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. 

 

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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 

 
  • 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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  • Innventia’s wood room conference celebrates its 30 anniversary

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    We held our first wood room conference back in 1984. This year’s conference – Renserikonferens 2014 – will be held in Karlstad in April, with a focus on Wood 2012, Stora Enso Skoghall’s new wood room. / Innventia
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  • Cellulose electronics a key factor in new energy storage project

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    Cheap energy storage is leading to smarter energy usage and making it simpler to produce renewable energy. The MODULIT project will develop a new type of storage unit using printed electronics. / Innventia
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  • WoodWisdom-Net focus on new forest-based products

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    April will see the official kick-off of 23 new projects within the WoodWisdom-Net+ Programme. Innventia is participating in four projects, coordinating one of these. The projects aim to develop new green composite materials from the wood sector. The proposals involve new business opportunities for industry, as well as resource-efficient use of raw materials and energy. / Innventia
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  • The first spool with lignin multifilaments

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    Innventia has successfully produced its first spool of lignin multifilaments for further converting to carbon fibres. The filaments are based on 100% softwood kraft lignin and were produced without additives. Innventia is now investing in new equipment for multifilament spinning and thus enhances the establishment of a Swedish test bed for lignin-based carbon fibre. / Innventia
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  • Plastic tents reduce pollen contamination in a scots pine seed orchard

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    External pollen contamination reduces the quality of seed orchard seeds, and there have been many attempts to find measures to reduce it. In this study, plastic isolation tents were erected over the grafts in a north Swedish Scots pine seed orchard, and isolation was maintained for one month after the pollination season. Analysis of DNA markers showed a significant reduction in contamination rate, from 23% in outdoor open blocks to 0% inside the tents. Selfing was higher inside the tents, but it could be reduced by supplementary mass pollination.
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  • Do you have suggestions for possible thesis research projects?

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    Now you can reach students at SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) quickly and easily by putting up an announcement on the new Xjobbsportalen. External actors (companies, organizations) that wish to collaborate with students on thesis projects, internships, or other assignments are also welcome to announce on the Exjobbsportalen. This service is provided free of charge and the portal can be reached by the external web. All ads on the portal will be visible for students on the Student Web. You can even decide whether your ad will be shown to SLU alumni. / SLU
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  • Forests Challenge Badge: an educational guide to forests for children and young people

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    A useful support tool for teachers and youth leaders, the Forest Challenge Badge helps educate children and young people about the importance of forests in maintaining life on the Earth. Teachers can prepare their sessions using the Forests Challenge booklet. This gives background information on the importance of forest ecosystems, forests in use, forests at risk, and their cultural, economic and social value to people. / Forest Europe Growing Life
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