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Lunch with IUFRO

Meet, greet and ‘eat’ – learn more about the global IUFRO network, meet peers and interact with IUFRO representatives

The three "Lunch with IUFRO" sessions (one per time zone group) will allow participants to learn more about IUFRO and what it does, find out how to get involved, meet peers, make new acquaintances and talk with experienced scientists. This element offers an opportunity to meet with the leadership and interact with IUFRO Coordinators.


All three sessions last for two hours each and are organized in the “prime time” of each region (11:40 - 14:00 pm mid-region time). There is no overlap with other live events during the two hours (no live events by units or members).


On the menu: QUIZ SURPRISE

Bridge into the Woods

Win a prize!

During the Lunch with IUFRO session, you can participate in our IUFRO quiz and get the chance to win a prize!

The winner of the quiz will have the option of choosing one of two prize vouchers offered by the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI), an international, inter-governmental, not-for-profit organization that provides information and applies scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.


The prize can be either a voucher for:

CABI Agriculture and Bioscience (or CABI A&B) is an open access journal which publishes high quality, rigorously peer-reviewed interdisciplinary research focused on global agriculture, food security, forestry, environmental and social sciences.

CABI A&B encourages inter- and cross-disciplinary research that addresses the core focus areas, such as, genomics; big data; climate change; evidence-based agriculture; technology; sustainability, restoration and conservation; agro-ecology; food security and nutrition; and modelling.

Find out more on the CABI website:



"Speed friending"

Meet other participants in this ice breaker session and connect with people all over the world. This item starts 20 minutes before the official part of the program (11:40 mid-region time).

White Wine


Keep your glasses ready!

Welcome by IUFRO President John Parrotta

Video message by the Austrian Minister of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism Elisabeth Köstinger

Cheese and Grapes


Get familiar with IUFRO

Presentation about IUFRO, find out how IUFRO works and how to get involved

Fish Fillet


Sneak preview of the 2024 IUFRO World Congress

Presentation about the IUFRO World Congress 2024

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Vegetable Plate


IUFRO for early career scientists and newcomers

Speakers from different career stages will share their experience with IUFRO and how IUFRO has helped them during their career. Find out how to get involved as a young scientist and raise your questions!

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Fortune Cookies



Participate in our IUFRO Quiz and get the chance to win an exciting prize from an international scientific journal!    Find out more >

Coffee Hearts


A choice of forest-related disciplines for fruitful networking and learning

Poster session where IUFRO Divisions introduce themselves and their role within IUFRO. Take your chance to interact and find out more!





On the menu: SMÖRGÅSBORD

Introduction to the 26th IUFRO World Congress 2024 in Stockholm, Sweden

This is a collaborative global hub that accelerates the exchange of forest science-based knowledge. Take the opportunity and join leading scientists from all over the world for discussions and collaboration on the future global research agenda. Whether you represent Science, Business, Governance or other sectors in the society you are most welcome!

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Fredrik Ingemarson

(Time zone Africa/Europe)

  • Director, IUFRO World Congress 2024, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala (2019 to date)

  • Program Manager, Think Tank for International Forestry Issues, Stockholm (2010 to date)

  • Scientific Advisor, Faculty of Forest Sciences, SLU, Uppsala (2015 to 2016)

  • Researcher, European Forest Institute (EFI) ATLANTIC, Bordeaux (2009)

  • Post Doc, Institute of Environment and Economy (IoEE) at Peking University and the Environmental Economics program in China (EEC) (2006–2008), Beijing

  • Published c. 50 articles and reports in the areas of forest policy, organisational theory and markets, tenure rights, silviculture and planning systems, environmental and international forestry processes.

  • Ph.D. Forestry (2004), Uppsala


Björn Hånell

(Time zone North and South America)

  • Senior Advisor, Organizing Committee for IUFRO World Congress 2024

  • Professor of Silviculture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (since 2000)

  • President International Peatland Society, 2012-2016

  • IUFRO Vice President, 2014-2019

  • Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters


Malin Höglund

(Time zone Asia/Oceania)

  • Head of Communications, IUFRO World Congress 2024 secretariat,
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden

  • Marketing & Communication Manager, Capgemini Consulting, Sweden-Finland

  • Marketing Manager, Capgemini Consulting, Sweden

  • Staffing Manager, Capgemini Consulting, Sweden/Sweden-Finland

  • Management Consultant, Capgemini Consulting, Sweden

  • Business Development Project Manager, Scan Foods, Sweden

  • M.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics, Gothenburg University/Karlstad University

Helping Hands

how can i get involved in Iufro as an early career scientist?


Meet our youth speakers and find out how IUFRO can support you as a young or early career scientists during the special youth component of our Lunch with IUFRO session.

Hear from speakers at different career stages about their experience with IUFRO and how IUFRO has helped them during their career. Get to know three scientists in every time zone.


Olukemi Akinyele

Dr Adejoke Olukemi Akinyele is a Reader in the Department of Forest Production and Products, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Her area of specialization is Silviculture & Tree Improvement. She has been an active member of International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) since 2010. She is the Deputy coordinator for IUFRO Division 2, Unit 2.08.00: Hardwood improvement, culture and genetic resources. She is currently the alternate representative for Nigeria in IUFRO International Council.



Researcher at the Chair for Forest and Environmental Policy at University of Freiburg, Germany. I hold a doctoral degree in forest management, policy and planning from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). My current research focuses on participatory forest and environmental governance, knowledge practices, media communication and transdisciplinary research in Europe and in Ghana. Coordinator of IUFRO working group 9.01.07 Media analysis and member of the Task Force on Gender Equality in Forestry. Recipient of IUFRO’s ODRA award in 2019.


Elisabeth Pötzelsberger

Since 2020, she is Head of Resilience Programme at the European Forest Institute (EFI) in Bonn that deals with the ability of the socio-ecological forest system to cope with change, risks and disturbances and searches for strategies and alternative management options to increase the resilience of forest and forest landscape and protect biodiversity.

In here previous position at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Elisabeth has been researching on climate change and forest management impacts on forest functioning and ecosystem services, and on methods, potentials and barriers for forest landscape restoration in an international context.



Verónica Loewe-Muñoz works as a project leader at the Chilean Forest Institute with the goal of offering society new productive alternatives and sustainable production models that can be successfully implemented from economic, environmental, and social points of view. She did her doctorate in Biosciences and AgriFood Sciences at University of Córdoba, Spain (2012–2016) focusing on stone pine (Pinus pinea) growth, fruiting, variability, adaptation, and management. In 2019, Verónica received the IUFRO Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in recognition of the scientific achievements in her research, making contributions to the advancement of the species’ domestication. She is a forest engineer and has a specialization on high value timber production in Italy, where she was introduced to Pinus pinea.


Zavaleta Cheek

Jennifer Zavaleta Cheek is a sustainable development scholar who uses quantitative and qualitative methods to better understand complex human-natural systems and advance human dignity. Her research interests are broad, ranging from food and agricultural systems, community forestry management, and human dimensions of biodiversity conservation. She is currently an Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University and leads their Conservation Planning and Park Management Program. Recently, Jennifer contributed to IUFRO’s Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP) assessment report and policy brief about the role of forests and trees in alleviating poverty.



Sandra Rodriguez is a Professor at Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Mexico, she is also the coordinator of the Joint IUFRO-IFSA Task Force on Forest Education. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2009 in Environmental Science – Forest Management from Oklahoma State University (OSU). Dr. Rodriguez Dissertation “The role of analysis and deliberation in changing community preferences for strategies and indicators of sustainable forest management” was awarded with the IUFRO Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in 2014. In 2001 she obtained the ITTO Freezailah fellowship to pursue a MSc. in Forest Economics in OSU. She holds a B.S. in Forest Engineering from Universidad Distrital Francisco José De Caldas, Colombia. Dr. Rodriguez has over 15 years of international experience in forest management and social aspects of forestry, she has worked for government, non-government organizations and academia.

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Dr. Lichao Jiao is an Assistant Professor of Research Institute of Wood Industry, Chinese Academy of Forestry. His predominant research interest is promoting legal logging and sustainable supply chain of forest products through developing innovative and accurate wood identifications tools. Lichao is the Deputy Coordinator of Work Party (WP) 5.16.03-Multidisciplinary Identification of Wood, Division 5 of IUFRO. In 2019, he won the IUFRO Outstanding Doctoral Research Award.



Dr. Marilyn Combalicer is an Associate Professor at the Department of Forest Biological Sciences, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Los Baños. She earned her master’s and PhD degrees in forest sciences in 2004 and 2011, respectively, both from Seoul National University.

Dr. Combalicer is involved in several researches funded by the university and the government. She worked as Programme Consultant in the International Cooperation Division, International Affairs Bureau, Korea Forest Service in 2012. She served as member of the evaluating team of the ASEAN Forest Cooperation (AFoCo) projects and AKECOP projects in the ASEAN region.

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Professor Md. Wasiul Islam holds a PhD in Tourism from the University of Queensland, Australia. Prof. Islam is basically a forester working at Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline of Khulna University, Bangladesh. Previously he used to work in Bangladesh Forest Department to conduct research activities on tourism and wildlife of the Sundarbans mangrove forest. His research interests are focused on nature-based tourism, shared governance, participatory management of protected areas particularly co-management approach and sustainability. He has published his research findings in several international peer-reviewed journals.

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