Climate change in forests

Forest Sciences’ Day 25 October 2023

© Finnish Society of Forest Science / Pekka Nygren CC BY-SA 4.0

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’ DayVice Chair Liisa Tyrväinen, Finnish Society of Forest Science
09:10 – 09:30 Biological diversity of forests under the changing climateSenior Researcher Liisa Kulmala, Finnish Meteorological Institute
09:30 – 09:50 Silviculture under the changing climateSenior Scientist Saija Huuskonen, Natural Resources Institute Finland
09:50 – 10:10Forest policy trendsResearch Professor Jussi Uusivuori, Natural Resources Institute Finland
10:10 – 10:40 Coffee break
10:40 – 11:00 Utilisation of forest resources and climate policyDirector of Climate Solutions Unit Jyri Seppälä, Finnish Environment Institute
11:00 – 11:20Limits of forest bioeconomy in the mitigation of climate changeExecutive Vice President for Research Antti Asikainen, Natural Resources Institute Finland
11:20 – 12:00 Common discussionPlenary Speakers

Afternoon parallel session 13:15 – 16:00

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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 forestsForest Biology Club
Climate change in forests – economic view pointsForest Economist Club
Silvicultural practices for the futureSilviculture Club
Climate changers in the forestHuman-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.

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Organising Committee

Liisa Tyrväinen, chairFinnish Society of Forest Scienceliisa.tyrvainen [] luke. fi+358 50 391 4553
Maija HalonenHuman-Forest Relationship Research Clubmaija.halonen [] uef. fi
Leena KalliovirtaForest Economist Clubleena.kalliovirta [] helsinki. fi
Kalle KärhäTechnology Clubkalle.karha [] uef. fi
Pekka PunttilaForest Biology Clubpekka.punttila [] syke. fi
Pasi PuttonenSilviculture Clubpasi.puttonen [] helsinki. fi
Sanna SirparantaForest Mensuration Clubsanna.sirparanta [] metsakeskus. fi
Pekka Nygren, secretaryFinnish Society of Forest Sciencepekka.nygren [] metsatiede. org+358 44 558 1199

Forest Sciences’ Day is organised with the support of the foundation Metsämiesten säätiö