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. IBFRA conferences directly or indirectly contribute 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)
  • Austria (2018)

Changing Boreal Biome

Assessing the vulnerability and resilience of boreal ecosystems to climate change, and their socio-economic implications
August 16-20, 2021 ONLINE

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) have announced the next IBFRA conference entitled “A changing boreal biome: Assessing the vulnerability and resilience of boreal ecosystems to climate change, and their socio-economic implications.” The conference will be held entirely online from August 16-20, 2021.


The boreal forest, which is the second most extensive terrestrial biome on earth, is experiencing environmental changes at rates that are unprecedented. Changing climate are increasing disturbance regimes such as wildfire or insect outbreak. Many boreal ecosystems are shifting to new ecological states, affecting the people who are relying on these ecosystems for subsistence living, cultural practices, economic development or climate stability. There is a critical need for building an integrated understanding of the resilience and vulnerability of the boreal biome at the regional and global scale to inform the development of local and international policies for the maintenance and promotion of the critical services provided by boreal biome to society.

Objectives of the conference

  • Present and discuss the current scientific understanding on the vulnerability and resilience of the boreal biome to climate change, associated emerging trajectories and the socio-economic implications.
  • Foster interdisciplinary collaborations for an integrative understanding of the boreal biome.
  • Strengthen the dialogue between scientists and the stakeholders of the boreal biome, from politics to indigenous communities, representatives of the wood industry and civil society.
  • Inspiring new research and policy development to ensure efficient adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change, in the boreal region.

Who Should Participate?

  • Researchers and students in or outside academia,
  • Natural resource managers and representatives of the forest, wood and energy industries,
  • Representatives of indigenous communities, non-governmental organizations, government and policy advisors, and anyone interested in the implications of climate-disturbance interactions in the boreal region.