New Homepage for Nordic-Baltic Bioeconomy

The Nordic Council of Ministers, and thereby also SNS, is highly active within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Reagion (EUSBSR).

In connection to the 6th EUSBSR forum in Latvia, a homepage for the EUSBSR Bioeconomy was launched last week.

Welcome to explore the site with an interactive map and a “Resources” section that includes the key documents for realising the bioeconomy in the EUSBSR. There is also a possibility to read the Newsletters and become updated on activities and projects.

Link to the EUSBSR Bioeconomy homepage 

Two possibilities to apply for SNS research funding!

The first Call:  Centre of Advanced Research (CAR)


The Nordic Forest Research Cooperation Committee (SNS) has over the years 2005-2015 established and supported 4-5 CARs (Centres of Advanced Research). SNS has evaluated CARs to be an important and effective tool for forest research and longer term networking in the Nordic region and adjacent countries. SNS has decided to announce an OPEN call for CARs 2016-2020. 

Timeline of Call and Application period:
Deadline for applications for new CAR-projects for the period 2016-2020 is 15.9.2015 at 24:00 CET. The applications will be externally reviewed and successful applicants will be notified in December 2015 with project start January 1st 2016.

Rules of Applications and the Application Form can be viewed and downloaded HERE


The second Call:  OPEN CALL – SNS Research Projects to start in 2016

SNS announces a call for SNS research projects to start in 2016. Projects should relate to the prioritised themes of the SNS strategy. SNS wishes to initiate projects which focus on “Forestry within bioeconomy, climate, and social-aspects” that are key elements in both, national, regional and EU strategies.

Timeline of Call and Application period:
The call will be announced on Wednesday the 17th of June 2015
Deadline for application is September 15th 2015 at 24:00 CET. Successful applicants will be notified in December 2015 and financing will start in January 2016.

Rules of Applications and the Application Form can be viewed and downloaded HERE

Conference coming up: Managing Forests to Promote Environmental Services

The final CAR-ES conference is to be held in Copenhagen, the 3rd – 5th of November 2015

Managing Forests to Promote Environmental Services:

Climate change adaptation and mitigation, water protection, biodiversity conservation, and soil quality maintenance

Carbon sequestration, water protection and biodiversity are key environmental services provided by the Nordic and Baltic forests, and each of them are linked to soil properties and quality. Various types of forest management have different effects on these services, and knowledge on how the forest management can help maintain and enhance them is crucial to sound decision making in the forest sector and in policy development.

The conference is being arranged to properly round-off the activities of the SNS funded CAR-ES network for the 2011-2015 period. All researchers working with these topics are warmly invited to present their work. The conference will present state-of-the-art, and identify knowledge gaps to be addressed in the future. Also other stakeholders are invited to participate and present.

 CAR – ES is hoping to see as many of you as possible!!

More information on the conference can be found on the conference homepage, as well as for registration and abstract submission.

Everyone with an interest in environmental services from forest is welcome! From the Nordic – Baltic countries and all over Europe!

For practical questions and scientific contents, please contact Inge Stupak (, Leena Finer (, and Lars Högbom (

Important dates:
Abstract submission: No later than 21st of August 2015
Notification of acceptance: 19th of September 2015
Registration closes: 3rd of October 2015

EFINORD-SNS meeting: Phytophthora-diseases of forest trees in Northern Europe.

On Monday the 25th of May, the EFINORD – SNS Phytophtora network met in Alnarp for a workshop on Phytophtora caused disease of forest trees in Northern Europe.   20150525_135515

The goal of the meeting was to inform about basic biology and spreading of Phytophthora-diseases in forest trees; present the relevant ongoing research activities; and gather information about research needs and knowledge gaps from practical forestry, including urban forestry.


Phytophtora research in Southern Sweden and ongoing phosphite treatments of beech trees in Malmö’s Pildammsparken were presented by Michelle Cleary and Ann-Mari Fransson (both SLU). Iben Thomsen from KU in Denmark informed about Phytophtora – diseases in Denmark and Venche Talgø from Biofors, Norway presented the biology of and aetiology of Phytophtora.


The afternoon was spent to observe Phytophtora damages in the Alnarps park and having a look on ongoing research in the SLU laboratories in Alnarp.

The full program of the day can be found here: Program_Phytophthora meeting 150525 Alnarp

10th Volume Jubilee of the Journal Wood Material Science and Engineering

Now in its 10th volume, Wood Material Science and Engineering is a multidisciplinary and international journal with the aim to serve at the forefront of the wood science and technology field.

To celebrate the 10th volume jubilee, the editor has chosen 10 outstanding articles from the past 10 years that can be read here.


SNS – Matchmaking Workshop – Coming up soon!!!

Event: Workshop
Date: 29th of April, 2015
Location: Nordic Council of Ministers (Norden), Ved Stranden 18, Copenhagen, Denmark

This year SNS launches 3 general and on extra curricular call for funding research and networking activities with an overall budget of 11.000.000 SEK.

In order to spend that money wisely SNS invites for a Matchmaking day.

The purpose of this day is to make researchers meet in an inspiring atmosphere also together with stakeholders and policy makers. It is about networking, strengthening networks and to spark brilliant ideas for future networks and research projects that can be applied for at SNS.

For the program that can be seen in detail in the invitation attached to this email, selected speakers will inspire on 5 central topics:

  • Ecosystem Services
  • Climate / Climate change
  • Social Aspects of Forests
  • Technology in Wood and Forestry
  • Bioeconomy

Since the number of participants is limited to 50 out of administrative reasons, please register by sending me an email to: no later than the 15th of April 2015.

For registration please give information on:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Country
  • Sector of Activity (e. g. Forestry, Agriculture, Environment, Energy)
  • Research Expertise and Interest
  • Any food preferences and/or  allergies

More Information can be found HERE

Next steps towards “Realizing the Bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region”

A number of networks have been set up and projects launched in the two years since the European Commission appointed the Nordic Council of Ministers as Horizontal Action Leader for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. A new three-year plan for the work was presented and discussed at a conference in Warsaw 4–5 March.

Find our more here

Tree breeding from an Icelandic perspective

“Afforestation in Iceland has been a history of trials and errors, to see if anything could grow here. Now forestry has become a viable investment opportunity”, was one of the initial statements made at the NordGen Forest thematic day on tree breeding, held on 11 March 2015.

A successful thematic day was concluded with a tour to the forest of Einkunnir nature reserve. Photo: Edda Sigurdís Oddsdóttir

Read more here!

11th Annual Meeting for Wood Science and Engineering 14 – 15 September 2015

Established in 2004, the Northern European Network for Wood Science & Engineering currently involves 11 partner countries. The first meeting was held in Honne (N) in 2005, whereafter successful annual meetings have been held since.

During this period, the WSE platform has matured into an invaluable forum for researchers in all aspects of wood science and engineering to meet and share knowledge & the organizers now look forward to welcoming you to Poland, Poznan, for an important anniversary event: The 11th annual meeting of WSE.

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Important dates:
17-05-2015 Deadline for submission of abstracts

12-06-2015 Deadline for registration

19-06-2015 Deadline for submission of full papers


More info can be found in The Flyer.

Apply for EFINORD-SNS networks!

Nordic Forest Research (SNS) and the North European Regional Office of European Forest Institute – EFINORD – announce a new joint call for networks.
This joint network call is a part of the SNS-EFINORD cooperation since 2012. The aim of the collaboration is to establish better contact between the forest research communities in the Nordic, Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic regions. The link between the North European Region and EFI should be tightened and add a European dimensions into the well-established Nordic forest research co-operation.

To increase the Nordic – Baltic – North Atlantic synergies, an EFINORD – SNS network should assemble partners from three different Nordic countries and three other EFINORD countries.

The total budget of the Call is 1.150.000 SEK and The applied amount per network should be approx. 100.000 – 250.000 SEK.
A self-financing component of at minimum 50% of the total budget of the network is required.

Are you interested in to establish a scientific network within your research area or you want to continue a successful ongoing scientific network? Detailed information on the conditions of the call can be found in the “Rules of Application”.

Welcome with your application by filling in the “Application Form” and submit it no longer than 1st of June 2015.


Rules of Application

Application Form

Deadline 1st of June 2015