Call for presentations to Forest Science Day “Forest Health Today and Tomorrow”

20 October 2020, House of Sciences and Letters, Helsinki

Finnish Society of Forest Science will organise the 28th Forest Science Day on 20 October 2020. The event is the most important annual gathering of forest scientists and those who apply science for practical forest and environmental management. Current year is the International Year of Plant Health. In the same spirit, this year’s theme of the Forest Science Day will be “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. The keynote speaker of the Forest Science Day will be Professor Allan Carroll from the University of British Columbia, Canada. His talk will be “Synergies, feedbacks and tipping points: causes and consequences of an unprecedented forest insect outbreak”. We shall hear also talks by leading Finnish experts and, in the afternoon, we call you to present your research results in one of the parallel sessions organised by the science clubs of the Finnish Society of Forest Science.

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. 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.

Topics and contact persons of the parallel session are the following. If you do not read Finnish, do not hesitate to contact the contact person of the session of your interest:

Forest Biology Club: Disturbances in Forests – damages or natural processes?
Contact person: Niko Kulha, niko.kulha {at}

Forest Economy Club: Impact of forest health for the society
Contact person: Liina Häyrinen, liina.hayrinen {at}

Silviculture Club: Silviculture may reduce damage risks to forests
Contact person: Marjo Palviainen, marjo.palviainen {at}

Forest Mensuration Club: Remote sensing and modelling in the evaluation of forest health and risks
Contact person: Mari Myllymäki, mari.myllymaki {at}

Technology Club: Multiple impacts of timber harvesting on forest health
Contact person: Veli-Pekka Kivinen, veli.kivinen {at}

Preliminary programme of the Forest Science Day can be found in the page of the event.

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