Forest Academy for EU Decision Makers 2018

21.11.2018 - 23.11.2018
Southern Finland

Forest Academy for Decision Makers is a discussion forum focusing on the ways in which forests can contribute to the development of a sustainable circular bioeconomy.

The 2018 event was targeted at EU Decision Makers. It was a joint venture between Finland and Sweden, with the engagement of an extensive group of stakeholders.

The Forest Academy communication tool is produced by the Finnish Forest Association. The association is a non-governmental, non-profit cooperation and communication body bringing together all major forest-related interests. In Finland, the communication programme has been running successfully since 1996. Some 1,400 top-level decision-makers from different sectors of society have participated in the forums.

The Forest Academy for EU Decision-Makers 2018  was funded by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and the Finnish Forest Foundation.


Forest Academy 2018 was organised as an intense two-day field course in southern Finland. The programme consisted of seminar sessions, field excursions, discussions and network building. The event language was English.

The programme sketched the big picture from global challenges to hands-on solutions and back. The aim was to present the entire value chain from sustainable wood sourcing and forest management to production, including construction and furniture and the use of wood fibre for such purposes as packaging, textiles, chemicals, design and energy, as well as aspects of sustainability and innovative new products and services. The event equally offered possibilities to share insights with other key decision-makers in EU institutions.

The event was joined by international keynoters. Look into the introductions of the speakers in the speakers’ gallery.

Look into the presentations given during Forest Academy for EU Decision Makers

Read more about the visits to production sites during Forest Academy for EU Decision Makers

See videos presenting the Forest Academy for EU Decision Makers 2018 event and participant’s take away messages.


The event was targeted at decision-makers in the EU institutions – especially in the European Parliament and the European Commission. Participants also included representatives from research and development, business, NGO’s, the media, as well as forest- and bioeconomy-related stakeholders.


Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä Proposes an EU-Africa Forest Fund

Role of forests in climate change: New initiative to combat climate change to be announced at EU Forest Academy – presented by Minister Leppä, November 21

Forest Academy for EU Decision Makers builds dialogue on forests between EU institutions

See Press releases at STT info


EU Vice President Jyrki Katainen stresses the importance of bioeconomy and circular economy at the Forest Academy opening ceremony

EU Commission requests Finland to organize a bioeconomy conference next summer

Presentations of the Forest Academy for EU Decision Makers 2018

150 million euros granted for forest research – joint investment by Sweden and Finland


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