Boosting a clearer knowledge on forest carbon cycle along a wide spectrum of climate zones and a gradient of forest management intensitieS
Early Stage Researchers
The ETN Skill-For.Action consists on founding and training twelve Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) thematically focussing on understanding the carbon fluxes in managed forest systems. The ESRs network will be motivated and trained to deepen the knowledge on adapting forest management regimes in different climates in terms of carbon balance optimization. The main assumption is that an adaptive and integrated forest management can considerably contribute to a low carbon emitting society.
The Network-wide training activities, supported by the academic and non-academic partners, are structured in order to prepare a new generation of ESRs able to innovate forest management in EU towards a carbon-smart forest management based on multidisciplinary expertise.
The non-academic participants of ETN Skill-For.Action are unique in terms of multi-disciplinarily and trans-sectoral representations. Their strong involvement is an efficient way to qualify ESRs in transforming research ideas into products and services.
Again, each ESRs will be also involved in more than one secondments to academic and non-academic partners. Also short missions will thus encourage cross-fertilization of exploring ideas and improve the skills of ESRs. All ESRs will be enrolled on PhD programme to boost a more robust scientific knowledge
We will specifically address a “contamination of ideas” between the domains of forest growth (in the meaning of carbon sequestration) and forest operating efficiency (in the meaning of minimizing fuel consumption and carbon emission).
Our societal challenges will focus on 1) understand complex system dynamics of forests in relation to global change and human society; 2) develop decision support systems for multifunctional forest management; and 3) develop intelligent forest operation systems. We represent a unique opportunity to cope with the societal challenge priorities in line with the recommendation of the Forest-based sector by merging the basic sciences with applied sciences.