Forest Biomass Conference 2013 in Mierzęcin Palace

On 7-9 September 2013 in Mierzęcin Palace (near Dobiegniew, Poland) the Forest Biomass Conference took place. The conference was organised by the Faculty of Forestry from Poznan University of Life Sciences, under umbrella of EFI and IUFRO and within the framework of the EU-cofunded project “ForseenPOMERANIA”.

Main topics of the conference were:

  • Factors influencing the biomass production
  • Methods of forest biomass estimation
  • Components of forest biomass
  • Growth modelling of trees and stands
  • Wooden biomass production on plantations
  • Biomass harvesting techniques and operations
  • Utilisation of forest biomass for energy production
  • Carbon and nutrient storage
  • Economic, ecological and political aspects of forest biomass production

The conference was attended by 80 participants from 17 countries, representing five continents. Taking into account the authors and co-authors of submitted abstracts – a total of 31 countries was represented. During two days of seminar 45 presentations were given and 11 posters displayed. The chair of the conference was prof. Tomasz Zawiła-Niedźwiecki (Forest Research Institute, Poland). Especially noteworthy was high scientific level of speeches and discussion, which was often emphasized by the participants.

The key note speakers of the conference were: prof. Antti Asikainen (Finnish Forest Research Institute, Finland), prof. Daniel B. Botkin (University of Miami, Department of Biology, USA), prof. Jean-Marc Guehl (French National Institute for Agricultural Research, Department of Forest, Grassland and Freshwater Ecology, France), prof. Marco Marchetti (University of Molise, Department of BioScience and Territory, Italy) and prof. Jacek Oleksyn (Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland).

During third day of the conference a field trip was organised. Thanks to cooperation of Gryfino Forest District, participants had the opportunity to learn about forest management, nature protection and environmental education on the Beech Forest. Apart from this, all the participants were visiting the Dendrological Garden in Glinna and the reserve Crooked Forest.

Conference website: http://www.up.poznan.pl/forestbiomass/