Dear IFSA Friends,


Has it ever crossed your mind that the International Forestry Students’ Symposium 2020 could be held in your country?


This is an Open Call for all IFSA members to consider this opportunity. You could share with foresters from all over the world the beauties of forestry in your area — your traditions, knowledge, landscapes, and more!


The International Forestry Students’ Symposium (IFSS) is the biggest annual IFSA event. Each year, this two-week event is attended by (usually) over a hundred students from all over the world. The symposium provides an opportunity for students to exchange knowledge and share interests while participating in a range of forestry activities. During the Symposium, the IFSA General Assembly (GA) takes place, where different proposals collected through diverse commission and working groups are discussed, and the elections of IFSA positions for the next year are also held.


Throughout the Symposium, students travel to different regions of the host country. By doing this, students can obtain a global perspective of all the uses, traditions, development and culture of the visited places. IFSS serves as a tool to introduce students to a wide range of research centers and forestry companies. In addition, several state-of-the-art conferences are conducted by researchers and environmental entities’ personnel. Students can also participate in workshops to develop personal and professional skills, and in multicultural meetings where all the participants can share the state of the forestry industry in their respective countries framed by different regional traditions.


It is possible for your Local Committee (LC) to join a nearby LC in your Region to work together in this, as long as the distances are not too long to keep this realistic.


Those who are interested in hosting the event have until Sunday, 5th of August 2018, 23:59 CET to send in an overview with the following details:

  • Tentative Itinerary and Programme

  • Possible Dates

  • Proposed Registration Fees, Possible Sponsors

The proposals will be presented in the 29th General Assembly in the International Forestry Students’ Symposium in Mexico, so if you are unable to attend, please send in your presentation (in whichever form you prefer: video, powerpoint, etc.) before the indicated deadline. If you are attending IFSS 2018, you will be given the chance to nominate your LC during the plenary sessions.


Please send in your proposals to me: [email protected]. If you have any questions/ comments, please get in touch with me and I will be happy to help.

Looking forward to receiving your applications!


On behalf of the IFSA 7,


Jan Joseph Dida