Wednesday 30 September

Members dialogue session

At the Members dialogue session in the morning of 30 September, delegates are invited to discuss the matters related to official decision-making session on EFI affairs. The aim of this session is to facilitate the decisions to be taken this and next year.


Welcoming words


Moderator: Dr. Peter Mayer, Federal Research Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, Austria Alexander Aleksee
Prof.Dr. Alexander Alekseev, Saint-Petersburg State Forest Technical University
Dr. Marc Palahí, Director, EFI


Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) for Policy Support ( presentation )


Guidelines and topics of MDTF (20')
Prof. Dr. Lauri Hetemäki, Assistant Director, EFI

Discussion (30')




Future of European Forest Research ( presentation )


Introduction (10')
Dr. Robert Mavsar, Deputy Director, EFI

The role of forest research in building an innovative, sustainable and inclusive bioeconomy: opportunities in Horizon 2020 (15')  ( presentation )
Dr. Doru-Leonard Irimie, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

1-2 Questions (5')

Future opportunities for European Forest Research towards ERA co-fund (15')         ( presentation )
Dr. Martin Greimel, European Forest Institute

Discussion with the two speakers (25')



Panel discussion:
Forest research in Europe: emerging opportunities and challenges

Prof.Dr. Giuseppe Scarascia-Mugnozza, Agricultural Research Council of Italy, Member of EFI Board
Prof. Konstantin von Teuffel, Director, Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württenberg, Chair of FTP Advisory Group
Dr. Jari Varjo, Director, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Dr. Natalia Lukina, Centre for Forest Ecology and Productivity, Russian Academy of Sciences


Closing of the session


Dr. Peter Mayer, Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, Austria




EFI Annual Conference decision-making session


Item 1 Opening of the Conference

            a) Registration of the Participants 
            b) Adoption of the Agenda

Item 2  Election of the Officers of the Conference

            a) Vice-chairpersons
            b) Minute-checkers
            c) Vote-checkers          

Item 3  Board report to the Conference ( presentation )

Item 4  EFI Reports and Plans ( presentation )

            a) Review and adoption of the Annual Report 2014
            b) Approval of the audited financial statements 2014
            c) Approval of the Work Plan for 2016

Item 5   Election of Auditors of Accounts of 2016 ( presentation )

Item 6   Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) report to the Conference ( presentation )

Item 7   EFI Regional Offices

            a) Update on modalities of the Regional Offices ( presentation )
            b) Future of the EFI Regional Office EFINORD ( presentation )

Item 8   Board members 2015-2018

            a) Renewal of one Board Membership
            b) One new seat for the period of 2015–2018

Item 9   Membership Issues ( presentation )

            a) A welcome to new members               
            b) Membership fees 2016

Item 10  Venue of Annual Conferences in 2016 and 2017

            a) Vienna, Austria, 2016 ( presentation )
            b) Venue of Annual Conference in 2017 ( presentation )

Item 11  Any Other Business

            a) EFI fellowship ( presentation )
            b) International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA) – activity report

  19:00              Departure to the Gala Dinner by bus
  19:30              Gala Dinner