Forest Science Day 20 October 2020

Forest Health Today and Tomorrow

Forest health under changing environmental conditions is a crucial ecological, management, and economic issue in the development of forestry to meet the future challenges. Large-scale damage to forests in Canada and Central Europe has raised attention also in Finland. Just a few years ago, warm and dry summer provoked mass outbreak of spruce bark beetles in Finland. Distribution ranges of many tree-living insect species are shifting northwards. Are the outbreaks and other disturbances just a part of natural forest dynamics? Are the insect outbreaks the new normal? What opportunities do the applications of biotechnology offer for better forest health? How can we improve forest health through forest management? These are some of the questions we have on forest health.

8:15 – 9:00        Registration and morning coffee

Morning plenary programme (in English)

9:00 – 9:05        Opening, Dr Tuija Aronen, Finnish Society of Forest Science

9:05 – 9:15        International Plant Health Year – Role of Forests, Prof. Jarkko Hantula, Natural Resources Institute Finland

9:15 – 10:05       Keynote talk: Synergies, feedbacks and tipping points: Causes and Consequences of an unprecedented forest insect outbreak, Prof. Allan Carroll, University of British Columbia, Canada

10:05 – 10:35     Coffee break

10:35 – 11:05     Forest tree health protection: Challenges and potentials in a Biotechnology era, Prof. Fred Asiegbu, University of Helsinki, Finland

11:05 – 11:35     Forest health in forest management (to be refined later), Development Manager Heli Viiri, UPM Ltd., Finland

11:35 – 12:15     Common Discussion, morning speakers; chair Dr Mikko Peltoniemi, Natural Resources Institute Finland

12:15 – 13:45     Lunch break with mentoring lunches for early-career scientists

13:00 – 13:45     Registration for those who participate only in the afternoon programme.

13:45 – 16:30     Parallel sessions

Do you have new insights on the theme of the day or new research results to present? Offer your own presentation to one of the parallel sessions in the afternoon. Click the session name for instructions how submit a presentation abstract. If you do not read Finnish, do not hesitate to contact the session contact person indicated at the bottom of the session page. Although Finnish will be the main language of the parallel session we welcome also presentations in English and Swedish. Deadline for submission is 31 August 2020. The accepted abstracts will be published in a Book of Abstracts that will be open access with CC BY-SA 4.0 license in the spirit of everyone’s right to forest science. The license is the same we use in our publications Silva Fennica and Metsätieteen aikakauskirja.

Forest Biology Club: Disturbances in Forests – damages or natural processes?

Forest Economy Club: Impact of forest health for the society

Silviculture Club: Silviculture may reduce damage risks to forests

Forest Mensuration Club: Remote sensing and modelling in the evaluation of forest health and risks

Technology Club: Multiple impacts of timber harvesting on forest health

16:45 – 17:25     Evening programme: The new generation of forest scientists

16:45 – 16:50     Presentation of the evening programme, Dr Tuija Aronen, Vice-Chair of the Finnish Society of Forest Science

16:50 – 17:05     Ecological restoration of tropical peat swamp forests: The awardee of the honorary prize of the Society for doctoral dissertation 2020, Dr Maija Lampela talks about doing research in the peat swamp forests of Indonesia.

17:05 – 17:20     ”Eastern Prof – The Forest Scan Plan”: Dr Samuli Junttila talks how a rap video on the doctoral dissertation ”Utilizing multispectral lidar in the detection of declined trees” was created and how we can communicate about science in new ways.

17:20 – 17:25     Closure of the Forest Science Day, Tuija Aronen

17:30 – ca. 20    Buffet

Free discussions on forest science while enjoying the tasty buffet of Tiedekahvila.

Organising Committee

Tuija Aronen, Vice-Chair of the Finnish Society of Forest Science
tuija.aronen {ät}; puh. 029 532 4233

Pekka Nygren, Executive Manager of the Finnish Society of Forest Science
pekka.nygren (ät); puh. 044 558 1199

Liina Häyrinen, Forest Economy Club, liina.hayrinen [ät]
Nuutti Kiljunen, Silviculture Club, nuutti.kiljunen {at}
Veli-Pekka Kivinen, Technology Club, veli.kivinen [at]
Mari Myllymäki, Forest Mensuration Club, mari.myllymaki (at)
Pekka Punttila, Forest Biology Club, pekka.punttila {ät}

Forest Science Day is organised with the support from the foundation Metsämiesten säätiö.