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Giulia Attocchi

Giulia Attocchi
EU Project Coordinator


I serve as the Project Administrator for the H2020 ALTERFOR project – “Alternative models and robust decision-making for future forest management.” I am the work package leader for project coordination and am responsible for its financial aspects. I work together with the Project Coordinator and the Scientific Coordinator to ensure a clear management structure and guide and monitor the development of the research activities and submit deliverables and milestones in time. I closely collaborate on the Communication and Dissemination Activities led by the project partner Fraunhofer.

This work is a big challenge and adventure since we have 20 partners from 9 different countries in a consortium of academic partners, stakeholders and forest practitioners. I have to consider diverse viewpoints and interests which must be included in our multiple-actor scenarios, making my work challenging but extremely interesting.


-I regularly give lectures on silviculture as part of two masters courses in the Euroforester MSc Programme;

- During my PhD studies, I assisted in teaching graduate courses. Topics included silviculture, forest measurements, and statistics. I was responsible for field exercises and supervised lectures, exams and practice.


I am representing my department in the Equal Opportunities Commitee at the SLU Faculty of Forest Sciences. I organise activities at the department with focus on these issues, for both the employees and the students. A recent seminar focussed on working in multilingual environment and I am currently organising an intercultural communication workshop for the Euroforester MSc students, planned to take place in autumn 2018.


In April 2015 I finalised my PhD, "Silviculture of oak for high quality timber production." The experience I carry with me from this project is very broad. The ability to conduct independent work and having excellent communication skills were extremely important. More technical duties related to the project involved advanced data management and analysis for decision support making. In 2013 I was a visiting scholar at the Forest Biometrics Laboratory, University of British Colombia (Vancouver, Canada).


Prior to my PhD, I worked as field assistant on a project called “Deriving the Potential Natural Puna Vegetation of Peru.” This position developed my organizational skills, especially in logistics and fieldwork preparation. The fieldwork took place at high altitudes (more than 4000 m above sea level) and involved rock climbing and camping in harsh mountain conditions for extended periods.

Selected publications

Skovsgaard, J.P., Johansson, U., Holmström, E., McCarthy Tune, R., Ols, C. & Attocchi, G. (2021). Effects of Thinning Practice, High Pruning and Slash Management on Crop Tree and Stand Growth in Young Even-Aged Stands of Planted Silver Birch (Betula pendula Roth). Forests, 12, 225

Skovsgaard, J.P., Markmann, J. J. M., Attocchi, G. & Talbot, B. (2018). High-pruning of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) and pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.): work efficiency for target pruning as a function of tree species, pruning height, branch characteristics, pole saw type and operator. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 33(5), 511–517

Attocchi, G. (2015). Silviculture of oak for high-quality wood production: effects of thinning on crown size, volume growth and stem quality in even-aged stands of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.) in Northern Europe. Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 39: 1–86

Attocchi, G. & Skovsgaard, J.P. (2015). Crown radius of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.) depending on stem size, stand density and site productivity. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 30: 289–303

Attocchi, G. (2013). Effects of pruning and stand density on the production of new epicormic shoots in young stands of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L). Annals of Forest Science, 70: 663–673

Attocchi, G. (2013). Pruning effects the production of new epicormic branches: a case study in young stands of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.). Proceedings of the ISCHP Conference, 7th - 9th October 2013, Florence, Italy

Drössler, L., Attocchi, G. & Jensen, A.M. (2012). Occurrence and management of oak in southern Swedish forests. Forstarchiv, 83: 163–169