IUFRO Announcements



The January 2023 issue of IUFRO-Japan News features: - a Participation Report on the ALL-IUFRO CONFERENCE 2022 KOHSAKA Ryo, The University of Tokyo; - a Report on IUFRO OKINAWA 2022: Progress in Small-scale Forestry beyond the Pandemic and Global Climate Change MAEDA Chiharu, University of Hyogo; - a Participation Report on the IUFRO Okinawa 2022 HAYAFUNE Masato, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; - Participation Report on the IUFRO Conference Division 7 – Forest Health, Pathology and Entomology Lisbon 6-9 September 2022 NAKAMURA Katsunori, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; - Report on Participation in the 5th International Conference on Radioecology & Environmental Radioactivity in 2022 KOMATSU Masabumi, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; - Information of "XXVI IUFRO World Congress 2024"; and - a Notice from the Secretariat.

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


FIRE-RES Open Innovation Challenge // 19 November 2023

In recent years, Europe has experienced a significant increase in the frequency and intensity of wildfires. These extreme wildfires have resulted in devastating consequences, including the loss of life, destruction of natural habitats, damage to infrastructure and the release of harmful emissions impacting air quality. Be part of the solution and help tackle the challenges of Extreme Wildfires in Europe and beyond. Participate in the FIRE-RES Open Innovation Challenge and help build more resilient landscapes and safe communities.

Submit proposal by:  19 November 2023, 23:59 CET
Organizers:  European Forest Institute (EFI)




Branching out - Episode 3, September 2023

The third episode of 'Branching out: the forest podcast' is out! In line with the IUFRO 2024 World Congress theme "Towards a responsible forest bioeconomy", the podcast hosts and their guests venture into responsible forest bioeconomy and listen to how forest bioeconomy contributes to sequestering carbon, mitigating climate change, creating jobs and developing rural areas.

José Bolaños, IUFRO Headquarters, and co-host Ida Wallin from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) discussed with IUFRO scientists from different regions of the world activities and strategies centered around sustainable forest management and the utilization of forest resources.

Anne Toppinen from the University of Helsinki, Finland, joins the conversation to shed light on some innovative and surprising applications such as medical casts made of wood chips and awe-inspiring architectural designs. She also emphasizes the need to accelerate change, particularly in increasing the market share of new forest-based products. Anne Toppinen will be a keynote speaker at the IUFRO World Congress in Stockholm, Sweden, in June 2024. She is the Coordinator of IUFRO Research Group 5.10.00 -Forest products marketing and business management.

Nellie Mugure Oduor from the Kenya Forestry Research Institute shares captivating examples of forest bioeconomy activities, such as biomass energy, derived from fuelwood for tea processing and cooking. Also, initiatives focused on fruit trees and indigenous fruit processing not only generate income but also encourage sustainable tree farming and support local livelihoods. She is a Deputy Coordinator of iUFRO Working Party 5.07.04 - Small coventional power systems.

Verónica Loewe-Muñoz from the Chilean Forest Institute (INFOR) paints a vivid picture of non-timber forest products (NTFPs). From the famed açaí in Brazil to the valuable Brazil nuts, the region boasts a diverse range of forest resources. These products contribute significantly to local economies and provide employment opportunities. She is a Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 1.01.13 -Ecology and silviculture of chestnutand IUFRO Research Group 1.08.00 - Silviculture for edible non-wood forest products.

Jinlong Liu from the Renmin University of China, describes the path that leverages the full potential of forests, from traditional wood products to innovative solutions, all while nurturing resilient communities and safeguarding our planet. He is the Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 9.03.06 -Biocultural diversityand a Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Division 9 -Forest Policy and Economics.

Tune in to Branching Out: The Forest Podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts or visit our website to access this episode. And don't forget to subscribe, share, and join us on this podcasting adventure.

Non-IUFRO Publications


The importance of forests and new challenges for science in the context of military operations. Scientific articles in the field of forestry and tree science

Forests are essential for ensuring the ecological balance and viability of the planet. In today's environment, where we are constantly facing complex environmental challenges, wars, disasters and climate change, the study and conservation of the forest ecosystem is a priority.

The Ukrainian Journal of Forest and Wood Science ( promotes the dissemination of knowledge in this field. It is a peer-reviewed open access journal that publishes original scientific and review articles. 

Scientific research in the field of forestry and tree science helps to understand the causes of problems and find effective methods to solve them.

Publish your research papers in the Ukrainian Journal of Forest and Wood Science (

Position Announcements


Dean of the Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources // 19 November 2023

The University of Georgia (UGA), the flagship public, land-grant and sea-grant university of the state of Georgia, seeks an experienced and energetic leader to serve as the Dean of the Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School, reporting to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The University seeks candidates who are innovative and accomplished leaders in their field, forward-thinking professionals who have a strong commitment to academic excellence and are dedicated to furthering an accessible and inclusive campus environment and engagement with the relevant industries in Georgia and beyond. The Dean will provide energetic and visionary leadership as well as principled administrative guidance and advocacy for the tripartite mission of the School in teaching, research, and public service/outreach.

Institution:  Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Georgia (UGA) 
Duty station:  Athens area, GA, USA  
Closing date:  19 November 2023; however, screening will continue until the position is filled.


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


FIRE-RES Open Innovation Q&A Webinar

Join the FIRE-RES Open Innovation Challenge Q&A Webinar on 18 October 2023 at 15:00 CEST. The webinar intends to address all the inquiries, questions, and doubts of potential applicants. During the webinar, the FIRE-RES Open Innovation Challenge, the benefits of participating, and the application process will be revisited.

If you are interested in applying for the challenge and have questions about the application process, themes, timelines, or any other questions, this webinar is for you. Please send your questions to the Helpdesk: oic(at)

Date:  18 October 2023, 15:00 CEST
Location:  online
Organizers:  European Forest Institute (EFI)


University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


FAO e-learning course: Institutionalization of forest data

This course intends to establish a clear path towards a more efficient and effective use of forest data, underscoring the crucial significance of institutionalizing a robust national forest monitoring system (NFMS) within countries. Additionally, it emphasizes transparency, sustainability, and data-sharing as critical pillars for the successful implementation of an NFM strategy. This course is designed for individuals who have an interest in establishing and developing a national forest monitoring system (NFMS), and to learn about the institutionalization process. The course targets legal experts, ministries, government officers, academia and private sector among others involved in the design and establishment of an NFMS. This course offers certification (digital badge).

Venue:  online
Organizers:  Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


Postdoctoral Fellowship Program // 1 December 2023

The Center for Natural Carbon Capture at Yale University is accepting applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The mission of the Center is to foster research on carbon capture and greenhouse gas reduction that will contribute to the design and implementation of climate solutions. We welcome applicants with research interests across the full range of disciplines related to the Center’s three focal areas: Ecological and Biological Carbon Capture; Geological and Ocean Carbon Capture, and Industrial Carbon Utilization. Candidates need to identify and contact faculty with the relevant expertise to discuss their proposed project and ensure the faculty member is willing and able to host them. Faculty hosts can be from any school/department at Yale, including the School of the Environment, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and any relevant department within the Faculty of Arts Sciences. Applications lacking a letter of support from a potential Yale faculty host will not be considered.

Institution:  Center for Natural Carbon Capture, Yale University
Duty station:  New Haven, CT, USA
Closing date:  1 December 2023, 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Contact:  If assistance is needed to identify or contact a potential advisor, please email ycncc(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:


IUFRO Awards

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Non-IUFRO Awards


2023 Marcus Wallenberg Prize Awarded!

The 2023 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Drs Darius M. Adams, Joseph Buongiorno and Richard Haynes for their development of the original and groundbreaking forest economic models TAMM and PAPYRUS and its extension to the global forest products model GFPM.

Dr. Buongiorno also won the IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award in 2005. Dr. Hayes coordinated former IUFRO Research Group 6.1.600 - Forest Sector Analysis.

The Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2023 will be presented by HM the King of Sweden at a ceremony in Stockholm in November this year.