This round table forum, jointly hosted by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), and the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NUBiP) with support from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Regions, and Water Management (BML), will bring together global experts to explore pathways toward catalyzing coordinated and impactful international action to address Ukrainian forest research and education needs and priorities.

The Ukrainian forestry and forest sector is suffering unprecedent challenges – not only due to the ongoing war and resulting research capacity drain, contamination, and devastation, but also due to factors like climate change, forest health dynamics, wildfires, and a decrease in forest productivity. 

This two-day forum aims to convene the scientific expertise necessary to catalyze coordinated and impactful international action addressing forest research needs and priorities of Ukraine.


  • Provide a platform for discussion and networking to strengthen scientific collaboration among Ukrainian scientists and international peers.
  • Identify or map priorities for forest science collaboration building on the work done by Forest Europe, with particular emphasis on future joint activities (including events, educational tools, mobility, and research projects).
  • Elaborate with invited representatives of international policy processes and technical organizations what would be required at the science-policy interface.

The event will facilitate scientific bridge-building by identifying and opening necessary and new communication channels to improve research and education collaboration with the Ukraine forest science sector, collate expert recommendations, and identify a sustainable pathway forward under war and post-war conditions.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.



Day 1

08:00 Bus Transfer departing from Hotel Motel One (near Vienna Main Railway Station/Hauptbahnhof))
08:30-09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee, Gvishiani Room

Day 1: Current status and needs of forest research and education in Ukraine

Gvishiani Room

09:00-09:30 Opening


Moderation: Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Department of Silviculture, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NUBiP); Head, Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC)
  • Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna, Embassy of Ukraine to the Republic of Austria (to be confirmed)
  • Section of Forestry and Sustainability, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management, Republic of Austria
  • International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)
09:30-10:15 Session 1: Efforts of International Organizations and institutions toward support of Ukrainian science, education, and collaboration
  • Carpathian Convention, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Directorate General Research and Innovation, European Commission (EC)
  • Directorate General Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission (EC)
  • Forestry Institute (EFI) & Forest Europe (FE)
  • Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science, International Science Council (ISC)
  • International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA)
10:15-10:30 Q&A, Discussion
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-13:00 Session 2: Input for the round table discussions - Impact of war and climate change on forest science, forests, and forestry in Ukraine. Early / mid-career scientists from Ukraine

Moderation: Ukrainian Research Institute of Forestry and Forest Melioration, Kharkiv (URIFFM)

11:00-11:10 Impact assessments of war and climate change on Ukrainian forest ecosystems

URIFFM, Kharkiv

11:10-11:20 Impact of war on shelterbelts and their protective functions

URIFFM, Kharkiv

11:20-11:30 Norway spruce in Eastern and Central Europe – past developments, present status and likely futures

Ukrainian National Forest University (UNFU), Lviv

11:30-11:40 Modern and Future forestation based on biotechnology approaches

NUBiP, Kyiv; HSWT, Germany

11:40-11:50 Growth and ecosystem functions of Ukraine's forests under changing environment

NUBiP, Kyiv

11:50-12:00 Boosting fire resilient landscapes and communities via climate-smart silviculture and wide stakeholders’ involvement

NUBiP / Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC), Kyiv, Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), Freiburg, Germany

12:00-12:10 Science – practitioners’ interface and national forest policy dialogue as tools for strengthening responsible forest management in Ukraine

NUBiP, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Ukraine, Kyiv

12:10-12:20 Understanding the landscape-scale impact of war-induced forest disturbances in Ukraine

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

12:20-12:30 The main agents of disturbances of forest ecosystems in Ukraine


12:30-13:00 Q&A, Discussion
13:00-14:00 Lunch (buffet style, coffee area)
14-00-14:30 Session 3: Input for the round table discussions: Importance of data collection and processing for sustainable forest management and policy making in Ukraine under war

Moderation: Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW)

14:00-14:10 Advancing forest assessment and land cover change monitoring in Ukraine through integration of terrestrial and Earth observation data

NUBiP, Kyiv

14:10-14:20 The contribution of German-Ukrainian cooperation for implementation of the National Forest Inventory and supporting forest policy development in Ukraine German

Ukraine National Forest Inventory Project

14:20-14:30 Q&A, Discussion
14:30-16:00 Forum World Café/Hybrid Break-out Groups (3): Prioritization for Research Education, and Collaboration

Moderation: IIASA

  • Break-out group 1 (Raiffa Room): Forest science
  • Break-out group 2 (Holling Room): Forest education
  • Break-out group 3 (Gvishiani Room): Collaboration needs to support strategic forest policy and governance for post-war reconstruction of Ukraine
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:00 Identification of most important topics for Ukrainian forest science and education
  • Rapporteurs from break-out groups
  • Q&A, Discussion
17:00-17:30 Wrapping up of Day 1
17:30 Adjourn
18:00 Transportation to dinner venue
18:30 Dinner at Heuriger Krug, Gumpoldskirchen
21:00 Transportation to Vienna Hotel Motel One


Day 2

08:00 Bus Transfer from Vienna, Hotel Motel One (near Vienna Main Railway Station/Hauptbahnhof)
08:30-09:00 Welcome Coffee, Wodak Room

Day 2: The Way Forward

Wodak Room

09:00-09:10 Welcome by the Forum Chair
09:10-9:30 Setting the scene
  • Summary of scientific/collaboration/education input from Day 1
  • Roundtable objectives
09:30-11:00 Round Table 1 on Forest Science: Identify possible activities/solutions to support to forest research and science based on the input information on priorities and challenges

Moderation: IIASA

Rapporteur: SLU

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00 Round Table 2 on Forest Education
Future joint activities on forest education under war times and post war conditions

Moderation: IUFRO

Rapporteur: FAO Ukraine

Motivations, reflections and needs of students for future of forestry education in Ukraine

  • first year Master of Forestry student, NUBIP
  • 3rd year Bachelor students, NUBIP
13:00-14:00 Lunch, Coffee Area
14:00-15:00 Round Table 3 on Collaboration, Policy, and Governance:
Future joint activities on forest-based collaboration, policy, and governance under war times and post war conditions

Moderation: IUFRO

Rapporteur: University of Eastern Finland (UEF)

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-16:10 Strategic actions and ways forward to support forest research, education, and collaboration
  • Summary of the round table discussions
  • Joint development/formulation of Strategic Actions
  • Feedback and follow-up
16:10-16:20 Forum conclusions and closure of Forum
16:20 Adjourn
16:30 Transportation to Vienna/Airport/Railway Station


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