Summer School Long-term Forest Monitoring FORMON

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This Summer School aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the concepts, approaches, and available data infrastructure of forest long-term monitoring. Novel modelling and assessment approaches will be discussed considering the expectations to future forests from a scientific, forest management, and socio-economic perspective. Experienced researchers in forest science will discuss the potential limitation of disciplinary and interdisciplinary concepts.

The participants will reflect on their own scientific work with respect to other disciplinary methods and discuss possible benefits of interdisciplinary approaches in their field.

The Summer School will complement the 9th ICP Forests Scientific Conference on the same topic "Forest Monitoring to assess Forest Functioning under Air Pollution and Climate Change”, which will take place on 7-9 June 2021 at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL in Birmensdorf nearby Zurich. Students are encouraged to attend the ICP Forests Scientific Conference.

Website and Registration
The Summer School is open to PhD students, MSc in their last year and PostDocs in forest research and related disciplines from any country in the world. Students are asked to provide their CV, a motivation letter (1 A4 page) and their PhD thesis abstract.
Application deadline: 30 April 2021.

Fees: 700 Swiss Francs (exclusive of VAT). This includes accommodation (shared rooms) at the Hotel Shima ( and meals from dinner on 22 August to breakfast on 28 August, course materials and excursions. Accepted participants are expected to bear travel costs to Davos.

Due to COVID-19, travel restrictions may continue until August 2021 for some countries. We are closely monitoring the development for Switzerland and apply the rules issued by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.
Further information

Organizing committee

  • Dr. Marcus Schaub (WSL, ICP Forests)
  • Prof. Dr. Arthur Gessler (WSL, SwissForestLab)
  • Dr. Stefan Hunziker (WSL)
  • Dr. Julia Born (SwissForestLab, WSL)
  • Michèle Kaennel Dobbertin (WSL)
  • Susanne Senn (WSL, Event office)