Dear IFSA Family,

Was it not always your dream to show the world your beautiful country and forests? Why not become the host of the 51st IFSS – International Forestry Students’ Symposium 2023!

This is Open Call is your opportunity to make it possible! You can finally be able to share with IFSA members the beauties and interesting facts 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 meeting is attended by 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 commissions and working groups are discussed, and the elections of IFSA positions for the next year are held.

Throughout the Symposium, students travel to different regions of the hosting country, obtaining an overall perspective of all the uses, traditions, development and culture of the visited places. IFSS allows students to visit research centres and forestry companies. At the same time while, it will also be possible to 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 more than one Local Committee (LC) to collaborate and work together in this (either within the same country or neighbouring countries), as long as the distances are feasible and not too long.

Those who are interested in hosting the event can apply to this open call until 27th of July 2021 23:59 UTC+0. To apply, you have to submit your proposal to [email protected] including:

  • A PDF presentation that includes:
    • Tentative itinerary and programme
    • Maximum number of participants
    • Provisional budget plan
    • Tentative dates.


  • Optionally: A video of max 3 mins where you briefly explain your proposal

It is strictly required to be an IFSA Local Committee member to apply!

Please If you have any questions/ comments feel free to send inquiries to [email protected]


Good luck with your application,

IFSA Board