Preliminary Program

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

The Cool Forests Conference will take place over four days with a diverse program including:
•    Scientific Sessions (Topics)
•    Excursion
•    Poster Sessions and Market Place and Poster Award Talks
•    Key Notes
•    Stakeholders and Dialogue – Plenary panels
•    Cool Forest Ambassadors Signature – Media Event
•    Cool Forest Ambassador Ball
•    Future and Action: Looking into the Future; Practical Experiences, Successful Communication and Collaboration

MAIN QUESTIONS

The conference program and the sessions are organized around the following three central questions:

1.    What is the focus of your research and why is it important for climate, bioeconomy or people?
2.    Did your research identify key challenges (threats or risks) to maintain the critical values of boreal and mountain ecosystems?
3.    What would be your suggestion to address these challenges?

 

DAY 1 – KICK-OFF & SCIENCE

SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS (TOPICS)
Monday, 17.09.2018; Tuesday, 18.09.2018; Wednesday 19.09.2018, Thursday 20.09.2018

The Scientific Sessions are structured according to the three main themes of the conference – people, bioeconomy, and climate– comprising a wide array of different topics (see below).
Sessions are individual 2-hour events with 1.5 hours scientific presentations followed by ½ hour discussion. Three sessions – one for each event theme (people, bioeconomy, and climate) will run in parallel. Each session addresses a specific topic and will highlight innovative and interdisciplinary approaches of relevance to both boreal and mountain ecosystems.
In order to go beyond scientific excellence, the sessions follow a specific logic with a presentation part and time for Q&A after each presentation, followed by a discussion block that prepares the distilling of the scientific key messages for the multi-stakeholder day (3).
Sessions have been developed based on recommendations and proposals from the Conference Scientific Committee. Depending on the submitted abstracts they may still be adjusted.

Preliminary Topics:
The full list of topics can be found on the abstract submission page.

DAY 2 – SCIENCE & OUTDOORS

EXCURSION
Tuesday, 18.09.2018

The IBFRA18 conference excursion following the Wien-river valley to the top of the Eastern Edge of the Alps is set to be organized on the second day. This guided tour, focusing inter alia on the critical role of water provisioning by mountain forests, will be available as part of the conference program.

POSTER SESSIONS, MARKET PLACE AND POSTER AWARD TALKS
Monday, 17.09.2018; Tuesday, 18.09.2018; Wednesday 19.09.2018, Thursday, 20.09.2018

IBFRA18 will provide a permanent exhibition and networking area for scientific posters. The posters will be presented to participants during all coffee breaks and in a dedicated two-hour poster session on Wednesday.
All submitted posters are automatically enrolled in the election for the poster award. Posters will be evaluated for their scientific quality, but also and equally relevant for their way of communicating complex scientific findings to a broader audience. There will be 3 posters awarded by the poster committee. The selected poster authors will have the chance to present their work in an oral talk in front of the entire IBFRA18 panel.

DAY 3 – STAKEHOLDERS & DIALOGUE

KEY NOTES
Wednesday 19.09.2018; Thursday, 20.09.2018

The Welcome Notes by the hosts and co-organizers on day 1 will open the Cool Forests Event. The Stakeholder Key Notes introduce the Science-Stakeholder Dialogue on Wednesday September 19th and include speeches from relevant ministries of the host country as well as industry stakeholders. The Science Key Notes will summarize the scientific messages that link the three conference themes – people, bioeconomy and climate – and bridge between boreal and mountain forest ecosystems. The Synthesis Key Note will bring together the scientific aspects and the stakeholder opinions in a forward-looking manner. Finally, the Action Key Note closes the conference with a “Call for Action” and Implementation of Scientific findings into practice.

STAKEHOLDERS AND DIALOGUE – PLENARY PANELS
Wednesday 19.09.2018

The third day will bring together scientists from all parts of the world with stakeholders from policy, industry and CSOs. We will address the question of how scientific key findings can inform strategies and decisions of these stakeholders. The Science-Stakeholder Dialogue will stimulate exchange of scientific knowledge and the stakeholders’ perspective on the three themes – people, bioeconomy, climate. Each of the three panel dialogues will be introduced by a Science Key Note, reporting back from the scientific sessions followed by a discussion with five panelists from policy, industry and CSOs.

COOL FORESTS AMBASSADORS BALL
Wednesday 19.09.2018

With the Cool Forest Ambassador Ball the conference celebrates the joining of efforts to raise awareness on the critical role of boreal and mountain forest ecosystems for a sustainable future. It provides inter alia the opportunity for extended networking and to learn to dance the original Viennese Waltz accompanied by Viennese Philharmonics or enjoy a typical Viennese Wine Tasting during the Ball and Dinner Party.

DAY 4 – FUTURE & ACTION

FUTURE AND ACTION: LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE; PRACTICAL EXPERIENCES, SUCCESSFUL COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION
Thursday, 20.09.2018

The preliminary program for this day includes cutting-edge forward-looking presentations by early-career scientists, requested in the Call for Abstracts. With these presentations and the following program, including practical experiences from forestry, science-to-policy dialogues or other related fields, we kick-start the cooperative planning for 2019 and the years to come in order to together take the message forward. This could also be a turning point for IBFRA towards being at the interface of science and policy, starting dialogue with decision-makers, and preparing for example policy briefs for targeted audience. So that the conference and Call for Action really amounts to what it aims for, that is, impact.

ALL DAYS AND POST-CONFERENCE (21 SEPTEMBER)

SIDE EVENTS AND BACK-TO-BACK MEETINGS
Monday, 17.09.2018; Tuesday, 18.09.2018; Wednesday 19.09.2018, Thursday, 20.09.2018

The Cool Forest Event/IBFRA18 provides the opportunity for side events during the conference, for post-conference back-to back meetings (on Friday 21 September) and for special project meetings and organizations. There is a possibility to list special meetings in the program.
If you are planning for such meeting or an arranged lunch or dinner event, please contact the local organizing committee: ibfra18@iiasa.ac.at