOs, scientific or professional bodies, and forestry societies, as well as those who simply care about forests and the environment. The WFC 2021 will provide a unique opportunity for the global forestry community to consider the state and future of world forestry, particularly in the context of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Congress will focus on defining the role of forests in the global developmental agenda (2030 Agenda) and other major agreements (Global Forest Goals, Paris Agreement, post-2020 global biodiversity framework) and identify key measures that must be put in place as the forest sector adjusts to the new reality and aims to help 'build back better'. Forests must be an integral part of discussions and decisions to be made on sustainable development, because this will determine the health, wellbeing and stability of the planet and the people.

Date: 24-28 May 2021
Location: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Organizers: Korea Forest Service, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

Details:  https://wfc2021korea.org/ 


100 Years of Research in British Columbia, Canada

100 years ago the Canadian Province of British Columbia (BC) started investing in forest research. It was 1921 when the BC Forest Branch hired the first research scientist, J.L. Alexander, to work on forest regeneration, growth and yield, and fire protection. Since then the Research Program has delivered high-quality research, establishing BC as a world leader in natural resources stewardship. Over the past half century Research Program staff have produced more than 3,000 publications and decision aids that play a pivotal role in informing the public and the decision makers. The Ministry’s Research Program is organized into six Research Portfolios plus a vibrant Forest Genetics program. The Research Program is now represented by more than 70 research scientists plus dozens of technicians, students, and auxiliary staff. We are honoring this major milestone with a short and informative YouTube video.

Date: 1 January - 31 December 2021
Organizers: BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Contact person: Francesco Cortini, Francesco.Cortini(at)gov.bc.ca

Watch:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BMNpZMjVFA


GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will hold a two-day digital conference on 28 - 29 October under the theme 'One World – One Health'. The objective is to bring together key actors representing a diverse range of sectors and interests but with a collective interest in responding to ongoing global issues related to biodiversity, ecosystem restoration and public health. The event will seize the opportunity to draw on the experience of top scientists, environmental practitioners, policymakers, banks, private corporates, Indigenous Peoples, local communities and the wider public to showcase the means by which we can 'build back better'.

Date: October 28-29, 2020
Location: Online, and the Bonn Digital Broadcast Center
Contact person: Melissa Angel, Communications Coordinator, m.kayeangel(at)cgiar.org

Details: https://events.globallandscapesforum.org/biodiversity-2020/


IUCN World Conservation Congress

This Congress will help shape global priorities for the coming decade, beyond conservation and across all of the Sustainable Development Goals. Be a part of the action! Share your latest conservation work and gain institutional visibility with the media and with the Congress' influential participants. Learn from technical and scientific experts, network and build global partnerships, and influence the decisions that will impact your work, and the world.

Date: postponed to 2021
Location: Marseille, France
Organizers: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)



World Conference on Timber Engineering 2020 (WCTE2020)

The topics of the WCTE are the core of the event and each host venue is encouraged to include the local context when defining the topics. With this in mind, the main topics for the World Conference on Timber Engineering CHILE 2020 are: - Sustainable Forests for Lumber Production; - Wood Products and Connections; - Timber Engineering; - Timber Architecture; - Policies, Implementation and Management; - Implementation and Management; - Education, Promotion and Future Trends.

Date: 11-14 January 2021
Location: Santiago, Chile

Details: http://wcte2020.com


International Congress of Entomology

The International Congress of Entomology returns to Europe in 2020, for the first time in 24 years! The Finnish capital Helsinki is proud to host the ICE2020 – the ICE congress with latitude! The venue is the world-famous Finlandia Hall, situated in a beautiful park right in the heart of Helsinki.

Date: 18-23 July 2021
Location: Helsinki, Finland

Details: http://ice2020helsinki.fi/         


Trees for the Future - Diversity and complexity for resilience and carbon storage

As a key part of actions to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the UK Government set a target of up to 19% woodland cover. Key decisions therefore are required concerning how and where we expand tree cover. Modern forestry is generally based on monocultures largely because of timber production. However, future forests will play a key role in climate change mitigation. It is therefore crucial that appropriate informed decisions are made with regard to the structure, composition and planning of future forests, in order to provide sustainable solutions that are of benefit to society. Mixed forests with their higher biodiversity, are likely to be better than monocultures in regulating the water cycle and sequestering carbon. A main objective of this conference is to explore state-of-the-art scientific evidence showing that higher tree species diversity enables higher productivity and stability, with a lower susceptibility to biotic and abiotic stress, together with a portfolio of ecosystem services, as well as economic and management benefits. Invited speakers will address these issues from the perspective of science/industry/economics/politics interfaces. A key aim is to produce a policy document that will inform UK government strategy.

Date: 3-4 November 2021
Location: Birmingham, UK
Organizers: Association of Applied Biologists (AAB), University of Birmingham, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFOR)

Details: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/discover/nb-trees-4-future-cfp.pdf


Workshop on Water and nutrient fluxes in ecosystems under a changing climate - a tracer-based perspective

This workshop aims at bringing together hydrologists, soil scientists and ecosystem physiologists who study water and nutrient fluxes in diverse ecosystems using isotope and environmental tracers to better understand the biogeochemical processes and residence times along pathways of the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum.

Date: postponed to 2021
Abstract submission deadline: 3 August 2020
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Organizers: Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Freiburg University

Details: https://www.eco-tracer.uni-freiburg.de/