18th International Boreal Forest Research Association Conference

Our Boreal Our Future:

The Science, Policy and Practice of Addressing Change

June 5-9, 2017, Bangor, Maine, U.S.A.

Conference Announcement

The Conference

The 18th international conference of the International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) is being hosted by the USDA Forest Service and the University of Maine in Bangor, Maine, USA. Invited keynote speakers, scientific sessions (oral and poster) and panel discussions will explore new scientific findings and their linkages with policy relating to the addressing change in boreal forests.

Designed to engage and inform scientists, resource managers and policy makers, the conference themes will address the current and emerging challenges for the boreal, the role of science in addressing those challenges and the links between science, policy and practice.

Topics will include advances in research and policy relating to important regional and global issues around balancing resource use in the boreal with habitat and biodiversity objectives, strategies for mitigation of and adaptation to risks relating to a changing climate and changes in disturbance regimes, and socio-economic changes and impacts. Emphasis will be placed on the use of science to inform management practices and public policy in the boreal. For more information on submitting an abstract and making a presentation at the conference please visit the Call for Abstracts section of this website. Deadline for abstract submissions is February 17, 2017.


The boreal forest is the world’s largest terrestrial biome, covering 8% of the world’s land surface and comprising 29% of the world’s forest cover. The boreal forest serves an important role in the global carbon cycle, provides significant economic and social benefits to many nations, provides important habitat for plant and animal species, and still contains large areas that remain free of direct human disturbance. Climate and other environmental changes in combination with increasing resource development will lead to significant changes to this great northern forest. The implications for policy, both within the boreal zone and globally, are enormous. The key to developing appropriate and effective policy responses to emerging challenges in the circumboreal region is having access to knowledge with a sound scientific basis. The conference will present the latest boreal science and focus on summarizing the science-policy dialogue.

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Who Should Attend

With its science-policy focus, the conference is being designed for researchers, policy analysts and forest management practitioners who are interested in the current and emerging challenges for the boreal, the role of science in addressing those challenges and the links between science, policy and practice. IBFRA proudly encourages young scientists and professionals to become engaged.

Questions? Contact the IBFRA Conference Secretariat at info@2017ibfra.org.

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About the International Boreal Forest Research Association
IBFRA was formed in 1991 with the mission to promote and co-ordinate research related to boreal forests. The objectives of IBFRA are:

  • To contribute to the sustainable development of boreal forests by promoting and coordinating fundamental and applied research and relevant activities relating to forest ecosystems, forest management, forest products and all forms of forest use within the boreal zone;
  • To promote and coordinate research to increase understanding of the role of boreal forest ecosystems in the global environment and the effects of environmental change on that role;
  • To promote the dissemination of research results and transfer of new technology and the adoption of new methods of forest utilization, planning and social organization, with a view to ensuring sustainable development and preservation of boreal forest ecosystems.