Call for Abstracts

Online registration and submission system

We are pleased to invite you to the “Cool forests at risk?”, the 18th IBFRA conference. IBFRA18 is a unique opportunity for scientists –and especially early career scientists – as well as professionals, policymakers, public authorities and civil society stakeholders to share transdisciplinary knowledge and experience within the fields of boreal and mountain ecosystems.

Abstracts should match the requirements listed below and in the presentation guidelines and must be submitted electronically using the online abstract submission system. Step-by-step submission details (e.g. abstract length: 400 words max., etc.) and instructions are provided within the online submission system.

To guarantee your place in the conference program, at least one author of the submitted abstract must register for the meeting by 31 July 2018. If no author of an accepted abstract is registered by this date, the abstract cannot be considered. Accepted scientific abstracts will be published on the conference website and in the conference book of abstracts.

Selected abstracts will be suggested to a special issue of a relevant international peer-reviewed (SCI) journal.


– Bioeconomy and Cool Forests
– The Cool Forest sector and (bio)energy
– Cool Forests and circular economy
– Cool Forests as a resource – provisioning services
– Economics of Cool Forest ecosystems and their services
– Tourism, recreation and health in Cool Forests
– Sustainable and new/innovative (use of) forest products
– Cool Forests Certification
– The future Cool Forest sector including jobs, technological change, and digitalization
– Plantations and afforestation in Cool Forests
– Science – business interaction and communication for Cool Forests in a future economy
– Science – Policy interaction for Cool Forests
– Cool Forests as a resource model
– Cool Forest Inventory, mensuration, and monitoring
– Cool Forests as human and natural capital

– Permafrost
– Climate change, negative emissions and Cool Forests
– Cool Forests emissions and the global carbon budget
– High latitude and high altitude in the Earth system
– Cool Forests and major biogeochemical cycles (carbon, nitrogen etc.)
– Dendroclimatology in Cool Forests
– Cool Forests on fire and climate interactions
– Cool Forests as a tipping element
– Modeling the future of Cool Forests – from vegetation to landscapes
– Cool Forests and wetlands as a mitigation tool
– Cool Forests – hydrological cycles and protection of soils
– Landscape resilience and vulnerability including degradation and restoration of Cool Forests
– Transition to adaptive, sustainable, and risk-resilient Cool Forest management
– Current and future information needs and relevant technologies
– Paris Agreement, NDCs and regulation of the LULUCF-sector for Cool Forests

People and nature
– Society (ownership, stakeholders, public) and Cool Forests
– Cool Forest communities, livelihoods, and population dynamics
– From leaf to global – status-quo of Cool Forest understanding in science and practice
– Global mountain forests/-forestry and mountain risk management
– Cool Forest extremes – from Arctic to Tropics
– Geopolitics of Cool Forests and the UN-conventions including the SDGs
– Cool Forest policy and legislation
– Wildlife/ management in Cool Forests
– Cool Forests and plant genetics
– Biodiversity in Cool Forests
– Cool Forest and disturbances/-regimes/ -modeling including insects and pathogens
– Cool Forests and challenges of the Mid-Latitude ecotone
– Cool Forest protection
– Remote sensing and monitoring of Cool Forests
– Cool Forests and systems analysis

*The list and number of topics for scientific sessions can be subject to modifications. Final decision will be taken by the Scientific Committee, considering the number of abstracts submitted per topic.

Review of the abstracts:

All abstracts will be reviewed by the IBFRA18 Scientific Committee. It will determine acceptance and format of presentation. The review will consider:

1.    relevance (scientific or practical) for the Conference themes
2.    clarity of the objectives and language of the work presented
3.    clarity and quality of the methods and
4.    clarity and quality of the conclusions or expected results

Notification of Acceptance:

Authors will be informed on the acceptance of their abstracts within one to two weeks after submission. At least one of the authors has to register for the IBFRA18 conference, and should have the registration fee settled by 31 July 2018, otherwise the abstract cannot be accepted.

online registration and submission system