Esko Aho

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Esko Aho served as Prime Minister of Finland during 1991-1995. He is currently Executive Chairman of East Office of Finnish Industries representing the leading Finnish corporations in Russia, and a Consultative Partner at Nokia Corporation. Mr. Aho serves as a member of the Executive Board at the International Chamber of Commerce, and is an invited member of the Club de Madrid. Since 2010, he has been a board member at Skolkavo Foundation, an organisation charged with creating a new science and technology development centre in the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo. Recently, he started as EFI's Strategic Advisor on Europe-Russian cooperation.

The role of science in the 21st century
Thursday 1 October, 9:20

Gerard Buttoud

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Gérard Buttoud
is a senior specialist in governance and policy, economics and planning applied to forestry and timber development. He currently is a Visiting Professor of forest policy and governance at the University of Tuscia, in Viterbo, Italy. Previously, he was research director and professor in INRA - AgroParisTech in Nancy, France. He holds a diploma of Agricultural Economist Engineer, a Master of Sciences in Development Economics and Planning, and a PhD degree in Political Science.Prof. Buttoud acts as a lead consultant for various international agencies in institutional support to sustainable forest management level.

Evaluation and implementation research
Thursday 1 October, 11:25

Alexander Dobrovolsky

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Alexander Dobrovolsky is the Coordinator of the EFI Project Centre RUSFOR and Associate Professor of Forestry Department of Saint-Petersburg State Forest Technical University (SPbFTU). He studied forestry sciences at SPbFTU and Swedish University of Agriculture Science (SLU) and holds a PhD since 2009. During the period 2005-2014 he was involved in elaborating long-term management plans for several Russian provinces. Since 2014 he is involved in process of development of the draft of forest code for Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).    

Lessons learnt in the RUSFOR project: Development of the Model Forest Code for Commonwealth of Independent States ‐ CIS
Thursday 1 October, 15:00

Martin Greimel

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Martin Greimel of the Federal Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) is EFI’s Strategic Advisor for Research Funding. He provides strategic advice on European forest research opportunities, programmes and relevant funding instruments. As Research Manager in BMLFUW, he also acts as the coordinator of the ERA-Net project SUMFOREST. Dr. Greimel has several years of experience as Seconded National Expert to the European Commission.

Future opportunities for European Forest Research towards ERA co-fund
Wednesday 30 September, 10:40

Max Krott

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Max Krott, Professor, Chair of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy at the Georg August University of Göttingen, Germany. Since 1979 he has been conducting policy research and recently focused on international forest regimes, public forest-related organizations and public private partnerships as well as on the management of environmental research. He has published 11 books and some 150 scientific articles.Prof. Krott is founding Editor in Chief of the international scientific journal “Forest Policy and Economics” published by Elsevier.

Professional management of forest science-policy interface
Thursday, 1 October 10:20

Moderator, Session on Forest policy science and the science policy interface
Thursday, 1 October 11:25 

Elena Kulikova

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Elena Kulikova is Senior Expert and Acting Head of Programme for the Forest for Society Programme at the European Forest Institute. She has over 15 years’ experience in forest sector governance in Russia, and was formerly Forest Programme Head at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Russia. Prior to this she was a Head of Division in the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, and a Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation in the Federal Forestry Service of the Russian Federation.

Forest research in Russia and a role of policy studies in it
Thursday 1 October, 14:30

Peter Mayer

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Peter Mayer is the Managing Director of the Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW), responsible for the development and implementation of the overall strategy and financial operations of BFW, control activities (e.g. FLEGT) for the Republic of Austria and representation of BFW in national and international fora. During 2003-2010 he was Executive Director of IUFRO, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations and moderator of various multi-stakeholder consultations in the frame of UNFF and CPF (Collaborative Partnership on Forests). He holds a Masters degree in forestry and political science and a PhD in forest policy.

Moderator, Members dialogue session
Wednesday, 30 September, 9:00 

Kenneth Munson

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Kenneth Munson is Director of Global Forestry Projects at International Paper. Until July 2012, he was director of forestry and wood supply for International Paper – Europe, based in St Petersburg, and prior to this had a similar role with Ilim Group in Russia. He has worked in the forest products industry for 28 years in forest operations, research and technology, and nursery management in the US, and has forestry project experience in Brazil, China, Canada, France, Poland, New Zealand and the Philippines.

Moderator, Panel discussion on Science meets Practice: Needs and contributions
Thursday 1 October, 15:45

Knut Oistad

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Knut Øistad is Counsellor for agriculture, forestry and rural development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mission of Norway to the EU, Brussels. He is a forester by profession, and has worked as a researcher, chief regional forester in a forest owners association, advisor and head of unit in the Norwegian Research Council, and as deputy director general in the Ministry of Agriculture. He was chair of the second session of the United Nations Forum on Forests and has been member of Norwegian delegations to several deliberations on forests and climate change.

Panel discussion on Science meets Practice: Needs and contributions
Thursday 1 October, 15:45

Marc Palahí

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Marc Palahí
is the Director of the European Forest Institute and responsible for leading the organisation towards an acknowledged Pan-European science-policy platform. Previously he led EFI’s policy support activities and during this time was instrumental in launching ThinkForest, a European high-level science forum on the future of forests. He has also worked as Head of EFI’s Mediterranean Regional Office, EFIMED. He has a PhD in forestry and economics and an MSc in forestry engineering.

Welcoming words, Members dialogue session
Wednesday 30 September, 9:00

Opening, Forest policy research from theory to practice
Thursday, 1 October 9:00

Nikolay Shmatkov

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Nikolay Shmatkov
is the Head of the Forest Programme of WWF Russia. He works with forest management authorities, legislation bodies, policy makers and various other stakeholders on improvement of Russian forest legislation and forest management practices to ensure preservation of biodiversity and other high conservation values. He participated in the development of the newly approved Russian Forest Policy text as a delegate from Russian environmental and social NGOs’ community. He coordinates the FLEG 2 Program in Russia and Belarus on behalf of WWF, and is the Editor-in-Chief of “Sustainable Forestry” magazine.

Panel discussion on Science meets Practice: Needs and contributions
Thursday 1 October, 15:45

Bill Slee

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Bill Slee is a rural economist. He is currently chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of EFI.   Previously director of the Countryside and Community Research Unit in the University of Gloucestershire and later Science Group Leader of the Social Economic and Geographical Sciences Group of the James Hutton Institute, Scotland, from which he retired in 2014. He remains active in research in rural development and policy evaluation both in the UK and more widely in Europe. He has particular interests in the causes of differential development in rural areas, climate change and renewable energy and transitions towards more sustainable outcomes.

Panel discussion on Science meets Practice: Needs and contributions
Thursday 1 October, 15:45

Ilpo Tikkanen

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Ilpo Tikkanen
serves as a Chairman of the Board for the Metsämiesten Säätiö Foundation which is a non-profit organization developing the forest sector. Previously, he worked as a Programme Manager and Head of EFI’s Policy and Governance Programme over 10 years. Recently, he was given the title of “Metsäneuvos” by the President of Finland, Mr. Sauli Niinistö. Metsäneuvos is a honorary title given by president to a distinguished person in forestry sector.


Moderator, Plenary session
Thursday 1 October, 9:20

Georg Winkel

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Georg Winkelhas been appointed as Head of Research Programme Forest for Society at EFI, and will start in his position in October 2015. Georg Winkel holds an MSc degree in Forest Science and PhD and Habilitation in Forest and Environmental Policy. He has extensive background in analysing forest policy in different regions of the world and drawing on a rich set of analytical approaches and methods. He has a large-scale international research experience, with a focus on the interrelation of forest and environmental policy. Currently he works as a Senior Researcher in the Forest and Environmental Policy Group at the University of Freiburg.

Forest policy and governance research in Europe and EFI 
Thursday 1 October, 9:50