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A Scientific Roadmap for Projections of Global Change Impacts on Forests

Location Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Date 27 - 28 August 2014
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Europe’s forests contribute substantially to human prosperity and well-being. Forests have been subject to intensive research for centuries. However, new developments such as climate change as well as other environmental and societal changes are challenging our current knowledge about sustainable management of forests. These challenges have been partly addressed by a number of past and ongoing research projects and COST Actions, but a synthesis of what we know and what we do not know regarding the future of forests is needed. This 2-day event brought together a group of approximately 30 scientists to discuss the challenges and research needs for making projections about the future of Europe’s forests under climate and global change.

The main objectives of the event were to assess the scientific state-of-the-art for making projections of forest responses to global and climate change; to summarise and map the results and impacts of previous COST Actions and European projects on this topic; and to identify gaps in research and opportunities for enhanced collaboration at the European level. The workshop gathered senior scientists and Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) from throughout Europe in an innovative and highly participative format that guaranteed an attractive and original event.

A key aim of the workshop was to produce a scientific roadmap for organising research efforts and highlighting crucial knowledge gaps regarding the projection of forest responses to climate and environmental change. By synthesising earlier projects and allowing for the development of new research foci, the workshop identified key scientific progress that is needed to support the long-term sustainable management of Europe’s forests.

Moreover, the workshop fostered further collaboration among participants, especially regarding joint applications to EU programmes (e.g. projects within Horizon 2020, COST Actions, etc.) as well as within existing programmes.

The Organising Committee launched a Call for Expressions of Interest to participate in the workshop and present a poster highlighting research on the topic of the workshop. The call description can be downloaded from this webpage.

Programme overview

  • 1st day morning: Plenary for general introduction, invited scientific talks and introduction to open-space discussion groups.
  • 1st day afternoon: Open-space discussion groups, ESR poster session, and summary of first day.
  • 1st day evening: Networking dinner.
  • 2nd day morning: Short plenary with reporting from discussion groups, “Horizon2020 marketplace”, invited scientific talks and continuation of open-space discussion groups.
  • 2nd day afternoon: Plenary for wrapping up the open-space discussions, conclusions and future steps.

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Organising Committee

Prof. Mersudin Avdibegović, Faculty of Forestry, University of Sarajevo, BA

Prof. Sjur Baardsen, Chair of COST Domain FPS; Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NO

Dr Martin Greimel, Vice Chair of COST Domain FPS; Research Manager, Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, AT

Dr Florian Hartig, Lecturer of Biometry and Environmental System Analysis, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, DE

Dr Christopher Reyer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, DE

Dr Fatima Bouchama, Science Officer of COST Domain FPS, COST Office, BE