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UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15)

Despite on-going efforts, biodiversity is deteriorating worldwide and this decline is projected to worsen with business-as- usual scenarios. The UN Biodiversity Conference will convene governments from around the world to agree a new set of goals for nature over the next decade through the Convention on Biological Diversity post 2020 framework process.

The conference will consist of two parts. The first is going to be the conducted online on 11-15 October 2021, and the second is going to take place between 25 April - 8 May 2022 in Kunming, China.

More information here.

Stable Isotopes in Forest Ecosystem Research

The SIFER event is a doctoral course which aims to provide a broad introduction to the use of stable isotopes in forest ecosystem research.

Registration will open in March, 2021.

Programme and more information available here.

IUCN World Conversation Congress

The Congress is also the largest marketplace for conservation and sustainable development science, practice and policy. Scientists, policy experts, business leaders and professionals from around the globe share their experience, innovation and latest research.

  • 8 days
  • 1000+ participants
  • 1300+ interactive sessions
  • 160+ countries represented
  • 100+ motions decided
  • 4 high-level dialogues

More information here.

Summer School FORMON - Long-term Forest Monitoring

The 2021 Summer School FORMON aims towards MSc, PhD, and post-doctoral students. Its principal aim is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the concepts, approaches, and available data infrastructure of long-term forest monitoring. It is supported by ICP Forests, the SwissForestLab, and NFZ.forestnet.

More information here.

NFZ Summer School on Emerging pests and diseases in European Forests

The Summere School is designed for PhD students, young researchers, and Master's students interested in understanding the biology and the epidemiology of emerging pests and diseases in temperature forests, and gaining insight into the consequences for forest management.

The summer school is organised by AgroParisTech, INRAE, Université de Lorraine (France).

Further information about registration and participation here.


International Plant Health Conference "Protecting Plant Health in a changing world"

The first International Plant Health Conference will be convened in Helsinki on 28 June - 1 July 2021 on the theme “Protecting Plant Health in a Changing World”. Hosted by the government of Finland, the Conference will be one of the key events of the International Year of Plant Health.

The following four themes will be discussed in a series of workshops, scientific and regulatory symposia and side events:

  • plant health and international trade;
  • the potential of plant health to contribute to a hunger-free world;
  • plant health’s contribution to climate action and the preservation of life on land;
  • plant health and development.

The conference aims to attract participants at a scientific, technical and regulatory level, in addition to a general audience of concerned citizens.
For further information and registration follow the link -

EU Green Week

The High Level Virtual Conference of the EU Green Week is the key event of the biggest EU event series for climate action that take place annually.

Click here for more information.

FABI International Seminar

The upcoming FABI International Seminar will take place on 29th April @16:00 GMT+2. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Andrew (Sandy) Liebhold, who is a well-known expert of the IUFRO Community. All researchers and experts interested in tree health, biological invasions or forests and forestry in general are welcome to the event.
Register here.

Urban Forestry Days

The European Forest Institute (EFI), the European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) and the Horizon 2020 CLEARING HOUSE project will host two days of integrated activities on urban forestry (March 23-24 2021). The online event is targeted at advanced practitioners, established researchers, sector leading policymakers and those wishing to learn of the latest developments in Europe and beyond. A special focus for this conference is Sino-Europe collaboration. The conference will be run in English with Mandarin translation.

Further information here.

Nature at the heart of a global circular bioeconomy

On 19 March 2021 at 12:00-16:15 UTC, EFI, the recently-merged Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF), and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, in collaboration with the Global Landscape Forum (GLF) and the Sustainable Markets Initiative Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (SMI CBA), will host the world's first conference examining the forest-based bioeconomy with a focus on the Global South.

This half-day digital forum will bring together investors, scientists, forestry, agroforestry and landscape experts, practitioners, community and business leaders and policy makers to explore what it will take to shift to a circular bioeconomic model that supports people and planet, putting nature at the heart of how we operate.

For more information and registration click here.

Mapping Together: How Local Leaders Use Open Foris Collect Earth To Monitor Restoration

Join World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) webinar for the launch of a new guidebook, Mapping Together, that helps people use this program to produce locally relevant, actionable data on land use/land cover, tree cover and count, tree spatial pattern, and the added value that restoration can bring people and the environment.

Additional information about attendance and participation here.

13th Arab Conference of Plant Protection, Tunisia, 2020.

On behalf of the Arab Society for Plant Protection and the Organizing Committee of the 13th Arab Congress of Plant Protection, we invite you to participate in our coming congress to be held at the “Le Royal” Hotel, Hammamet, Tunisia, during the period 1-6 November 2020 with the general theme “Plant Health for a Secure and Safe Food”. Excellent scientific presentations by Arab and Foreign speakers will be the backbone of our congress, in addition to one day agricultural and touristic tour to visit historical and cultural sites in Tunisia.
During five days, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking with colleagues during the symposia, concurrent oral and poster sessions or when visiting exhibition stands. In addition, social functions (welcome reception, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, lunch breaks and gala dinner) will be an appropriate occasion to interact informally with colleagues from different countries representing different institutions, public and private, who share common interests. Such interactions is a golden opportunity for initiating scientific exchange which can lead later to a formal or informal professional collaboration.

7th World Forest Week

The seventh World Forest Week is a series of meetings and events hosted by FAO and its partner organizations. It will be held in back-to-back with COFO25, on Friday 2 October and on Monday 12 October. It will provide participants with an opportunity to exchange, connect and find responses for the forest sector to the issues discussed in COFO25, including the COVID-19 crisis, action on the SDGs, climate change, biodiversity and people.

The World Forest Week events will be restricted in 2020 due to the necessity to hold COFO25/WFW7 virtually. Partners interested to learn more or get involved are invited to contact the Secretariat at

International Plant Health Conference "Protecting Plant Health in a changing world"

The first International Plant Health Conference will be convened in Helsinki on 5-8 October 2020 on the theme “Protecting Plant Health in a Changing World”. Hosted by the government of Finland, the Conference will be one of the key events of the International Year of Plant Health. For the first time, a forum will discuss global scientific, technical and regulatory plant health issues and at the same time advocate plant health issues to the media and public.


The Committee on Forestry (COFO) will convene its 25th session virtually from 5 to 9 October 2020. The event was preceded on 22-25 June 2020 by a COVID-19 Forestry Webinar Week.

Along with the 7th World Forest Week, COFO 25 will explore the contributions that the forest sector can make to the SDG Decade of Action as well as to recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, including on solutions for climate change, biodiversity and people. Two flagship reports will be presented: The State of the World’s Forests 2020 report and the Global Forests Resources Assessment 2020.

COFO is the highest FAO Forestry statutory body. It holds biennial sessions at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. Participation in COFO is open to all FAO member countries.

7th World Forest Week

The seventh World Forest Week is a series of meetings and events hosted by FAO and its partner organizations. It will be held in back-to-back with COFO25, on Friday 2 October and on Monday 12 October. It will provide participants with an opportunity to exchange, connect and find responses for the forest sector to the issues discussed in COFO25, including the COVID-19 crisis, action on the SDGs, climate change, biodiversity and people.

The World Forest Week events will be restricted in 2020 due to the necessity to hold COFO25/WFW7 virtually. Partners interested to learn more or get involved are invited to contact the Secretariat at

Invasive species and associated socio-environmental issues: Lessons from Africa and beyond

The main purpose of the Conference is to fuel the brain about the various approaches that allow the prevention or mitigation of invasive species' negative impacts. It aims at: 

  • producing a state-of-the-art of knowledge about major invasive species and invasion processes, as well as their consequences on ecosystems where they settle and multiply;
  • documenting their socio-environmental impacts and the associated financial costs;
  • promoting interactions between academic, political and operational stakeholders in order to identify and to evaluate the most accurate leverages towards a good surveillance and management of invasive species.

Click here to find out more and to register for the Conference. 

AFORPOLIS conference 2020

The African forest policies and Politics (AFORPOLIS) organisation, TROPENBOS International (TBI) and TROPENBOS Ghana (TBG) are organising the second social sciences conference on “African forest-related policies and politics” (AFORPOLIS conference 2020). This conference is organised in collaboration with the University of Göttingen in Germany and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). The conference will take place in Accra, Ghana from the 14th to 17th September 2020. The aim of the international AFORPOLIS conference 2020 is to address societal issues and dilemmas encountered in forest-related policies and politics in Africa. To do that, the conference brings together scientists and practitioners around the world, across the full range of social sciences disciplines and professions related to forest and land-use governance issues in Africa. The major themes of the upcoming AFORPOLIS conference 2020 in Accra include: (i) public goods, biodiversity and climate policy; (ii) governance, deforestation and sustainability; (iii) community rights, forest and land tenures; (iv) development, resources and landscape approaches.

Highlights of ​​Invasive​ ​Species ​Research​ Conference

The Invasive Species Research Conference took place June 20 - 22, 2017 at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. This not-to-be-missed Conference included keynote speakers; concurrent themed sessions with the invitation for oral presentations; poster presentations; lightning talks; a focused, facilitated discussion on future research priorities for BC and a series of optional field trips in the Kamloops area. The Conference highlights follow below and the full final program is also available for download. The Conference drew 110 attendees, from diverse backgrounds and locations including researchers, practitioners, stewardship groups, and local, provincial and federal government and included presenters from as far as Wales (UK), New York, Alaska, Tennessee, Quebec and the Yukon.

IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

The Congress aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development, but this cannot be achieved by conservationists alone. The IUCN Congress is the place to put aside differences and work together to create good environmental governance, engaging all parts of society to share both the responsibilities and the benefits of conservation.

9th ICP Forests Scientific Conference

The goal of the 9th ICP Forests Scientific Conference "Forest Monitoring to assess Forest Functioning under Air Pollution and Climate Change" is to highlight the extensive ICP Forests data series on forest growth, phenology and leaf area index, biodiversity and ground vegetation, foliage and litter fall, ambient air quality, deposition, meteorology, soil and crown condition. We combine novel modeling and assessment approaches and integrate long-term trends to assess air pollution and climate effects on European forests and related ecosystem services. Latest results and conclusions from local scale to European scale studies will be presented and discussed.

6th International Symposium on Invasive Plants and Environmental Weeds

This event brings together scientists and different stakeholders who are interested in an exchange of the latest information on biology, ecology, management and social impact of invasive plants in agricultural and non-agricultural environments. Objectives of the 6th Symposium:

1. Exchange of information on regional issues imposed by invasive plants
2. Strengthening interactions between researchers in basic and applied research
3. Effectiveness of current policy and new challenges in an international context
4. Use of citizen science efficiently in agricultural areas.

Forestry: Bridge to the Future

The Conference is dedicated to the 95th anniversary of higher forestry education in Bulgaria and is organised by the University of Forestry, Sofia and Faculty of Forestry.
The recent studies have shown that due to many circumstances such as climate change, social and economic factors, forestry is becoming very important for the environment. As more scientific information about global processes accumulates, climate change is emerging as one of the greatest environmental challenges of the 21st century. In addition, air pollution, soil degradation, desertification and deforestation are all intertwined with and contribute to climate change, necessitating a comprehensive approach to a solution.
The Conference will provide an excellent opportunity to establish contacts with eminent scientists and lecturers, to enable joint research projects, exchange experience in higher education, and bring together academic researchers and business practitioners from the forestry sector.

18th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference

The conference has a long and prestigious history as one of the regions keystone biosecurity related conferences bringing together practitioners, researchers, wildlife managers and policy advisors to network, share their stories and discuss the future of vertebrate pest management in Australia and beyond.
The theme for the conference is ‘feral futures 2051’ and they want the conference to not only promote the research, on ground management techniques and strategies that are being employed today to propel us towards 2051 but also the over the horizon thinking, strategies and developments that will shape vertebrate pest management in 2051 and beyond.

World Congress on Plant Science and Agriculture (WCPA)

Plant Science 2020 is to gathering people in academia and society interested in Botany & Agrifarming to share the latest trends and important issues relevant to our field/subject area. The Scientific program of the conference is broad and embraces different research aspects with focus on applied Sciences and in particular research interest. The conference will include invited speakers, oral presentations, poster session and young scientist award. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform to academicians and practitioners from multiple disciplines to debate and deliberate on social change that is encompassed by innovation and technology. 

Managing forests in the 21st century

Forest ecosystems, their products and services play an important role in achieving ambitious climate change mitigation objectives at the same time requiring profound adaptation to climate change. Forest management schemes to support climate action have to be developed within their regional context but also have to be aligned with national or EU-level climate, forest and sustainability policies.

The conference on "Managing forests in the 21st century" is the final conference of the FORMASAM (EFI Network fund recipient), REFORCE and FOREXCLIM research projects. The conference will bring together scientific experts on forest management from all over Europe facing very specific management challenges. The aim is to discuss and improve the understanding the role of forests and forest management in the context of climate change. The conference will address climate change impacts, as well as needs for mitigation and adaptation especially with regard to the following scientific questions:

1. What are the impacts of climate extremes and disturbances?

2. What are the management challenges (and options) for resilient forests?

3. What can we do to increase the contribution of forest management to climate change mitigation?

The conference is open to citizens and society at large and we especially welcome scientists, policy makers, environmental NGOs and other professionals working in the field of forest management and climate change. If you are using social media, please use the #21centuryforests.

Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem services across the globe

The conference objective is to compile and synthesise the scientific evidence related to the current state of integrated forest management approaches. This can be understood as approaches where both policy and forest management provide a multitude of services at the same time, either at the forest stand or at the forest landscape level.
The conference brings together academic researchers from different disciplines such as policy analysis, ecology, economics, forest (ecosystem) management and conservation. It also will engage policymakers and practitioners.

INVASIVES 2020, ISCBC’s 15th Annual Forum and AGM

Every year the Invasive Species Council of BC holds an Annual Public Forum & AGM. INVASIVES 2020 - ISCBC's 15th Annual Forum and AGM takes place Feb 11- 13, 2020. The INVASIVES 2020 Forum incorporates a variety of workshops, keynote presentation, plenary and speedy sessions along with plenty of opportunities for networking throughout the event. 

International Conference: Forests For Biodiversity And Climate Change

Forests cover approximately 30% of the Earth’s land area, host 80% of its biodiversity; support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world’s population. At the EU level, forests cover approximately 42% of the land area. In addition to providing economic and job opportunities to local communities, forests are an irreplaceable biodiversity reservoirs and carbon sinks; they prevent soil erosion; they provide clean water through filtration; they clean the air; they play a central role in risk reduction measures vis-à-vis natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, heatwaves, erosion or landslides; and they support leisure and recreation, essential for human health.

The world’s forests are in serious danger from deforestation and forest degradation, with a forest area of 1.3 million square kilometres lost between 1990 and 2016. Pressures on EU forest ecosystems due to climate change and unsustainable forest management are a reason for concern and are expected to increase in the future, due to increasing demand of timber coming from the bioenergy the bioeconomy sectors, in a context where illegal logging continues to be recorded in a number of Countries. Overall, protecting forests means protecting biodiversity and working for a climate-neutral and climate-resilient land.

Forest Innovation Workshop: Inform-prioritize-collaborate: Cooperation Of Regions On Innovation In Forest Management, Use Of Wood And Forest-related Services

The Forest Innovation Workshop is a biennial European initiative which promotes networking and exchanges among regions and the community of forestry and wood industry innovators and actors.

It focuses on the following four thematic areas:
a. Managing Impacts related to Climate Change;
b. Supporting Wood and Biomass Mobilization;
c. Supporting the Provision of Ecosystem Services;
d. Improving Sustainable Forest Management Approaches and Tools.

The 2020 workshop edition will be hosted by the ROSEWOOD Network, a Horizon 2020 funded Coordination and Support Action which main target is the enhancement of sustainable wood mobilisation through inter-regional knowledge transfer.

Forest Vegetation Management Conference

Forest Vegetation Management Conference will cover areas like Promote awareness by the public and concerned agencies on the need for Forest Vegetation Management, Promote uniformity and coordination of activities among agencies concerned with the regulatory aspects of forest vegetation management.

International Conference on Integrated Pest Management and Rodent Pests ICIPMRP

ICIPMRP 2020: 14. International Conference on Integrated Pest Management and Rodent Pests aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Integrated Pest Management and Rodent Pests. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, as well as practical challenges, encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Integrated Pest Management and Rodent Pests

HOMED First Annual Meeting

The First Annual Meeting of HOMED will be held in Banca Etica of Padua (Italy) from 27 to 29 November.

Meeting of IUFRO WG 7.03.13: Biological control of forest insect pests and pathogens

The second IUFRO WG 7.03.13 Meeting: Biological control of forest insect pests and pathogens will take place from 6 to 8 November 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa (with post-meeting field trip planned for 8-11 November).

IUFRO is an international network of forest scientists working in a very broad range of research areas, including forest health and the management of invasive species. The IUFRO working group 7.03.13 focuses on research related to the biological control of forest insect pests and pathogens.

The working group meetings are generally not too large (less than 100 people) which allows easier engagement with fellow researchers.

Important Dates

  • Send interest in post-meeting field trip: 30 April 2019
  • Abstract submission deadline: 15 June 2019
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 30 June 2019
  • Early registration deadline: 31 July 2019
  • Late registration deadline: 30 September 2019

For more information about the meeting you can contact:
Prof. Brett Hurley (FABI, University of Pretoria)
Tel: +27 12 420 5822

More information and regular updates available via the official evet's website:




IUFRO Quebec City 2019

Forest entomologists and insect ecologists from across the world are meeting in Quebec City, Canada to discuss latest research findings and ideas on forest insect ecology and management. Insect disturbances, combined with human interactions and interventions, are creating uncertainties about the future of forests worldwide. These disturbances, often mediated by climate change can amplify feedbacks to the global climate system. 

More information here