As the Director of the Research Institute on Sustainable Forest Management Research (iuFOR), I am pleased to present the abstract book of the XVIth edition of the Young Researchers Meeting on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Systems, celebrated this year at the Campus of Palencia.
Like in other editions students from different master programs from the University of Valladolid, such as Master of Forest Management based on Data Science (DATAFOREST), Master on Forestry Engineering, Erasmus Mundus Master in Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources (MEDFOR) and researchers from the PhD program on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Systems have participated in the Meeting. MEDFOR students participate in it as a part of the Winter School hosted and organized by the Agricultural, Food and Forestry School (University of Valladolid).
After sixteen years of celebration, this meeting has become 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 people among students and researchers from 20 countries and 5 continents (from India to Brazil and from Kazkhastan to France including Sweden, Armenia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, or Spain, among others) have participated. The geographic distribution of the participants along with the diverse ecosystems studied, allow us to cover all the topics of sustainable forest management.
This edition Professor Hans Pretzsch from the Thechnical University of Munich, Germany has delivered the inaugural lecture entitled: ”Forest dynamics. From monospecific to mixed species stands”
The 2022 edition of the Meeting of Young Researchers had the institutional support of the Junta de Castilla y León with the presence of Dr. Pilar Garcés García Vice Minister of Universities and Research of the Castilla y León regional government who, together with the Vice Chancellor of Research, Innovation and Transfer of the University of Valladolid, Dr. Oscar Martínez Sacristan, closed the event.
Also, I would like to especially thank the 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 research training programs.
Prof. Dr. María-Belén Turrión
Sustainable Forest Management Research Institute Universidad de Valladolid