NordGen Forest Conference 2022 - Scoping our forests for the future

AF Borgen, Lund, Sweden

27-28 September 2022


The forest section of the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre – NordGen Forest and partners are happy to invite you to a Nordic forest conference in September 2022.

NordGen Forest is a joint Nordic forum for researchers, practitioners, forest managers and policy makers. Our aim is to connect people and disseminate knowledge through conferences and thematic days, as well as through other information and public awareness work. Our main topics are establishment of forest and adaptation to climate change, plants and seed production and breeding, as well as management of forest genetic diversity.

NordGen Forest turned 50 years in 2020. Through two years of corona and shut down, we have been waiting to celebrate with you in person. We are looking forward to seeing you at the conference and are very happy to invite you to a postponed celebrational dinner in the evening of the conference, on 27 September.

Students, young researchers and practitioners in nurseries are especially invited. 

Presentations will be held in English and gathers speakers from the whole Nordic region and beyond.The conference is open to a wide audience. Please register your participation before 15 August 2022.



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See you in Lund in September!


From Tuesday, September 27, 2022 9:00 AM
To Wednesday, September 28, 2022 4:30 PM
Thursday, September 15, 2022 4:00 PM

Activity is finished and you can no longer register.

  • 27. September

  • 09.00 - 09.30

    Registration and coffee

  • 09.30 - 10.00

    Welcome speeches

    • Claes Uggla, Swedish Forest Agency
    • Lise Lykke Steffensen, Nordic Genetic Resource Center (NordGen)
    • A gender equal forest sector - no time to waste
      Anna Meisner Jensen, Nordic Forest Research


  • 10.00 - 10.20

    Strategy for European Forest Genetic Resources – What’s in it for the Nordic region

    Anna Maria Farsakoglou, EUFORGEN

  • 10.20 - 12.00

    Target species for the future – in a changing climate

    (Including a short coffee break)

    • It’s time to move - Lessons from Assisted migration of major European tree species
      Debojyoti Chakraborty, Austrian Research Center for Forests/SUSTREE 

    • Climate change and forest adaptation - Uncertainties and impacts on the establishment of new seed orchards
      Henrik Hallingbäck, Skogforsk 

    • Can birch wood quality be improved through genetic selection?
      Grace Jones, Linnaeus University 

    • Increased production of birch – Which obstacles do we see? 
      Katrin Zimmer, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research 

  • 12.00 - 13.30

    Lunch and poster session

  • 13.30 - 15.00

    Seedling production and planting – Bottlenecks and opportunities ahead

    • Mechanized forest tree planting, yesterday, today, tomorrow
      Lars-Göran Sundblad, Skogforsk 

    • New concept for mechanical direct seeding of pine 
      Pekka Helenius, Luke 

    • Phasing out insecticides - effective ways to protect seedlings against pine weevil damage 
      Karin Hjelm, SLU  

    • Diplodia tip blight in Finland - Current situation and future prospects
      Eeva Terhonen, Luke

  • 15.00 - 15.20


  • 15.20 - 15.35

    Seedling production and planting – Bottlenecks and opportunities ahead

    • Fungal communities in forest nurseries – Opportunities for alternative disease management 
      Rebecca Larsson, SLU/Uppsala

  • 15.35 - 17.00

    Resilient stands – Challenges and options for the future

    • Systematic monitoring of regeneration sites across Sweden (“Föryngringskollen”) 
      Mattias Berglund

    • Restoration of mixed species stands for multiple use 
      Magnus Löf, SLU

    • Conifer-dominated forest in Denmark in a close to nature production system. Collecting experiences on converting 4.800 ha of plantation
      Karen Poulsen, Danish Nature Agency and Ditlev Reventlow, University of Copenhagen

  • 17.00 - 17.15

    Closing the session

  • 19.00 -

    50 years Anniversary dinner at AF Borgen, Lund

  • 28 September

  • 08.00 - 17.00

    Excursion Day

    We will visit the southern research station Ekebo which is one of the breeding centers operated by the Forest Research Institute of Sweden (Skogforsk). The Skogforsk Breeding Programme Manager Thomas Kraft and his colleagues will guide us in their facilities.

    After that we will move on to the forest estate Dragesholm, which is situated on the plane and slopes of the horst formation Söderåsen. The land owner Carl Bennet will be our host together with forest manager Thomas Severinsson.

    We will go by bus. Starting in Lund at 0830, and ending up at Lund Central station at the latest at 1600, to catch the train for Kastrup/Copenhagen airport, Gothenburg or Stockholm

Accommodation in Lund

Rooms have been reserved at a special price in three different hotels in Lund. The participants at the conference are asked to please contact the hotel directly for individual booking of rooms. Payments will be settled directly with the hotel. To be sure the rooms will still be available at the given price, please book your rooms before 15 August.

Hotel Lundia:
Located in the city centre, close to the conference venue.
Single rooms: SEK 1295,-
Please make your reservations by using code “860956 NordGen” to e-mail:

Hotel Bishops Arms:
Located in the city centre, close to the conference venue. Only a few rooms available.
Single rooms: SEK 1390,-
Double rooms for single use: SEK 1590,-
Please make your reservations by using code “NORD260922” to e-mail:

Located around 2 km from the city centre.
Single rooms: SEK 1250,-
Double rooms: SEK 1350,-
Please make your reservations by using the link to the web page: NordGen



For any questions

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There will be a poster session on 27 September.  With support from SNS and Föreningen Skogsträdsförädling we will offer to cover travel and accommodation for some PhD students, young researchers or young practitioners from Nordic or Baltic countries, presenting posters relevant for forest genetic resources, plant production and forest regeneration.

Please send an abstract and your contact information to if you want apply for the funding to present a poster.

Please be aware, the deadline for submission an application for support has been postponed till 5 August!