Mixed species forests

Risks, resilience and management

25-27 March, 2020
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Lund, Sweden

The conference was cancelled due to the Corona / Covid19 situation

As the preparations of the conference abstract book had already come so far at the time of cancellation, a report of the conference contributions has been completed, and is available on this website. See Abstract book.

Overview and main objective

Mixed forests are strategic means of adapting forest management to climate change. Higher tree species diversity is expected to provide higher productivity, higher temporal stability, lower risk of biotic and abiotic disturbances and a more diverse portfolio of ecosystem services from forests. Although the knowledge base concerning the ecology of mixed forests has increased during the last decades, almost all forest research has been conducted in monocultures. As a result, there is a lack of knowledge about how to design and manage mixed forests, to sustain production and carbon sequestration, and mitigate abiotic and biotic risks. It is our expectation that this conference will be an arena for discussion and communication between researchers from different disciplines, and also between managers and policy makers. Our main objective is thus to communicate the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge in various fields connected to both mixed forest functioning and management.

A conference in cooperation

The conference will be organized by several networks, which ensures broad participation and the maximization of scientific exchange:

  • SUMFOREST ERA-Net research project Mixed species forest management: Lowering risk, increasing resilience
  • IUFRO research groups 1.09.00 Ecology and silviculture of mixed forests and 7.03.00 Entomology
  • IUFRO working parties 1.01.06 Ecology and silviculture of oak, 1.01.10 Ecology and silviculture of pine and 8.02.01 Key factors and ecological functions for forest biodiversity.


Photos on this website: Jörg Brunet, SLU; Magnus Löf, SLU; Miren del Rio, INIA; and Nils Fahlvik, SkogForsk


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Important dates

17 September, 2019: Abstract submission opens
17 September, 2019: Registration opens
31 July, 2020: Extended deadline for paper submission to special issue

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