Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Working Party 2.09.01 “Seed Orchards”, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden (Skogforsk) and Svenska Skogsplantor, we would like to warmly invite you to participate in the IUFRO Seed Orchard Conference 2017, which will be held in Bålsta, Sweden on September 4–6, 2017.

The goal of this conference is to provide the opportunity for scientists, students and managers of seed orchards and forest regeneration to exchange the most recent scientific advances related to forest tree seed orchards and their integration in the forestry practice. Areas that will be encompassed at the conference include, but are not limited to, the link between seed orchards and long-tem tree breeding; seed orchard design and management; forest pathology in relation to seed production, seed testing and storage; seed physiology and technology; forest economics; gene conservation; and interaction of seed orchards with related disciplines.

Seed orchards represent the most important link between long-term forest tree breeding and silviculture and provide the most cost-efficient way to produce genetically improved seeds for reforestation. Their merits touch upon many of the key issues of the current World – the supply of raw materials and energy, carbon sequestration, climate change, gene conservation, forest certification and sustainability. At the same time, they have a great potential to help redress the consequences of human-induced damages such as deforestation and land degradation.

The conference will be held in Bålsta, a small town conveniently located near Arlanda’s largest international airport in Sweden. The venue, Aronsborgs Conference Centre, is a cozy place that offers a lot more than just a pleasant learning environment for our conference. After the official program you will be able to relax or chat with your colleagues in one of the numerous hotel facilities or take advantage of being just an hour from city centers of Stockholm and Uppsala, two of the most charming cities in Scandinavia with plenty of sights to see and activities to enjoy!

If you have any question, please feel free to contact us. We will be continuously updating our website to provide you with the most recent developments about the conference information and program.

We hope that you will join us for the Seed Orchard Conference 2017! We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bålsta!

Sincerely yours,
Tomas Funda, Conference Chair
& Local Organizing Committee