Forest Sciences’ Day 25 October 2023
Place: Viikki Campus of the University of Helsinki, Forest Sciences Building
Time: Wednesday 25 October 2023, 9:00 – ca. 20:00
The general topic of the Forest Sciences’ Day 2023 was “Climate change in forests”. We went beyond the climate and vegetation model results and the discussion on forest carbon sinks. We paid attention to the interactions between climate change and biological diversity, to the uncertainties in predicting the future, to the human-forest relationships as well as to the synergistic solutions for mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss while producing timber.
Download the Book of Abstracts of the Forest Sciences’ Day 2023 here.
Morning Plenary Session 9:00 – 12:00, Auditorium 110
|09:00 – 09:10||Opening of the Forest Sciences’ Day||Vice Chair Liisa Tyrväinen, Finnish Society of Forest Science|
|09:10 – 09:30||Biological diversity of forests under the changing climate||Senior Researcher Liisa Kulmala, Finnish Meteorological Institute|
|09:30 – 09:50||Silviculture under the changing climate||Senior Scientist Saija Huuskonen, Natural Resources Institute Finland|
|09:50 – 10:10||Forest policy trends||Research Professor Jussi Uusivuori, Natural Resources Institute Finland|
|10:10 – 10:40||Coffee break|
|10:40 – 11:00||Utilisation of forest resources and climate policy||Director of Climate Solutions Unit Jyri Seppälä, Finnish Environment Institute|
|11:00 – 11:20||Limits of forest bioeconomy in the mitigation of climate change||Executive Vice President for Research Antti Asikainen, Natural Resources Institute Finland|
|11:20 – 12:00||Common discussion||Plenary Speakers|
Afternoon parallel session 13:15 – 16:00
The science clubs of the Finnish Society of Forest will organised six parallel sessions in the afternoon. Read more about the session of your interest and watch the recordings by opening a link below.
|Synergistic solutions for enhancing carbon sequestration and safeguarding biodiversity in Finnish forests||Forest Biology Club|
|Climate change in forests – economic view points||Forest Economist Club|
|Silvicultural practices for the future||Silviculture Club|
|Climate changers in the forest||Human-Forest Relationship Research Club|
|Effects of naturally varying phenomena and uncertainty on modeling forest development||Forest Mensuration Club|
|Climate change challenges our wood supply chain||Technology Club|
Afternoon plenary session 16:15 – 17:00, Lecture room 108
The scientific recognitions of the Finnish Society of Forest Science were awarded in the afternoon plenary session. The Bronze Cajander medal for excellent work in forest sciences was awarded to Research Professor Hannu Fritze, Natural Resources Institute Finland (second from right), professor Miina Rautiainen, Aalto University (third from right) and professor Pasi Puttonen, University of Helsinki (left). The Medal of Finnish Society of Forest Science for excellent work for promoting the aims of the Society was awarded to Dr Timo Saksa (right).
The Forest Mensuration Club of the Finnish Society of Forest Science awarded the Simo Poso Thesis Prize for an excellent M.Sc. thesis on forest mensuration for Anne Koivistoinen (University of Eastern Finland), the Golden Forest Mensuration Medal for Research Professor Lauri Mehtätalo (Natural Resources Institute Finland) and the Innovation Prize of the Forest Mensuration Club to Pekka Savolainen from Field Finland Ltd.
Buffet 17:00 – ca. 20:00, Restaurant Ladonlukko
Enjoy the traditional buffet of Forest Sciences’ Day and immerse yourself to a free discussion on forest sciences.
|Liisa Tyrväinen, chair||Finnish Society of Forest Science||liisa.tyrvainen  luke. fi||+358 50 391 4553|
|Maija Halonen||Human-Forest Relationship Research Club||maija.halonen  uef. fi|
|Leena Kalliovirta||Forest Economist Club||leena.kalliovirta  helsinki. fi|
|Kalle Kärhä||Technology Club||kalle.karha  uef. fi|
|Pekka Punttila||Forest Biology Club||pekka.punttila  syke. fi|
|Pasi Puttonen||Silviculture Club||pasi.puttonen  helsinki. fi|
|Sanna Sirparanta||Forest Mensuration Club||sanna.sirparanta  metsakeskus. fi|
|Pekka Nygren, secretary||Finnish Society of Forest Science||pekka.nygren  metsatiede. org||+358 44 558 1199|
Forest Sciences’ Day is organised with the support of the foundation Metsämiesten säätiö