IUFRO-Japan News No. 129
Issue No. 129 features forest education. Check articles by Alexander Buck, the Executive Director of IUFRO, and by Mariko Inoue, a finalist in the Global Competition on Best Practices in Forest Education. A third stimulating article reports on the smart increment borer (SmartborerTM, PAT. P.), sharing the author’s experience of realizing his research concept and actually developing the product.
The IUFRO-Japan (IUFRO-J) Committee, http://www.ffpri.affrc.go.jp/labs/iufroj/index_Eng.html 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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Online Survey for the Development of a Global Science Agenda on Risk
The emerging global risk landscape of a varying pandemic, climate change, social and financial crises, inequalities and vulnerabilities, pose new challenges for disaster risk reduction (DRR). The trend is for more severe and complex risks with cascading and systemic impacts. Rapid political, social and technological developments in addition to climate change are also contributing to this shifting risk landscape.
The International Science Council (ISC) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) have set up a process to develop a global Agenda for risk science, that is informed and shaped by several perspectives, uses and value add, to guide international research, scientific collaboration and funding to strengthen the impact of science on risk management and risk reduction. The Agenda will also inform the next phase of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) program set up in 2010 for an initial implementation period of 10 years.
The survey aims to collect feedback and inputs on the Draft Science Agenda. It is therefore essential that survey respondents read the draft before answering the questions. The survey is composed of 10 open questions and you will need 15-20 minutes to fill it in.
Closing date: 5 May 2021
IUFRO News Vol. 50, Issue 3, early April 2021
Read an interview about the role of gender in forestry, find out what happened on World Wood Day, get updated on recent webinars and online conferences, and learn about new publications, upcoming events and more…
IUFRO addresses "Gender equality in forestry" through a Task Force and through dedicated Units of its Division 6 "Social Aspects of Forests and Forestry" with the aim to increase the attention, knowledge and engagement in gender and forestry as a field of research. Read an interview with Dr Purabi BOSE, a researcher and filmmaker of Landing Together Films, India, Associate Professor Gun LIDESTAV, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Dr Alice LUDVIG of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria, and find out more.
You may also want to watch the video message delivered by IUFRO President Dr John PARROTTA on the occasion of this year’s World Wood Day on 21 March. Due to the pandemic 2021 WWD was celebrated fully online on the day with the traditional scientific symposium as main activity. The physical activities like folk art workshops, woodcarving shows, music performances, tree planting and others will be spread all over the year and woodturning will be spread over the entire year and presented via social media.
A number of interesting webinars and online conferences were successfully held, including webinar series on tree mortality and on forest roads and a meeting on forest genetic monitoring, among others. Also, IUFRO Member Organizations shared information on recent activities related to oak research, for example. And, as always, the issue is rounded off with announcements of new publications, positions, awards, future meetings and much more.
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Call for Submissions: Long-Term Productivity and Landscape Processes of Mixed Conifer Forests
Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Forests.
Mixed conifer forests are found throughout the temperate zones on a variety of landscapes in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Like most mixed species forests, mixed conifer forests exist because different species coexist in a temporal or spatial pattern. Particularly in mountainous regions, mixed conifer forests are highly heterogeneous and can vary over a short distance. Mixed species assemblages can be either seral or stable, developing under patterns of one or more disturbances or developing under a fairly specific edaphic and climatic regime. Depending on the severity of expected anthropogenic climate change effects, these assemblages may face novel conditions that upset the competitive balances that historically existed. This Special Issue will present research and operational monitoring results at scales ranging from the level of individual tree group or stand up to landscape processes. We welcome studies on (1) basic physiology and stand dynamics and (2) operational treatments and impacts that provide evidence of influences on forest resiliency and productivity.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 December 2021
Guest editors: Warren Keith Moser, Rocky Mountain Research Station, US Forest Service
Four Full-time, Permanent Lectureships // 23 April 2021
The School of Natural Sciences of Bangor University invites applications for four full-time, permanent Lectureships in the broad area of biological sciences, environmental sciences and management of natural resources to encompass areas of growth and development within the School. The School of Natural Sciences is a large and diverse School with strong research records and successful recruitment into our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Currently it is looking to expand its research base, and its teaching, outreach and impact capabilities. Candidates should have a PhD (or near completion) in biological sciences, environmental sciences or natural resource management, be able to develop their own internationally recognised research programmes to deliver high-quality research outputs and impact, show an enthusiasm for teaching and outreach activities, and have excellent interpersonal skills. Candidates working in environmental virology, entomology, wildlife biology, conservation ecology, environmental economics, and sustainable development/analysis related to natural resources, e.g. through modelling and life cycle assessment, are particularly welcome. The successful candidates will be expected to complement and enhance our existing areas of expertise in biological and environmental sciences, sustainable land management for food, fibre and energy generation and develop projects for undergraduate and postgraduate research.
Institution: School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University
Closing date: 23 April 2021
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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: 2-6 May 2022
Location: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Organizers: Korea Forest Service, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
Master of Science in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, Germany // 31 May or 15 July 2021
You are invited to apply to the 2021 MSc Course in TROPICAL FORESTRY. The course is taught in English at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence. The Master course qualifies future decision-makers and change agents to develop sustainable forest management strategies and implement development-relevant interventions in rural and peri-urban areas. The studies provide expert knowledge to handle manifold human-forest interactions and sustainable development issues. Its international orientation and socio-economic focus make this program unique in Europe. You will profit from the multidisciplinary international experience of TUD’s research scientists and lecturers. Today, over 300 graduates from our program work in private and public sectors all over the Tropics.
Date: 1 October 2021
Duration: 24 months
Venue: Dresden, Germany
Organizers: Technische Universität Dresden
1 April - 31 May (international applicants, from outside the EU)
1 April - 15 July (applicants from the EU)
DAAD Scholarships available for the 2021 MSc Course in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, Germany
You are invited to attend the MSc Course in Tropical Forestry for which there are DAAD scholarships. The course is taught in English at Technische Universitaet Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence. Over many decades, the international orientation and socioeconomic focus have made this 2-year MSc course unique in Europe. You will benefit from the multidisciplinary international experience of our research scientists and lecturers who will also supervise your field research in the tropics. The Master course qualifies future decision-makers and change agents to develop sustainable forest management strategies and implement development-relevant interventions in rural and peri-urban areas. The studies provide expert knowledge to handle manifold human-forest interactions and sustainable development issues. In addition to socioeconomic, management and general aspects of tropical forestry, the course includes specific topics of climate change related carbon forestry, agroforestry and land use change. Excellent Master Students have later the chance to join our PhD program. Presently, over 300 graduates from our courses are working in tropical countries and international organizations, many of them in top positions. Another benefit: As public university TUD exempts students from tuition fees!
Date of MSc course: 1 June 2021 - 30 September 2023
Institution: Chair of Tropical Forestry, Technische Universität Dresden
Duty station: Dresden, Germany
Closing date: 31 October 2020 for the intake October 2021.
However, if you have own funding and don’t need a DAAD scholarship, you can start studying in the same year by submitting your application
- until 31 May 2021 (applicants from outside EU), or
- until 15 July 2021 (applicants from EU).
To apply or to get more information write to: tropentutor(at)mailbox.tu-dresden.de
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: http://www.bioversityinternational.org/about-us/opportunities/fellowships/abdou-salam-ouedraogo-fellowship/.
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Nature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact // 21 March 2021
Science is critical in solving global challenges. In 2021 Springer Nature invites applications from early career researchers working in these areas:
- Food security, water security and/or energy security – ensuring a long term, sustainable supply of either food, water or energy.
- Healthcare interventions – the assessment, improvement or promotion of human health.
- Environmental protection – protection of the natural environment on land and water including the repair of damage.
- Climate change – slowing climate change and adapting to what’s unavoidable.
- Sustainable cities – building green, liveable cities that last.
Organization: Nature Portfolio
Submit nomination by: 21 March 2021