IUFRO-JAPAN NEWS NO. 131
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, 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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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.
Details and link to application portal: https://beta.oulu.fi/en/news/visitants-ukraine-funds
Details about the programme providing this funding: https://www.oulu.fi/en/biodiverse-anthropocenes?msclkid=09cae3dcc13311ecbeed98e21c3e1826
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 not 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.
Closer-to-Nature Forest Management
Closer-to-Nature Forest Management is a concept proposed in the EU Forest Strategy for 2030, which aims to improve the conservation values and climate resilience of multifunctional, managed forests in Europe. Building on the latest scientific evidence, this report proposes a definition of the concept, a set of seven guiding principles and a framework/checklist for flexible European-wide implementation. The report analyses the current pressures on forest biodiversity as well as on health and resilience in managed forests. It examines existing nature-oriented forest management approaches and analyses their ability to support biodiversity, stability in and adaptability to uncertain future conditions. Finally, it evaluates the barriers and enablers for the implementation of Closer-to-Nature Forest Management.
The Closer-to-Nature Forest Management webinar was held on 6 April 2022. Watch the conversation on our YouTube channel.
Recommended citation: Larsen, J.B., Angelstam, P., Bauhus, J., Carvalho, J.F., Diaci, J., Dobrowolska, D., Gazda, A., Gustafsson, L., Krumm, F., Knoke, T., Konczal, A., Kuuluvainen, T., Mason, B., Motta, R., Pötzelsberger, E., Rigling, A., Schuck, A., 2022. Closer-to-Nature Forest Management. From Science to Policy 12. European Forest Institute.
ISBN 978-952-7426-19-7 (online)
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
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Forest Europe Open House Seminar
Forest Europe invites all forestry students and students from related fields to join the Open House Seminar. We will present this unique pan-European process to you and explain the structure, work programme and idea behind it. Certainly, there will be time for questions and answers as well. And whoever is able to answer the most questions correctly in our quiz will win a prize! We are looking forward to meeting you virtually in our seminar. Of course, it is open to teachers, professors or the curious public as well.
Date: 5 July 2022, 17:00-19:00 CEST
Organizers: FOREST EUROPE
Contact: Ms Vera Steinberg, liaisonunitbonn(at)foresteurope.org
Master of Science in Tropical Forestry // 31 May or 15 July 2022
The programme aims to educate executives in the development of scientifically based, innovative and sustainable management concepts for natural forests, forest plantations and other wood formations, agroforestry systems and urban green spaces, and for controlling their use and maintenance. Special emphasis is given to flexibly adapting to the changing conditions of society and the manifold interactions among human beings and forest formation development, with a multi-disciplinary approach. The two-year course altogether comprises 120 ECTS points structured as three semesters of classroom studies and one semester of elaboration and defence of the master's thesis. Optional compulsory modules enable the students to identify and design a particular individual profile. The research plan is prepared to effectively collect and analyse primary data from the late third up to the early fourth semester.
Start of studies: Winter semester 2022
Duration: 4 semesters
Venue: Tharandt, Germany
Organizers: Technische Universität Dresden
1 April - 31 May (international applicants, from outside the EU)
1 April - 15 July (applicants from the EU)
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.
Duty station: Dublin, Ireland
Closing date: 27 May 2022
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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Prestigious Awards for former IUFRO officeholder from Japan
The Japanese Forest Society bestows an award to Dr. Mariko Inoue of FFPRI.
In April 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.