International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)“]

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

Headquarters: Vienna, Austria Website: Description: IUFRO is “the” global network for forest science cooperation. It unites more than 15,000 scientists in almost 700 Member Organizations in over 110 countries. Scientists cooperate in IUFRO on a voluntary basis. Mission of IUFRO is to promote global cooperation in forest-related research and to enhance the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees; as well as to disseminate scientific knowledge to stakeholders and decision-makers, contribute to forest policy and on-ground forest management. With IFSA: IFSA and IUFRO are great partners and have signed a Memorandum of Understanding already in 2002, renewed in 2014. IFSA President and LO IUFRO are invited to participate in IUFRO Board Meetings and annual conferences. IFSA members have the opportunity to take part in IUFRO congresses through volunteering. IUFRO is supporting IFSA in various projects related to forestry education and forest science. Furthermore, IUFRO and IFSA have successfully organized side-events on the topic of forestry education in different international forestry conferences and congresses. In addition, IUFRO and IFSA are currently in the process of establishing a Joint Task Force on Forestry Education. One of the highlights of the collaboration with IUFRO is the establishment of IFSA/IUFRO Joint Position in IUFRO Headquarters in Vienna (from 2013). LO: Konstantin Schwarz (   [/accordion] [accordion title=”European Forest Institute (EFI)“]

The European Forest Institute (EFI)

Headquarters: Joensuu, Finland Regional offices: Spain, Germany, France, Sweden, Austria and Croatia Website: Description: EFI is an international association guided by its members, which forms an extensive researcher network across Europe. EFI’s mission is to conduct, promote and co-operate in the research of forests, forestry and forest products at the pan-European level, and to make the results of the research known to all interested parties, notably in the areas of policy formulation and implementation, in order to promote the conservation and management of forests for producing goods and services in a sustainable way. With IFSA: IFSA is an EFI ordinary member. EFI and IFSA have signed a MoU and are constantly collaborating with each other. IFSA students have opportunities to apply for internships at EFI regional office and EFI is trying to involve more IFSA students in its processes (e.g. inviting IFSA students to EFI meetings and conferences) LO: Alexander Pinkwart ( [/accordion] [accordion title=”Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA)“]

The Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA)

Headquarters: Shropshire, United Kingdom Website: Description: The Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA) is the world’s longest established international forestry organization with members in both Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth countries. Some of the Association’s current activities include:
  • Publishing world-class science in the peer-reviewed forestry journal, the International Forestry Review, and the latest global forestry news and views in the CFA Newsletter
  • Encouraging professional excellence and promoting career development using a range of awards, g. the Queen’s Award for Forestry, the Young Forester Award and the Young Scientist Research Award
With IFSA: The CFA-IFSA MoU has been updated and renewed for another five years (2015 – 2020). IFSA is also benefiting from a CFA complimentary membership valid until December 2015, which allows IFSA members to have access to the CFA newsletter and the International Forestry Review journal.The essential of the collaboration is a professional exchange of information. IFSA also promotes the CFA youth awards such as the Young Forester Award and the Young Scientist Research Award. For more information on the awards, see LO: Emma Roberts (
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International Partnership for Forestry Education (IPFE)

Location: Finland, Canada Website: Description: New global partnership to share information, experiences, resources and skills regarding forestry and its allied fields. With IFSA: IFSA’s role is to help to identify educational needs, to gathers feedbacks and support student-to-student linkage. IPFE is a good mean to meet new organisation and enlarge IFSA’s contact. But the most important the main IPFE goal : improve forestry education in the world. IFSA has a great role to play in it.  
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO)

Headquarters: Rome, Italy Website: Description: FAO is one of the UN bodies. FAO Forestry Department has its main focus on sustainable forest management, social and economic balance, engaging in international partnerships and fostering forestry education in accordance to the strategies of the United Nations. With IFSA: IFSA and FAO are trying to work close together and strengthen their partnership especially in forestry education issues. Therefore, FAO provides participation for IFSA delegates in their international conferences. In regards to that, IFSA is organizing side-events at the XIV FAO World Forestry Congress 2015 in Durban, South Africa. IFSA students are also welcome to do internships at FAO and contribute in FAO’s ‘Unasylva’. In return, FAO is welcomed to contribute to ‘IFSA News’ and to have workshops or presentations at IFSA events LO: Khalil Walji ( [/accordion] [accordion title=”Center For International Forestry Research (CIFOR)“]

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Headquarters: Bogor, Indonesia Regional offices: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Peru, Vietnam and Zambia Website: Description: The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a global, not-for-profit, multidisciplinary scientific research centre dedicated to advancing human wellbeing, environmental conservation, and equity, by conducting research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of forests in less-developed countries. Their research and outreach work focusses on assisting policy makers and local communities making scientifically informed decisions about the management of forests and landscapes, and building capacity and collaborative efforts for addressing global forestry challenges. They are a member of the CGIAR Consortium and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, and the lead organiser of the annual Global Landscapes Forum. With IFSA: IFSA signed its first MoU with CIFOR in 2014, outlining our shared goals of knowledge sharing, collaboration, and facilitating youth involvement in CIFOR’s events and initiatives. IFSA is CIFOR’s main platform for engaging with forestry youth, and has been an implementing partner on youth sessions and programs at major events such as the Forests Asia Summit and GLF 2014. LO: Serena Pynta Phenomenon ( [/accordion] [accordion title=”Silva Network“]

Silva Network


The primary objective of the SILVA Network is to stimulate and facilitate educational co-operation in the field of Forestry in Europe. The secondary objectives will be realized at four levels:

  • Students: to make it possible for students to carry out part of their studies abroad.
  • Teachers: to stimulate and facilitate sojourns of teachers abroad.
  • Curriculum: to encourage the exchange of information on the development of curricula and the development of joint curricula.
  • Courses: to stimulate and facilitate the development of joint courses.
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International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

Website: Description: To promote the conservation and sustainable development of tropical forests. With IFSA: Very new partnership that still needs to develop a term of collaboration. The MoU is currently being drafted and should be done by the end of 2014. LO: Alice Semnoun ( [/accordion] [/accordions] [divider style=”2″]

Opportunities offered by the cooperation with professional organizations

Would you like to participate in a scientific conference? Are you interested in writing an article for a partner organization’s journal? Through the cooperation with our professional partners IFSA broadens students possibilities to:
  • Get to know the professional organisations in the forest field and so improve the knowledge of possible job options after finishing studies;
  • Participate of scientific conferences and workshops
  • Write articles.


Please contact the respective Liaison Officers. For information about next events check out the calendar under “professional partners meetings”. You can also find more detailed information about the partnerships in the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU). The following points are examples of cooperation between IFSA and its professional partners.

Participate in a seminar organized by a Professional Partner

Through the Memorandum of Understanding, IFSA is offering to its members the opportunity to participate in the seminars and conferences organized by IUFRO or EFI. There is usually at least one place for IFSA students in all seminars. The participation is either for free, or for a reduced fee. In case of free participation, students are asked to help the organizers by doing little jobs, like making coffee or ushering.
How to act?
Once you have spotted a IUFRO or EFI conference you want to participate in, you need to follow the procedure below. And remember, you should always go through IFSA. Do not contact the organizers by yourself!
  1. At least one month before the closing date of registration and at least two months before the start of the conference, you must forward your application to the IFSA Secretariat. The application shall include:
    • A statement on your level of education
    • A motivation letter (you should specify whether you have previous experience with the topic of the event)
    • Your CV
    • Field of interest
    • A proof of IFSA membership (it is enough to tell what local committee you belong to and have a statement of LC that you are a member there)
  2. Your application will be submitted to the organizers by IFSA and the result will be given to you as soon as possible.
  3. In case of acceptance, you will be asked by IFSA (and sometimes the organizers also) to write a report about the event you participated in. This report shall (at least) include:
    • A short description about the meeting and its main topic
    • A description of your contribution to the event (Poster, Presentation, work done to help the organizers…)
    • Nice photos to illustrate the text and make the report comfortable to read!

EFI Scholarship

This scholarship will be announced via our mailing list and IFSA News. In case you believe that you match the required qualifications, you will need to send all needed application material to the IFSA Secretariat. The Secretariat will confirm your membership status and forward your application to the IFSA-EFI Liaison Officer who will present your application to EFI.

EFI Traineeship

Your application should be sent directly to the EFI Secretariat. There, it will be made available for Programme Managers and Researchers who will contact you directly if they have a need for a Trainee.

CFA Young Scientist Publication Award

The Young Scientist Award is a CFA initiative designed to help promote the careers of young foresters through the publication of their work in the IFR. There are up to 4 awards annually, with selected articles published in the IFR. All entries must be single authored, original, written in English and should meet the CFA objectives: to promote the well being of the world’s forests and those who depend on them. To be eligible, the author must be under the age of 30 years at time of submission of entry and should not have been previously published in peer-reviewed international journals. For more information on the young scientist award, please consult the CFA website or e-mail . You can also contact the CFA/IFSA Liaison Officer:]]>