University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


Webinar on fuel management for wildfire risk reduction and nature conservation

The webinar will feature presentations from four speakers, providing a broad territorial and sectoral perspective on the topic and aiming to gain insights into how we can synergistically address wildfire risk reduction and nature conservation challenges. Sebastian Kirppu from Protect the Forest in Sweden will commence with a case example from Northern Europe, illustrating how wildfire risk management and nature conservation can be interconnected. Following him, Antonio López from the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge will delve into the topic of wildfires in Natura 2000 sites. Next, Roman Berčák from the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague will discuss the challenges of multi-risk forest management in the context of nature conservation and wildfires, using the case of the Saxonian and Czech fires of 2022. Concluding the presentations, Adrián Tišťan will offer a vision from DG Environment in the European Commission. The webinar will be closed with a panel discussion among the speakers and the opportunity for questions by the public. The webinar will be moderated jointly by Alexander Held from the European Forest Institute and Julia Haas from Forest Europe.

Date:  25 April 2024, 10:00 am CEST
Location:  online
Organizers:  Firelogue and Forest Europe (FoRISK), Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC)

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Master of Science in Tropical Forestry (self-financed) // 31 May or 15 July 2024

Since its inception in 1995, this unique 2-year master's degree program has garnered international recognition through its focus on social, ecological and economic aspects of tropical forest management. This is an excellent opportunity to study in an international, intercultural, and dynamic working environment offered at the reputed 'Chair of Tropical and International Forestry' that offers integrated specialization in tropical ecology, forest and development policy and resource management. In this programme, you will learn from and work alongside a competent academic and research team, who will supervise your field research in international tropical or sub-tropical contexts. Drawing on a century-long expertise in forest sciences, our programme puts emphasis on the ecological, technical as well as social science dimensions in forestry. Special attention is given to the socio-economic as well as socio-political aspects during the education. At the end of the study program, interested graduates with outstanding merit will have a chance to enter a PhD program and join a team of researchers. You will also benefit from our competent alumni network of over 400 forestry professionals employed by some of the major national, international, intergovernmental, and private organizations around the world.

Start of studies: October 2024
Duration: 4 semesters
Venue: Tharandt, Germany
Organizers: Technische Universität Dresden

Application deadlines:
31 May (international applicants, from outside the EU)
15 July (applicants from the EU)

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Contact:  tropentutor(at)        


E-Learning Course on Gender and inclusion in Forest Landscape Restoration

This course, developed by gender experts, compiles research, case studies and practical recommendations from leading institutions engaged in forest landscape restoration. In this self-paced online course, you will learn the fundamentals of gender and social inclusion in forest landscapes restoration (FLR). The course focuses on gender inequalities, gender-differentiated impacts and opportunities to address inequalities for more equitable and sustainable FLR, to build the abilities and understanding of diverse stakeholders on the gender and FLR nexus.

Date:  self-paced
Location:  online
Organizers:  Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

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Summer School: Blue-green biodiversity. Research and practice at the interface of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems

Freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems are closely interconnected, but they are often studied in isolation from each other. In the context of global change, it is urgent to understand how blue (water) and green (land) ecosystems are similar or different in terms of biodiversity patterns, ecological and evolutionary processes, and their responses to global drivers. Evidence-based understanding of blue-green biodiversity is necessary to inform policies and action to halt and reverse nature loss that threatens human well-being. The goal of the "Summer School: Blue-green biodiversity. Research and practice and the interface of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems" is to provide an in-depth understanding of the linkages between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the interdependencies between social and ecological systems. While focusing on Swiss habitats, a highlight will be placed on an integrated approach that considers the ecological, evolutionary, and social dimensions of blue and green ecosystems benefits the conservation, maintenance, and restoration of biodiversity.

Date:  28-31 August 2024
Location:  Davos, Switzerland
Organizers:  WSL Biodiversity CenterBlue-Green Biodiversity Research Initiative 

Submit applications by: 15 May 2024

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Summer School: Forests and Extremes – Crisis or Transition?

Is early browning in European forests a harbinger of tree death or simply a sign of temporary stress? In 2018, science could not answer this question. But one thing was clear: the frequency of extreme events, including droughts, had increased after the hot summer of 2003. Even though droughts also occurred during the last century, they were not accompanied by such high temperatures as today. And on top of climate warming, various manifestations of global change trigger a multitude of cascading processes in and around forests. It’s complicated...

The Summer School "Forests and Extremes" wants to face up to the complexity of compound and cascading events. Alongside national and international experts from multiple disciplines, participants will expose themselves to the unknown: the future of terrestrial ecosystems with a focus on forests! Through field excursions, input lectures, group assignments, and ample opportunities to interact with peers and practitioners, participants will acquire practical and theoretical knowledge on future extremes. This includes understanding their expected impacts on functioning and services of forests and other ecosystems, the consequences for society and economy, and possible response options.

Date:  19 August 2023, 16:00 - 26 August 2023, 10:00
Location:  Davos, Switzerland
Organizers:  WSL Research Program Extremes, NFZ.forestnet, and SwissForestLab 

Submit applications by: 1 May 2024

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