New Policy Brief – Field layer important for Nordic people´s forest preference

Now read our latest SNS policy brief!
Read the full Policy Brief here.


New SNS supported research shows that field layer characteristics largely influenced the Nordic population’s forest preferences. Active introduction and management of field layer may be encouraging for forest managers and policy makers – especially in an urban context – as it proposes a relatively quick possibility to increase the recreational value of many young forests resulting from afforestation or regeneration cuttings.


Authors and affiliations:


Anders Busse Nielsen
University of Copenhagen
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Frank Søndergaard Jensen
University of Copenhagen

Vegard Sverre Gundersen
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

Is Nordic forestry prepared for climate change?

Raising awareness about climate change is one of the main challenges for the Nordic co-operation on forests. This is further confirmed in the findings of a recent NordGen Forest survey, now published as a policy brief from NordGen.

Read the full policy brief here.

National forest inventories and remote sensing – better information, better decisions

With better information, better decisions can be made. Advances in inventory technology provide forest data at ever smaller scales – from region-wide assessments of forest resources, down to detailed imaging of individual trees.

Read the full article here about the SNS-supported network CARISMA!


NB NORD take-off!

In June 13-14 the Coordinating committee and Focus area coordinators of NB NORD met at Skogforsk, Uppsala, Sweden. The current state of research and development at the participating institutes was presented and a tentative work plan for the CAR was decided. Minutes from the meeting are available at Kick-off report.


Currently, Rolf Björheden at Skogforsk is the CAR Coordinator and the Coordinating committee consists of Magnus Thor (Skogforsk), Antti Asikainen (Luke), Heikki Pajuoja (Metsäteho), Andis Lazdins (Silava), Kjell Suadicani (KU) and Bruce Talbot (NIBIO). The Focus areas and the coordinators/contact persons are as follows

Reduced impact logging, Isabelle Bergkvist,

Value recovery & Big data, Maria Nordström,

Mechanized and improved silviculture, Dagnija Lazdina,

Contractor forestry, Eva Skagestad,

Transport technology and low volume roads, Viktorija Rozentāle,

New and emerging forest products, Maria Iwarsson Wide,


Please feel free to contact us for information on developments and activities within the NB NORD work topics!

SNS and NKJ Matchmaking Day

Date: 15th of September, 2016

Location: Vantaa, Finland

Register: Sign up before 15th of August

More information, SNS and NKJ Matchmaking Day 2016.

Sign up here:

Registration and participation is free of charge but you will have to pay for your own travel and accommodation costs.


The Nordic region, with its abundance of natural resources and advanced industry is relying more than ever on an economy built around bio-based resources. By discovering and leveraging our strengths together, in a cross sectoral initiative, we can make a positive impact and ensure a sustainable future for the Nordic region.


Why this Matchmaking Day?
The purpose of this day is to make researchers, governmental officials and industry stakeholders meet in an inspiring atmosphere. It is about networking, strengthening networks and to spark brilliant ideas for future networks and research projects that can be applied for at SNS and NKJ.


What’s the output?
The goal of this Matchmaking Day is to create a basis for the text of a coming network call in 2017 at a total amount of 600 000 SEK.


If you have any questions contact or

SNS annual report 2015

Now the annual report for 2015 is availably here.

Phytophtora Project Kick-off

The SNS – funded project on Phytophtora diseases, SNS-121, held its kick-off meeting the 8th of April in Malmö, Sweden. Research groups from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Lithuania and Estonia met in Malmö, Sweden for the kick-off meeting of the SNS-research project “Assessing the role of climate factors in association with spread of invasive Phytophthora species in forests and from urban landscapes”.


Phythophthora pathogens in northern Europe have increased dramatically over the last 15 years. This is likely reflecting an increased import of Phytophthora species via infected plant material, as well as a change in climatic conditions over the last 60 years. The impact of climate change to the virulence of Phytophthora species is however intricate, involving complex host-pathogen interactions, which most likely will be altered in the face of climate change. This project aims at understanding the potential impacts of Phytophthora in Nordic and Baltic countries under changing climatic conditions.

The kick-off meeting was initiated by presentations of current updates of Phytophthora research in the six countries. The afternoon was devoted to a designing a joint Phytophthora project to be carried out in the participating countries.

The complete program of the meeting can be found here: Agenda Kick-off Meeting

Introduced Species in Nordic Forestry

The most recent thematic day organised by NordGen Skog elaborated the issue on introduced tree species in Nordic forests:

The use of introduced tree species in forestry varies widely between the Nordic countries. This is partly a result of history and cultural differences, and partly a result of national requirements. But what role will these tree species play in future forest production and mitigation of climate change?

Read more about the event and it’s outcomes here.


How to fund a PhD course

NOVA University Network calls to apply for funding of PhD courses within forestry:

Funding of PhD Courses

Call open to Apply for Research Funding!

Today, the ERA-Net Sumforest announces its Call for Research Funding under the topic.

“Sustainable forests for the society of the future”

The FP7 ERA-NET Sumforest invites to submit relevant research proposals in the call for transnational collaborative research projects. The call opens on the 21st March 2016 with a closing date for proposals on the 17th June 2016.

The title of the call is “Sustainable forests for the society of the future“. The present call for proposals focuses on basic and applied research that aims to support policy decisions regarding multifunctional forestry. Proposals are expected to be transnational, and innovative forms of cooperation such as interdisciplinarity are encouraged.

A one-step application will be used in this call. Proposals (in English language) must be submitted electronically. An optional pre-registration until the 20th May 2016 is strongly recommended to ensure eligibility.

More information is available at the Sumforest Webpage: