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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.

Researchers Heads Up: 1st Call of the ERA-NET Sumforest coming up soon!

The first Sumforest Call will be announced the

21st of March 2016.

It is an open call with the title:

“Forests for society of the future”

More information can shortly be found under the “Call” section of the Sumforest website.

Symposium on Wood Products Industries

When: April 7-8, 2016

Where: Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland

Symposium highlights

  • the importance of wood products and woodworking industries in the European bio-economy
  • new opportunities for business, markets, products, services and wood design
  • implications of EU- strategic processes
  • networking at the European level between decision makers of wood products industries, society, policy and research funding

The first day consists of presentations given by leading European bio-economy experts, followed by interactive panel discussions, where the audience can challenge the speakers. In the business forum, the participants will get familiar with a selection of innovative company solutions through flash presentations and small-group discussions.

In the second day, the participants are invited to discuss, plan, and network to produce ideas for further collaborative actions. Excursion includes visits to wood terminal and wood product industries company and production site.

Feel free to spread knowledge of this seminar to all who might be interested and find more information here

www.metla.fi/tapahtumat/2016/rdisymposium/

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2016!

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