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Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
Forests in the Anthropocene: Risks and opportunities
The upcoming SwissForestLab will be established as a worldwide unique research platform and infrastructural network to assess the various effects of a dynamically changing environment on forests and trees as well as on ecosystem functioning and services worldwide. The idea of the SwissForestLab is a) to bring together outstanding scientists with an excellent expertise in the field of forest research in Switzerland b) to bridge and link disciplines and institutions, c) to foster a joint use of established and new infrastructure and approaches. The SwissForestLab will act as a one-stop-agency and promote synergies that will provide new insights and close knowledge gaps in forest ecosystem research. In addition, a better visibility of the existing expertise and infrastructure will be ensured as well as the establishment of innovative and interdisciplinary experiments and projects. Members of the SwissForestLab are scientists working in Switzerland. They and their junior researchers benefit from the network, the support of the SwissForestLab coordination team (search for partners, funding, infrastructure, approaches), the events offered (Workshops, working modules, Summerschools, lectures etc.) and international collaborations.
The SwissForestLab will start in summer 2017 and we now invite for the inauguration symposium taking place on 05.09.2017. A tentative agenda can be found below. Four outstanding keynote speakers will give talks covering the following topics: “Research Networks for the Grand Challenges of the Future”, “Forest Functioning and Services” and “Climate Change and Forest Ecosystems”:
After the keynote talks the first joint and
interdisciplinary SwissForestLab projects will be presented.