IUFRO Announcements



The latest issue of IUFRO-Japan News features Dr. Kazuo Suzuki, former IUFRO Board member, as he received IUFRO's Distinguished Service Award (DSA), provides a report on the 26th APAFRI Executive Committee Meeting and reports about the IUFRO-J Institutional Delegates Meeting 2022.

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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Stories of Transformations to Sustainability

Climate change, environmental degradation and resource pressures have reached unprecedented levels worldwide. Achieving sustainability will depend on rapid and fundamental transformations in the ways we organize our societies and interact with the natural environment.

The Transformations to Sustainability programme funded 15 international research projects between 2016 and 2022 to study how social transformations to sustainability can be supported. The projects worked with communities in diverse places around the world to understand the complex relations between social structures, the material world and environmental and social change. The films present insights from the projects.

Organizers:  Transformations to Sustainability programme

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IUFRO News Vol. 51, Double Issue 11/12, early December 2022

Find out about the Small-scale Forestry Research Group and its recent conference in Japan, read reports from a wide range of meetings and webinars, meet the new IFSA president and IUFRO liaison officer, and update yourself on IUFRO activities…

In many forested countries, family, community, and other small-scale forests significantly contribute to the economy through forest-based businesses, providing rural livelihoods and ecosystem services. IUFRO has a very active Research Group (RG) dedicated to small-scale forestry. Find out more in an interview with members of the RG coordination team and the organizing committee of the "Small-scale Forestry International Conference 2022".

Nelson Grima (IUFRO-GFEP) moderated a hybrid session on 11 November 2022 at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) alongside COP27 in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt. Speakers Stephanie Mansourian (IUFRO/Consultant), Pablo Pacheco (WWF/IUFRO-WFSE), Michael Kleine (IUFRO-SPDC) and Nathália Nascimento (University of São Paulo) highlighted linkages between REDD+ and FLR and shared insights on stakeholder views.

This issue includes reports from a series of in-person events and webinars: "The Smart Panel Production Plant", the "Effects of Multicollinearity in Model-based Inference", "Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding: Past Progress and Future Prospects", and "Seasonal Migration in the Forest Sector: Workshop with Journalists". Of course, you will also find information about meeting proceedings and upcoming IUFRO meetings.

Meet Magdalena Jovanović, the new head of the IUFRO Sub-Commission of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA), and Agustín Rosello Hinrichs, the new IFSA President, and read about how they will support cooperation with IUFRO.

Make sure to nominate your candidates for the IUFRO Awards to be presented at the IUFRO World Congress 2024 in Stockholm, Sweden. Submit nominations until 15 May 2023 for these categories: Scientific Achievement Award (SAA), Outstanding Doctoral Research Award (ODRA), IUFRO Student Award for Excellence in Forest Science (ISA).


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Call for Contributions: Impacts of Global Change on Protective Forests in Mountain Areas

Contributions are invited for the article collection "Impacts of Global Change on Protective Forests in Mountain Areas" in collaboration with Frontiers in Forests and Global Change.

The protection against natural hazards is an indispensable ecosystem service in mountain areas. Thanks to this Nature-based Solution (NbS), for Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR), costs of engineered technical protection measures can be reduced or even avoided. Numerous studies have proven the high effectiveness of forests in mitigating negative impacts of natural hazards such as flooding, landslides, avalanches, and rockfalls. However, open questions remain on the long-term and sustainable provision of protective services which are expected to be increasingly affected by global change.

Contributions are invited that explicitly address the impacts of global change on protective services of mountain forests. There is a particular interest in articles contributing to our understanding of how temperature increase, enhanced forest disturbance frequencies and intensities, and socio-economic changes affect the ecosystem service "protection against alpine natural hazards", including snow avalanches, landslides, rockfall and torrential hazards (i.e. floods and debris flow), and their underlying processes.

Deadline for manuscript submissions:  20 January 2023
Editors:  Michaela Teich, Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW); Christine Moos, Bern University of Applied Sciences;
Ana Stritih, Technical University of Munich; Alessandra Bottero, WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF


Position Announcements


Two Doctors / PhD Positions // 21 December 2022

Professor José G. Borges is looking for two Doctors / PhDs to do research with his team at the Forest Research Centre of the School of Agriculture (ISA) within the framework of the H2020 FIRE RES project.

However, collaboration with European partners is foreseen and encouraged as well as work visits to colleagues in the USA, Costa Rica, Canada, Brazil and Chile within the scope of the DecisionES project which he also coordinates at ISA.

Institution:  Forest Research Centre of the School of Agriculture of the University of Lisbon
Duty station:  Lisbon, Portugal
Closing date:  21 December 2022
Send applications to:  forchange(at), with cc to joseborges(at)

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IUFRO Meetings

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Other Meetings/Events


World Science Forum: Science for Social Justice

The World Science Forum series was inspired by the success of the prestigious meeting "World Conference on Science for the Twenty-First Century: a New Commitment", held between 26 June to 1 July 1999 in Budapest, Hungary and convened by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Science Council (ISC), in co-operation with other partners.

Driven by the need for a forum for discussion between the scientific community and society, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in partnership with UNESCO, ISC and AAAS established a series of follow-up events called World Science Forum, taking place biennially in Budapest.

The success of World Science Forum proves that the original idea and intention behind this initiative is becoming a reality. Scientists, politicians, decision-makers and representatives of civil society conducted fruitful dialogue on burning issues affecting the scientific world and society simultaneously, and summed up the common tasks ahead of us. The growing international interest in the World Science Forum shows that there is a growing consensus: World Science Forum has become the leading event of global science policy today.

Date:  6-9 December 2022
Location:  Cape Town, South Africa


University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


MSU forestry non-credit online courses - Spring 2023

The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is pleased to offer the following non-credit course options for Spring 2023 for individuals interested in online learning. These courses are a great fit for those looking to expand their knowledge on topics of forestry outside of a degree-granting program.

Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management
Social dimensions associated with the development and implementation of forest-based climate change mitigation projects, including:  valuation of trees and forests by local communities vs. international community; community decision making; public participation; community engagement.
Contact:  Kylie Clay, kclay(at)
Cost:  $865
Level:  Advanced

Human Dimensions of Forests
Social factors underlying human decisions about and conflicts over forest resources. Societal and citizen values, knowledge and behavior with respect to forest resources.
Contact:  Emily Huff, ehuff(at)
Cost:  $725
Level:  Intermediate

Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon
Skill-based training in forest carbon inventory and carbon accounting methods. National and international monitoring of forest carbon stocks. Applications of remote sensing and geospatial technologies to forest carbon inventory.
Contact:  David Skole, skole(at)
Cost:  $865
Level:  Advanced

Michigan’s Forests
Ecological, social and economic roles of Michigan’s forests in historic and contemporary context. Geographic similarities and differences in forest resources.
Contact:  Jarred Saralecos, saraleco(at)
Cost:  $600
Level:  Introductory

Natural Resource Policy

Natural resources policy-making in the context of scientific, environmental, social, and legal-institutional factors. Historical evolution of policies and case studies of contemporary policy issues.
Contact:  Emily Huff, ehuff(at)
Cost:  $725
Level:  Intermediate


Short & Mini Courses:

Understanding Forest Carbon Management
This self-paced course takes 6-8 weeks and runs throughout the year during the following periods:
May 9 - August 9 (2023)
August 9 - November 9 (2023)
January 9 - April 9 (2024)
This online short course designed to provide a robust introduction to the benefits of forest land management specific to carbon while offering clear action paths. Topic areas include carbon cycle and storage science, domestic and international policy overview, project case studies, management considerations, measurement basics, and available tools and support.

Forest Certification & Climate Change
This self-paced course takes 2-3 weeks and runs throughout the year during the following periods:
May 9 - August 9 (2023)
August 9 - November 9 (2024)
January 9 - April 9 (2024)
Learners will develop a robust understanding of forest land values and ecological services linking carbon management and climate change mitigation activities with forest certification.


Date: 9 January - 30 April 2023
Venue: online
Organizers: Michigan State University, Department of Forestry
Contact:  FOR.forestce(at) for questions.

Submit application by:  16 January 2023



Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


Three PhD studentships on the social and environmental outcomes of reforestation processes // 5 January 2023 Midnight (GMT)

The Sustainable Forest Transition (SFT) project is recruiting three full-time PhD students at the Global Development Institute (University of Manchester) from September 2023. These positions are fully-funded for four years. The scholarship is open to international students. The project will study the changing nature of forest cover and human development at unprecedented scale and detail in Mexico, Brazil, India and Nepal. Successful candidates will develop a collective programme of impactful and world-leading research to support communities, governments, and practitioners achieve simultaneous improvements in forest cover and human development. Candidates must have strong quantitative skills and experience of handling and analysing datasets from diverse sources (e.g., remote sensing data and/or representative household surveys), acquired through relevant postgraduate training (e.g., in political science, economics, or geography).

Institution:  Sustainable Forest Transition (SFT) Project at the Global Development Institute (University of Manchester), School of Environment, Education & Development (SEED)   
Closing date:  5 January 2023 Midnight (GMT) 

Contact:  Dr. Johan Oldekop, johan.oldekop(at)

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:


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The 2022 Frontiers Planet Prize

The Frontiers Research Foundation is launching a program called the Frontiers Prize with the goal of accelerating scientific solutions for healthy lives on a healthy planet.

The program will begin in the area of sustainability science by launching the Frontiers Planet Prize for scientific breakthroughs that have the greatest potential to stablize our planet's ecosystem. Scientists who lead a research team and report their breakthrough research during 2021 and 2022 are eligible for the prize. The top three scientists in this international competition will each be awarded a Frontiers Planet Prize of CHF 1 million to support their research. The winning scientists can use the money in any way they choose to accelerate the development of their breakthrough science.

Scientists will be nominated by National Nominating Bodies (NNBs), which will include universities, academies and funding agencies in each country.  The criterion for selecting the winners of the Frontiers Planet Prize will be the potential of their scientific breakthrough to be deployed globally to keep the planet’s ecosystem within any one or more of the nine planetary boundaries (see Planetary Boundaries).

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