The Finnish Society of Forest Science was established in 1909 to promote research in forest and wood science in Finland. The Society is a network of researchers that strives to stimulate scientific discussion and cooperation within the forest research community, to enhance communication between researchers and practical foresters, and to promote public interest in forest research. In spite of the initial national mission, the Society has also actively participated in international scientific cooperation.
The Society has about 500 members. Several companies, non-governmental organisations, and state-funded organisations act as supporting members of the Society.
- Forest health under changing environmental conditions is a crucial ecological, management, and economic issue in the development of forestry to meet the future challenges. 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. This year’s theme of the Forest Science Day will be “Forest Health Today and Tomorrow”. 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.
- The most recent bilingual information letter of the Finnish Society of Forest Science is now available. It includes, among other things, an invitation to the statutory Spring meeting on-line on 4 June 2020, and preliminary information on the Forest Science Day on 20 October 2020. This year, the morning plenary session will be in English.
Finnish Society of Forest Science awarded the thesis prizes for doctoral dissertation of Dr Maija Lampela and M.Sc. thesis of Ilmeini LasarovFinnish Society of Forest Science awards annually prizes for excellent doctoral and Master’s theses accepted during the preceding year. This year, the awardees are Dr Maija Lampela for her doctoral dissertation "Ecological prerequisites for successful reforestation of degraded tropical peatlands", and Ilmeini Lasarov for his M.Sc. thesis "Blue stain fungi and yeast transported by the foretic ticks of spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) in Eastern Finland" (written in Finnish).
- The bilingual (Finnish-English) information letter has just been published. It includes, among other issues, an invitation to the Spring meeting of our Society on 7 May, information on grants, and information on the effects of COVID-19 on our activities.
- The Board of the Finnish Society of Forest Science decided on the 11 March 2020 meeting to award seven research grants, total of 46 386 €, nine travel grants, total of 7 825 €, and one grant for other international activities, 1 575 €. The Board also awarded ten grants fro IUFRO activities, total 14 230 €, from the funds provided by the foundation Metsämiesten säätiö.