PhD Course on “International Forestry and Global Issues”

Feb 24, 2014

PhD Course on “International Forestry and Global Issues”

19 – 23 May 2014

Champenoux and Nancy, France


The third edition of the PhD School on “International Forestry and Global Issues” (IFGI) will be held in Champenoux and Nancy, the French capital of forest research and education, from 19 to 23 May 2014.


During one week, IFGI 2014 will address a range of forest issues, topics which rank high on the international and national forest and environmental research and policy agendas. The course will offer PhD students and young researchers an excellent opportunity to interact with internationally renowned experts from forest science and policy.


Applications for the course already opened. All interested candidates should fill in the online application form and include a motivation letter in which they indicate the topic(s) of the courseweek that would be of highest relevance to their on-going research, and what they would like to get out of their participation.


There are neither registration nor tuition fees. However, the organising committee will not cover travel and accommodation costs. The course will be held entirely in English language. Knowledge of French language is not a prerequisite.


Tentative Programme:


  • State of the World’s forests and overview of international policy

-          State of the World's forests

-          Novel approaches in global forest governance 

  • Production, trade and consumption of wood products in the bioeconomy

-          Production, trade and consumption patterns of forest products

-          Trade as leverage to improving forest governance world-wide

  • Climate change and carbon sequestration

-          An overview of the climate change impacts on forests

-          The latest change policy developments with a scope on forests

  • Forest Ecosystem Services

-          Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) or how ecosystem protection and economics can go hand-in-hand

-          How one ecosystem service does not need to exclude another: experiences of the INTEGRATE project

  • Regional development, forestry and society

-          Rural regions and visions on forestry: experiences from the RoK-FOR

-          Innovation in forest wood chain and regional development



Follow up the programme updates and find out more information on the course website at


The course is organised by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), the European Forest Institute Central European Regional Office and the Observatory for European Forests (EFICENT), and AgroParisTech. If you have any questions on the issues above, please do not hesitate to contact the organising committee (Barbara Lacor – barbara.lacor(at) and presid(at)