The leading European forest research network meets in Uppsala
The European Forest Institute (EFI) holds its Annual Conference in
Uppsala on 28-30 September. The event will be opened by the
Vice-chancellor of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
(SLU), Prof. Dr. Lisa Sennerby Forsse. During these days over 130
leading European forest scientists and experts gather to discuss the
role of forests in Europe in the future from different points of view.
Dr. Marc Palahí, EFI’s Assistant Director in policy advice, will
present his view on ‘Positioning forest science in Europe at the
frontier of knowledge‘. The European Commission’s view is brought forth
by Mr. Timothy Hall, Head of Unit, Directorate General of Research in
his speech on the potential role of forest research contributing to
Europe 2020 Strategy.
The day also includes keynote presentations on the latest
developments in the FOREST EUROPE ministerial process and the European
Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP), representing the industry
and a variety of other key stakeholders in the forest sector in Europe.
On 29 September, there will be a Scientific Seminar ’Active Forestry
with Responsibility ‘ presenting the latest developments within forest
tree genetics. “Researchers that are leading the genome programmes that
have recently started in Europe and the United States will provide
insight into a challenge that is 20 times larger than the human genome
programme, “ notes Prof. Jan-Erik Hällgren, of the SLU’s Forest
Department, the main organiser of the seminar. The Scientific Seminar
will also provide updates of the biggest forest genetic programmes in
Europe, and provide information of research activities in Asia with
examples from Australia, New Zealand and China.
The seminar also tackles with the issue of how to balance the
relationship and guide trade-offs between different functions of
forests. It is followed next day by an excursion, organised by
Skogforsk, that will display the current challenges of Swedish forestry -
Use without overuse.
More information is available on the Annual Conference
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