Currently available traineeships

Economic and environmental impacts of future technologies and forest-based bioeconomy

The market viability and carbon footprint of forest-based products in the future much depend on technology development in production-, recycling-, and energy generation processes. We assess future impacts of forest-based bioeconomy and aim at foreseeing possible trade-offs by developing plausible scenarios for the development of the whole operational environment. This requires understanding the emerging and innovative material processing technologies, their strengths and weaknesses, but also the impact of policies, consumers, and natural environment.

We are seeking a motivated student (preferably master’s degree) to work in Joensuu within tasks including e.g. data collection, environmental impacts assessment and foresight scenario data analysis. Educational knowledge of bioeconomy in general and bio-based production technologies is a plus. We are happy to hear the student’s own interests as well, for example it is possible to combine master’s thesis to the traineeship tasks.

Please send your CV and short motivation letter to  

Practical handbook on forest restoration measures in support of nature and biodiversity conservation

The traineeship will provide valuable input for elaborating a handbook on forest restoration measures in support of nature and biodiversity conservation. It intends to give a general overview on practiced restoration measures which find application not only in protected areas but also in managed forests. The link to practical examples serves as entry point for field visits and exchange of experiences for those are interested (or plan) to implement certain restoration measures in managed forests.

Experience with reviewing and condensing information to an easily readable and attractive format that is useful for forest nature conservation managers.

Traineeship location: Bonn, Germany. Duration: January 2020 - April 2020

Contact: Andreas Schuck

Forest Products Trade Flow Database – novel reporting tools

A novel database of forest products trade flow information was recently developed by EFI with support of ITTO. A number of predefined report formats were developed in R and they were integrated into the online user interface so users can generate reports for the countries, products and/or years that are of particular interest.

To develop additional report formats, we are seeking an interested student with basic knowledge of macro-economics and good skills in working with R statistical software. The student could work on this topic at the EFI headquarters in Joensuu.

Contact: Jo Van Brusselen

Modelling the evolution of a forest landscape according to mobilization scenarios

Following the work carried out as part of the INTEGRAL European project, which resulted in the publication of indicators according to the evolution of a 50-year Landes landscape, the student will participate in the realization of simulations on another part of the New Aquitaine territory. The work will include setting up the necessary mapping funds to carry out the simulations, interacting with stakeholders to understand management options and carrying out simulations.

This activity therefore requires a good knowledge of the handling of cartographic tools such as QGIS, a good knowledge of silvicultural management issues and the basics of using growth models. Fluency in French is mandatory. A knowledge of Java can be a plus.

Reference: Orazio C., Cordero R., Hautdidier B., Meredieu C., Vallet P. « Simulation de l’évolution de la dynamique forestière dans les Landes de Gascogne sous différents scénarios socioéconomiques ». Revue Forestière Française [En ligne]. 2015. n°6, p. 493‑514.

Contact: Christophe Orazio Christophe.orazio @  Location: Bordeaux cestas Duration: 4 - 6 months Funding: standard student grant