NordGen Forest Conference 2018

New forest for future needs

- using advanced regeneration methods and techniques

18-19 September 2018
Tuusula, Southern Finland


We would like to invite you to participate in the NordGen Forest 2018 Conference in Hotel Gustavelund 18 September and field trip on 19 September to Southern Finland (Harviala, Röykkä). NordGen Forest is to address conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources, by being a forum for researchers, practitioners and managers working on forest genetics, seeds, planting stock and regeneration, and by facilitating the flow of scientific information and knowhow between these groups.

The areas that will be covered at the conference and field trip include:

  • Choosing regeneration chain by using big data
  • New methods for seedling stand monitoring and thinning
  • How can research  solve problems in Norway spruce seeds production
  • New technologies in seedling production -somatic embryogenesis, artificial light treatment etc.
  • Future disease risks for tree seedlings


We are looking forward to see you in Tuusula!


Tuusula, Southern Finland
From Tuesday, September 18, 2018 8:30 AM
To Wednesday, September 19, 2018 5:00 PM
Thursday, August 9, 2018 10:30 AM

Activity is finished and you can no longer register.

  • September 18th

  • 08.30 - 09.15

    Coffee and registration

  • 09.15 - 10.30

    Opening of the meeting and key note speeches

    Strategic objectives related to forest regeneration in Finland's National Forest Strategy
    by Marja Kokkonen, Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry

    Producing more Norway spruce seeds - what research can offer?
    by Katri Himanen, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

  • 10.30 - 12.00

    Use of increasing data in development of forest regeneration

    Choosing regeneration chain using big data
    by Hannu Pirinen, Metsä Group

    New methods for seeding stand monitoring
    by Timo Tokola, University of Eastern Finland

    Optimizing the management and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in Europe
    by Darius Danusevicius, Aleksandras stulginskis University, Lithuanina

  • 12.00 - 13.00


  • 13.00 - 14.30

    New planting material for future needs

    Prospects and utilities of genomic selection in forest tree breeding
    by Pär Ingvarsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

    Somatic embryogenesis of Norway spruce in Finland
    by Tuija Aronen, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

    Artificial lightning treatments for seedings
    by Johanna Riikonen, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)



  • 14.30 - 15.00

    Coffee break

  • 15.00 - 16.00

    Challenges for future seedling production

    Future disease risks for tree seedlings
    by Anne Uimari, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

    Knowledge need in the future
    by Eva-Karin Brogren, Svenska Skogsplantor

  • 16.00 - 16.30

    Wrap-up and discussion

  • 19.00

    Dinner hosted by Ministery of Agricultural and Forestry

  • September 19th - Field trip

  • 08.00 - 09.15

    Travel by bus to Harviala

  • 09.15 - 10.45

    UPM-Kymmene Oyj, Harviala (UPM-Kymmene estate)

    Demonstration of a mechanical thinning machine (uprooter)
    by Jyri Schildt, UPM-Kymmene Oyj

    Results from mechanical thinning experiments
    by Timo Saksa, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

    Demonstration of data collection using drones
    by Jyri Schildt, UPM-Kymmene Oyj


  • 10.45 - 11.15

    Coffee hosted by UPM-Kymmene

  • 11.15 - 11.45

    Travel by bus to Hattelmala

  • 11.45 - 12.30

    UPM-Kymmene Oyj, Hattelmala

    Results from direct seeding experiment
    by Pekka Helenius

    Demonstration of red band needle disease of pine
    by Martti Vuorinen, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)


  • 12.30 - 13.00

    Travel by bus to Riihimäki

  • 13.00 - 14.00

    Lunch in Riihimäki

  • 14.00 - 14.30

    Travel by bus to Nurmijärvi

  • 14.30 - 15.15

    Silver birch tree breeding sample plots in Nurmijärvi

    Presentaion of the sample plots
    by Risto Hagqvist, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

  • 15.15 - 15.30

    Travel by bus to Fin Forelia Oy, Nurmijärvi nursery

  • 15.30 - 16.45

    Fin Forelia Oy, Nurmijärvi nursery Antti Lännenpää

    Presentation of container seedling production and cold storage practices
    by Antti Lännenpää, Fin Forelia Oy

    Does prolonged packing reduce quality of autumn and spring planted seedlings?
    by Jaana Luoranen, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

  • 16.45 - 17.30/17.45

    Travel by bus to Helsinki-Vantaa airport and Gustavelund

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Hotel reservation at Gustavelund Hotel

The conference will be held at Hotel Gustavelund by the Lake Tuusula.

The conference hotel is located just 18 minutes from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, 40 minutes from downtown Helsinki and 10 minutes from Kerava railway station or city of Järvenpää.

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Please see below the hotel's instructions for room reservations.

Guests will book and pay their rooms themselves.

Room reservations until 17.8.2018, after that we will release the non-reserved rooms.

Reservations from reception:

tel. +358 (0)9 273751 or by e-mail

Kindly use code NordGen Conference 2018

(Kindly notice that price cannot be booked via internet).

  • Single room     105,00€/night
  • Twin room       130,00€/night

- including breakfast buffet and morning sauna
- the room will be vacated at 2 p.m. on the day of arrival and the check-out time is at noon the day of departure

Hotel reception and lounge opening hours:

Mon - Fri  07.00 - 23.00
Sat          07.00 - 21.00
Sun         07.00 - 18.00
Others time by appointment