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IUFRO 125th anniversary congress - Interconnecting forests, science and people

IUFRO 125th Anniversary CongressInternational Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

IUFRO is "the" global network for forest science cooperation. IUFRO prides itself on being one of the world’s oldest international scientific organizations. It unites more than 15,000 scientists in almost 700 Member Organizations in over 110 countries, and is a member of ICSU. Scientists cooperate in IUFRO on a voluntary basis. When IUFRO was established in 1892 by the forestry research institutes of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, these founding members shared the conviction that scientific research needed to be an international activity. 

IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress – Interconnecting Forests, Science and People

The 125th Anniversary Congress in Freiburg will not only celebrate the accomplishments of the past. It will also establish a dialogue on the future of forestry and forest research. These discussions will focus on globally pressing topics such as how to enhance the contribution forest research will need to make towards mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing water, creating income and employment, and improving the quality of life. Issues such as how changes and disruptions in society and technologies are likely to impact on forests and people in the future will also be discussed.

This Congress aims to provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge across the full range of forest and forest-related topics and scientific disciplines. A wide selection of technical sessions will highlight innovative research and interdisciplinary research approaches of relevance to forests, and focus on the transfer of scientific knowledge on critical global forest-related challenges to national and international political agendas.

Date and Venue:

The 125th Anniversary Congress will be held from 19 to 22 September 2017 in Freiburg, Germany.

Scientist Assistance Program

The Scientist Assistance Program (SAP) described here assists early and mid-career scientists from economically disadvantaged countries to participate in the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress to be held from 19-22 September 2017 in Freiburg, Germany.

Who is eligible to apply for SAP?

Early and mid-career scientists (45 years or younger) preferably from least developed countries as defined by the UN but also from low income and lower middle income countries according to the World Bank list are eligible to apply for financial support to attend the congress under this program.

Please note, scientists affiliated with IUFRO (either as an office holder or as an active member of an IUFRO unit, or be employed by an IUFRO member organization) will be given preference.

What information must an applicant provide in their application?

The applicant must:

  • Provide a short resume
  • Indicate in a covering letter how participation in the 125th Anniversary Congress will benefit the applicant and her/his country?

What selection criteria will be applied?

The following selection criteria will be applied to incoming applications:

  • The eligibility requirements are fulfilled
  • The required information supporting the application has been submitted
  • An abstract has been accepted for oral or as poster presentation by the Congress Scientific Committee.

Please note that, in addition to these criteria, consideration in the selection of applicants will be given to issues of gender balance in keeping with the policies of IUFRO and the congress organizers. Moreover, while applications from those who have received SAP support for past IUFRO congresses are welcome, preference will be given to those who have not received funding previously.

Submission of Applications

Applications must be submitted online using the application form available here before 31 March, 2017, midnight Hawaii time, USA.


Registration will open in March 2017.

Early registration March to 1 June 2017
Late registration 2 June to September 2017

Picture credit: International Union of Forest Research Organizations

For more details visit here the IUFRO website.