Safeguarding genetic diversity in Noway

Access to genetic resources is fundamental to the production of food and other agricultural and forestry products. The Norwegian Genetic Resource Centre coordinates expertise and activities to conserve and utilize genetic resources for food and agriculture in Norway.

Read article by John Olav Oldertrøen from Skog och Landskap Norge HERE

NordGen Scholarship Reports for 2014

The NordGen Forest scholarships are meant to contribute to common Nordic benefit by supporting education, continuing education and knowledge exchange for persons working or studying within forest seed or plant production, regeneration methods and tree breeding in the Nordic countries.

Recently, two summaries of the most recent activities supported by NordGen Forest have been published:

  1. Agnes Bondesson and Hanna Andre, Sweden: Field work in Iceland, to study soil temperatures’ effect on the growth of Sitka spruce
  2. Emad Jaber, Finland: Attendance at the XVI International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions XVI IS-MPMI 2014

Download present and previous reports HERE

NEW REPORT : Wood preservation with chemicals

The Nordic Council of Ministers, the BAT Group under the Working Group for Sustainable Consumption and Production, has requested the consultant to prepare a report on Best Available Techniques (BAT) in wood preservation with chemicals in the Nordic countries. The Nordic wood preserving industry produces around 2.1 million m³ of impregnated wood per year, which is about one third of the total supply of pressure-treated wood in Europe. This report describes the present status of the used technologies, their emissions and impacts on the environment and technologies that can be considered BAT. The report will also be used as an input from the Nordic countries to the EU process under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) for preparation of the BAT Reference Document for preservation of wood and wood products with chemicals (WPC BREF) which is foreseen to start in 2014.

Download report HERE

Mobility Programme for Nordic – Baltic Businesspersons

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia is inviting small and medium-sized enterprises, business incubators and organisations in the Nordic and Baltic regions to apply for participation in mobility programme for Business and Industry, established with the aim of fostering economic co-operation, strengthening regional ties and innovation development in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

Business and industry entities and businesspersons in the Nordic and Baltic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania) can receive financial support for the development of educational visits and co-operation networks.

Applications will be accepted until 30 September 2014.
More info can be found here

Possibility for Funding within Wood Material Construction

Nordic Built call for proposals 2014

Nordic Built has launched a new call for proposals for innovation projects that promote sustainable building in the Nordic region and export of Nordic solutions beyond the region. The call is open to 15 October 2014.

New SNS Call to apply for Research Funding!!!

SNS announces a call to apply for research funding with an emphasis on Bioeconomy and Biochemistry!
The specific scope of this call is on bioeconomy in general and biochemistry within forestry and forest products in particular. The overall goal with the funded projects is to develop a forest value chain with new and a wider range of forest products that have a potential to be a sustainable alternative to fossil based products. The total pool for this call is 500.000 SEK per year for a time frame of 3 years.
Please find the rules of application and the application form attached to this email!

The new ERA-NET Sumforest publishes its first News Letter!

As it was reported in the latest SNS News and Views, SNS is a partner in the newly established ERA-NET Sumforest (

Now Sumforest issued its first newsletter with more detailed information about the scope and objectives of Sumforest as well as an interview with the SNS-board member Liisa Saarenma, who represents the Finish partner, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MMM), in Sumforest.

Welcome to read the Sumforest Newsletter here!

Journal News Feed from Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research (SJFR)

The new issue 29(3) of the ‘Journal news feed’ from SJFR, is now available on the SNS website, and also on NB Forest.

The journal news feed presents the editors’ condensed summaries of key findings from selected scientific papers from SNS’ two scientific journals, and this one is from the Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, Volume 29, Issue 3, 2014.

Extra Curricular Network Call in Bioeconomy!!!

This time with SNS and NKJ!

Herewith we announce our joint Call for Network activities within  Bio Economy. The aim of these call is to fund Networking Activities that are cross-sectorial, covering forestry and agriculture. The focus will be land-use for biomass production and sustainable utilisation of biomass in the scenario of transition to a greater bio-based economy.

The Call is open now and the deadline for application will be the 15th September 2014 24:00 CET.
If you are interested, you are most welcome with your applications!
Information can be found here!
Please spread this information also among your colleagues!


Welcome to this cross-sectorial workshop on Carbon and Water cycles in boreal, subarctic, and arctic ecosystems organised by ICOS Sweden.
ICOS is the Research Infrastructure for the “International Carbon Obersvation System“.

The workshop will addresses stakeholders as well as scientists.

The conference will take place on the 2 – 3 of September 2014 at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science in Umeå, Sweden.

Deadline for registration is the 1st of July. 

More information and Registration