On behalf of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, it is my great pleasure to invite you to attend the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress, which will take place at the Konzerthaus in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, from 19 to 22 September 2017.
IUFRO prides itself on being one of the world’s oldest international scientific organizations. When IUFRO was established in 1892 by the forestry research institutes of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, these founding members shared the conviction that scientific research needed to be an international activity. Almost 125 years later, we are able to state with pride that this vision of our founding members has not only materialized, but has achieved a level I am sure they would not have dreamed possible. Today IUFRO unites over 15,000 scientists in more than 120 countries from virtually every part of the world. The thematic spectrum of IUFRO’s activities is equally unparalleled and includes more than 250 scientific units. The unique qualities of IUFRO as a networking organization are also well-reflected through the more than 70 IUFRO-sponsored meetings held every year around the globe.
Our 125th Anniversary Congress in Freiburg will not only celebrate the accomplishments of the past. It will also establish a dialogue on the future of forestry and forest research. These discussions will focus on globally pressing topics such as how to enhance the contribution forest research will need to make towards mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing water, creating income and employment, and improving the quality of life. Issues such as how changes and disruptions in society and technologies are likely to impact on forests and people in the future will also be discussed.
I can think of no better way to celebrate the past accomplishments and address the future challenges that will face IUFRO and its global partners than by holding a truly international scientific meeting. And this will be a meeting that brings together not only forest scientists from around the globe but also leading decision makers from the forestry, environment, development and other key sectors. In doing so, the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress aims to provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and a dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics and scientific disciplines. Contemporary research results and innovations will be presented and discussed in numerous plenary, sub-plenary, technical and poster sessions. A science-policy dialogue will constitute an integral part of the event. Moreover, because this is an Anniversary Congress, there will be outstanding social events that will provide opportunities for relaxed discussion and, importantly, to initiate new collaboration and develop friendships.
Against this background, I extend a hearty invitation not only to the many forest scientists and stakeholders that constitute our global network, but I also encourage researchers from other disciplines who have not yet been involved in IUFRO, to attend this important Congress. Join us in Freiburg and witness first-hand the unique qualities of our network and the many opportunities it provides to more than 15 000 forest researchers globally.
I look forward to seeing you in fabulous Freiburg in September 2017!
Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture
I extend my sincere congratulations on the 125th anniversary of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO). IUFRO has long been established as the international organization that advances scientific investigation into current forestry issues and encourages discussion on these issues at the global level. On behalf of the host country, I am delighted to welcome you to the Anniversary Congress in Freiburg. You could not have chosen a better location.
Germany is a land of forests. Forests play a key role in German literature, art, architecture and other arts. The term “sustainability” was first coined 300 years ago in German forest management. Forests have also always been a subject of scientific interest in research. The city of Freiburg boasts the Albert Ludwig University and the renowned Forest Experimental and Research Institute (FVA), making it one of the main centres of German forestry research. Surrounded by the scenery of the Black Forest, the setting for many German tales and legends, the Anniversary Congress in Freiburg will doubtless be an unforgettable experience for all delegates.
But there is another reason why Freiburg is such an outstanding congress location: its close proximity to many European partner countries. I am therefore delighted that this IUFRO Congress also underlines the long-standing and excellent cooperation in international forestry research. Research partners from Switzerland, Austria and the French region of Lorraine, along with other parts of Germany such as Bavaria, have worked together with the Forest Experimental and Research Institute in Freiburg to organise this important event and the many excursions and activities taking place before the congress.
In Germany, we live and work with forests. Our forests are consequently recreational areas and place of economic activity as well as natural habitats. Our forest policy picks up on the multi-functional nature of our forests and the different goals that are pursued, analyses potential conflicts of interests and supports the development of possible solutions. In light of this, the research community is an extremely important partner for our forest policy. My ministry therefore supports forest-related research projects at both domestic and European level, as there is a great need for research in many areas, given the multitude of pressing global and local concerns relating to forests. The IUFRO congress will unquestionably play a role in finding answers to these urgent questions, from adapting forests to climate change and identifying the interrelations and effects of sustainable forest management and nature conservation to promoting the efficient use of resources. I look forward to the results of the Anniversary Congress!
Christian Schmidt, Member of the German Bundestag,
Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture
Peter Hauk, Minister for Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg
I am pleased that you will come from all over the world to attend the congress celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) in Freiburg – at the foot of the Black Forest.
The Black Forest is better known than any other forest in Germany. Regional products like the Black Forest cake, Black Forest Kirschwasser and cuckoo clocks are famous and popular around the world. The Black Forest offers myths and modernity, nature and culture, and recreation and enjoyment alike. The people who live here have formed the Black Forest and, in turn, the Black Forest with its many isolated valleys has formed the people. Even today the Black Forest provides many jobs in forestry and tourism. Simultaneously, the Black Forest affords an important natural habitat for rare plant and animal species through two large conservation areas; the Black Forest National Park and the Black Forest Biosphere Reserve.
With the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Freiburg and the Forest Research Institute Baden-Württemberg – a founding member of IUFRO – the region represents an important center of forest research with an influence extending well beyond the Black Forest. The uniqueness of the center lies in the close link between scientific research and the practical application of the results. Current research focusses on climate change, sustainability and species protection as well as the interconnection between forestry, tourism and society. In the Tri-Nation Region of Germany, France and Switzerland, the forest research institutes in Freiburg, Nancy and Zurich form a Central European network of forest research – these proven partners are also organizing the IUFRO Congress in close cooperation.
I wish you a successful scientific congress in Freiburg and memorable discoveries the Black Forest.
Minister for Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg