The 2018 EFI Annual Conference has elected Leire Barañano, Spain as a new Board member for the period 2018-2021. She is currently the general manager at NEIKER – Tecnalia. 

In 2017, the focus of our work was creating the future EFI ecosystem to bring the EFI Strategy successfully to action.

More than 140 persons from all over Europe, Israel, Jordan and New Zealand attended this international conference from 12 to 14 September 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

Dr Sven Wunder has been appointed as Principal Scientist for EFI’s Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED).

EFI and BOKU have signed an agreement to create a new Forest Policy Research Network.
This year’s event marked the official transition of what was EFIATLANTIC (the Atlantic Regional Office of the European Forest Institute) to the Planted Forests Facility. The concept of a facility is in line with the work initiated by the regional office, and before that the IEFC project centre, aiming at proximity with end users.
In July, the EFI Planted Forests Facility (EFIPLANT) co-organised with the Universidad de Valladolid an International Summer School on Forest Data and Management.

Read reflections from Marc Castellnou and Pau Costa Foundation on why and how forest fires are becoming a European problem.

We are saddened to hear of the passing of our former EFI colleague, long-term collaborator and friend Prof. Timo Karjalainen. Many of us in the EFI network and beyond were lucky to work with him and to know him personally.

The Republic of Estonia has ratified the Convention on the European Forest Institute and the entry into force will take place on 26 August 2018.

On June 21st 2018, EFI expert Andreas Schuck was invited to join an excursion to the Tegel forest in Berlin to introduce Integrated Forest Management approaches to German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner.
The newly started BioMonitor project wants to address the information gap and mismatch of emerging innovative industries coming from the chemical and materials sectors that deal with the production of bio-based intermediate and end-products. It also wants to resolve the lack of indicators needed to quantify the bioeconomy’s economic, environmental and social impacts in the EU and its Member States.
This week EFI is hosting Irish Minister of State Andrew Doyle, who is visiting Helsinki and Joensuu to discuss forest bioeconomy and European forest policy.
A newly published study assesses the impact of past and existing ERA-Nets and COST Actions within and related to the European forest-based sector. Its findings contribute to the scope and role of the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) strategic group for forests and forestry research and innovation (R&I).
Today at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF'18), EFI Director Marc Palahí was one of the panelists at the Russia-Finland Business Roundtable: Bioeconomy and circular economy – bases for new global breakthroughs.
EFI member organisations invited to submit proposals to host a science-media bootcamp

We’ve launched a call for Board member candidate to be elected in 2018 EFI Annual Conference.

The Cabinet of Germany has officially approved the agreement with the European Forest Institute which provides a legal framework for its office in Bonn.

The key purpose of the workshop was to train people in how to make accurate measurements of the wind and of tree movement, and to improve the understanding of meteorologists in tree physiology and of tree physiologists in meteorology.
EFI’s Young Leadership Programme is looking for dynamic young leaders to create a sustainable future for Mediterranean forests.
Connecting science, practice and policy to face forest disturbances.

The Swedish Embassy in Helsinki together with EFI organised a discussion dinner on 4 April on the future of forest policy in Europe. The event was hosted by Ambassador Anders Ahnlid.

EFI’s strategy, presence in France and ongoing policy support work were discussed when Director Marc Palahí met the French Minister for Agriculture Stéphane Travert on 26 March, during his official visit to Finland.

Forests have a transformational potential in moving towards a new economic paradigm, a tertium quid, where prosperity takes place within our planetary boundaries as result of a synergistic symbiosis between economy and ecology.

This year EFI granted the European Forest Island 2018 award to Sardinia. On 19 March 2018, EFI Director Marc Palahí presented the award to Francesco Pigliaru, the president of the autonomous region of Sardinia.