Forests in a Volatile World

Forests in a Volatile World

Sep 27, 2022

Forest experts from 85 different countries met at the scientific IUFRO hybrid conference held in Vienna last week. Forward looking dialogues, panel discussions, knowledge sharing and meetings about the role of forests in an unstable world were on top of the agenda.

The role of forest research
The conference explored the critical roles of research for the conservation and sustainable management of forests and trees under rapidly changing environmental, economic and social conditions. Six selected topics framed the discussions: Forests and Human Health – A One Health Perspective, Bioeconomy, Forest Degradation and Restoration, Forest Genetic Resources for Future Resilient Forests, Forest and Water and Gender (un-)Equal Networking.

Knowledge exchange for Sustainable Development
This global three-day hybrid meeting offered great opportunities for knowledge exchange. Both onsite and within the online conference area there were continuously conversations and networking going on. The meeting offered panel discussions, flash talks, online surveys, Q&A sessions and bilateral meetings.

The program, developed jointly by IUFRO Divisions, Task Forces and Special Programs and Projects, focused on the importance of forests in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The conference has shown the need to maintain and strengthen the efforts to make this world and its forests and trees healthier and more resilient for the benefit of nature and people.

The delegates were welcomed to join in field excursions, business meetings and engage within the IUFRO mentoring program involving students and young forest scientists. The conference guests concluded it was of great importance to meet within this type of forum. The level of engagement also show the importance of global meetings cross different scientific fields.

Join the journey: IUFRO World Congress 2024
The IUFRO World Congress 2024 team was invited to attend at the All-IUFRO conference, both onsite and online, inviting the conference participants to engage and become part of the journey of IUFRO World Congress in Stockholm, Sweden, 23-29 June 2024. The three-days meeting gave the opportunity to many great conversations with a wide spread of conference guests from all around the world, interested to take part in and curious to learn more about the upcoming IUFRO World Congress 2024 in Stockholm.

The IUFRO World Congress 2024 hosted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in collaboration with our Nordic and Baltic partner countries welcome the world to Stockholm under the theme Forests & Society Towards 2050.

Call for Session Proposals
The initial work to set the framework of the scientific program of the congress has already started. We therefor encourage all scientists and scientific organizations to grab the chance to submit a session proposal, latest by 13 October: IUFRO Stockholm 2024 (

We are looking forward to seeing you again in the near future and at the IUFRO World Congress 2024!

Read more about the All-IUFRO Conference within the IUFRO October newsletter: IUFRO News, Volume 51, Issue 9, 2022 / News Online / IUFRO News

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Photo: IUFRO World Congress 2024

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