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The SwissForestLab is a research platform and infrastructural network. By making intensive use of synergies from the expertise in forest research in Switzerland we promote cooperative research in order to obtain an in-depth understanding of ecosystem functioning, resistance and resilience of forests.


Who we are

The SwissForestLab, initiated by WSL, started with a group of idea drivers from different Swiss institutions (ETH, Universities of Zurich, Bern, Basel and WSL). This “starting group” is comprised of researchers working together in the initial SwissForestLab phase to set up all necessary steps for the establishment of the network.

With the official start of the SwissForestLab in September 2017 the platform is now open for all researchers working in the field of forest ecosystem research in Switzerland and contributing with infrastructure (data, field sites, models etc.) to the network to be a member of the SwissForestLab.

With this growing group of members we create a dynamic scientific environment with additional strong focus on outreach and applied research. In addition to members, the SwissForestLab is also open to partners like international cooperation affiliates within joint research projects or members of federal agencies, companies or foundations.

WSL funds and hosts the research coordination of the SwissForestLab.