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The topic featured in IUFRO-J NEWS Issue No. 131 is, indeed, the IUFRO World Day! Two related articles on the Event, frankly reporting the authors' impressions of participation appear together, with a short report on tree planting in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Working Party 8.01.02. Additionally, a remote participation report on IUFRO meeting "Biological invasions in forests: trade, ecology and management" introduces us to not only the topics in the meeting but also the merit of hybrid in-person and online conference.

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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Other Announcements


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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Annual Report 2021

This IUFRO Annual Report looks different from previous reports. After a joint message by the IUFRO President and the Executive Director you will find selected activities from Divisions, Task Forces, Special Programmes and Projects presented under thematic clusters. This new approach has been taken to minimize the reporting burden for IUFRO Units, to use the information collected for the Strategy Action Plan, and to move away from a mere documentation format towards a communication format. The electronic version provides hyperlinks to more information about activities, IUFRO Units and more. Please note that this report is published online only.

In their message the IUFRO President and IUFRO Executive Director emphasize that despite the many challenges the world is facing today, IUFRO and the global forest science community we represent have remained deeply committed to the collaborative development and effective communication of the knowledge and innovation needed to create a better future for forests and all who rely on the essential goods and services they provide.

The thematic clusters in this report highlight a wide range of activities by IUFRO Divisions, Task Forces, Special Programmes and Programmes throughout 2021, but the list is non-exhaustive.

These clusters are:

  • Understanding and Responding to Climate Change
  • Restoring Forest Ecosystems and Landscapes
  • Advancing Gender Equality and Forest Education
  • Addressing Social Dimensions of Forests
  • Innovating for Sustainable Forest Management and Bioeconomy

A special chapter is dedicated to the digital IUFRO World Day event on 28 and 29 September 2021. The event offered 24 hours of networking with 79 live sessions, including three science/policy forums, and 50 contributions of static content on forest-related research topics. It was held in three time zones - Africa/Europe, North/South America, and Asia/Oceania - and over 3000 participants from more than 100 countries all over the world registered for the event. Furthermore, the variety and quantity of webinars held in 2021 also demonstrates how well IUFRO scientists have adopted new ways of virtual meetings and knowledge exchange.


Non-IUFRO Publications


NEW: The International Journal of Wood Culture

The International Journal of Wood Culture (IJWC) publishes papers on all aspects of wood and other plant materials such as bamboo, rattan, and bark and their role in art, culture and society in the past, present and future. IJWC was initiated as Wood Culture Journal in 2011 by the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS), a non-profit organization based in California, USA, and committed to the research, education and promotion of wood culture. IWCS and World Wood Day Foundation are the current sponsors of IJWC.

IJWC is a full Open Access journal and uses Editorial Manager for online submission. The Editor-in-Chief is Harvey Green, Northeastern University (emeritus professor), Boston, MA, USA. IUFRO officeholders Michael Grabner and Charlotte Chia-Hua are members of the editorial board.

Position Announcements


Tenure-Stream Open Rank Professor of Forests and Green Space for Improving Public Health // open until filled

The Department of Forestry and Division of Public Health at Michigan State University invite applications for a 9-month tenure-system position (open rank) in Forest and Green Space for Improving Public Health (40% research, 25% teaching, 25% Extension/Outreach, 10% service). The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized research program by securing competitive external funding, publishing in leading peer-reviewed journals, and advancing our understanding of the green space-health relationship. This understanding could be attained through a wide range of expertise, including wellbeing, physical and mental health of urban populations, informatics, evaluation, community engagement, urban forestry, environmental justice and equity, wood design and wood product effects on health, health geography, urban planning, and other forest/health linkages (e.g., health effects of forest wildfires).

Institutions:  Department of Forestry and Division of Public Health, Michigan State University
Duty station:  East Lansing, USA
Closing date:  open until filled


IUFRO Meetings

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Other Meetings/Events


VIII Congreso Chileno de Ciencias Forestales: "Bosques, salud y sociedad: Ciencias Forestales para el bienestar humano"

La Facultad de Ciencias Forestales y de la Conservación de la Naturaleza de la Universidad de Chile, en conjunto con la Sociedad Chilena de Ciencias Forestales, invitan a participar en el VIII Congreso Chileno de Ciencias Forestales a llevarse a cabo en la ciudad de Santiago del 8 al 10 de noviembre de 2022, bajo el lema "Bosques, salud y sociedad: Ciencias Forestales para el bienestar humano". Los bosques y todos los ecosistemas forestales son fundamentales para la existencia humana y proporcionan una amplia gama de beneficios para el bienestar de las personas. La gestión sostenible de dichos ecosistemas es vital para mantener su contribución al bienestar ambiental, económico, social y cultural de las naciones; encontrándose estrechamente ligada al desarrollo sostenible, seguridad alimentaria, salud humana, suministro de agua, y suficiencia energética en un contexto de cambio global. La difusión del mejor conocimiento científico disponible es necesario para abordar efectivamente, a diversas escalas (local, regional y nacional), estos desafíos globales, proporcionando bases sólidas para la gestión sostenible de los ecosistemas forestales. El VIII Congreso Chileno de Ciencias Forestales reunirá a científicos nacionales y extranjeros, en torno a la gama de disciplinas vinculadas a las ciencias forestales. Estas temáticas están asociadas a la creación de conocimiento a través de I+D+i, su aplicación práctica y transferencia hacia múltiples actores, desafíos permanentes que enfrentan las ciencias forestales, para satisfacer las necesidades cambiantes de una sociedad globalizada y vinculada al cuidado del medio ambiente y a la equidad social.

Date:  8-10 de noviembre de 2022
Deadline for abstract submission:  31 de julio de 2022
Location:  Santiago, Chile
Organizers:  Facultad de Ciencias Forestales y de la Conservación de la Naturaleza (Universidad de Chile) y Sociedad Chilena de Ciencias Forestales
Contact:  apromis(at) or congchilecsforestales(at)


University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


Training: Novel forest tree breeding for tolerance to abiotic and biotic stress

The aim of the meeting is to present and discuss the experiences and issues related to novel tree breeding, breeding for minor tree species and novel phenotyping. Participants are invited to give presentations on their work and results related to the training topics.

Date:  24-26 August 2022
Location:   Nødebo, Denmark
Organizers:  EVOLTREE and TolerantTree


Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


Funded Knowledge Transfer M.Sc. related to Continuous Cover Forestry // 27 May 2022

The Teagasc/UCD Knowledge Transfer Masters Programme has been developed specifically to build the competencies for careers in agricultural advisory and education services whether in the public or private sector. Applications are invited from graduates with a minimum 2.2. Honours BAgrSc (or equivalent e.g. Forestry) degree. Applications from graduates with pass level degrees coupled with significant and appropriate work experience in the sector will also be considered. The MSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation and MSc Agricultural Innovation Support (MAIS) are collaborative funded programmes delivered by UCD and Teagasc for graduates with an interest and ambition to work in advisory and education roles. These programmes involve placement within Teagasc advisory and educational services where the student gets the opportunity to learn from experienced mentors. Both programmes start in September 2022 with limited funded places available. The value of a Walsh Scholarship is €24,000 per annum which includes contribution of €6,000 towards fees.

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


Prestigious Awards for former IUFRO officeholder from Japan

The Japanese Forest Society bestows an award to Dr. Mariko Inoue of FFPRI.

In March Dr. Mariko Inoue of the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) Japan received an award for her work "Forest education for sustainable use of natural resources" from the Japanese Forest Society. Dr. Inoue is one of the first female scientists to receive this award.

Mariko has led the study of forest education in Japan. She has systematically and theoretically reviewed vocational, professional, and environmental education for the general public including children. She argues that more practical applications for a sustainable society should be taken into consideration and in addition launched some forest education practices for the general public.

Dr. Inoue is a former Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Research Group 6.09.00 - Forest Education and, through IUFRO, raised awareness for forest education in Japan to the international community.