18th The International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) Conference

Call for Abstracts - Cool Forests at Risk? The critical role of boreal and mountain ecosystems for people, bioeconomy and climate - 17-20 September 2018, Laxenburg (near Vienna), Austria


The International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) provides a forum for enhancing information exchange among boreal forest researchers, managers, and policy-makers for over 25 years.

The 18th IBFRA Conference for the first time will include mountain forests and other cool forests due to the issues that they share with true boreal forests under changing biophysical and social environments.

IBFRA18 is a unique opportunity for scientists (particularly early career scientists), professionals, policymakers, public authorities, and civil society stakeholders to share transdisciplinary knowledge and experience within the fields of boreal and mountain ecosystems.

We invite any companies and professionals working in the forestry and mountain sector, the pulp and paper industry, tourism, the area of resource efficiency, in new technologies and management, and other fields, to attend and discuss progress on a broad range of forest and mountain ecosystem related topics (see list below).

We invite abstract submissions for both oral and poster presentations.
Abstract deadline: 3 June 2018

Abstracts should contribute to the conference theme (boreal and mountain ecosystems – people, bioeconomy, and climate) and should address one or more of the conference topics. Please visit the conference website for detailed theme descriptions, a list of topics and abstract guidelines, and to submit your abstract.

Sessions have been developed based on recommendations and proposals from the Conference Committees and the wider scientific community. Depending on the submitted abstracts adjustments may be made. Please check our website for changes and updates on planned sessions!
We invite your contribution to one of the parallel sessions with the following topics:
Selected conference topics – for the full list please see our conference website.
Bioeconomy - includes inter alia:
  • Cool Forests as a resource - provisioning services
  • Sustainable and new/innovative (use of) forest products
  • Plantations and afforestation in Cool Forests
  • The Cool Forest sector and bioenergy, jobs, circular economy
  • Science - business interaction and communication for Cool Forests in a future economy
Climate - includes inter alia:
  • Forests and major biogeochemical cycles (e.g., carbon, nitrogen, etc.)
  • Cool forests and wetlands as a mitigation tool
  • Resilience, vulnerability, and degradation/restoration of Cool Forests (landscapes)
  • Cool Forest and negative emissions
  • Current and future information needs and relevant technologies
People and Nature - includes inter alia:
  • Theory and practice of risk resilient and sustainable forest management
  • Geopolitics of Cool Forests, UN-conventions, forest policy, and legislation
  • Cool Forest protection and wildlife management
  • Cool Forests and livelihoods, SDGs, and other social aspects including recreation and health
  • Ecosystem modeling including disturbances
For conference registration fees and further information about the possibility of financial assistance, please check our conference website