Forest regeneration research and development - what’s new and where are the links to overall sustainability agendas?

Palle Madsen

Date: September 28, 2020
Time: 3 pm (s.t.)
Place: F 01, Büsgenweg 1 and via zoom. Please register by sending an email to

The links between university research in very specific, specialized and often rather theoretical, topics and how they relate to broader fields like forestry and silviculture is often not very clear. How this research and development further feeds into much broader topics and agendas like biodiversity, climate and sustainability is even more unclear and uncertain.

High quality and relevant research findings in conjunction with experiences generated by forestry practice carries high potential for positive future impact for sustainable development of society but is at high risk of being ignored and abandoned in a modern world responding more to good communication and rhetoric skills than solid – but often more complex – knowledge and evidence.

Further, this is fueled by an increasing human alienation from natural processes and the generation of resources basically needed by society and people.

Forest regeneration research in Denmark addressing direct seeding, planting and natural regeneration and how they may address needs, challenges and improvements of forestry, silvicultural systems and managements of species may seem very specialized. Yet, Palle will aim for linking this research and its findings to the previously described “larger” agendas. The hope is to meet common ground and a good discussion on both the scientific results themselves and on how our forest research community can better identify our future role in society - before our science and professional knowledge is ignored by society because of lost battles on the general communication platform.