2024 Annual Conference

SILVA Network Annual Conference 2024

Topic: Changing expectations of society and policy for higher forestry education

April 16-18, 2024 in Kaunas (Lithuania)

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Topic of the Conference: Changing expectations of society and policy for higher forestry education

Forestry is becoming increasingly complex as a result of the requirement to balance numerous stakeholder interests. Forestry is challenged by issues such as climate change, carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, rural development, and adaptive ecosystem management. In the course of the energy transition, forests are seen as an important source of bioenergy. On our way towards more bioeconomy, forests shall sufficiently supply us with raw material. Forest products and services satisfy a wide range of ecological, social and economic needs and address a variety of interests, people and organizations. The number of forestry stakeholders is continually growing, spanning territorial, social, economic, and political borders. Nevertheless, or perhaps precisely because of this, social expectations and values have changed considerably in recent years. Forestry has partly lost its social license to operate and its position in land use consultation, due to its bad name as wood cutter and its introvert attitude. The question arises, how forestry can regain acceptance. Forestry education should provide the equipment and the attitude to engage in this challenge.

Forestry education has a long history and has changed considerably: Having focused on forest management in the past, it now emphasizes the management of natural resources for valuable connections between humans and ecosystems. How can forestry education help to address contemporary forestry practice challenges? How should present and expected future societal needs be incorporated into forestry education and its curricula? To transform forestry education, efforts must be made to coordinate and connect relevant institutions and stakeholders. A collaborative effort from all stakeholders appears to be the way ahead in changing the existing forestry education model to accommodate new courses and skills that will better train future foresters.

We look forward to contributions from students, teachers, and administrative staff regarding:

  • The current problems and coping techniques in higher forestry education.
  • The actual and expected role which forestry education plays in society today and in future.
  • Surveys of higher forestry education forest curricula to meet stakeholder demands.
  • Expectations for higher forestry education from forest policy and practice.
  • Changes in higher forestry curricula, teaching and learning experiences, tools, and strategies for meeting societal needs.
  • Development of a higher forestry education curricula in the context of societal demands and global issues.
  • Competencies in higher forestry curricula to integrate and disseminate knowledge across discipline boundaries.
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation as major concerns in higher education forestry courses.
  • Various organizations' perspectives on higher forestry education.



Registration is now open until March 29th, 2024. Klick on the Registration form to save your place for the SILVA Conference. 


Join us and submit an abstract by February 5th, 2024!

Please e-mail your abstract, of up to 300 words, to Sandra Liebal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The SILVA Board will decide on contributions (oral presentations / posters) and all applicants will be informed as soon as possible after the deadline. Confirmed and peer-reviewed papers will be published in the Conference proceedings (SILVA Network Publications).


Host & Venue, Travel & Accomodation

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Host: Faculty of Forest Science and Ecology, Agriculture Academy, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania. 

Address: Universiteto 8A, Academia, Kaunas r. Lithuania.

Accomodation: Participants have to make their own accommodation arrangements, at their cost. The following are examples of accommodation:

Traveling: Participants make their own travel arrangements, at their own cost. Possible ways for arrival to Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy (VMU AA) campus:

The scheme of Kaunas public transport is available via internet in web page: http://www.kvt.lt/en



The early bird registration fee is €200; this applies up until March 20th after which, a fee of €220 applies. There is a student rate of €120. (Registration includes coffee, lunches, the conference dinner, and the field trip. Participants will also be provided with a printed copy of the proceedings following publication).

Registration must be paid in advance (details to follow in coming days).






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