Forest machines in Uppland, 2003. Photo: Mats Hannerz

NB-NORD (2016-2020)

Nordic-Baltic Network for Operational Research & Development (2016-2020)

Coordinator: Professor Rolf Björheden, Skogforsk, Sweden,

Financing: 450.000 SEK/year for 5 years

The former Centre of Advanced Research “OSCAR2″ is now renamed to “NB-NORD and continuously active as a SNS – CAR.


The NB-NORD Conference on Forestry and Forest Operations:
Industrial Scale Bioeconomy and its Requirements
will take place June 14-16, 2017 in Lappeenranta, Finland.
Deadline for registration is 13th of May, 2017 and information with registration will be made available here and on shortly.


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,

Value recovery & Big data, Maria Nordström,

Mechanized and improved silviculture, Dagnija Lazdina,

Contractor forestry, Eva Skagestad,

Transport technology and low volume roads, Pirjo Venäläinen,

New and emerging forest products, Maria Iwarsson Wide,


Please feel free to contact us for information on developments and activities within the NB NORD work topics!


The OSCAR / NB-NORD homepage can be found here:


Information on former OSCAR projects:

The achievements from OSCAR’s first five-year-period were presented in News & Views No. 6, 2010. Its networking activities will continue with a similar organisational structure, the main purpose being to maintain the technological leadership of the Nordic countries. Research on competitive and environmentally sound raw-material supply is of central importance to meet fierce competition from other regions. Preliminary project areas for this CAR are: energy efficiency in forest operations; reduced impact on soil and water; extracting forest bioenergy; training machine operators; mechanised and improved silvicultural operations; and forestry business engineering (to purchase and sell services in forestry).

Find out more on the OSCAR2 website.

NBNORD Annual report 2016 

Download OSCAR2 annual report 2014
Download OSCAR2 annual report 2013
Download OSCAR2 annual report 2012
Download OSCAR2 annual report 2011