About the IFPM

The International Forest Policy Meeting (IFPM) is a biannual event bringing together scholars working on forest and forest related policy issues. The 4th IFPM will take place in Bonn, Germany, organized by the European Forest Institute’s Governance Programme in collaboration with EFI’s Forest Policy Research Network coordinated by the University of Life Sciences Vienna (BoKu). This year’s meeting will focus on the science-policy and the science-media interfaces in forest policy.

Call for Abstracts

The focus of the 4th IFPM will be the interfaces of science-policy and science-media in forest policy. However, following the tradition of the conference series, we warmly welcome research contributions on all topics relevant in the context of forest policy and from different academic and geographical perspectives. We particularly encourage early-career scientists to submit abstracts, as the meeting is a unique opportunity to present and discuss their work in a supportive, international academic environment. 

We are inviting abstracts for three types of conference contributions: 

  • Conference papers with oral presentation
  • Panels (consisting either of a series of individual presentations or alternative formats, e.g., panel discussions – 2 hrs max) 
  • PhD/MScstudent speed talks (see below for specifications) 

Please use the online system and the available templates to submit your abstracts. Abstracts should not exceed 200 words. The deadline for submission is November 15th, 2021. 

Please do NOT submit individual abstracts if your presentation is already included in a panel submission.

The conference organising committee will evaluate and determine whether contributions will be accepted. Accepted applicants will be informed by December 13th, 2021 and will subsequently receive information on the registration process. 

Specification for student speed talks: We invite students and junior researchers to give speed talks (3-minute presentations) of their work (PhD or MSc thesis). The audience of the 4th IFPM will select one MSc thesis presentation and one PhD thesis presentation as the winners of this competition. Please use the available template to suggest a topic for the speed talks. 

It is the intention of the conference organizers to develop a special issue in a peer-reviewed journal based on selected conference contributions. More information will follow later. 

Opening of registration and further dates will be announced in due course on the IFPM4 website. There will be a conference fee of ca. 100 Euro to cover conference materials, coffee breaks, a lunch buffet, as well as a field trip.  

Contact us: ifpm4@efi.int  


Stay tuned for more information!

If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us at ifpm4@efi.int
More information on venue, keynote speakers and schedule will come soon!