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

Future Opportunities for Bioeconomy : Focus on the West Nordic Region

The new report highlights the future opportunities for Bioeconomy with a specific focus on the West Nordic Region: Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.  The report explores the utilization and future opportunities based on green growth in this region and provides a good basis for strategic identification of beneficial projects in the region.

Based on the results, a specific action plan has been formed consisting of four main actions; 1. Create a West Nordic Bioeconomy panel, 2. Establish an interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence (CoE) for the West Nordic region, 3. Arctic bioeconomy II – Project focusing on opportunities in biotechnology and 4. Program focusing on “The Blue Bioeconomy”.

Download report here

EFINORD Head of Office appointed

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Ms. Sinikka Västilä has been appointed Head of Office of the North European Regional Office of the European Forest Institute (EFINORD). Ms. Västilä will start her one year term in March 2015. The Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) jointly host EFINORD Regional Office at the premises of SLU Faculty of Forest Sciences in Umeå, Sweden.

EFINORD promotes and facilitates transnational cooperation between EFI Associate Members in the Nordic-Baltic region, especially to support the development of a sustainable bioeconomy, including the implications, trade-offs and synergies related to intensifying forest management, increasing biomass production and ensuring the provision of ecosystem services.

Apply for cross-sectorial networks in Forestry and Agriculture

This time with SNS and NKJ.

The aim of the joint call is to promote international cross-sectorial collaboration among researchers and stakeholders from forestry and agriculture by networking activities. We aim to create a platform for communication in order to assess challenges, knowledge gaps and opportunities in the areas of biomass utilisation and land use.

The total budget for the call is 800,000 SEK and Network grants are for 1-2 years of activities.

  • The applied amount per network should be approx. 100.000 – 250.000 SEK/year
  • A self-financing component of at minimum 50% of the total budget of  is required.
  • The funding should primarily be spent on networking activities such as travel and meeting costs, and related networking cost.

Download flyer here

For more information please have a look here:

Forests around the world affected by climate change

An highly interesting article on forests and climate change was recently published by the Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK):

Around the globe, forests are found to be undergoing strong changes due to human influence already today. Degradation of woods due to man-made climate change cannot be ruled out for the future, a Special Feature in the Journal of Ecology, led by a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), now shows. To understand and improve the resilience of forests, a combination of approaches from small-scale field experiments to large-scale computer simulations can help, according to the studies. Taking a risk perspective, the scientists caution that global warming puts additional pressure on some of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth.

The whole article and related articles published in Ecology can be viewed here!

Student Trainee for The Nordic Centre

The Nordic Centre is  looking for a student trainee . The time will be fall semester 2015/2016 and the deadline for applications is March 10. 2015. The place of work will in Shanghai, China.

The position is to students from the Nordic Centre´s member universities and students from all academic fields are invited to apply.

More information HERE