European Forest Research and Innovation Area,

The final EUFORINNO conference

31st August - 4th September 2015,
Rogla, Slovenia


The Slovenian Forestry Institute together with eight excellent partners within the EUFORINNO project (EUropean FOrest Research and INNOvation) is pleased to announce the final conference:

EUFORIA - European Forest Research and Innovation Area.

The conference will bring together internationally recognized scientists to present current topics in forest science and to stimulate exchange of ideas on the main EUFORINNO topics.

Conference scientific sessions:
  1. Climate change and biodiversity
  2. Forest genetic diversity
  3. Carbon dynamics in time and space
  4. Modelling in forests and forestry
  5. Forest disturbance and management

Registration is closed.


EUFORINNO project leader and programme chair: Hojka Kraigher

EUFORINNO project partners:
  • Reinhart Ceulemans (PLECO, B),
  • Monika Konnert (ASP, D),
  • Dieter Ernst (Helmholtz, D),
  • Zachary Kayler (ZALF, D),
  • Danny McCarroll (Uni. SWANSEA, UK),
  • Giorgio Matteucci (IBAF-CNR, I),
  • Heljä-Sisko Helmisaari (Uni. HELSINKI, SF),
  • Håkan Wallander (Uni. LUND, S)
Primož Simončič (Co-Chair), Robert Robek (WP1 leader), Tine Grebenc (WP2 leader), Tom Levanič (WP3 leader), Jožica Gričar (Chair of SFI Scientific Board)

EUFORINNO scientific recruits:
Nate McDowell, Tanja Mrak, Saša Zavadlav, Ivan Kreft


Tine Grebenc (Chair); Tina Drolc (Secretary and Sponsors); Tjaša Baloh (Treasurer); Iztok Sinjur and Peter Železnik (Website and social media)
Scientific papers can be submitted for a peer review procedure in:
  • Global change biology (upon invitation only)
  • Canadian journal of forest research
  • iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry
  • Acta Silvae et Ligni

Submission is closed.


Petr Baldrian, head of Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences,  Prague, Czech Republic
Petr Baldrian covers the ecology, physiology and biochemistry of microorganisms (in particular fungi) in the environment, especially in soils, plant litter, decomposing wood or plant roots.

Reinhart Ceulemans, PLECO, University of Antwerp, Belgium
The main areas of expertise of prof.dr. Reinhart Ceulemans, dr.hon.c. are: plant and vegetation ecology, bio-energy crops, global changes, plant functioning and modeling.

Cristina Cruz, Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
The main research interests of Dr. Cristina Cruz are the ecophysiology of inorganic nitrogen assimilation by terrestrial plants, the nitrogen cycle in Mediterranean ecosystems, the role of symbioses in nitrogen uptake by terrestrial plants, and plant-soil interactions.

John Dighton, Rutgers University, Pinelands Field Station, USA
Prof. Dr. John Dighton is interested in forest soil ecology and and mycology. He has  investigated nutrient requirements of plantation forests, especially fast growing trees and interactions of forest trees with mycorrhizal fungi.

Dieter Ernst, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany
Dr. Dieter Ernst's fields of expertise are molecular biology, biochemistry, and “omics” technologies, expert in molecular biology, biochemistry, and gene expression studies. He focuses on abiotic stress, e.g. air pollution like ozone, NO2, CO2, high-light and UV-B radiation.  The main focus at the moment is pollen allergenicity (birch, ragweed and timothy) and climate change.

Arthur Gessler, Swiss Federal Research institute WSL, Swiss
Arthur Gessler and his group apply stable isotope techniques in order to understand the processes that drive and regulate biogeochemical cycles, biotic interactions and biodiversity-ecosystem functioning at different scales.

Jožica Gričar, Slovenian Forestry Institute, Slovenia
Doc. Dr. Jožica Gričar focuses on radial growth of trees, cambial activity, cell differentiation, the formation of wood and phloem, wood and bark anatomy .

Heljä-Sisko Helmisaari, Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Dr. Heljä-Sisko Helmisaari´s expertise is  on biogeochemistry, especially carbon and nutrient dynamics in forest soil and ecosystems in relation to environmental changes and forest management, present topics  including e.g. fine root dynamics, and sustainability of  forest bioenergy.

Zachary Kayler, ZALF, Müncheberg, Germany
Dr. Zachary Kayler and his group undertake investigations to help answer the most pressing ecological and biogeochemical questions we face today. They help bring clarity to the impacts of land use, climate change, and disturbance on natural and managed ecosystems using many techniques including stable and radio isotopes and biomarkers.  

John King, Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
Prof. Dr. John King's research focuses on the ecophysiological drivers of forest productivity and how they respond to global environmental change, management, and interaction between biotic and abiotic stress factors. Scales of investigation range from molecular to the ecosystem.

Monika Konnert, Bayerisches Amt für forstliche Saat- und Pflanzenzucht, Teisendorf, Germany
Dr. Monika Konnert is head of the Institution and has been working in the field of forest genetics for over 20 years. She is an accredited authority on forest genetics.

Antoine Kremer, INRA, Biodiversité, Gènes et Communautés (BioGeCo), France
Main research interest of dr. Antoine Kremer relates to the evolution of genetic diversity and differentiation between natural populations, at various hierarchical levels where diversity is expressed (from genes to phenotypic traits).

Hrvoje Marjanović, Croatian forest research institute, Croatia
Research area of dr. Hrvoje Marjanović is carbon cycling in forest ecosystems, primarily CO2 flux measurements with eddy covariance, soil respiration, and within-seasonal tree growth dynamics.

Giorgio Matteucci, National Research Council of Itayl, Institute of Agroenvironmental and Forest Biology (IBAF-CNR) and Institute for Agriculture and Forestry Systems in the Mediterranean (ISAFOM-CNR), Italy
dr. Giorgio Matteucci is a Forest Ecologist with main interests on carbon cycling and management in forest ecosystems, long-term ecological research and monitoring and infrastructure for integrated forest research.

Rainer Matyssek, Center of Life and Food Sciences, Chair of Ecophysiology of Plants, Technische Universität München, Campus Weihenstephan-Freising, Germany
Expertise of Prof. Dr. Rainer Matyssek lies in the fields of experimental plant ecology and ecophysiology of woody plants with process-oriented clarification of biotic and abiotic interactions and effects on the carbon, water and nutrient balance (structural and functional differentiation, resource turnover, effects of climate change and air pollution/ozone).

Danny McCarroll, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, UK
Prof. Danny McCarroll is primarilly interested in the climate of the past. He specialises in using stable isotopes in tree rings to produce annually resolved reconstructions of temperature, sunshine and precipitation. He and his team have worked on trees of many different speicies from all over the world,  including Slovenia. He is also interested in the way that trees are responding to the rapid rise in atmospehric carbon dioxide and potential feedbacks for the climate system.

Nate McDowell, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, USA
Laboratory of dr. Nate McDowell focuses on quantifying mechanisms that control the balance between carbon uptake and water lost at the leaf, whole plant, and ecosystem scales.  And apply this to numerous questions, including climate change and climate variability, forest management and disturbance impacts on ecosystems.

Emilia Gutierrez Merino, Department of Ecology, University of Barcelona
Prof. dr. Emilia Gutierrez Merino has been using tree-ring data to study ecological process, e.g. assessing how climate limits tree growth, how treeline ecotones behave due to global change, the occurrence and extent of forest disturbances such as fires and snow avalanches and the pace and pattern of long-term complex ecological processes such as succession and treeline shifts.

Hans Göransson, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Institute of Forest Ecology, Vienna, Austria
Dr. Hans Göransson is interested in biodiversity and how mixed forest stands respond to climate change, but also nutrient availability for plants as well as soil microbes. He has been working in primary succession in high altitudes to mature forests.

Mike Starr, Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
His research concentrates on forest ecosystem soils, biogeochemistry and hydrology.

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