Forest research and education

Today’s forest research and education face societal challenges

Today’s forestry research and education faces many challenges. Forest resources have gained increased attention in recent times in connection to climate change and the need to replace fossil-based products with renewable ones. But also in connection to society’s dependence on critical so called ecosystem services that forests provide, like stabilization of our climate, cleaning of our waters, or provision of environments for recreational purposes. In short, society’s demands on the services that forests provide are increasing.

A challenge for forest research is to develop scientific knowledge on management strategies to enable the reconciliation of differing, and sometimes conflicting, demands for wood fuels for energy purposes and raw material for novel renewable wood-based products, which can replace fossil-based alternatives, with already existing demands for raw material to the traditional woodworking- and pulp- and paper industries, while at the same time preserving biodiversity and functioning forest ecosystems, including quality of water and soils, as well as social values of forests. 

The main actor on the Swedish forestry research and education stage is the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, but forestry-, forest industrial and forest-related research and education is also undertaken at several other universities and research institutes in the country. 

 

International research cooperation is necessary

Even though Sweden holds a prominent position in forest research and development, international cooperation is an integral part of today’s research. Many research challenges related to forest resources are also of a regional or global character, such as climate change and its connection to forests, causes of deforestation, water management, as well as combating poverty. As for the forest industry, international research and development cooperation is a natural part since several businesses have significant parts of production abroad and operate in international markets. 

 

Read more:
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences – Faculty of Forest Sciences
Future Forests

A multi-year trans-disciplinary research program on the future management and use of forests hosted by the Forest Faculty at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 

 

Skogforsk - the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden

Innventia - world-leading Swedish research institute that works with innovations based on forest raw materials 

 
  • Wood based energy systems from Nordic and Baltic Forests

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    Enerwoods conference discussing how to increase forest productivity and adaptation in tandem with more efficient use of the wood. The conference has two sessions. The morning presents results from the joint Nordic research program Enerwoods and includes talks from researchers at University of Copenhagen, Skogforsk, Linnéuniversitetet and LUKE. The afternoon session focus on practices and perspectives for the future use of the forest, regionally and globally. Speakers represent forest companies, the energy sector and energy authorities. Global outlooks are given by speakers from Russia, Brazil and British Columbia. The conference is due on the 27th Augusti 2015 and you register before 22nd August.
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  • Tapio translates research into best practice services to forest professionals

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    The Finnish organisation Tapio became the limited company Tapio Oy at the start of 2015." The different Nordic countries have approached their forest extension programmes and communication in a variety of ways, often split between many organisations. Tapio is an exception, being almost the sole knowledge transfer organisation in Finland. A description of Tapio is, therefore, of interest to other Nordic countries. / SNS
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  • Forest Facts from SLU: Education support as development aid

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    One issue of SLU:s popular science publication Fakta Skog has been translated and is now available in English. Swedish support to forestry education in Ethiopia – what was the outcome? Sweden and other Nordic countries have invested a large sum of aid-money to build up forest academic education in Africa. / SLU
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  • A road map for a cellulose-based society

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    Innventia will release its third Global Outlook Report in 2016: “A Cellulose-Based Society”. The report will examine trends and driving forces affecting the role of the forest industry in a future featuring innovative renewable materials based on cellulose that are used with brand new business models. / Innventia
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  • VTT printed a morphine test on paper

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    VTT is the first in the world to have developed a drug test printed on paper. VTT used antibodies – produced by methods of molecular biology – as morphine sensing molecules when creating this printing technology-based morphine test. Using printing technology to manufacture rapid tests enables high production volumes and low production costs. A paper-based test enables a rapid analysis of whether a compound – in this case, morphine – is present in a given sample. / VTT
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  • Apply for cross-sectorial networks

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    The aim of the joint call is to promote international cross-sectorial collaboration among researchers and stakeholders from forestry and agriculture by networking activities. We aim to create a platform for communication in order to assess challenges, knowledge gaps and opportunities in the areas of biomass utilisation and land use. / SNS
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  • Landscape approaches

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    Landscape approaches are widely used to analyse growing pressures on our natural resources, and to identify the needs of present and future generations. The main driver of rural landscape change in coming decades is the rapid land use expansion and intensification required for increased food production and for wood and energy crops. / SIFI
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  • Forests around the world affected by climate change

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    An highly interesting article on forests and climate change was recently published by the Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK): Around the globe, forests are found to be undergoing strong changes due to human influence already today. Degradation of woods due to man-made climate change cannot be ruled out for the future, a Special Feature in the Journal of Ecology, led by a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), now shows. / Nordic Forest Research
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  • Forestry course for high school

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    A unique new Lincoln University forestry course will be delivering cutting-edge training in a New Zealand, Northland school next year. / Timberbiz
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  • Russia seeks intensified wood production

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    After a long history of wood mining, and inspired by forestry in the Nordic countries, Russia wants to increase the sustained yield of wood by intensified forest management. In a Licentiate thesis from SLU’s School for Forest Management in Skinnskatteberg, Vladimir Naumov explores how to succeed with this ambition. First, the regional landscape history and its footprint in NW Russia’s Komi Republic were analysed. Second, the biophysical conditions for intensification in NW Russia and Sweden were compared. / SLU Euroscapes
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