SILVA Network Annual Conference

SILVA Network Annual Conference 2022

June 28-30, 2022

We are very pleased that UCD Dublin (Ireland) will host the meeting this time. The meeting will take place as a face-to-face event.

Topic: Higher Forestry education in times of multiple crises: crises as framework conditions, challenges and triggers for improvements

For detailed information, please visit our conference webpage: Annual Conference 2022 (

Direct Download:  Third Announcement 

You will be forwardet to the online booking center of UCD.

Submit your Abstract! Participants are invited to submit an abstract by May 20th, 2022 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ICA Education Colloquia

ICA Education Colloquia to be held from 18 - 20 May at Ghent University   REGISTER NOW!!

The Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA) will hold 3 events focusing on innovation in higher education in the life sciences at Ghent University, Belgium from 18 to 20 May 2022

  • The ICA Network for Innovation in Life Sciences Higher Education (ICA-Edu) will hold a Colloquium Exploring the opportunities and challenges of mainstreaming blended learning in Life Sciences Higher Education: through institutional, student and lecturer perspectives. Blended-learning practices and experiences may vary widely in design and execution. Improvements in both university curricula and learning technologies, together with the impact of the COVID pandemic, means that it is a learning mode that continues to gain momentum and usage.  The colloquium will be held face to face at Ghent University on 19 and 20 May.

    There will be a Pre-Colloquium Webinar to stimulate discussion for the Colloquium.  The Webinar will be held on 20 April at 14.00 – 15.00 CET.

    Please find the flyer for this Colloquium at and full details for the call for presentation case studies, registration and where to book your hotel
  • The ICA Community of Practice for Bioeconomy Education (ICA CoP Bio-Edu) will hold a Colloquium to address Interdisciplinary Education for the Bioeconomy: embedding the mindset of the bioeconomy in the curricula of Bachelor degree programmes.  Students follow many different Bachelor degree programmes which provide opportunities for careers in the different fields of the bioeconomy.  The Colloquium will address how an interdisciplinarity mindset of the sustainable circular Bioeconomy can be embedded throughout the curricula of these Bachelor degree programmes. The colloquium will be held face to face at Ghent University on 19 and 20 May

    Please find the flyer for this Colloquium at and full details of how to submit a Case Study, registration and to book you hotel where the Colloquium will be held.
  • The Special Interest Group (SIG) for Sustainable Entrepreneurial Education (ICA-Edu SIG) will hold a Colloquium on 18 May focusing on Putting Assessment of Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education in the Spotlight. The ICA Board has established a Special Interest Group (SIG) for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education within the ICA-Edu Board Committee. The establishment of this SIG is the result of the continuing interest resulting from the two previous ICA-Edu Colloquia focusing on this topic and the INTRINSIC project. This workshop will continue to develop this important area. The colloquium will be held face to face at Ghent University on 18 May

    Please find the flyer for this Colloquium at and full details for the call for presentation case studies, registration and where to book your hotel

Actual Message of SILVA Network’s presidency

Dear Colleagues and Friends of SILVA Network,

Like many of us were feeling in these days, I was shocked and paralyzed by the pictures of people suffering and dying in burning cities in Ukraine, many decades after World War II. Putin’s war, in violation of the law of nations, severely affects lives of all people on the European continent, both in Western countries and in Russia itself. Our full solidarity is with the Ukrainian colleagues whose families are in acute danger of loosing their homes and even their lives.

Since the 1980s, SILVA Network performed as a platform where people from all countries in Europe were peacefully and friendly sharing their views on university education on forests. Very often we had participants from Russia joining our conferences, and only a few years ago our colleagues in St. Petersburg hosted an important meeting. This is unique in the ICA Organization, where SILVA constitutes one of the standing committees, as Russian organizations are not members in the other initiatives.

Taking into account the actual situation, I deeply regret that we have to suspend cooperation with state institutions from Russia for the time the war in Ukraine is going on. This is definitely not a measure against our colleagues, rather against a regime that endangers peace and freedom in Europe. Like other European organizations in forest research and education, we are open for continuation of our contacts on a personal basis and ready for rebuilding official bridges after this insane war comes to an end.

Kind regards,

Norbert Weber

Forestry education and beyond

SILVA supports Grow Green Jobs. Find out more and join us!

Grow Green Jobs is an Instagram campaign developed by Forest Europe. It aims to raise awareness among students as well as young professionals in the fields of forestry, natural sciences, agriculture, and agroforestry. We want them to know the existing professions and career paths in their vicinity that are fostering a transition to a more sustainable economy in Europe. Our aim is to inspire students and young professionals, therefore we encourage them to share their own experiences with sustainable jobs in the forest. Grow Green Jobs will showcase Green Jobs from all over Europe in the format of one-minute videos. Forest Europe is also producing social media content and radio ads to broaden the campaign’s reach. This material introduces concrete jobs and provides information on how to take part in the Instagram campaign. To learn more about the campaign follow us on Instagram@foresteuropedotorg

How can I take part in the Grow Green Jobs campaign?

Grow Green Jobs banner 

1.  Post a video of your project: Click here to see an example (link: Trend Reporting fowala - YouTube)

2. Suggest a communication channel and other potential partners: Click on the link to know more about the benefits our partners receive (link: FOREST EUROPE | Grow Green Jobs invitation)

3.  Spread the word!: Check our Instagram account @foresteuropedotorg and use the hashtag #GrowGreenJobs

How can I stay tuned?

Within the Workstream 3 "Green Jobs and Forest Education", Forest Europe is currently conducting seminars for students studying a forest-related field. Here, they are introducing Forest Europe and explaining the importance of this pan-European political process.

To be as inclusive as possible, Forest Europe is offering an Open House event on 5th July 5-7PM CEST. All students and teachers are welcome to join virtually. There will be shown videos and talk about Forest Europe, and there will be time for questions as well (and a quiz!). Please find more information here:

The direct link for registration can be found here:

Together with IUFRO and IFSA, Forest Europe offers a webinar titled "What's forest education up to in Africa and Europe?" on 25th May, 2-3:30 PM CEST. Please find more information here:

The direct link for registration can be found here: