Forests in the Anthropocene: Risks and opportunities
Forest ecosystems and their indispensable services to humanity are increasingly impacted by the extensive and fast global changes in society and environment. Considering the future challenges, climate change, the loss of biodiversity and invasive biota are amongst the most pressing environmental factors. They all have the potential to fundamentally alter our forest ecosystems with respect to biogeochemical cycles, carbon sequestration potential, the demography of the forests and their susceptibility to pests and diseases, forest biodiversity and other fundamental services such as wood production and protection against natural hazards. Sustainable use of forest resources needs to take these challenges into account in order to maintain forest functioning and to support the forest’s adaptation, acclimation and resilience potential.
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.
| Key Note Speaker ||Institution/Position||Topic|
|Marc Palahí||Director of the European Forest Institute (EFI) in Joensuu, Finland|| The growing need of international networking for joining forces |
The resilience as an important interface from EFI to the SwissForestLab
The urgent need of closing the gap between research and society
| Bettina Engelbrecht || University of Bayreuth, Functional and Tropical Plant Ecology, Germany || Climate Change and forest ecophysiology |
|William Anderegg|| University of Utah, Biology Department, USA || Forest mortality and climate change |
| Julia Pongratz ||Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany|
The role of forests and land use changes in forests on the global carbon cycle
Registration deadline:18 August 2017.
Contributions to costs for lunch and coffee amount to 50 CHF (20 CHF for students)
If the event is fully booked, please write an e-mail to events(at)wsl (indicating the name of the event), we will place you on a waiting list. .ch