NordGen Forest Conference 2021

22 - 23 September 2021


Due to the current Covid-19 situation in the Nordic region and the uncertainty this brings to the planning of a physical conference, we have decided that the NordGen Forest conference this year will be fully digital.
We are happy to invite you to a digital conference over two short days. We have a solid program with relevant speakers from across the Nordic and Baltic region and more.

Presentations will be held in English and the conference is open to a wide audience. More info about the program in the menu above.

If you have not yet done so, please register your participation at the latest 15 September 2021. All participants who registered for the physical conference, are still registered for the digital event.

A link to the digital meeting will be forwarded to you in due time.



About NordGen Forest
NordGen Forest is a Nordic body dedicated to forest regeneration, plants, seed and genetic resources. Our main goal is to contribute to the establishment of the best possible Nordic forests for the future, through knowledge exchange and dialogue. NordGen Forest is supported by two networks, the NordGen Forest Regeneration Council and the NordGen Forest Working Group on Genetic Resources, each with members from all the Nordic countries.

NordGen – the Nordic Genetic Resource Center – is a Nordic organisation dedicated to safeguarding and sustainable use of cultivated plants, farm animals and forest trees.


NordGen Forest Conference 2021


From Wednesday September 22nd 2021 at 10:00
To Thursday September 23rd 2021 at 12:30
Wednesday September 22nd 2021 at 10:00

Activity is finished and you can no longer register.

NordGen Forest Conference 2021

  • Wednesday 22 September

    Chair:  Gunnar Friis Proschowsky, Naturstyrelsen

  • 09:50

    Digital cup of coffee

  • 10:00


  • 10:10

    From research to practice – shaping the Nordic forests

    • Deployment recommendations for Scots pine and Norway spruce in the Nordic region
      Mats Berlin, Skogforsk

    • Developments and innovation in Nordic breeding
      Arne Steffenrem, NIBIO

    • Transnational assisted seed transfer to support forest adaptation in Central Europe (the European SUSTREE project)
      Silvio Schüler, Austrian Research Center for Forests

  • 11:20

    Coffee break

  • 11:30

    Science for the future

    Short presentations by young Nordic researchers:

    • Advancing height growth models for improved material of Scots pine, Norway spruce and silver birch
      Pauls Zeltiņš, Estonian University of Life Sciences/ Latvian State Forest Research Institute

    • Reviewing the potential to breed birch to improve solid wood properties
      Grace Jones, Linnaeus University

    • Genomic selection models to identify resistance to root rot in Norway spruce
      Matilda Stein Åslund, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

    • Norway spruce somatic embryogenesis (SE) pipeline in Finland
      Mikko Tikkinen, Luke

  • 12:20

    Wrapping up

  • Thursday 23 September

    Chair: Kjersti Bakkebø Fjeldstad, NIBIO

  • 09:50

    Digital cup of coffee

  • 10:00

    Trees for future needs and changing climate

    • Afforestation for climate mitigation – challenges and opportunities (in a treeless land),
      Edda Sigurdís Oddsdóttir, Skógræktin/Icelandic Forest Service

    • Alternative tree species - strategies for mixed stands,
      Palle Madsen, InNovaSilva

    • Genetic aspects in production and use of forest reproductive material - Key points to the Nordic audience,
      Katri Himanen, Luke

  • 11:05

    Coffee break

  • 11.15

    Trees for future needs and changing climate (continues)

    • Gene resource conservation in Europe and in the Nordic region,
      Tor Myking, NIBIO

  • 11:35

    Science for the future

    Short presentations by young Nordic researchers:

    • Tree planting sites: location and microclimate
      Ishita Ahuja, NIBIO

    • Poplar short rotation forests on marginal areas fertilized using wood ash and biogas digestate
      Austra Zuševica, Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava"

    • Biological control of fungal diseases in forest nurseries
      Rebecca Larsson, Swedish University of Agriculture Science

    • Broom moth and climate changes in Iceland
      Brynja Hrafnkelsdóttir, Icelandic Forestry Research

  • 12.25

    Wrapping up

  • 12:30