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July 13, 2017
by Eliana Bontti
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Course report: “Forest management for enhanced wind resistance”

Contribution from Maren Roang, Innland Norway University of Applied Sciences.

My adventure in Finland!

14th May, 2017. For the first time, I am going to Finland, and even though I should be excited and maybe a bit nervous for what I actually have signed up for these next 12 days of my life, I am just too tired. The last days I have been busy with school work, a confirmation and been preparing for this trip. You know, when going to Finland in the middle of May you expect the weather to be quite like Norwegian may-weather. Therefore, I packed my wool-underwear, gloves, my favourite wool-sweater, one shorts just in case, and swimwear – someone told me we were going to swim (and so we did…). I landed in Helsinki and was picked up by a student at the Campus we were going to live at. We also picked up some Danish students; almost all of the others were already at Campus. When we arrived, they had made dinner, and we ate and got to know each other a bit. Next morning Johnny (the teacher) met us in the hallway, and we walked around Campus, had a small get-to-know-each-other-lecture inside, before we went on a fieldtrip to look at the Finnish forest and some wind damages and some preventive management. The group on this course consisted of 8 Danes (seven men and luckily one woman), one Icelandic man, one Finnish man and myself from Norway.

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May 3, 2017
by Eliana Bontti
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More succesfull staff mobility between NordNatur partners

This April Linas Daubaras from Kaunas Forestry and Environmental Engineering University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania, went to HAME University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Built Environment (Finland), using a NordNatur travel grant and scholarship.

After completion of the staff mobility, he kindly shares his experiences:

I gave the presentations for Landscape Architecture students of HAMK. The main topics were: overview of landscape architecture, landscape design and gardening background in Lithuania, and recent situation of it. The presentation was based not only on theorethical knowledge, but also and especially on my practical work for 18 years as the owner of the gardening company. During the presentation we had a fruitful discussion with the students.

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April 17, 2017
by Eliana Bontti
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Course report: Wildlife management in densely populated areas

Contribution from: Jack Räisänen, Novia University of Applied Sciences.

I went to the Landscape and Forestry College of the University of Copenhagen for an intensive course about “Wildlife Management in Densely Populated Areas”. In the course, we learned from experienced wildlife managers, biologists, scientists, wildlife consultants, and more about wildlife management in urban areas. We learned what aspects need to be considered, and how to manage human-wildlife conflicts. By going on excursions, we saw practical applications about the theories we learned in the classroom. One example was a visit to the Copenhagen International Airport, where we learned about the work of a biologist who is the airport wildlife manager. It was fascinating to learn about the considerations of different stakeholders, analysis of animal behavioural ecology, and habitat dimensions that she must consider. This particular excursion was only one of many enlightening field visits, and the learnings from this classroom theory approach combined with practical exposure have remained with me.

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Sven Norup guided the students around Amager Nature Park, and the Amager Nature Centre.

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March 30, 2017
by Marieke Gonlag-Schrijvers
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Successful staff exchange – get inspired and apply for a scholarship as well!

Last year a staff member from Kaunas Forestry and Environmental Engineering University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania (Linas Daubaras), went on a staff exchange to Latvia University of Agriculture, with support of a NordNatur scholarship for staff exchange. Read more about his experiences here. This spring it was time to do the exchange the other way around:
Latvia til KaunasMadara Markova went to Lithuania for an interesting week with teaching, a conference and a field trip. Also this exchange was financially supported by NordNatur staff exchange.
After completion of the staff mobility it is required to write a short evaluation, which can be shared with others through the NordNatur website. Please find here Madaras experiences (slightly adjusted by me):

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March 6, 2017
by Marieke Gonlag-Schrijvers
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FOR-HOT in Iceland

Contribution from: Agricultural University of Iceland – AUI  (Bjarni D. Sigurdsson)

Understanding and predicting how global warming affects the structure and function of both natural and managed ecosystems is a key challenge of the 21st century. On 29th of May 2008, there was a large earthquake in S-Iceland that moved a geothermal system to new and previously “cold” areas covered by a 45 year old Sitka spruce plantation and unmanaged grasslands, which increased their soil temperature by +0 to +47 °C. These gradients yielded ideal conditions to study how soil warming affects ecosystem structure and function and to explore the causal effects of warming on terrestrial ecosystem processes.

Since 2011 the Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI) has used these ‘natural laboratories’ to build up a large European research project entitled: “FORHOT - Natural soil warming in natural grasslands and a Sitka spruce forest in Iceland” that takes advantage of these unique natural (geothermal) soil temperature gradients that exist in Iceland. Apart from Icelandic partners, participants from 15 other European universities and research institutes take an active part in the research project at present. Those include: Denmark: Aarhus Univ. and Univ. of Copenhagen; Finland: UEF; Sweden: SLU and Lund Univ., Estonia: Univ. of Tartu; Austria: Univ. of Vienna and BOKU; Belgium: Univ. of Antwerp; Germany: Thünen Inst. of Climate-Smart Agric.; Netherlands: VU Amsterdam and Univ. of Leiden; Poland: Card. Stefan Wyszynski Univ.; Spain: UAB and Univ. of Granada.

For further info see www.forhot.is

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A Nordic-Baltic research group collaborating within the CAR-ES project at the ForHot fieldsites in 2013. Photo: Bjarni D. Sigurdsson.

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February 23, 2017
by Marieke Gonlag-Schrijvers
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Apply now for the intensive course at NOVIA (Finland) this May!

Novia University of Applied Sciences, campus Raseborg, organizes the intensive course “Forest management for enhanced wind resistance” from 14th – 26th May 2017. As the weather is getting more extreme, so are the effects of storms on our forests.  This is therefore a very relevant course if you’re studying in the field of forestry and an opportunity that you can’t miss!
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You’ll find more info about the course at our website: http://nordnatur.net/courses-at-nordnatur-partners/. The application deadline is April 7th 2017. You can apply by filling in the application form NORDNATUR express mobility, which will serve as application for the course and application for the mobility grant. More info about the mobility grant you’ll find here: http://nordnatur.net/scholarships/. Don’t hesitate and apply!

Photo: info material NOVIA intensive course 2017

February 13, 2017
by Marieke Gonlag-Schrijvers
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Intensive GIS extended deadline

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The deadline to apply for the intensive GIS course at the University of Copenhagen is extended to February 16th! The course (5 ECTS) runs from 20th March – 7th April (the first week with online lectures, from March 27th – April 7th at the Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, Forest and Landscape College). So if you’re interrested don’t hesitate and apply via the expess mobility form which you find under “Scholarships”. More info about the course: http://kurser.ku.dk/course/lsls10267u/2016-2017
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February 9, 2017
by Marieke Gonlag-Schrijvers
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Many applicants for intensive course at University of Copenhagen

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From the 6th till 24th of March the course Wildlife Management in Densely Populated Areas, at the University of Copenhagen, will run. In total 28 students applied for the course, of which 21 via NordNatur. There’s even a British participant from the University of Hong Kong. It was of course not possible for our Hong Kong student to get an express mobilty grant, but that didn’t stop this student from participating. Besides some Danish students we have participants from Estonia, Finland, Germany (studying in Norway), Cameroon (studying in Norway), Finland, Georgia (studying in Estonia), Iceland and Turky (studying in Estonia). We look forward to an interesting and mulitcultural intensive course!

 http://kurser.ku.dk/course/lsls10091u/2016-2017

January 9, 2017
by Marieke Gonlag-Schrijvers
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Christmas tree trade in Lapland University of Applied Sciences

Contribution from: Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Finland (Tapio Sironen )

For decades the society of forest students (Rovaniemen Metsäpojat) has earned money for the society´s activities by selling Christmas trees at the market place. Nowadays they deliver Christmas trees straight to their customers´ homes. Because the students are only allowed to take undergrowth spuces in the state forrest, the Christmas trees are not of best quality. Mpumfeedzamuspo See the pictures below for an impression:
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Students from Rovaniemen Metsäpojat are looking for Christmas trees.

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