Mixed species forests

Risks, resilience and management

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

The conference is cancelled due to the Corona virus (Covid-19).

Dear participant,

The conference "Mixed species forests: Risks, Resilience and Management", that was possible postponed to 2020-10-27-29, will definitely be cancelled due to the corona situation.

We have discussed several options, including an online event, but have come to the conclusion to cancel the conference. This was not an easy decision since we and you have put a lot of efforts into the arrangement and into summarizing different studies.

We will, however, produce the abstract book that will be sent to you as an PDF. You may also record your presentation and send us the link (note that this is voluntary). The PDF and the links will later be available at the conference web-page (https://www.mixedforest2020.se/). In case you consider to send us the link to your presentation please contact me (magnus.lof@slu.se) for format and instructions. The deadline for this is September 30.

The work with the special issue in Forest Ecology and Management is maintained and ongoing. Many participants sent papers, and many of these are now under review.

Unfortunately, there have been a lot of costs for the arrangement even if it is now cancelled (web-page, abstract handling, registrations, venue etc.). We will, however, pay back parts of the conference fee. For the moment we are not sure of the exact amount but estimate that approx. a third can be paid back. Within a couple of weeks you will be contacted by Akademikonferens about this.

We are very sorry that this exiting conference could not be held but hope that you understand the situation.

All the best,

Magnus Löf, Anna Barbati, Andres Bravo-Oviedo, Felipe Bravo, Hervé Jactel, Hans Pretzsch and Miren del Rio


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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