Science needs space and time to share and discuss scientific ideas. Our annual Young Researchers is designed to concentrate our energies in this goal so as during the last years, one more time we meet jointly students from different masters (DATAFOREST, MONTES and MEDfOR) and doctorate studies on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Systems at University of Valladolid (Campus of Palencia). During our meeting, students will present and discuss their ideas and findings with colleagues and professors from our program and beyond. This year Professor Fouad Mounir, from École Nationale Forestière d'Ingénieurs-ENFI (Morocco) and Dr. Kevin Beiler from HNE Eberswalde (Germany) will accompany us to discuss with our students their research advances and goals. Also it is important to stress the presence of representatives from spin-off companies and the innovation department of the University of Valladolid.
After thirteen editions our meeting is now a reference for the dissemination of scientific work of our research students and allows establishing new synergies that will help their personal and scientific development. In this edition more than 70 students from 20 countries and four continents (from Vietnam to Ecuador and from Nigeria to Russia including China, Italy, Nepal, Ucrania or Spain among others) will participate. The wide geographic distribution of the participants along with the diverse ecosystems studied, allow us to cover main forestry topics.
As in previous years we have had the cooperation of the Director and staff of the National Environmental Education Center (CENEAM) in Valsaín which, again, hosted us in their facilities. The University of Valladolid and the Erasmus Mundus Action 1 (through the MEDFOR consortium) have collaborated to make this event a success. The Castilla and León Science Office will be represented in the meeting providing to the participant insights on the Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) at the regional level. Also I would like to acknowledge professors and students who coordinated and managed the meeting for their hard work which is reflected in the quality of the organization.
Finally, as in other opportunities, I hope that this conference will serve to guide and enlighten our students (current and future) on what we pursue through our technical and scientific training programs. I wish you a fruitful read and a nice time in our meeting at Valsaín.