Formas, one of the largest research councils in Sweden, has signed on as an official partner to the Congress. Formas will support the Congress with nearly 9 million Swedish kronor (SEK).
“This is the largest scientific congress in the Nordic region in the coming years and the largest in the world in 2024. It is an excellent platform to showcase Swedish forest research”, says Johan Kuylenstierna, Director-General of the Formas Research Council.
Formas is a government research council for sustainable development and is major organization to partner with the IUFRO World Congress 2024. In addition to contributing to the development of the Public Sweden Platform, Formas is providing financial support of almost € 850 000.
“We are very pleased that Formas is supporting the Congress. It is valuable both financially and as a signal to other partners that the Congress is important and worth engaging in”, says Fredrik Ingemarson, Director of the Secretariat for the IUFRO World Congress 2024.
The Congress already has financial support from the governments of the Nordic and Baltic countries, either directly or through the Nordic Council of Ministers, as well as from several universities in partner countries. The goal of the congress is to showcase and discuss research that highlights the role of forests in societal development towards the year 2050.
“We must discuss how we can manage our common natural resources such as land, water, and forests. Forests have many values that make them an important part of sustainable development. The congress is a good place to have these conversations and generate broad engagement from many national and international actors”, says Johan Kuylenstierna.
The 26th IUFRO World Congress will take place at Stockholmsmässan in Stockholm from June 23 to 29, 2024. The Congress is held every five years, and in 2024, SLU, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, is organizing the Congress in collaboration with the Nordic and Baltic countries on behalf of IUFRO, one of the world’s oldest scientific organizations. The first congress was held 130 years ago in Vienna, Austria, in 1893.