IUFRO Announcements



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


Mine Site Assessment Tool (MSAT)

The Population and Development Initiative (PDI) won a competition organized by Innovation for Change Africa Hub to collect ideas of addressing civic space in natural resources management. PDI presented the topic on responsible mining and won, among other 3 winners from Zambia, Kenya and Nigeria together with prize of 1,000 USD to conduct more dialogues on responsible mining in Geita region, Tanzania. PDI is a member of IUFRO.

Non-IUFRO Publications


Bark Beetle Management, Ecology, and Climate Change

Bark Beetle Management, Ecology, and Climate Change provides the most updated and comprehensive knowledge on the complex effects of global warming upon the economically and ecologically important bark beetle species and their host trees. This authoritative reference synthesizes information on how forest disturbances and environmental changes due to current and future climate changes alter the ecology and management of bark beetles in forested landscapes. Written by international experts on bark beetle ecology, this book covers topics ranging from changes in bark beetle distributions and addition of novel hosts due to climate change, interactions of insects with altered host physiology and disturbance regimes, ecosystem-level impacts of bark beetle outbreaks due to climate change, multi-trophic changes mediated via climate change, and management of bark beetles in altered forests and climate conditions. Bark Beetle Management, Ecology, and Climate Change is an important resource for entomologists, as well as forest health specialists, policy makers, and conservationists who are interested in multi-faceted impacts of climate change on forest insects at the organismal, population, and community-levels.

Position Announcements


PhD position: forest ecology and climate change adaptation // 15 November 2022

A fully-funded Ph.D. position in forest ecology and climate change adaptation is available at the Institute of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Toronto or in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta. The Ph.D. candidate will participate in an operational-scale silvicultural experiment that will test various “climate-smart” strategies for promoting the resilience of temperate mixedwood forests in the Petawawa Research Forest in central Ontario. One of the key strategies is within-range assisted migration, whereby southern provenances will be planted after partial harvest operations, with the expectation that they will respond better to global warming than local provenances. The Ph.D. candidate will assess the growth and survival of transplanted seedlings, examine how performance varies among species and provenances, and determine whether southern provenances are maladapted to the current frost regime (despite being adapted to the future climate regime). The Ph.D. candidate may also assess frost hardiness of the transplanted seedlings experimentally, as well the impact of frost on the long-term growth of different provenances, using dendrochronological analyses of historical provenance trials spanning a broad latitudinal gradient from Ontario to the southern US.

Institution:  Institute of Forestry and Conservation, University of Toronto / Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta
Duty station: Toronto, Canada 
Closing date:  15 November 2022. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.


IUFRO Meetings

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Other Meetings/Events


Scientific-technical symposium: Assessing forest damage and disturbance in the UNECE region

Changes in forest damage regimes and an increased severeness of disturbances are posing serious challenges to the world’s forests. Damages and disturbances are threatening the supply of ecosystem services and the maintenance of forest health and vitality. The latest scientific findings are implying a global surge of forest damage and disturbance due to climate change-associated impacts and further global megatrends. Sound data and thorough knowledge are an essential prerequisite for evidence-based sustainable forest management to understand the expanse, frequency and severeness of multi-factorial hazard events. Fragmented data and untimely monitoring of forest damage are hampering further scenario analysis and resilience building in the forest sector.

The symposium aims to encourage exchange of ideas, experiences and opinions as well as raise awareness about the importance of assessing of forest damage and disturbance. It will also feature presentations of the preliminary results of a project “Assessment of forest damage reporting in the UNECE region to enhance future harmonized international reporting”, initiated by the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring SFM.

Date:  29-30 September 2022
Registration deadline for in-person participation:  15 July 2022
Registration deadline for virtual participation:  23 September 2022
Location:  Vienna, Austria
Organizers: Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section; Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism


University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


Massive Open Online Course: Ecosystem Restoration 2022

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are offering a FREE two-part Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Ecosystem Restoration. This course is available thanks to the generous support of the European Union and the Korea Forest Service of the Government of the Republic of Korea through the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI). This course compiles research from leading institutions engaged in ecosystem restoration and experts in the field to raise awareness and build ecosystem restoration capacity. The course serves as an introduction to the Short-Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration (STAPER) — a flexible framework adopted by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to support, inter alia, governments in the development and implementation of their national restoration strategies. The course is geared to government representatives interested in creating a blueprint for ecosystem restoration at the national or subnational level, but is open to everyone. The course is available in English, French, and Spanish, and is facilitated by ecosystem restoration experts.

Date:  19 September - 20 November 2022
Application deadline:  not indicated, but registered participants will receive an email with all the information in preparation for the course on 12 September 2022.
Location:  online
Organizers:  United Nations Development Programme, Convention on Biological DiversityKorea Forest Service, The European Union, UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

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Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


UBC Faculty of Forestry’s Future Forests Fellowship

As one of the world's top forestry schools, the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia is giving away the largest single grant (up to $280,000) for a forestry student. The fellowship recipient will enroll in UBC Forestry's PhD program and conduct research focused in British Columbia in one of the following areas: Forest Products Biotechnology – Bioenergy – Forest Genomics – Climate Change – Urban Forestry – Forest Management – Conservation – Forested Landscapes – Salmon Ecology – Forest Health – Forests and Indigenous Peoples – Forests and Human Health. Applicants must intend to undertake doctoral research in one of these areas of excellence for the Faculty of Forestry. The research must be conducted, at least in part, in British Columbia, and should result in an outcome that has practical application in BC.

Institution: Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (UBC)

Application Timeline
Opening Date: The FFF application and list of supporting documents required will be made available starting August 1, 2022. In order to be considered for the Fellowship, a complete PhD program application (September 2023 intake) must also be submitted.
Closing Deadline: The FFF and PhD applications, plus all required supporting documentation, must be submitted by 4pm PST, Friday, November 25, 2022. The award recipient announcement will be made in January 2023.


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.