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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, isabelle.bergkvist@skogforsk.se

Value recovery & Big data, Maria Nordström, maria.nordstrom@skogforsk.se

Mechanized and improved silviculture, Dagnija Lazdina, dagnija.lazdina@silava.lv

Contractor forestry, Eva Skagestad, eva.skagestad@mef.no

Transport technology and low volume roads, Viktorija Rozentāle, v.rozentale@lvm.lv

New and emerging forest products, Maria Iwarsson Wide, Maria.IwarssonWide@skogforsk.se

 

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: http://simplesignup.se/private_event/79496/387840286f

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

 

Background
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 andreasson.sns@slu.se or hansson.nkj@slu.se

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”.

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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: https://www.sumforest.org/calls-research/

 

Healthy Ash in Denmark

Resistent ash trees to ash dieback in Denmark? Read this highly interesting report on research being done on the pathogen Hymenoscyphos fraxineus, where SNS funded researchers have been involved:

The state of healthy Ash in Denmark

Apply for EFINORD – SNS Network funding!

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 1.000.000 SEK and The applied amount per network should be approx. 100.000 – 200.000 SEK.
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 2016. 

More information can be found here: http://www.nordicforestresearch.org/calls/networks/

ERA-Net Sumforest pre-announces its Call for Funding!

Sumforest pre-call announcement:
The FP7 ERA-NET Sumforest pre-announces the upcoming call for transnational collaborative research projects. The call will open on 21 March 2016.

The title of the call:

 “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.

Instructions regarding submission, eligibility, evaluation criteria and other relevant information will be made available on the webpage: www.sumforest.org/calls-research.

For secretariat support please contact: Vera Steinberg at vera.steinberg(a)ble.de or +49 (0)228 6845 3653.

All this information is written in detail in the pre-announcement, that can be downloaded by clicking on this link.