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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 (www.sumforest.org).

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!

WORKSHOP

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

What Science Can Tell Us: Forest Bioenergy for Europe

The importance of forest bioenergy in Europe has gained more focus than before because of the European Union’s renewable energy policy and its climate change mitigation objectives,
in particular. Moreover, energy security issues, rural policies as well as income and employment generation related to bioenergy production have all played important roles.

As forest bioenergy is a multifaceted and complex issue, there is a continuous need for evidence-based information that helps better understand the many-sided opportunities and impacts of forest bioenergy in Europe. Moreover, this information can help direct forest bioenergy along environmentally and economically efficient routes while avoiding unwanted detours. The newly published report “Forest Bioenergy for Europe” helps to address these needs and at the same time provide valuable insights.

The report has been the collaborative effort of experts from 12 countries representing 28 different institutes. It was edited by Paavo Pelkonen, Mika Mustonen, Antti Asikainen, Gustaf Egnell, Promode Kant, Sylvain Leduc and Davide Pettenella.

Forest Bioenergy for Europe has been published in EFI’s What Science Can Tell Us-series. The full report can be downloaded here.

Contact: mika.mustonen@efi.int

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

The new issue 29(2) 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 2, 2014.

 

The productivity of regeneration may be improved

The applicability of quality management in the forest regeneration services for private forest owners in Finland was studied. Quality management was found to be one of the crucial elements in improving the state of young stands and increasing the productivity of the activities. Systematic feedback about the outcome of activities provided a sound starting point for tackling the main challenges of forest regeneration and for the adoption of best practices.

A PhD thesis, supported by our partner NordGen Skog! Welcome and read more here

Homepage and PhD course by our network Continuous Cover Forestry

The EFINORD – SNS Network Continuous Cover Forestry has now created their own and really interesting homepage.

At the same time they announce a PhD-course that will take place in Umeå, Sweden in September 2014. So, are you a PhD student and interested in natural regeneration under continuous cover forestry, check it out!!

10th Annual Meeting of the Network for Wood Science and Engineering (WSE)

Welcome to 10th Annual Meeting
of the Northern European Network for Wood Science and Engineering

WSE 10: 13-14 October 2014

SCOPE:
• Wood physics and mechanics
• Engineered wood products and composites
• Wood protection and modification
• Applications of wood based materials
• Wood engineering

IMPORTANT DATES
06 - 06 - 2014 Deadline for submission of Abstracts
30 – 06 – 2014 Deadline for registration
04 – 07 – 2014 Deadline for submission of full papers

More information can be found here.