What is the format of the event?
This a networking event (no abstracts submission). The programme includes icebreaker activities and an optional tour of WALDCAMPUS Austria on the arrival day. The main conference day will host various sessions including a panel discussion, information market and world café, as well as an evening reception. Findings and insights gained during the main conference day will be reflected in field tours where participants will see examples from forest practice and learn about Austria‘s multifunctional forest competence.
Who can participate?
Forest owners and anyone who is studying or working in forest-related fields (academics, forest managers, forest workers, policy makers, and students) are invited to participate. The interactive format of the event will provide many possibilities for participants to actively engage in discussions and to learn from each other about a variety of existing projects and initiatives. The diverse backgrounds of participants will contribute to the richness and quality of the mutual learning experience.
Which languages will be spoken?
The programme will be offered bilingually in English and German. Simultaneous translation will be available on the main conference day and there will be a choice of English or German language field excursions. These language facilities are intended to enhance participation and understanding, and multiple opportunities will be created for interaction of all participants irrespective of their preferred language.
How can I register for the conference?
Registration for the conference via registration form. Participants are kindly requested to make their own accommodation arrangements. Click here to find information on hotels with reserved rooms.
How much does it cost?
Conference registration is FREE including coffee breaks and some meals; however, all other costs including travel, accommodation, visa fees, and other costs are to be covered by the participant.
Will there be travel support?
No travel support will be provided.
What is the information market and how can I contribute?
The main conference day will host an information market where participants can present women’s networks or relevant initiatives connected to gender equality in forestry.
Presentations should highlight:
Networking: Who are the members? (common interest, geographic location)
Information exchange: What kind of information is available? Which ways can participants exchange information (e.g. newsletters, excursions, meetings etc.)?
Give and take: What do members contribute? How do they benefit from being members?
Milestones: What are the major milestones of the network or initiative? Are there any achievements that you are particularly proud of?
How will the outcomes of the conference be communicated?
Participants will share results through their networks, which will likely grow due to professional connections and friendships gained during the event, and return home with new ideas, knowledge, and tools that can be applied in practice.
Results of the conference will be presented to the Forest Forum of the Austrian Forest Dialogue as a measure for implementing the Austrian Forest Strategy 2020+, and shared through the partners’ communication channels and possible media outlets.