What is the research school BECFOR?

Last changed: 11 November 2022

Research school "Bioeconomy-adapted forest management" is a joint initiative of the Faculty of Forest Sciences at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and representatives of major employers in Swedish forest sector. The overarching goal of the research school is to secure the future competence supply for the Swedish forest-based bioeconomy.

The mission of the research school is to ensure that a qualitatively and quantitatively adequate competence and recruitment base is delivered to support the needs of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of the forest-based bioeconomy in Sweden.

Our vision is that the research school will:

  • Provide a dynamic and flexible national platform for cross-sectorial dialogue and collaboration in questions related to sustainable management and utilization of forests;
  • Offer internationally renowned higher education and RDI for the needs of a strong Swedish and global bio-economy; and
  • Promote modern leadership and equality in Swedish forest research and forest sector.


Emma Holmström is coordinating the research school.

The reserach school comprices three topic areas. 

Topic 1: Forest Management, coordinator Eliza Maher Hasselquist

Topic 2: Planning and Inventory, coordinator Karin Öhman

Topic 3: Biomaterials and Technology, coordinator David Agar, Advisor Ola Lindroos

External outreach
The research school has an ambition to increase the external collaboration and communication between the PhD students and the forest sector in Sweden. We believe there is a considerable interest from forest companies, authorities, landowners and NGOs to gain knowledge and share experiences with new researchers.

Seminars and excursions, both in northern and southern Sweden, will be a recurrent part of the research school. We will also work with enabling personal contacts between PhD students and professionals outside academia. If you want to make sure that you get information on coming events, please subscribe to our mailing list. If your organisation are interested in participating or co-arranging activities, please contact Emma Holmström.


The research school infrastructure is currently financed by the Faculty of Forest Sciences at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)



Coordinator for the research school
Emma Holmström, Researcher at Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, SLU
Phone: +46 40415114
E-mail: emma.holmstrom@slu.se

Administrative coordinator:  
Karoline Schua, Coordinator at the Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, SLU 
Phone: +46 40415034 
E-mail: karoline.schua@slu.se 

Coordinator mentoring programme:  
Ida Wallin, Coordinator at the Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, SLU 
E-Mail: ida.wallin@slu.se 


Subject area coordinators:  

Forest management and silviculture​ 
Eliza Maher Hasselquist, Researcher at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management; Division Forest Landscape Biogeochemistry 
Phone: +46 703769515 
E-mail: eliza.hasselquist@slu.se

Planning and Inventory 
Karin Öhman, Professor Professor at the Department of Forest Resource Management; Division of Forest Planning, SLU 
Phone: +046 907868588 
E-mail: karin.ohman@slu.se 

Forest Biomaterials and Technology
David A. Agar, Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology 

Phone: +46 907868772 
E-mail: david.agar@slu.se 


Forest Biomaterials and Technology
Ola Lindroos, Professor at the Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology

Phone: +46 907868636 
E-mail: ola.lindroos@slu.se