IBFRA scientific missions are short-term (generally 6-12 months) collaborative projects that aim to combine scientific excellence and focus on problems or opportunities of circumboreal concern. They are designed to:

  • To create a platform for collaboration on timely/important scientific and policy themes with a circumboreal scope
  • To enhance scientific impact or make a significant contribution to circumboreal forest policy
  • To publish the result of the discussions as scientific papers and short summaries for the IBFRA website
  • To raise the awareness of IBFRA among researchers and create an opportunity for young researchers to become a part of the network
  • To increase interaction with other projects and activities (current or past)


  • Circumboreal Forests in the Global Carbon Cycle – Climate Change Impacts and Mitigation Options. Led by Dr. Werner Kurz, Canadian Forest Service.