SAF is seeking Associate Editors for Forest Science (looking for international professionals – ideally from Latin America, Asia, and Africa). Please distribute the job description below to your applicable colleagues and contacts. Interested individuals can apply by sending a CV to Matt Walls (wallsm(a)safnet.org). There is no technical deadline, but I would encourage those interested to contact Matt as soon as possible.
Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
Forest Science currently has an editorial board comprised of 1 editor-in-chief, 3 applied research editors, and over 75 associate editors specializing in 18 areas of forestry and natural resources. Associate editors are responsible for assisting the editor in soliciting and developing articles of interest to forestry and natural resource researchers, academicians, and professionals, land managers, and policy makers; obtaining competent, timely reviews of assigned papers; and ensuring that the topics covered in Forest Science are balanced across discipline and employment categories.
In more specific terms, there are two broad areas of responsibility. The first is the peer-review process, coordinating the review of scientific and technical manuscripts in the associate editor’s field that have been submitted to Forest Science for publication—generally by distributing them to three authorities in the relevant subject areas. To fulfill this task, associate editors must know the different subfields within his or her specialty, and who practices in these subfields, so that papers can be sent to appropriate, knowledgeable reviewers. Associate editors will be notified by the web-based peer review system, Rapid Review, that a manuscript has been sent for review. It is expected that the associate editor acknowledge the assignment and assign reviewers within 4 business days of receipt. Reviewers are asked to accept or decline a review assignment within 2 business days and return completed reviews within 15 business days; associate editors are expected to ensure that assignments are acknowledged and comments are returned in a timely manner. Associate editors are asked to review reviewer comments and ensure that they are delivered in a professional and constructive manner, then synthesize these comments for the Forest Science editor. If the reviewers should disagree markedly, the associate editor should recommend which course to take (accept, ask for revision, or reject), and provide guidance that the authors can follow when preparing their revision.
The second area concerns the broader, less-defined role of consulting with and advising the Forest Science editor-in-chief in determining the content, direction, and focus of Forest Science, particularly in the specialties that he or she is responsible for. This would include being aware of new developments in the field, current controversies, and subjects that have not been adequately covered in Forest Science. Associate editors are encouraged to suggest possible topics and authors for appropriate articles.
Government Affairs and External Relations
Society of American Foresters
O: (866) 897-8720 ext. 202
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Von: Sophie Vallée [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Gesendet: Montag, 02. März 2015 17:15
Betreff: #FacesOfTheForest Photo Contest
Version française ci-dessous
Dear friends and colleagues,
#FacesOfTheForest Photo Contest – Winning photos to be part of an exhibition at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site during IV Mediterranean Forest Week in Barcelona.
The first edition of the #FacesOfTheForest Photo Contest, launched by the Forest Communicators Network in the Mediterranean Region and Near East (FCNMedNE), is organised in the framework of the 2015 International Day of Forests. This year’s theme is “Forests | Climate | Change”, climate change being one of the biggest challenges facing our planet while the role of our forests in mitigation needs to be more clearly understood.
The #FacesOfTheForest Photo Contest aims at highlighting the vital role of the forests in the development of forest communities. Photos should be taken in the forest in Mediterranean and Near Eastern countries and should reflect the role played by forest people and forests in general on the following topic(s): income generation; mitigation of climate change; water conservation; soil conservation; sustainable development; social equity, gender balance; women empowerment; youth development.
A selection of the best photos will be shared on the <http://www.fao.org/forestry/communication-toolkit/86425/en/> FAO website of the FCNMedNE, printed and presented in an exhibition during the IV Mediterranean Forest Week in Barcelona (17-20 March 2015).
Deadline for sending photos: 12th March 2015 at 23:59 UTC
Please find enclosed the instructions in English, French, Spanish.
Chers amis et collčgues,
Concours photo #FacesOfTheForest - Les photos gagnantes seront exposées au site Art nouveau Sant Pau, ŕ l’occasion de la IVčme Semaine forestičre méditerranéenne ŕ Barcelone.
La premičre édition du concours photo #FacesOfTheForest, lancée par le Réseau de communicateurs forestiers en Méditerranée et au Proche-Orient (FCNMedNE), est organisée dans le cadre de la Journée internationale des foręts 2015. Le thčme de cette année est ŤForęts | Changement| Climat ť, le changement climatique étant l'un des plus grands défis de notre plančte tandis que le rôle des foręts en matičre d'atténuation doit ętre mieux compris.
Le concours photo #FacesOfTheForest vise ŕ mettre en évidence le rôle essentiel des foręts dans le développement des communautés forestičres. Les photos doivent ętre prises en foręt dans le Bassin méditerranéen et au Proche-Orient et doivent refléter le rôle joué par les populations forestičres et les foręts en général sur le(s) sujet(s) suivant(s): la génération de revenus ; l'atténuation du changement climatique ; la conservation de l'eau ; la conservation des sols ; le développement durable ; l'équité sociale, l'équilibre entre les sexes ; l'autonomisation des femmes ; le développement des jeunes.
Une sélection des meilleures photos sera partagée sur le <http://www.fao.org/forestry/communication-toolkit/86425/fr/> page internet de la FAO dédiée au FCNMedNE, imprimée et exposée au cours de la IVčme Semaine forestičre méditerranéenne ŕ Barcelone (17-20 mars 2015).
Date limite pour l'envoi des photos: le 12 mars 2015 ŕ 23:59 UTC
Veuillez trouver ci-joint les instructions en anglais, français et espagnol.
European Forest Institute - Mediterranean RO (EFIMED)
Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Sant Leopold Pavilion
St. Antoni M. Claret, 167
08025 Barcelona - Spain
Office: +34 935 15 32 11
Cell phone: +34 627 00 01 65
Von: Im Auftrag von Lukas Giessen
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 19. Februar 2015 11:02
Betreff: Defining and assessing forest governance
based on a joint effort among researchers from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), especially IUFRO Division 9.05 on Forest Policy and Governance, we are happy to share with you an attempt to defining the concept of forest governance from a research perspective (see atachment).
Below you will find the essence with regard to defining forest governance from a research perspective.
Lukas Giessen, PhD
Chair of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy, University of Göttingen Büsgenweg 3, 37077 Göttingen/Germany
Phone: +49 551 39 33413
Web Working Group: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/350489.html
Forest governance research
Research into forest governance issues is a popular and timely endeavour. The high relevance of international forest governance research is further reflected by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) dedicating to this very topic its group 9.05 on Forest Policy and Governance, which includes a special working group 9.05.02 on Forest Governance.
Forest governance research can be conceptualized as social science inquiry into forest-related decisions, their implementation and resulting effects within a given institutional setting.
In order to arrive at relevant and valid conclusions, social science inquiry, more than their physical sciences counterparts, need to clearly define the terms, concepts and methodological frameworks which they apply. Unfortunately, this is not easily and, hence, not always done in forest governance research, running the risk of rendering the concept of forest governance a buzzword, rather than advancing scientific rigor.
Defining forest governance
In the abovementioned sense we propose a wide definition of forest governance, which researchers may find useful to build upon and to further develop according to their empirical cases. Accordingly, forest governance comprises a) all formal and informal, public and private regulatory structures, i.e. institutions consisting of rules, norms, principles, decision procedures, concerning forests, their utilisation and their conservation, b) the interactions between public and private actors therein and c) the effects of either on forests.
Assessing forest governance
Assessing forest governance can be done as a scientific endeavour conducted within the scientific realm, or as a practical enterprise undertaken by actors in the field of forest conservation and utilisation practices.
Within the scientific realm, the researchers are guided by methodological frameworks, which they develop intersubjectively in order to advance scientific knowledge about real world phenomena. There are two broad approaches for such scientific analyses: Analytical studies are concerned with the mere reflection of these phenomena and their explanation and strive for developing value-free methodological frameworks. In contrast, normative analyses imply value judgements on desirable conditions within their methodological frameworks and often develop recommendations towards selected ends. In both approaches, the researchers are free to define their concepts and hypotheses on potential causalities following scientific thought and rigour.
On the contrary, practice-oriented assessments of forest governance inherently imply value judgements which are closely related to the interests of the authors’ organisations developing the methodological frameworks. Recently, a number of such practice-oriented frameworks for assessing forest governance have been developed (FAO 2014, WRI 2013). In such works, value judgements are an implicit or even explicit part of the methodological framework. WRI (2013), for example, build on the normative concept of good forest governance. This does not mean that such assessments are non-scientific; they often are a combination of scientific and practical aspects which are integrated and through this provide for added value to real world challenges .
Please find attached the second Announcement and Call for papers for the
international IUFRO Symposium “Cross-sectoral policy impacts on managerial
economics and accounting in forestry”, jointly organized by IUFRO Unit
9.05.03 (Cross-sectoral policy impacts on forest and environment) and IUFRO
Unit 4.05.00 (Managerial Economics and Accounting). The event will be
organized in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (May 4th – 6th, 2015).
On behalf of the Organizing committee
Mersudin Avdibegovic, Ph.D.
University of Sarajevo
Faculty of Forestry
Head of the Chair of Forest Economics, Policy and Organisation
Zagrebacka 20, 71000 Sarajevo, BiH
Tel. +387 33 81 24 90, + 387 33 81 24 91
Fax. +387 33 81 24 88
From: "siegfried.lewark" < <mailto:email@example.com> siegfried.lewark(a)fobawi.uni-freiburg.de>
To: <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> div6(a)lists.iufro.org
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:31:01 +0100
it is my great pleasure to invite you to this year’s annual conference of SILVA Network – probably you already know about it through other channels.
The title is “Should all Forestry Students learn the same? Generalization versus Specialization”, and it will take place at BOKU in Vienna, 16.-18. April, 2015, including a nice excursion. The conference will be cosponsored by the IUFRO education group.
Please find the announcement and further details under www.silva-network.eu
(deadline for abstracts extended).
I look forward to see you in Vienna soon,
Prof. Dr. Siegfried Lewark
Professur für Forstliche Arbeitswissenschaft /
Chair of Forest Work Science
NANJING FORESTRY UNIVERSITY
College of Furniture and Industrial Design
Longpan Road 159, Nanjing, Jiangsu
2nd Call for Abstracts (and sorry for cross mailings)
Extended abstract deadline 1st April 2015
SSAFR 2015 – 16th Symposium for Systems Analysis in Forest Resources
August 19-21, 2015, Uppsala, Sweden
Abstract submission through conference homepage http://www.skogforsk.se/ssafr2015
The SSAFR symposia congregate researchers and practitioners in the area of Operations Research and Systems Analysis in Forest Resources. The symposia are held biannually and have until now taken place in the Americas, mostly in USA. This would be the first time the symposium takes place in Europe. Topics of stretches from broad problem areas such as ecosystem services, pest and fire, wood for energy, and landscape planning to mathematical methods and algorithmic developments. The following themes have thus far been identified:
* Educational tools in OR/MS
* Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) methods
* Fire and pest management
* Forest Decision Support Systems - construction and use
* OR/MS techniques for forest planning
* Forest operations
* Planning and control systems for the forest-based supply chains
* The forest-based sector – modeling
* The forest-based sector – challenges and policies
* Bioenergy and biorefineries
* Transportation & routing
* Forest management and biodiversity
Contact and questions
· Scientific program: Ljusk Ola Eriksson (ola.eriksson(a)slu.se<mailto:email@example.com>)
· Organizational issues: Gert Andersson (gert.andersson(a)skogforsk.se<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>)
· SLU: http://www.slu.se/en/departments/forest-resource-management/
· Skogforsk: http://www.skogforsk.se/english/
Wellcome! /Ola Eriksson
Professor Ljusk Ola Eriksson
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Department of Forest Resource Management
SE-901 83 UMEÅ
Visiting address: Skogsmarksgränd
Phone: +46 90 786 83 78