IUFRO Announcements


IUFRO-Japan News No. 135

Read the latest issue of IUFRO-Japan News and learn more about the IUFRO World Congress to be held on 23-29 June 2024 in Stockholm, Sweden, IUFRO Research Group 3.08.00 and many other interesting things.

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


International Science Council: Global Call for Science Missions for Sustainability

Building on the recommendations of the Global Commission on Science Missions for Sustainability, the International Science Council (ISC) is pleased to announce the launch of a Global Call to co-design and embark on Pilot Science Missions for Sustainability. With this call, ISC invites novel collaborative consortia of scientists and scientific organizations, policy-makers, non-governmental organizations, communities, and the private sector, working on the cutting edge of identifying solutions for complex sustainability challenges, to co-design science missions for sustainability over an initial 18-month period.

The call is open to bids for pilot missions worldwide, while pilots led by institutions located in the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply.

Institution:  International Science Council (ISC)
Closing date:  31 May 2024, 00:00 UTC




Human Dimensions of Forest Landscape Restoration

Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is a human affair. As with all ecosystem restoration approaches, in FLR humans are part of the social-ecological system within which restoration activities  take place: what people do in the landscape directly affects  all components of a natural ecosystem such as soil, vegetation including forest, faunal diversity and vice versa. It is therefore, essential to understand and include the human dimensions of FLR at all stages of planning, implementation and monitoring. Although there have been some attempts to do so, most of the attention has centred on the ecological aspects of the forested landscape with limited attention to the human system. And as the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is driving even greater investments in FLR and other ecosystem restoration approaches, there is an urgent need to improve the ways that human dimensions are considered in all ecosystem restoration efforts.

This publication, promoted by IUFRO, WWF, SER and UNIL aims to achieve just that: improve understanding of the human dimensions of FLR (and to a large extent, of wider ecosystem restoration) and provide guidance to practitioners so that they can better integrate these dimensions in their work in FLRand broader ecosystem restoration.

Eleven social and natural scientists combined forces to develop this guidance document which includes an analytical framework to better understand and integrate human dimensions in restoration and a number of relevant guidance materials developed under other processes but also  directly relevant  to FLR. For example, many organisations have developed useful materials to carry out participatory visioning exercises that can be useful to FLR practitioners. Overall, this guidance document targets restoration practitioners, but also researchers, educators and policymakers. We anticipate that it will help to enhance the outcome of  the many nascent and ongoing restoration efforts being implemented around the world.

Lead Author
Stephanie Mansourian

Contributing Authors
Mercy Derkyi, Ida Djenontin, Marlène Elias, Johan Oldekop, Pablo Pacheco, Janice Burns, Anita Diederichsen, Michael Kleine, Daniel Vallauri, and Bethanie Walder

Recommended citation: Mansourian, S., Derkyi, M., Djenontin, I., Elias, M., Oldekop, J., Pacheco, P., Burns, J., Diederichsen, A., Kleine, M., Vallauri, D., and Walder, B., 2024. Human Dimensions of Forest Landscape Restoration, IUFRO, Vienna, 76 pages.

Published by:
International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

Published in April 2024 

ISBN 978-3-903345-28-7


Non-IUFRO Publications


Call for Submissions: Forests are more than trees and communication is more than words: inter- and transdisciplinary research about effective multi-stakeholder communication in Germany

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of 'Forest Policy and Economics'.

Forests are the focus of attention for multiple stakeholders with differing demands. Forest policy research points out that communication is crucial for effective stakeholder and conflict management. However, most research done so far in forestry-related science misses to point out which aspects make communication better and more effective. This Special Issue will draw upon scientific, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, combining perspectives from social science, interpersonal communication, public relations, linguistics and media analysis with existing forest policy research. The combined findings will provide a differentiated picture of the "how", "what" and "to which effect" of public communication on forest issues in Germany.

Deadline for manuscript submissions:  31 May 2024
Guest editors:   Prof. Norbert Weber, Ms. Sandra Liebal, Ms. Josephine Köhler, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany; Ms. Lena Riemann, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

Position Announcements


Senior Scientist - Wood Properties // 5 May 2024

Forest Research (FR) is a leading UK scientific research organisation that provides impactful scientific data, evidence and advice to policymakers and practitioners. The post-holder will be responsible for leading and developing the Tree and Wood Properties research programme. They will provide strategic direction and line management to the programme team and co-ordinate research to meet priorities identified in the Science and Innovation Strategy for Forestry in Great Britain. They will also develop their own areas of research on wood properties and will support the incorporation of information on wood properties into existing work on climate change adaptation, mitigation and resilience. The successful applicant will also be expected to identify and pursue opportunities for further development of the research programme, through external funding and collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

Institution:  Forestry Commission - Forest Research  
Duty station:  Northern Research Station, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9SY, UK, with blended working (from home)
Closing date:  5 May 2024, 11:55 pm


IUFRO Meetings


International Conference: The Forests Factor - More nature to fight climate change, and the role of protected areas

The international conference "The Forest factor" was held in Rome, Italy, on 6 and 7 June 2023, at the Roma Tre University, with the aim of placing the emphasis on the protection of forests, as an essential element in the fight against climate change, and on their vital importance for biodiversity, the carbon, water and energy cycles on a planetary scale.

Other Meetings/Events


Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

An intensive one-day networking event featuring forward-looking keynotes, high-impact pitches of innovative solutions, and networking opportunities awaits you. The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 will be held on 5 June 2024 in Lemgo, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

The event will bring together forest innovators and leaders from industry, government, research, and other critical stakeholders in the forest bioeconomy. Register for the event today and stay tuned for more updates.

Organizers:  European Forest Institute – Bioregions Facility, Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL), Smart Wood Center OWL, and CO2Bau
Date:  5 June 2024
Location:  Lemgo, Germany


University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


MSU Forestry Non-credit Courses for Summer 2024

The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is pleased to offer the following non-credit course options for Summer 2024 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.

Forest Biogeochemistry and Climate Change
Session 1: May 13 – June 27
Biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients within forest ecosystems. Disturbance, harvesting and forest management effects on the exchange of greenhouse gases between forest ecosystems and the atmosphere.
Contact: Akihiro Koyama, koyamaak(at)
Cost: $865
Level: Advanced

Michigan’s Forests
Session 1: May 13 – June 27
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

Introduction to Forestry
Session 2: July 1 – August 15
Historical development of forestry. Forest growth, protection, management, and products. Relationship of national and world economy and policy to forestry.
Contact: Jarred Saralecos, saraleco(at)
Cost: $600
Level: Introductory

Organizers: Department of Forestry, Michigan State University
Deadline for application:  The enrollment deadline is the first day of the course.

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


New funding call for Climate-Smart Forestry projects opening soon

FORWARDS will launch around five grant calls with a total value of EUR 6 million to fund 50 projects to set up the ForestWard Observatory. In the first round of grant calls to be launched in July, five projects will be funded for establishing new Climate-Smart forestry and forest restoration trials. Each project will be granted with up to EUR 150,000. Successful applications will result in projects that are expected to commence around the beginning of 2024, with a duration of maximum 18 months. Subsequently during the year and until the project end, FORWARDS will launch many more calls to fund projects across different themes.

In case if you are an organisation working in Climate-Smart Forestry, watch out for the launch at the end of July. The call will be published on EFI’s grants webpage.

FORWARDS is an EU-funded project that will prototype the ForestWard Observatory, a pan-European monitoring and evaluation tool that will help in demonstrating the impact of climate change on forests, guiding decision-making for practical forests management. FORWARDS has received funding from the EU Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 101084481. The project started on 1 November 2022 and ends on 30 November 2027.

Details on the FORWARDS project:
Details on upcoming call:

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


BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize and encourage world-class research and cultural creation, prizing contributions of singular impact for their originality and significance. Candidates may be one or more natural persons of any nationality, without limitation of number, that have made independent or convergent contributions to a given advance, whether due to a formal collaboration (with the nominees belonging to one or more groups) or parallel working. The awards are also open to scientific or cultural organizations that can be collectively credited with exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge, cultural creation, the fight against climate change or the conservation of the natural environment.

Organization:  BBVA Foundation
Submit nomination by:  30 June 2024, 16:00 GMT