Member organisations then and now

Member organisations have always been central to EFI’s existence. The official Act of Constitution of EFI was signed by 12 founding member organisations from 10 European countries, in Joensuu, Finland on 9 September 1993.

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Raúl Albuquerque de Sardinha of Portugal signing the Act of Constitution. Behind, Stig Andersson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), Heinrich Spiecker (Albert-Ludwigs University), Jari Parviainen (Finnish Forest Research Institute) and Birger Solberg (Norwegian Forest Research Institute) await their turn.

leaf The 12 founding member organisations

Faculty of Forestry, University of Brno
(now Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno)

Czech Republic

Faculty of Foresty, Albert-Ludwigs University
(now Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Sciences)


Forest Research Institute


Norwegian Forest Research Institute
(now Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute)


The Forest Research Institute


National Forest Research Station
(now part of INIA)


St Petersburg Forest Technical Academy
(now St Petersburg State Forest Technical University)

Russian Federation

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


Institute of Terrestrial Ecology/NERC
(now the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology/NERC)

United Kingdom

University of Joensuu
(now the University of Eastern Finland)


Finnish Forest Research Institute


Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki
(now the Department of Forest Sciences)


In 2013, EFI has 130 member organisations from 36 countries, some from as far afield as the US, Canada, Japan and the People’s Republic of China. They include forest research, industry and forest owners, as well as environmental research and international forest-related organisations. Any organisation can apply for EFI membership, as an Associate (organisations based in Europe) or Affiliate (those organisations located outside Europe).