Gerhard Weiss and Alice Ludvig (Austria), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, and European Forest Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Hansen, email@example.com
Anne Toppinen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Erlend Nybakk, Erlend.Nybakk@kristiania.no
Innovation governance, innovation support, innovation policy, institutional innovation, social innovation, new products development, service innovation, new business models, design thinking, consumer-oriented innovation, open innovation, role of innovation systems and networks, sustainability innovations, bio-economy
Innovation in the forest sector is a growing research interest since a bit more than one decade (Rametsteiner and Weiss 2006; Weiss et al. 2011). Various types and aspects of innovation have been tackled – ranging from new goods and services to process, marketing and organisational innovations and institutional and policy aspects. Institutional aspects and the question how to support innovativeness in the sector are a growing interest. Consequently, interdisciplinary views and systemic or integrated models of innovation gain importance in researching innovation. There is also the need to integrate recent developments in innovation research from outside forestry into the sector.
There are growing global economic and ecological challenges for the sector and the rising political awareness gives impetus for innovations (Pätäri et al. 2016). From a sectoral perspective, the emergence of bioeconomy as a paradigm and a highly complex policy area acts as a driver for a renewal of the forest sector business and innovations of different are needed in this renewal process (e.g. Winkel 2017).
This special issue therefore focuses on governance aspects, relating to and bridging business and policy levels. It is interested in empirical research from around the globe and from all relevant business fields, including forest management and operations, timber and non-timber products and ecosystem services and all established and emerging new forest-based value chains. It aims to present the newest approaches to innovation and innovation research and aims to look at innovation in the forest sector from multiple perspectives, including broader aspects of innovation such as the role of forest owners, institutions and consumers, international dimensions of innovation, or the role of sustainability as a driver of innovations.
Publication of Special Issue call: February 1, 2019
Deadline for submission: April 30, 2019
Envisaged publication of SI: February 2020
Related upcoming events
2019-04-01 - 2019-04-05 All day
Following the success of the Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week (MFW) in Morocco in March 2017, the Sixth MFW will take place in Lebanon on 1-5 April 2019. The Sixth MFW will bring together a diverse range of participants to consider how Mediterranean forests can assist countries in the region to achieve their goals under the Paris Agreement.Held every two years, the MFW is a key platform for regional forestry cooperation and dialogue between the research community, policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders. The weeklong highlights the specific challenges faced by Mediterranean forests and calls attention to their global importance. Participants include forest administrators, the scientific and academic community, the private sector, donors, civil society, environmental agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The Sixth MFW will promote the use of forest-based solutions to assist Mediterranean countries to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. Embodying countries’ efforts to reduce their national emissions, NDCs are critical to both the success of the agreement and global efforts to address climate change. By collaborating with other relevant land-based sectors at the landscape level, the Mediterranean forest sector can play an important role in helping countries in the region to meet their NDC targets.
The Sixth MFW will also showcase the use of forest-based solutions to address broader regional challenges such as sustainable development, energy transition, demographic change and migration. It will consider how to create an enabling environment to broaden the use of these solutions, while emphasizing the importance of recognizing and protecting the social, environmental, economic and cultural value of the goods and services already provided by Mediterranean forests. Download our leaflet!
2019-04-16 - 2019-04-21 All day
International Agriculture Show in Morocco is the best place to sell and showcase its products to the multitude of visitors. Participating in the show is also being on one of the largest media platforms for agriculture in Africa. It is, therefore, an unexpected opportunity to be known and known nationally and internationally.
2019-05-23 - 2019-05-24 All day
Within the events scheduled for the year of the Italian Presidency of EUSALP, Regione autonoma Valle d'Aosta organizes an event to bring together politicians, researchers, project managers, associations and all those people who are involved on the thematic of Smart Villages.
The conference will be held in the prestigious locations of the Sky Way Monte Bianco and Courmayeur.
Starting from the ESPON study Alps 2050, particular attention will be paid to the development of the Smart Village concept as a possible way to find a solution to the depopulation of the Alpine villages. During the event will be presented best practices, projects and ideas related to the emerging theme of Smart Villages as an innovative perspective to provide better services and improve the quality of life in Alpine villages.
Action Group 5 main focus are the development of the connectivity and the provision of services of general interest (SGI) in the Alps. Those are a possible starting point for the Smart Village approach, and during the event to further develop the theme we will work with other AGs, in particular AG3 (dual education), AG4 (mobility) and AG9 (energy efficiency).
Join us on 23-24th May 2019 in Courmayeur to concretize a wider trend-setting framework that will foster and support the Smart Village concept.
2019-06-17 - 2019-06-19 All day17th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference - 17th-19th June 2019, Inverness
Hosted by Impact Hub Inverness/University of the Highlands and Islands
Keynote Speaker: Professor Mark Shucksmith
Day 2 Plenary - Showcase of HIE's support for rural entrepreneurship over the last 50+ yearsAbstracts are invited from researchers in any of the following themes:
Practitioner papers and reports, case studies and academic research papers are welcome. Please note it is still a draft at this early stage but it will be updated regularly.
- Entrepreneurship, farming, land use and the natural environment
- Digital Rural Entrepreneurship
- International dimensions of rural entrepreneurship
- New approaches in rural theory, method and measurement
- Opportunities and challenges for rural development
- Rural Innovation, EU funding and the role of Universities
- Rural Social Entrepreneurship
- Rural Place Marketing
- Rural tourism, heritage and cultural entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurship, Islands and 'Islandness'
- Rural entrepreneurship development and education
Early Bird rates are £215 if booked before 1 April 2019. This will increase to £250 from 2 April 2019. For PhD students, the fee is £180. This includes a civic reception at Inverness Town House on the evening of the 17th, and a gala dinner on the 18th which will be held atthe Glen Mhor Hotel on the banks of the River Ness. Please complete the booking form below before purchasing your tickets.
We have secured a deal for student accommodation at the new UHI campus for the reasonable rate of £60 per night for a single en-suite room including wifi. The UHI campus is out of town with good bus links, and is approximately a 10-15 minute drive away by car to the city centre. Take a look at their fantastic rooms and please email if you would like to book a room for the duration of the conference.
If you are looking for accommodation in the heart of Inverness we have also secured a group booking deal for accommodation at Inverness Pentahotelwhich is centrally located, with comfortable guest rooms, free Wifi, use of a 24-hour gym, and includes a buffet breakfast. A special rate of £169 per night is available if booked by 3 May 2019 and you will need to quote 'REC19' when booking either by phone: 01463 228850, or by email. You can also choose to upgrade to a 'penta plus' room for an additional £10 per night. We advise you to book as soon as possible as there are only 20 rooms secured at this price.
There are some city centre budget hotel options too and if you book early you can get some good deals - Travelodge Inverness City Centre and Premier Inn River Ness are all within walking distance of the conference venue and both relatively new. Or if you want to explore more accommodation options have a look at the national tourist board website - VisitScotland.