What is the format of the event?
This a networking event (no abstracts submission). The online programme contains various sessions including a panel discussion, information market, world café and side events. You will therefore also have the opportunity to participate online in the conference, to join in the discussion and to get to know women in forestry from home and abroad. Furthermore, you can place questions in the virtual plenum and thus interact with the speakers. Networking is also made possible online for all participants via various formats, one of them being the Buddy System.
The programme on site additionally includes icebreaker activities and a tour of WALDCAMPUS Austria on the arrival day. Findings and insights gained during the conference will be reflected in field tours where participants will see examples from forest practice and learn about Austria‘s multifunctional forest competence.
We are looking forward to this new format with more reach, more security through distance and interactivity.
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.
We also offer the translation online.
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.
Online conference participation is free.
Will there be travel support?
No travel support will be provided.
What is the information market and how can I contribute?
Forests in Women’s Hands will host an information market on April 13th, 2021, from 4-5:30 pm UTC +2, where participants can present women’s networks or relevant initiatives connected to gender equality in forestry. The information market will take place both on site and online. During the given time frame, it is necessary that at least one person representing the network or project equipped with a computer with internet access is available to present their activities.
Poster presentations should highlight:
Networking: Who are the members? What do they share (e.g. common interest, geographic location)?
Information exchange: What kind of information is available? Which ways can participants exchange information (e.g. newsletters, excursions, meetings)?
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?
What is the Buddy System and where can I sign up for it?
What is the Buddy System?
The Buddy System is a program set up by the organizing committee to encourage communication between participants before, during and after the Conference. The Buddy System thus offers every participant an opportunity to meet and get to know one participant already before the Conference. It facilitates networking and less formal knowledge exchange and will especially help the online participants to feel part of the conference.
How does it work?
Once you have applied for this program, the organizing committee will strategically match participants based on their backgrounds, interests and language preference (German/English).
Participants will have the chance to exchange knowledge, research, experience, insights and ideas. They may also facilitate networking with other conference participants and discuss presented topics and sessions. There are no specific requirements as to how much time you spend together during the conference – how you approach your peer-to-peer experience is 100% up to you!
This sounds great, where can I sign up?
Please answer the questions in the online conference registration. It will only take a minute!
We will then be in contact with more information and to confirm your participation. Closer to the conference, we will introduce you to your Buddy, and provide you with tips and any support you may need leading up to or during the conference.
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.