ESF Research Conferences

COST-ESF High-Level Research Conference

The Future Role of Bio-energy from Tree Biomass in Europe

6-11 November 2011 • Europahaus, Vienna/Austria

Niels Elers Koch - President of IUFRO; University of Copenhagen, DK

Vice Chairs:
Rolf Björheden - Skogforsk Uppsala, SE
Elspeth MacRae - Scion, NZ
Peter Mayer - Federal Research & Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards & Landscape (BFW), AT
Dominik Röser - Chair COST Action FP0902; Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA), FI

Welcome message on behalf of the Programme Committee (you will be re-directed to YouTube) 

The Directive on the promotion of energy from renewable sources (RES-D; Directive 2009/28/EC) sets a binding target for the EU to achieve a 20 % renewable energy share by 2020, in which the largest contribution is expected to come from biomass from agriculture, forestry and waste for heat and power generation as well as transport fuels.

In 2011, the Year of the Forest, the COST-ESF High-level Research Conference will contribute to understanding bio-energy drivers, options and impacts on forest growing, management and production of traditional goods and services in the future.

Download the Conference Flyer (updated on 25 July 2011)


To learn more about the conference, please click here.

List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

List of Accepted Posters: PDF last updated on 19-September-2011

List of Accepted Short Talks: PDF last updated on 19-September-2011

Conference Programme: PDF last updated on 19-September-2011

How to Participate


For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers, chairs & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Closing date for Grantees' registrations, Early Bird registrations & fee payments: 22 September 2011

Final closing date for ALL registrations & fee payments: 6 October 2011


Applications closed on 1 August 2011. Should you have missed the deadline, please contact the conference officer (see details at the end of this webpage) and inquire about the procedure to attend the event.

Please note that all grants will be assigned amongst submitters who met the deadline. 

Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event. For more details, click here.

To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners380 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment NO LATER THAN 22 SEPTEMBER 2011740 €
Registration and payment AFTER 22 SEPTEMBER 2011820 €
Conference participation without accommodation560 €

Grants are available for students and early stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. In addition, IUFRO will sponsor the participation of IUFRO scientists from developing countries in the frame of the Scientists Assistance Programme (SAP). Grants are distributed based on financial need and scientific merit. Grantees must attend the entire conference in order to benefit from the grant. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the application form.

Practical Information

The conference will be held at the Europahaus Wien in Vienna/Austria. Located just inside the western city limits and surrounded by a beautiful 6 hectare park, Europahaus Wien provides the ideal setting for all meeting needs, offering a perfect mixture of state-of-the-art conference facilities, comfortable accommodation and Viennese cuisine, all to be found in a wonderfully preserved natural green environment.

ESF Contact

If you have any questions please consult our FAQ page or contact:
Ms. Antje Teegler Email
Conference Officer
Phone +32 (0)2 533 3857
Fax +32 (0)2 533 3890
Please quote 11-378 in any correspondence.