Annual Conference 20.9

EFI Annual Conference 2023
Provisional Agenda

Wednesday, 20 September 2023, at 9.00- 17.00 CET 
Background documents (password protected pdf is here
The Conference venue: Rectorate building
Address: No.1 Dr Zorana Đinđića Street, The Campus of the University of Novi Sad

Members’ dialogue session

Chair of the Board, Marco Marchetti
Moderated panel discussion on EFI Research Networks
Moderator: Rach Colling, Head of Communications, EFI

  • Climate-smart forestry Research Network
    Bas Lerink
  • Forest Policy Research Network
    Gerhard Weiss
  • Planted Forests Research Network
    Christophe Orazio
  • Forest Bioeconomy Research Network
    Peichen Gong

coffee break

Decision-making session (10:40-13:05)

Presentation (Items 1-9)
Item 1
Opening of the Conference decision-making session (10´)
a) Brief introduction to the decision-making session
b) Announcing the total number of participants and voters
c) Adoption of the agenda (voting item)


Item 2 Election of the Officers of the Conference (10´) (voting item)
a) Vice-chair of the Conference 2023 and 2024
b) Minute checkers
c) Vote checkers


Item 3 Board's report to the Conference (10´)


Item 4 EFI Reports and Plans (50´)
a) Review and adoption of the Annual Report 2022 (voting item)
b) Approval of the audited financial statements 2022 (voting item)
c) Approval of the Work Plan for 2024 (voting item)


Item 5 Auditors of Accounts for 2024 (10´) (voting item)


Item 6 Board members 2023-2026 (15´) (voting item)
a) Election of one Board member for the period 2023-2026


Item 7 Annual Conference venues (10´)
a) Venue of Annual Conference in 2024


Item 8 Conference and membership Issues (20´)
a) A welcome to new members
b) Membership fees for 2024 (voting item)


Item 9 Any other business (10´)


Item 10 Closing of the decision-making session 


Official group photo 



Young Scientists Session on Agroforestry (14:30-17:00)

The aim of the session is to present the Agroforesty concept, discuss how agroforestry can contribute to creating more resilient landscape and present the ongoing research of Young Scientists in this field in Europe.

Opening of the session
Moderators: Rach Colling (EFI) and Polina Blinova (International Forestry Students' Association)


Climate-Smart Forestry: Evaluating Definitions, Improving Applicability, and Expanding Management Practices.
Ajdin Starčević, Stichting Wageningen Research


Spreading agroforestry systems: in the quest of options to boost adoption in diverse contexts.
Fernando Esteban Montero de Oliveira, University of Freiburg


Could Serbian agriculture benefit from implementing agroforestry approach?
Luna Jović, Faculty in Economy in Subotica, University of Novi Sad


Implementation and impact of agroforestry systems in Eastern Europe.
Anna Mária Mitrová, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno


Advancing agroforestry in Europe through Agroforestry Business Model Innovation Networks
Tanja Kähkönen, EFI


Moderated panel discussion: How can agroforestry contribute to more resilient landscapes, climate change challenges while at the same time offering new economic and social opportunities?
Moderator: Michael den Herder, EFI

  • Anna Mária Mitrová, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno 
  • Luna Jović, Faculty in Economy in Subotica, University of Novi Sad
  • Fernando Esteban Montero de Oliveira, University of Freiburg
  • Ajdin Starčević, Stichting Wageningen Research
  • Dejan Stojanović, Institute for Lowland Forestry and Environment, University of Novi Sad

Session ends


Gala dinner will be held at the restaurant "Terasa" located at the Petrovaradin Fortress.  Address: Petrovaradinska tvrđava, 21131 Petrovaradin (N 45.253341; E 19.861586).

The bus will depart at 19:00 from the Hotel Centar and will stop in front of the Hotel Sheraton and the Hotel Aleksandar. Each bus will be labeled EFI 2023 and will be escorted by host representatives. Return buses will leave at 22:30 p.m. from the parking area in front of the restaurant. The buses will make stops in front of the hotels Aleksandar, Prezident, and Centar (the last stop).