Mentorship Programme

Are you a senior scientist, forest professional or student representative interested in sharing your knowledge with those on their way to a glorious career in the field of forests?

Are you an early career scientist, professional or student, looking to use the congress as a way to network, learn and discuss your own ideas?

Then please register to take part in the IFSA-IUFRO World Congress Mentoring Programme!

What is the IFSA-IUFRO Mentorship Programme?

During the IUFRO 2024 World Congress thousands of forest-related scientists and stakeholders from all over the world will come together in Stockholm, Sweden to share the latest knowledge and have a dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics and disciplines. But beyond this, the congress will provide an exciting platform for students and early career scientists to connect with and learn from senior researchers, and to share their ideas on the most pressing forest-related issues of our time. For many students and early career researchers, huge congresses such as this can be a new and daunting experience – many find it hard to navigate the complexity of topics, to speak up in discussions, or to network with senior scientists.

The IFSA-IUFRO mentoring programme is here to address these challenges! Experienced scientists (>35 years, working in a scientific/research field) are paired with students or early career researchers with similar research interests to exchange knowledge and ideas on their fields of forest sciences. Learning opportunities include presenting your research findings to the broader public and scientific networking and collaboration.

How does it work?

Once you’ve applied for this program, the IFSA team will strategically match mentors with mentees, based on your similar backgrounds and interests. Mentors will then help guide their mentee throughout the congress to facilitate networking and understanding of presented topics and forums. In turn, mentees will have the chance to share their own knowledge, research, experience or insights. There are no specific requirements as to how much time you spend together during the congress – how you approach your mentoring experience is 100% up to you!

How can I sign up?

The mentorship programme registration is included in the congress registration. So keep an eye out for the mentorship-related questions when registering for the congress! Closer to the congress, we will then introduce you to your mentor/mentee, and provide you with tips and any support you may need leading up to or during the congress.

Download Mentorship Programme Concept Note (pdf)

If you have any questions, please contact Magdalena Jovanovic, IFSA sub-commission responsible for the IUFRO 2024 World Congress at