Tuesday 10.06.2014


Woody biomass for energy from privately owned forests overestimated

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The European Commission expects the use of biomass for energy in the EU to increase significantly to meet a legally binding target of at least 20% of the EU’s total energy use from renewable sources in 2020. In response to the increased demand, the EU member states have estimated the direct supply of biomass from their forests to increase by 45% on a volume basis between 2006 and 2020. A new study, led by Kristina Blennow from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), shows for the first time that European private forest owners are not as ready to increase the supply of woody biomass for energy as assumed.

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Forest innovation workshop held in Brussels

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A workshop titled Inform-Prioritize-Collaborate: Cooperation of Regions on innovation in forest management, use of wood and forest-related services took place on 20 May 2014 in the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, Brussels.

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Current trends for forest biomass for energy in the EU

Recently, three NGOs – Birdlife Europe, European Environment Bureau, and Transport and Environment – contracted EFI along with the International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS) and Joanneum Research to conduct a study on current trends in forest biomass for energy in Europe, carbon balance and the sustainable potential. This study was launched in Brussels on 21 May 2014 with many interested parties from NGOs, industry and the European Commission in attendance.

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Coming up: MOUNTFOR PhD day

EFI Project Centre MOUNTFOR organises its first PhD day on 4 November 2014 at the Free University of Bozen–Bolzano, Italy. A selected number of PhD students from the MOUNTFOR partner institutions will present their scientific work in a dedicated framework.

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Last chance to apply for 2014 JFNW!

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The Joensuu Forestry Networking Week
(JFNW) invites young and experienced scientists, professionals, policy makers, decision takers, and other stakeholders to discuss non-wood products and bioeconomy issues in Joensuu, Finland on 2-4 September 2014.

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Read the latest issue of EFI Insights from Brussels here.


Young Scientists Session: "Building the future" at EFI 2014 Annual Conference on 10 September 2014. Deadline for applications: 13 June 2014.
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Natural Resources, Green Technologies and Sustainable Development -conference. 26-28 November 2014, Zagreb, Croatia. Deadline for abstracts submission: 20 June 2014.
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Appointment news from EFI member organisations:

Prof. Dr. Arne Pommerening has been appointed as a Professor in Mathematical Statistics Applied to Forest Sciences at the Faculty of Forest Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) as of 1 April 2014.

University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna has awarded Prof. Dr. Heinrich Spiecker with Honorary Doctorate on 15 May 2014

As of 1 June 2014, Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan Nabuurs has been appointed extraordinary professor ‘European Forest Resources’ at the chair of Forest Ecology and Forest Management of Wageningen University, lead by Prof. Frits Mohren.
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Open posts at EFI member organisations:

Postdoctoral position: Modeling design of public/ private partnerships in the context of adaptation to climate change. Forwind project (LEF, INRA and AgroParisTech). Application deadline: 15 June 2014.
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Tenure Track Junior Professorship “Wood Technology and Wood Chemistry”
- Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen. Application deadline: 30 June 2014.
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Professor in Urban Vegetation
- The Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Application deadline: 25 August 2014.
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