A group of scientists has published a Letter exploring the use of forest biomass to produce energy, ahead of the European Parliament vote on the EU Renewable Energy Directive on 17 January.
On 7 December 2017, a signing ceremony was held in Helsinki at the German embassy, to formally establish an EFI office in Germany.
Experts from across the globe will be assembled in Helsinki on Thursday for the 2017 Bioeconomy Investment Summit.

How can scientists and practitioners collaborate to prevent wildfires, how can they react to storms and biological invasions? What role can forests play in global approaches to climate change policy? How can we integrate nature conservation in sustainable forest management strategies?

EFI, in collaboration with Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, brought together European and Russian representatives to discuss the opportunities of bioeconomy in policy, business, human capital development in a recent event.

How we mainstream the implementation of the circular bioeconomy strategy was the focus of a ThinkForest seminar which took place in Brussels on 7 November.

Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and the European Forest Institute (EFI) are arranging a series of open discussions on the European and Russian cooperation opportunities in bioeconomy development in 2017-2019.  The first discussion will take place on 9 November 2017 and bringing together

A newly started project AgroForestry Innovation NETworks (AFINET) promotes agroforestry implementation throughout Europe by improving knowledge on management and design of agro-sylvicultural systems.
The documentary “Wise use of our forests: the integrative approach” produced by Daniel Kraus and Andreas Schuck (EFI) will be featured at the 7th Life Sciences Film Festival. The film was selected by the festival committee out of more than 1300 entered films.

An exciting new initiative to promote pan-European research collaboration was unveiled at the EFI 2017 Annual Conference. The EFI Network Fund is a unique instrument which will provide €1m over the next four years exclusively for EFI Associate and Affiliate Members.

The EFI 2017 Annual Conference has elected Prof. Marco Marchetti, Italy as a new Board member for the period 2017-2020.

Using science-based knowledge to improve the implementation of Natura 2000 in forests was the focus of a ThinkForest seminar which took place in Brussels on 27 September.

EFI’s Director Marc Palahí has called on forest scientists to lead the future bioeconomy revolution.

The IUFRO-EFI Young Scientists Initiative will be launched during the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress in Freiburg, Germany.

Forests provide Europe’s societies with a broad range of essential ecosystem services. They are the source of one of Europe’s most valuable renewable resources – wood.

Leading European policy makers and scientists will explore the future of Europe’s forests as European Forest Institute’s Bonn Office officially opens its doors. The inauguration festivities take place on 29 August 2017 in the Kunstmuseum Bonn auditorium.

The Global Timber Tracking Network has launched its new website:

The Republic of Serbia has ratified the Convention on the European Forest Institute and the entry into force will take place on 2 September 2017.

What do you get when you put together forest policy experts from 16 different European countries and the European Commission with scientists and forest practitioners? Lively and insightful discussions, determination to find new solutions and, of course, outings in the forest.

The role of forests is now highlighted also in the work of the agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) which works to foster competitive and sustainable farming and forestry that 'achieves more and better from less'.

Each year we hear terrible news from southern Europe about forest fires, a trend that has continued this week with the tragic events in central Portugal.

The Kingdom of Belgium has ratified the Convention on the European Forest Institute and the entry into force will take place on 23 July 2017.

The opportunities which the circular bioeconomy can offer for inclusive, sustainable, economic development were the focus of a ThinkForest seminar on European bioeconomy strategy, which took place in Berlin on 10 May.
EFI strengthens its network as Dr Cristina Narbona and Mr Janez Potočnik are joining Esko Aho and Göran Persson in advisory roles.