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Various research perspectives will be developed by making intensive use of synergies from the world-wide acknowledged expertise in forest research in Switzerland and from future investigations.

In first line, basic research will be advanced by combining experiments at field sites and in laboratory facilities with observations on long-term monitoring field plots and dynamic modeling approaches.

By using the various possibilities and services of the SwissForestLab excellent cooperative research will be promoted in order to obtain an in-depth understanding of ecosystem functioning, resistance and resilience. This will foster scientific breakthroughs by bridging scales, research fields and scientific approaches. The establishment of interdisciplinary working modules with different topics for researchers from different institutions are planned to bring together researchers from different disciplines working on existing and innovative topics.

In addition, interfaces will be provided to translate novel findings to practice and university teaching.


Services for members

The SwissForestLab provides a central information platform for scientists, experts and partners as a one-stop-agency. This website will be one of the central components to inform about metadata, projects, persons etc. In addition, the executive office supported by the SwissForestLab coordinator represents the central contact point for information about data, infrastructure, methods.


The SwissForestLab contributes to bringing together potential cooperation partners, planning experiments and projects, seeking for appropriate third-party funds and with application processes. In addition, making contact with industry and other interfaces to applied research will be promoted.


We will organise workshops, seminars, meetings with special research topics, summer schools for SwissForestLab members and their junior scientists.