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 

 
  • 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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  • 10th anniversary and inauguration of new research facilities

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    Ten years ago, we became Innventia as you know us today, after the merging of STFI, Packforsk, PFI and parts of Framkom. This was celebrated with approximately one hundred guests in connection with Innventia Days on 22 to 23 October. The event offered seminars, workshops, exhibitions, one-to-one discussions with Innventia’s experts and the inauguration of two new research facilities. / Innventia
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  • Young dense thinnings - at SLU in Umeå

    Etiketter: Woodfuels, Forest research and education
    Ten years of research and development on methods and techniques for biomass harvesting in young dense stands has been successful! We now want to share knowledge and experiences from this fruitful work by inviting you to a combined field demonstration and seminar.
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  • Collaborate with us

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry, Forest research and education
    Why collaborate with SCA and what’s in it for You? You are a highly qualified partner with an inventive contribution that fits our challenges and needs. Together with our resources in R&D, marketing and sales we jointly increase the chances for your invention becoming a global innovation. We get access to unique inventions, skills and competences that is complementary to our existing ones and that will either speed up time to market or broaden our range of offers. / SCA
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  • The next ”Innventia Global Outlook” – Papermaking towards the future

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    “Papermaking towards the future” is the working title for our next report in the series ”Innventia Global Outlook”, investigating the future of global paper manufacture. What changes can be observed and are currently taking place? What are the challenges at present, and how will they manifest themselves going forward? In which areas is the outlook most promising and how are we going to get there? / Innventia
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  • Intelligent paper carrier bag reduces need for additives in food

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    Together with the research institute Innventia, ifoodbag – a spin-off from KTH – is developing a food bag made of paper that can refrigerate and freeze provisions for up to 24 hours. The concept entails simpler and cheaper transport of refrigerated goods, less food waste, increased quality of foodstuffs and less need for additives. / Innventia
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