I'm pleased to announce that IUFRO Division 5 is co-organising several sessions during the next world conference, including:
B2d Wood and tree-ring studies of forest adaptation to climate change; implications for wood production
B5a Climate change, environment and conservation: challenges from the analysis of tree rings
B5b Small-scale sustainable energy alternatives for developing countries
C1a Managing forest ecosystem resilience and biological and social diversity for future forest products
C2c Towards Sustainable Development of the Global Teak Sector in a Changing World
C3b Digital transformation in wood industry
C3i Tools for tropical wood identification against illegal logging
C4f Forest Assessment, Modelling and Management for Non-wood Forest Products
C5a Characterizing Properties of Plantation Wood for Optimal Value
C5b Extraction, purification, characterization and use of hemicelluloses from wood
C5c Innovative Utilization of Bamboo and Rattan Resources
C5d New Methods and Applications of Timber Identification
C5e Progress in wood disintegration technologies
C5f Quality requirements of forest biomass for biorefinery
C5g Quantifying and forecasting market specific forest products in the forestry wood chain
C5h Research and industrial use of wood bio-based (formaldehyde free) adhesives: raw material and introduction to the wood-based industry
C5i Sustainable Use of Non-timber Products and Conservation of Semi-Arid and Savanna
C5j The use of forest and mill residues for advanced bioenergy/biofuels production
C6a The role of forests and trees in the nature-based solutions discourse
C8c The Bioeconomy and Non-Wood Forest Products
C9c Resource efficiency of wood-based products and manufacturing
C9d Societal perceptions, new products, markets , and business models of the circular forest bioeconomy
C9e Traditional, emerging and new forest products in a bioeconomy - advances and applications in modelling the market
potentials and sectoral impacts
D4c Valuation Issues for Wood and Nonwood Forest Products to Balance Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Managed Forests
D5b Innovative wood protection and insect pest control strategies to mitigate climate change by conferring long-term carbon storage in wood especially in the tropics and warm temperate climes
F8a Wood and Forest Culture: Addressing a Sustainable Future
There is a huge number of other topics (almost 200 technical sessions) which might suit to your research. Please find the Call for Abstracts, brief description of the technical sessions, and registration in the following link:
You need to register to be able to submit an abstract and this is free of charge.
The deadline for abstract submission is 31 December 2018.
Once your abstract is accepted for presentation (announcement will be made on 28 February 2019), early registration for presenter and payment deadline is 31 May 2019.
Scientist Assistance Programme (SAP) is for supporting scientists from economically disadvantaged countries whose age below 46 years old. SAP registration will be started from 1 March 2019. Further information on this grant will be found at:
Young scientists are encouraged to apply!!
Please, feel free to share this information to your colleagues and mailing lists.
Best regards and
Division 5 coordinator
Member of CSC
Ph.D., Research Manager
Forest products and biorefinery
Natural Resources Institute Finland
Phone +358 29 532 2340
Mob +358 50 391230
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) comprises the state research institutes MTT Agrifood Research Finland, the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, and the statistical services of the Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
We are glad to announce the session B5a Climate Change, Environment and Conservation: Challenges from the Analysis of Tree Rings , which will be held on the occasion of the XXV IUFRO World Congress, Curitiba, Brazil, 29 Sept - 5 Oct 2019 .
The purpose of the session is to bring together the community interested in studies of tree rings in relation to environmental variability. As the tree-ring record expands both in time and forested areas, scientists are finding out more about long-term environmental variations, extremes, and trends. Even though dendrochronology has made (and will continue to make) significant contributions to the understanding of forest biology and environmental dynamics, it is necessary to pose challenges to extend these studies to vast areas that have been little explored so far, such as the tropics and subtropics.
The global dynamics of the atmosphere, the impact this has on the dynamics and biodiversity of forests and the benefits they bring to society, highlight the need for dendrochronological contributions in providing key information to assess the impact of climate change on the biological systems of the earth and improve the design of policies to mitigate human influence on the climate and the conservation of ecosystems.
We encourage worldwide contributions of tree-ring analysis that look at recent and/or past climatic changes, at seasonal or longer temporal scales. The session will offer the opportunity to present new research findings and incorporate new methodologies to enhance our understanding on the different factors that affect the wood formation in different bioclimatic regions.
Abstracts deadline is 31 December 2018 and Congress registration and abstract submission is available at: [ http://iufro2019.com/abstracts-submission/ | http://iufro2019.com/abstracts-submission/ ]
Please, feel free to disclose this information among all colleagues. We hope to see you in Curitiba!
Our best regards,
Fidel Roig, Mario Tomazello, Patricia Povoa de Mattos ( organizers )
Dear IUFRO List Holders:
I am hoping you will be able to distribute this announcement to your IUFRO
group on sessions at IUFRO 2019 linked to the International Society of
*The **International Society of Tropical Foresters* is organizing or
co-organizing seven sessions for th*e **XXV World Congress of the
International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO2019)** to be
held 29 Sept – 5 Oct 2019 at Curitiba, Brazil. *Please consider submitting
an oral or poster presentation for one of these sessions or another
IUFRO2019 session (see below). *Abstracts for presentations can be
submitted until 31 Dec 2018 at* http://iufro2019.com/* You* will need to be
registered for IUFRO2019 to submit an abstract, but you do not need to pay
until later. See https://iufro2019.com/abstracts-submission/ for details on
abstract submission. Information on all IUFRO 2019 sessions can be found at
. IUFRO will have financial assistance available for certain participants
*ISTF-linked technical sessions at IUFRO2019*
*SESSION A2a: Sustaining iconic and high-value species in natural forests
ISTF CONTACT: Erich Schaitza, EMBRAPA, Brazil (erich.schaitza(a)embrapa.br )
SESSION SUMMARY: VERSION IN BOOK: Araucaria and Swietenia are threatened by
habitat loss; overharvesting; insufficient regeneration and genetic
variation, failings in forest policy, governance, or regulations; and
devaluation of products. The session will cover possible solutions,
including: harvest policies, regulations, and planning; regeneration and
genetic variation; silvicultural practices; modelling to balance
extraction, regeneration, and genetic diversity; and market demand to
*SESSION A4c: **Monitoring and Assessing Urban Forest Services and Values
at the National to Local Scale*
ISTF CONTACT: Vindhya P. Tewari, Himalayan Forest Research Institute, India
SESSION SUMMARY: Trees and forests within urban areas provide numerous
benefits to city residents, but relatively little is known about their
structure, the services provided by these forests, and how these forests
are changing. The purpose of this session is to discuss approaches to
inventory urban forests, so that Nations can learn how to monitor these
important forests that directly affect human health and well-being.
*SESSION B5b: **Small-scale sustainable energy alternatives for developing
ISTF CONTACT: Lamfu Fabrice Yengong, University of Buea, Cameroon, (
SESSION SUMMARY: In developing countries, wood accounts for 50-90% of the
fuel used, and increased efficiency or replacements for wood are needed.
This session explores sustainable energy alternatives. Presentations might
include: utilizing waste through “3R” (reduce, reuse, and recycle); more
efficient technologies for cooking with wood fuel; social costs of
increasing scarcity of fuel wood; characteristics related to fuel wood
energy content; solar cooking as an alternative; potential for material and
energy recovery from waste; appropriate technologies for developing
countries; integrated renewable energy production and utilization from
biomass combustion and waste gasification, among other topics.
*SESSION C1b: Advances in management and science for the high-value
ISTF CONTACT: Liu Jun, Research Institute of subtropical forest, Chinese
Academy of forestry, China, (ywliu2005(a)163.com)
SESSION SUMMARY: Tropical timber species of the Meliaceae (including
Cedrela, Entandrophragma, Khaya, Swietenia, and Toona) are among the
world’s finest woods, and many species have other uses. Their sustainable
management faces similar issues around the world. This session will share
the latest in research and applications for a global perspective on these
species. Topics could cover conservation of genetic resources, genetic
improvement, advances in shoot borer control, natural forest management,
and development and products useful for human health, among others.
*SESSION C1c: **Improving high-value Meliaceae yields in plantations*
ISTF CONTACT: Antonio Ferraz, Universidade Federal do Piauí, Brazil (
SESSION SUMMARY: This session will focus on better production of Meliaceae
species grown in plantations. Many species (e.g. mahogany, African
mahogany, Australian red cedar, Melia) have recently been grown as
plantations around the world and research is needed over a wide range of
topics. The main objectives are to share experiences and to find common
research themes to build possible collaborations among researchers working
with Meliaceae species in plantations around the world.
*SESSION C9a: Discovery, curation, and uses of legacy tropical forest data
ISTF CONTACT: Sheila Ward, Mahogany for the Future, Inc., Puerto Rico (
SESSION SUMMARY: Legacy tropical forest datasets have been generated by
various projects over time, and many are in danger of being lost. These
datasets are valuable for understanding how tropical forests change through
time, and many of the forests they characterize no longer exist. To
safeguard these data, standardized metadata and electronic archiving
schemes need to be developed. The purpose of the session is to share
information on the potential uses of such datasets, their current status,
and appropriate curation and metadata strategies.
*SESSION F6b: Effective educational strategies for the next generation of
forest professionals *
ISTF CONTACT: Ruth Metzel, Azuero Earth Project, Panama, (
SESSION SUMMARY: University-based programs on forest related fields are
evolving and inherently need to change towards multidisciplinary programs.
Some major drivers of these changes are globalization of the economy,
climate change, and new technologies and informatics. In a similar vein,
solutions for real life, resource management problems around forest key
issues, like health, bioenergy, climate change are consistently calling for
more holistic and cross-sectoral approaches. Universities curricula need to
meet diverse higher demands, and new ways to approach these challenges
involving various disciplines in a multicultural environment. This session
will highlight findings on research aiming to understand those challenges
and also research that addresses innovative strategies that allow forestry
students and professors and providers of non-formal education to keep
abreast with the time, such online classes, field practices, case studies
With its focus on being a communication network, ISTF can help you connect
with others interested in tropical forests and forestry. To join, please
visit this link please fill out the membership form at GoogleForms
send a message to tropicalforesters(a)gmail.com.