IBFRA Conferences

Each IBFRA conference focuses on issues of global concern such as global change, biodiversity, climate change, disturbances and the global carbon cycle, as well as on issues requiring increased coordination within the boreal community such as classification, inventory and monitoring. All IBFRA conferences have directly or indirectly contributed to an increased understanding of the science supporting sustainable development in the circumpolar region.

Past conferences have included:

  • USA (1992, 1997, 2004)
  • Norway and Sweden (1993)
  • Canada (1994, 2000, 2013)
  • Finland (1995, 2015)
  • Russia (1996, 2002, 2011)
  • Norway (1998)
  • Sweden (2006)
  • China (2008)

Register now for IBFRA18!

Registration is open for the 18 IBFRA conference, Cook Forests at Risk? Please check the conference website for details.


Abstract submission deadline extended!

We would like to thank everyone who has already submitted an abstract to the cool forests conference 2018. The deadline has been extended to Sunday 10 June 2018.

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Submission and registration:

For conference registration fees and further information about the possibility of financial assistance, please check our conference website. Here you will find details of the themes, list of topics, abstract guidelines, and the online form to submit your abstract.




Cool forests at risk?

The critical role of boreal and mountain ecosystems
for people, bioeconomy, and climate
17-20 September 2018, Laxenburg (near Vienna), Austria

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Call for abstracts:

The International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) provides a forum for enhancing information exchange among boreal forest researchers, managers, and policy-makers for over 25 years.

The 18th IBFRA Conference for the first time will include mountain forests and other cool forests due to the issues that they share with true boreal forests under changing biophysical and social environments.

IBFRA18 is a unique opportunity for scientists (particularly early career scientists), professionals, policymakers, public authorities, and civil society stakeholders to share transdisciplinary knowledge and experience within the fields of boreal and mountain ecosystems.

We invite any companies and professionals working in the forestry and mountain sector, the pulp and paper industry, tourism, the area of resource efficiency, in new technologies and management, and other fields, to attend and discuss progress on a broad range of forest and mountain ecosystem related topics (see list below).

We invite abstract submissions for both oral and poster presentations.

Abstract deadline: 3 June 2018

Abstracts should contribute to the conference theme (boreal and mountain ecosystems – people, bioeconomy, and climate) and should address one or more of the conference topics. Please visit the conference website for detailed theme descriptions, a list of topics and abstract guidelines, and to submit your abstract.

Sessions have been developed based on recommendations and proposals from the Conference Committees and the wider scientific community. Depending on the submitted abstracts adjustments may be made. Please check our website for changes and updates on planned sessions!
We invite your contribution to one of the parallel sessions with the following topics:

Selected conference topics – for the full list please see our conference website.

Bioeconomy – includes inter alia: •Cool Forests as a resource – provisioning services

  • Sustainable and new/innovative (use of) forest products
  • Plantations and afforestation in Cool Forests
  • The Cool Forest sector and bioenergy, jobs, circular economy
  • Science – business interaction and communication for Cool Forests in a future economy

Climate – includes inter alia: •Forests and major biogeochemical cycles (e.g., carbon, nitrogen, etc.)

  • Cool forests and wetlands as a mitigation tool
  • Resilience, vulnerability, and degradation/restoration of Cool Forests (landscapes)
  • Cool Forest and negative emissions

Current and future information needs and relevant technologies

People and Nature – includes inter alia: •Theory and practice of risk resilient and sustainable forest management

  • Geopolitics of Cool Forests, UN-conventions, forest policy, and legislation
  • Cool Forest protection and wildlife management
  • Cool Forests and livelihoods, SDGs, and other social aspects including recreation and health
  • Ecosystem modeling including disturbances

For conference registration fees and further information about the possibility of financial assistance, please check our conference website.

Sponsoring IBFRA18
This conference provides the perfect opportunity to gain visibility in the field of mountain and boreal forest ecosystems and to demonstrate the critical role of your products, services, or activities – for bioeconomy, climate, and people – to a diverse international audience.


Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 3 June 2018
Notification of acceptance: 20 June 2018
Conference registration: 14 May – 17 September 2018
Deadline for registration by authors of accepted abstracts: 31 July 2018

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We look forward to receiving your submissions.
The IBFRA18 Organizing Committee

Please share this message widely. If you have any questions about partnering or participating in IBFRA18 please contact us.
Email: ibfra18@iiasa.ac.at


Save the Date!
2018 IBFRA Conference Announcement

The International Boreal Forest Research Association is pleased to announce, in collaboration with IIASA, PEEX and IUFRO, the 2018 “Cool Forests at Risk! The critical role of boreal and mountain ecosystems for people, bioeconomy and climate” conference to be held in Laxenburg, Austria. The event will focus on both boreal and high altitude forests.

Click on the calendar below to add 17 – 20 September 2018 to Outlook. More information will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.

IBFRA: International Boreal Forest Research Association

The International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) was formed in 1991 with the mission to promote and coordinate research related to boreal forests.

IIASA: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century.

PEEX: Pan-Eurasian Experiment

The Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX) study is a multidisciplinary climate change, air quality, environment and research infrastructure program focused on the Northern Eurasian particularly arctic and boreal regions.

IUFRO: The International Union of Forest Research Organizations

IUFRO is “the” global network for forest science cooperation. 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.