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.


20th Commonwealth Forestry Conference: VIRTUAL

The Commonwealth Forestry Conference is an informal forum for foresters, and all those with an interest in the forestry sector to exchange knowledge and experience. The Conference relates to general aspects of forest management and governance, has a focus on the changing priorities of the forestry sector and occurs every 4-5 years. The Conference keeps a reputation of a global forestry event that brings together a wide representation of forest practitioners and natural resources managers, scholars, decision makers and change influencers. We expect this Conference to engage members of the Commonwealth as well as the general world forest community, regardless of their professional affiliation – working for governments, the industry or other civil and environmental organizations – as integrating and coordinating national policies for natural resources management takes collective action across the institutions and sectors.

Date: 16-18 August 2021
Location: online from the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia  (UBC)
Organizers:Commonwealth Forestry  Association

Details:  https://cfc2021.ubc.ca/


GLF Africa: Restoring Africa's Drylands - Accelerating Action on the Ground

On 1 June 2021, GLF will host the first-ever digital conference focused entirely on Africa’s drylands and how integrative restoration practices can see them flourish once again. Join in for inspiring speakers, the latest science, concerts, film screenings, virtual tours, networking, and the unexpected discoveries that always form part of a Global Landscapes Forum event. GLF Africa: Restoring Africa’s Drylands will be held just before the official launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which runs from 2021 to 2030. GLF Africa invites practitioners, farmer organizations, Indigenous Peoples, community leaders, researchers, policymakers, financial investors, the private sector, civil society organizations, youth groups, activists, conservation and development organizations, amongst others, who are actively engaged in, interested in, and dedicated to the scaling of, dryland restoration in Africa.

Date: 1 June 2021
Location: online
Organizers: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Africa

Details: https://events.globallandscapesforum.org/africas-drylands/


9th World Conference on Ecological Restoration

As the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration will soon be launched there has never been a more important time to bring together scientists, academics, researchers and experts from the fields of rehabilitation and environmental restoration, alongside practitioners and industry leaders to tackle the vast environmental challenges that we face today. This four-day meeting will bring together restoration professionals and students from around the world and provide a lively forum for networking and knowledge exchange. Participants are invited from across the field of ecological restoration, including academics, researchers, practitioners, students, artists, economists, advocates, legislators, regulators, and others who support the field to join us virtually to connect, learn, and work towards catalyzing global change as we start the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

Date: 21-24 June 2021
Location: Online
Contact: ser2021@conferium.com

Details: http://www.ser2021.org/


Fifth World Congress on Agroforestry

The World Congress on Agroforstry is expected to attract 1500 participants to Québec in 2022, including pre-eminent researchers, senior government officials and politicians, donors and major businesses, all concerned with regenerative agriculture, sustainable development, civil society, farmers, youth groups and institutions of higher learning. The Congress is part of a continuing process that builds on the previous congresses in 2004 (USA), 2009 (Kenya), 2014 (India) and 2019 (France). It will seek to raise the local, regional and global profiles of agroforestry and significantly increase awareness of it, support and engagement for it, and investment in it. It will create a deliberate and tangible legacy in terms of recognition, partnerships, investments and impact, and produce a global roadmap for agroforestry with clear targets.

Date: July 2022
Location: Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Organizers: International Union for Agroforestry (IUAF) in collaboration with the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)

Details:  https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/discover/nb-agroforestry-world-congress-quebec-2022.pdf


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: postponed; new date to be announced
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


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)



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/