Call for Abstracts

 
 Abstract submission for scientific presentation is closed.

 CALL OPEN for proposals on Innovative means to disseminate scientific information to  wider public. A form of presentations can be videos, websites, games, information flow in  social media, art, etc. You can show how art makes findings of scientist understandable to  common public or what social media offer to dissemination of scientific results, etc. The  presentations will be considered for the IBFRA 2015 Award for Innovative dissemination of  information.

 Send a title of you proposal to ibfra2015@metla.fi and we will send further guidance for  submission.
  


We are pleased to invite you to Finland for the 17th IBFRA Conference. The conference now calls for abstracts of posters and oral presentations. The deadline for abstracts is 15 December 2014 (at 4 p.m. Finnish time). Notification of acceptance will be sent to corresponding authors no later than 15 January 2015. 

In addition to abstracts of the scientific presentation, we invite abstracts for the special workshop "Innovative means to disseminate scientific information to wider public". A form of presentations in this workshop can be videos, websites, games, information flow in social media, art, etc. They may be produced by scientist, artist, journalists, students, school classes, or any group who has successfully contributed on dissemination of information from scientist to wider public. All submissions will be considered for the IUFRO 2015 Award for Innovative dissemination of information. For this workshop you are also welcome to upload supporting documents, photos, videos with your abstract. 

Abstracts of the scientific presentations must be max 250 words long and include text only (no pictures, tables or graphics). Do not include keywords or references. Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the online abstract submission system. 

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION SYSTEM is closed. 
 

To guarantee your place in the program, at least one author must register for the meeting by Friday 13 February 2015. Your abstract will be withdrawn if you do not register by this date. Accepted scientific abstracts will be published on the conference website and abstract book. Abstracts of the "Innovative means to disseminate scientific information to wider public" will be published in conference book and/or website if they fit to that format.


The main themes (with examples of potential topics):

 

1. Sustainable forest management in an era of global changes

  • Evaluation and economic optimization of forest management practices under multiple targets
  • Adaptation to changing conditions and risk management (market changes, climate change, pest and pathogens, etc.)
  • Role of boreal forests in mitigation of climate change (forest carbon sequestration, albedo) and sustainability of forest biomass as energy source
  • Forest management of thawing permafrost areas
  • Management of natural peatlands (e.g. for timber production, recreation and production of wild berries, climate change mitigation)
  • Production and use of high quality boreal timber

2. Bioeconomy – switch from fossils to biobased economy

  • Biotechnology and optimized use of forest biomass
  • Value chains within the bio-based industry
  • Characterisation, processing, use and recycling of forest biomaterials
  • Forest microbes in service – from decomposition process to waste water treatments and mycoremediation of contaminated soils
3. Managing and valueing ecosystem services for human well-being
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning 
  • Maintenance of forest biodiversity (e.g. importance of dead wood continuum on species diversity)
  • Ecosystem resilience and resistance under stress and disturbances
  • Effects of forest on health and how to valuate them
  • Aesthetic and cultural value of the forests

4. Big-data use and value in the forest sector   

  • Continuous flux measurements of forests ecosystems
  • Long-term monitoring of forest 
  • Remote-sensing spectral data across canopies and landscapes
  • Ground-based sensors (e.g. Terrestrial laser scanners attached to harvesters or mobile phones) 
  • Development and applications of open source tools for data analyses (e.g remote sensing data and Bayesian data analyses) and ecosystem modelling (e.g. stand simulation, soil modelling)
  • New high-tech instruments (laser scanners, hyperspectral lidar) and their applications in forest mensuration 
Workshop: Innovative means to disseminate scientific information to wider public
  • How art makes findings of scientist understandable to common public 
  • What social media offer to dissemination of scientific results
  • etc.
A form of presentations in this workshop can be videos, websites, games, information flow in social media, art, etc. The presentations of the workshop will be considered for the IUFRO 2015 Award for Innovative dissemination of information.