Barents Forest Forum 2019

Last changed: 14 June 2019

The focus of the conference is on the multiple-functions of forests in future bioeconomy (e.g., society’s mitigation and adaptation to climate change, biobased products, and forest-based innovations). Questions on labor supply, equal opportunities, and forest-related education will also be discussed. The first day of the Barents Forest Forum invites participants to a pre-conference workshop focused on labor supply, equal opportunities and education. The second day comprises of high-level practice-oriented presentations and networking. The last day of the event focus on practical demonstrations in forest-related excursions.


Preliminary Program

Location: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Skogsmarksgränd 17.

Language of the conference: English and Russian. 

Last day to register: October 7th, 2019

15 October - Pre-conference activity

13.30 – 14.00  Coffee and registration

14.00 – 18.00  Pre-conference workshop (Moderated session)

Working for a future forest sector 

Perspectives of education, labor supply, expectations of future employers, and equal opportunities

End-discussion: how the experiences shared during the workshop can be used in future work in future network activities. 

16 October - Conference 

8.00 – 8.30  Registration

8.30 – 9.00  Welcome session

Opening speeches by officials.

9.00 – 11.30  Session I: 

The forest in the bioeconomy – opportunities of a bio-based society


  • Goods of the forest
  • Services of the forest
  • Tall-wooden buildings

11.30 – 13.30  Lunch and "walk-about" (SLU)

Lunch stations and short lunch talks about SLU activities

13.30 – 15.45 Session II: 

The forest in the bioeconomy – transformation challenges


  • Demand of goods/services
  • Knowledge – knowhow
  • Sustainability goals
  • Bioeconomy strategies and policy

15.45 – 17.30  Session III:

The forest in the Barents region – lessons and way forward

17.30 – 18.00  Final conclusions

Summary of the conference including the pre-conference workshop

19.30 -  Conference dinner

17 October - Excursions  

1. Bioeconomy in the Urban Region

This excursion aims to develop an understanding of how the challenges of the bioeconomy transformation affect the urban area close to Umeå city. We will combine outdoor visits in an urban forest area with indoor discussions on topics like innovation, sustainability, wood building and bioenergy. The excursion starts from downtown and ends at the airport for those leaving Umeå in connection to the excursion. The excursion will be held in English with translation to/from Russian.

Approx. time schedule: excursion starts at 8.15 and ends by 15.10 at airport (and 15.30 downtown).

2. Bioeconomy in the Region of Västerbotten

The second excursion focuses on the region of Västerbotten. The aim is to discuss how the local societies in connection to the urban area are facing the challenges of bioeconomy transformation. Innovation, sustainability, knowledge exchange, forest ecosystem services and wooden buildings are examples of the topics that will be covered though visits and short talks on the bus. The excursion starts in the city center of Umeå and will take us on a  journey through the forest landscape, passing the Vindeln River, going back by the coastal area of Västerbotten (approx. 250 km). The excursion will be held only in English.

Approx. time schedule: starts at 7.45 and ends by 17.30 by the airport (and 17.45 downtown Umeå).





Camilla Widmark

Project leader Barents Forest Forum 2019

Researcher, head of office Forest Bioeconomy Network

+46 90 786 85 96, +46 70 29 29 018

Mona Bonta Bergman

Communications officer Forest Bioeconomy Network

+46 730-347 379

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