ThinkForest is a European high-level forum on the future of forests. It provides:

A unique science-policy interface
Inspiring and dynamic science-policy dialogue

ThinkForest works to identify information needs related to forest policy questions and build a common understanding of the problems at hand. By helping policy makers navigate through the wealth of information on offer and providing them with the best available expertise and the latest research-based information from the scientific community it enables informed decision making on strategic forest issues.

The ThinkForest forum brings together policymakers, the scientific community and stakeholders, offering a space for science-policy dialogue which builds bridges on pan-European forest and bioeconomy issues. It is chaired by Janez Potočnik, former EU Commissioner for both Science and Research, and Environment. From its foundation in 2012 until June 2019, it was chaired by former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson

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Previous events

Date Event Location
26.06.2023 Achieving the EU Forest Strategy goals - what can science tell us?  webinar
20.04.2023 Forests and the cities of the future Rome
20.09.2022 How can we strengthen the contribution of forests in reaching EU climate goals? webinar
15.06.2022 ThinkForest Roundtable Discussion on European forest-based sector climate change mitigation Brussels
30.05.2022 What Science can Tell us About Forest Biodiversity in Europe  Sibiu, Romania
06.04.2022 Closer to Nature Forest Management webinar
20.05.2021 Role of Science in Policymaking: A Post COVID World webinar
09.12.2020 China-Europe Forest Bioeconomy webinar
27.10.2020 Public Perception on Forests and Bioeconomy webinar
22.09.2020 European Forest Policy Post-2020 webinar
20.05.2020 Science Insights to the European Green Deal and Forests webinar
17.12.2019 The Future of Plantation Forests in Europe Brussels
04.04.2019 How to Respond to Forest Disturbances in Europe Prague
04.12.2018 Climate policy and forest bioeconomy Brussels
29.05.2018 Role of bioeconomy in controlling forest fires Madrid
07.11.2017 Looking ahead to a circular European bioeconomy Brussels
27.09.2017 Implementing Natura 2000 in forests: lessons learned and looking ahead Brussels
30.05.2017 ThinkForest Roundtable Discussion: Climate Smart Forestry Brussels
10.05.2017 Leading the way to a new European bioeconomy strategy Berlin
15.11.2016 Building an innovative and resilient forest bioeconomy  Brussels
12.10.2016 ThinkForest Roundtable Discussion: Forest biomass sustainability and carbon neutrality Brussels
07.06.2016 Building the bioeconomy: Insights from European strategies Helsinki
15.03.2016 Climate policy after COP21: Implications for the European forest-based sector Brussels
01.12.2015 Climate policy targets: how can European forests contribute? Paris
13.10.2015 Science-policy in action: the role of European forests Brussels
21.04.2015 Assessing the impact of the EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT Action Plan Brussels