The 10th Anniversary of the international forest research network NFZ.forestnet in the Tri-Nation Region was celebrated in Freiburg on 2 September 2016 with a scientific colloquium and Network Agreement signature ceremony.
Founded in 2006, the acronym of the network relates to the cities of Nancy, Freiburg and Zurich, all located in the Tri-Nation Region and sites of universities and research institutions dealing with forest science related research topics and education.
Heads and leading scientists of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), AgroParisTech, University of Lorraine (UL), Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, ForstBW and the Forest Research Insitute of Baden-Württemberg (FVA) gave their views on the successes, and future plans of the NFZ.forestnet. Highlight of the event was the signature of the official NFZ network agreement for the next five years by all seven institutions.
Konrad Steffen (WSL), Nina Buchmann (ETHZ), Meriem Fournier (AgroParisTech), Juliane Besters-Dilger (Freiburg University), Jean-Pierre Jacquot (Lorraine University), Erwin Dreyer (INRA), Konstantin von Teuffel (FVA)
Main aim of the NFZ.forestnet is to address Central European problems and research questions relating to forests, climate change, biodiversity, and bio-economy, and to commonly conduct interdisciplinary research projects. International training courses of the NFZ.forestnet can rely on longstanding experiences and in house research results. They enhance fundamental forest related knowledge of scientists and decision makers of the future.
The NFZ Summer School on “Bioeconomy - a challenge for European forestry and the bio-based sector” (BioFor) provided the framework for this event. It was organized by Prof. Dr. Marc Hanewinkel, Chair of Forestry Economics and Forest Planning and Vice Dean of the Faculty, and kindly sponsored by the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation. Lecturers from four different NFZ Institutions contribute to the one-week course that took place from 29 August to 2 Sept 2016 near Freiburg. The international Master and PhD students presented their work results in a very refreshing theatre performance to the audience of the Jubilee-Event.
Stefan Reifenberg (Germany), Nathalie Carol (France), Alexandru Giurca (Romania), Sandra Mejia (Nicaragua), Rita Silingiene (Lithuania)