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 

 
  • 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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  • PTT: Removals and roundwood trade at a" "high level"

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    The rise in roundwood removals earlier this year calmed down by the beginning of summer and the outlook for this autumn will balance the year’s accrual, making them a little higher than last year. However, there are considerable differences between the development of different timber varieties and trading methods. Next year the good economic situation continues if the uncertainties regarding global economy do not change the favorable development of forest products’ demand. / PTT
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  • VTT INFO: Replacing plastic and mineral wool insulation with wood fibre

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    As part of the WoTIM project (Wood-based Thermal Insulation Materials), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing wood fibre-based insulation materials and sprayable insulation foams with enhanced product features. The new materials will enable mass production of high-quality insulation products, which will replace products made of non-renewable or poorly recyclable raw materials. Use of wood-based material will lower energy consumption at the production stage, as well as reducing the products' carbon footprint. / VTT
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  • VTT: Textile waste can be made into fabrics that are even better than the original

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    The dissolving of textile waste offers the opportunity to return large volumes of waste to textile production. Novel and efficient methods will be able to recover cellulose molecules, providing one way of resolving the limitations soon to be placed on the use of landfill sites. Such methods will also serve to promote the efficient use of materials. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is currently developing methods for handling large quantities of textile waste material. / VTT
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