The main pillar of activities within the network is the NFZ Summer School programme. These are held every year, alternatively in Lorraine Region (around Nancy), Baden Württemberg (around Freiburg), and in Switzerland. They are aimed at PhD students and young researchers on various research fields.
In 2017, the NFZ.forestnet is hosting the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress, which will take place at the Konzerthaus in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, from 19 to 22 September. All 7 NFZ members are involved in organizing the congress, sessions, side events, and/or excursions.
In 2009, NFZ.forestnet supported the implementation of the European Forest Institute (EFI) Central European Office in Freiburg and Zurich with its Observatory for European Forests (OEF) located in Nancy. Though OEF had to close office although not research activities in 2014 all NFZ.forestnet institutions work closely with EFICENT on various scientific and educational projects. Another success related to NFZ.forestnet was the accreditation of a Erasmus Mundus MSc programme on European Forestry (2002 – 2014). Two member institutions were part of the programme consortium (University of Freiburg and AgroParisTech), the others playing an important role as informally associated members to the consortium (eg. giving lectures, offering internship opportunities to MSc students etc.).