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The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Forests — Sustainable Forests: Ecology, Management, Products and Trade

Part of the International Electronic Conference on Forests series
1–15 Sep 2021

Forest Ecology, Forest Biology, Forest Management, Wood Sciences, Forest Engineering, Fire Risks
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IECF2021 has been a success!

We would like to thank our chairs, committee members, organizers, speakers, and all the participants for making the IECF2021 a great event.
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You are welcome to submit your extended work to the Special Issue related to the conference.
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Award Winners

We are pleased to announce that the IECF 2021 Conference Awards, sponsored by Forests, have been granted to :

Gladys Villegas*, Frieke Van Coillie, Marco Heredia-R , Daniel Ochoa, Jhenny Cayambe, Bolier Torres. - Analysis of forest cover change and its influence on sustainability indicators in Ecuadorian Amazon.

Emiliano Gennari* , Rodolfo Picchio, Angela Lo Monaco - Ayous Wood (Triplochiton scleroxylon K. Schum) physical characterisation after three different cycles of heat treatment.

Congratulations to the two awardees!

Welcome from the Chairs

Dear Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to announce the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Forests—Sustainable Forests: Ecology, Management, Products and Trade (IECF2021). The conference is organized by the MDPI open-access journal Forests (impact factor 2.221) and will be held online from 1 to 15 September 2021.

Forests are major sources of energy and materials and will play a key role in the transition to a low-carbon economy. The challenge lies in achieving multifunctionality where economic profit is maintained without penalty in climate mitigation, water regulation, biodiversity preservation and the other goods and services provided by forests. This conference will provide leading scientists working in the field with an online platform on which to discuss these issues and share their latest research. The main topics and sessions of the conference are as follows:

  • S1. Forest Ecology and Management;
  • S2. Forest Ecophysiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology;
  • S3. Forest Economics, Policy and Social Science;
  • S4. Forest Inventory, Modeling and Remote Sensing;
  • S5. Wood Science, Forest Products and Trade;
  • S6. Forest Wildfire Hazards, Risks and Other Disasters;
  • PS. Poster Session.

This online event will bring together researchers from all over the world with no concerns of travel or other related expenditures. A number of free live-streaming webinars will be held during the conference. The webinars will also contain a Q&A session to answer questions from a live online audience. Participation in and “attendance” to the IECF2021 are free of charge.

The conference invites submissions for abstracts that will be reviewed by the conference committee. The authors of accepted contributions will be invited to submit a proceedings paper, a slide presentation, a poster and/or a video presentation of their work. All participants will have the opportunity to examine, explore and critically engage with research findings published in Sciforum during the conference.

All accepted proceedings papers will be published in the proceedings of this e-conference within a dedicated issue of the MDPI journal Environmental Sciences Proceedings. In addition, all participants will be encouraged to submit a full paper to one dedicated Special Issue in Forests with a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC).

We hope that you will join this e-conference to exchange ideas, start fruitful collaborations and make this second edition a success.

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Víctor Resco de Dios
Prof. Dr. Panayotis Dimopoulos

The Chairs of the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Forests

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Lotus Guo
Ms. Stacy Luo
Dr. Elena Gonzalez

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Conference Chairs

School of Life Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang, China,
Crop & Forest Sciences & JRU CTFC-Agrotecnio, University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain

Dr. Víctor Resco de Dios is a professor at Southwest University of Science and Technology and he is also affiliated with the University of Lleida. He obtained his PhD at the University of Wyoming and held faculty positions at the University of Castilla-La Mancha/Fire Research Center and the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of New Phytologist, Trees, Plant Ecology and Diversity, Forests, Forest Systems, and Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. A few years ago, he contributed to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). He is the most recent former president of the Catalan Institute of Chartered Foresters.

Department of Biology, School of Natural Sciences, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Dr. Panayotis Dimopoulos holds a degree in Biological Sciences and a PhD diploma in "Flora and Vegetation Ecology of Mountains". He is currently a Professor in Botany and Ecology at the Department of Biology, University of Patras. He has published 120 articles in peer-reviewed international journals (1990–2020) and coordinated 35 national and 15 European research projects. He has participated with 198 oral and/or poster presentations in both international and national conferences. He serves as National Representative on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES activities, 2014–present) and he is currently the President of the Natura 2000 National Committee for the Protected Areas of Greece (2020–2023).

Conference Committee

Department of Wood Science and Technology, Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Miha Humar is Professor at the Department of Wood Science at the University of Ljubljana. He gives courses about the performance of wood, wood pest, wood protection, wood modification, and wood conservation. From 2010–2021, he held managerial positions at the Department of Wood Science and the Biotechnical Faculty, and for the 2016–2018 term, he was the dean of the Biotechnical Faculty. Currently, as vice-dean of the Biotechnical Faculty, he is responsible for the research of one of the largest and most excellent Slovenian faculties. His current research work deals with the problems of service life prediction of wood, the performance of wood in outdoor conditions, the development of classical biocidal and non-biocidal solutions for wood protection, wood modification, wood conservation.

Department of Agroforestry Technology and Science & Genetics, School of Advanced Agricultural & Forestry Engineering, Castilla La Mancha University, Albacete, Spain

Since 2005, Dr. Manuel Esteban Lucas Borja has been working on different research projects and teaching activities at Castilla La Mancha University (Spain). He developed his doctoral thesis in Cuenca Mountains working on Spanish black pine (Pinus nigra Arn. ssp salzmannii) natural regeneration and sustainable forest management. He also spent some years in different European and national universities and research institutes, such as Edinburgh University (Scotland), Instituto Superior de Agronomía de Lisboa (Portugal), Tras-Os-Montes e Alto Douro University (Portugal), Centro de Biología Aplicada del Segura (Spain), and USDA Forest Service (Rocky Mountains Research Station, Arcata). He is currently involved in many different research and teaching activities at the School of Advanced Agricultural and forestry Engineering (Castilla La Mancha University).

Department of Biology, University of Regina, Regina, Canada

Mark Vanderwel holds a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Toronto and is currently Associate Professor at the University of Regina. His research focuses on how tree-level demographic processes interact with disturbance to create changing patterns of structure, biomass, and diversity within forest stands and landscapes. He takes a quantitative approach to this topic by developing models to project how forests dynamics emerge from variation in demographic performance among individual trees, among species, and across environmental gradients. By understanding how tree growth, mortality, and recruitment are controlled by different environmental factors, he seeks to learn how processes such as climate change and disturbance affect the broader condition of forest ecosystems over time.

Departament of Sciences, Public University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

After graduating from his Agricultural Engineering course, Dr. Blanco obtained a PhD in Forest Ecology from the Public University of Navarre (Spain), and then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow and research associate at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) for seven years. Then, he returned to Spain, and began working as a "Marie Sklodowska-Curie" research fellow, at the Department of Environmental Sciences in Universidad Publica de Navarra (UPNA). He is currently working at the same university, as an assistant professor in the Department of Sciences. His research interests are focused on the development and evaluation of ecological models to simulate the influences of management, climate, and other ecological factors on tree growth. He is currently collaborating with research teams from several countries (Canada, USA, Spain, Cuba, China and Taiwan), to use ecological models to explore the effects of climate change, atmospheric pollution and alternative forest practices in natural and planted forests, in boreal, temperate and tropical forests. He has published a multitude of scientific papers on forest ecology topics, and his research has been applied not only in ecological studies, but also in mining to optimize reclamation plans, in forestry to assess the potential for carbon sequestration, and by government agencies and consulting companies to define local guidelines for long-term sustainable forest management. Among other topics related to forest ecology, Dr. Blanco has studied the influence of climate variations on tree growth and estimated the possible ecological consequences of climate change in forest ecosystems. Dr. Blanco has been a member of the Global Forest Expert Panel and part of the IUFRO “Task Force on Forests, Soils, Water and their relationships”. He has also co-authored his first book, dedicated exclusively to the use of hybrid ecological models in forest management, entitled "Forecasting Forest Futures" (Earthscan, London), and has edited books on Climate Change, Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Biomass.

Department of Environmental Science and Sustainability, Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, USA.

Dr. Bowden has worked with many colleagues for a long time on the Detritus Input and Removal Treatments (DIRT) Experiment located at several U.S. and International Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Sites and long-term environmental research locations. Work across these sites is helping to assess the stability of soil carbon, and the potential for soils to serve as sinks for enhanced atmospheric carbon dioxide. He has also worked on a number of long-term investigations of atmospheric nitrogen deposition, examining impacts forest nutrient cycling, especially carbon and nitrogen dynamics. He is interested in sustainable forestry and works closely with a forest land trust that promotes long-term conservation and the viability of forests and the forest industry.

School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia

Gary Sheridan is an Associate Professor in the Forest Hydrology research group, the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at The University of Melbourne. Gary has 20 years of research experience focusing on the hydrologic, water quality, and geomorphic response of Australian forests to bushfire. He has over 75 peer reviewed publications, over 2700 citations and a H-index of 27. He has an extensive National and International network of colleagues in this discipline area resulting from decades of collaborative research and co-supervision of research higher degree students across Faculties and Universities. Gary works extensively with government agencies such as the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP), and Melbourne Water, to ensure strong uptake and application of his research. He has been an invited speaker at 11 conferences in the last 5 years, including 5 keynotes. He is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Wildland Fire (IF=2.6, 10/66 in Forestry) and for the journal Water Resources Research (IF=4.3, 8/263 in Water Science), and a member of the Editorial Board of Forests (IF=2.5). He is currently a member of the Victorian Governments Scientific Reference Panel for the DELWP.

INIA-CIFOR, Madrid, Spain

Guillermo Gea-Izquierdo is a Researcher at the INIA-CIFOR in Madrid. He did his PhD in UPM in Madrid and has a MSc in UC, Berkeley. He has worked in different ecosystems to assess the potential negative impacts of climate change on forest dynamics. Currently he studies forest functioning and forest dynamics under global change in Mediterranean ecosystems. His studies are particularly focused to mitigate the impact on forests of threats resulting from a warming climate interacting with other abiotic disturbances and biotic stresses. He works to gain knowledge on the factors and mechanisms that increase forest vulnerability and accelerated tree mortality in forest ecosystems.

Technological Institute of Epinal, Université de Lorraine, France

Professor Mathieu Pétrissans is an Exceptional National Class Professor at the University of Lorraine, France. He served as Vice-President of Research at Nancy 2 University (from 2010 to 2012, 19000 Students), and then as Research Officer in charge of the Cluster of Excellence. He is currently the coordinator of the "Scientific Counseling Committee" in Lorraine (France, 2500 researchers), Dean of the Technological Institute of Epinal (450 Students) and President of the Scientific Council of the « Cluster of Excellence ARBRE » (Forest under climate changing). He is an international expert of biomass and wood thermal behavior, focusing on the thermal treatment of biomass. His main scientific achievements are the demonstration of the connection between the severity of the treatment and the inhibition of fungi attack, and the description of the thermodegradation chemical pathways of wood biopolymers. These results have been integrated in a tow-step kinetics model. He has published over 200 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He is the editorial member of the journal Wood Material Science and Engineering. He currently has 3800 citations with an h-index of 31. For his career accomplishments, he received the "2 Medals of knight and officer in the order of the academic palms" by the French Minister of Education and Research.

Department of Economics Engineering, Society and Business Organization, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy

Claudia Pelosi is currently a senior researcher and aggregate professor in Analytical Chemistry at the Department of Economics Engineering, Society and Business Organization (DEIM) of the University of Tuscia (Italy). She is also the manager of the Laboratory of Diagnostics and Materials Science, and an assistant professor of Chemistry for Restoration (CHIM/12); Diagnostics and Spectroscopy for Cultural Heritage (CHIM/01), and the Laboratory of Materials Science (ING-IND/22). On 6th September 2018, Claudia obtained her National Scientific Qualification to become an associate professor in Analytical Chemistry (D.D. 1532/2016), which is valid from 6th September 2018 to 6th September 2027 (art. 16, comma 1, Law 240/10). She is an expert in spectroscopic techniques applied to cultural heritage materials and to materials for coatings and wood protection. She has co-authored 78 scientific publications so far (source Scopus, Author ID: 22836449900).

Forestry and Landscape Architecture Department and Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal

Paulo Fernandes holds a Ph.D. in Forestry and is an Associate Professor at the Forestry and Landscape Architecture Department of the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), and a researcher affiliated with the Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences, Portugal. His scientific contributions have been mostly on the behaviour and ecology of wildland fire from a forest management perspective, mainly in topics of assessment and modelling of fuel and fire characteristics and effects, often in the frame of prescribed burning for hazard reduction. Current interests also include the drivers of fire regimes and large fires. He has served in the board of directors of the International Association of Wildland Fire and in the supervisory board of the Pau Costa Foundation for Fire Ecology and Management, is associate editor of Annals of Forest Science, and serves in the editorial boards of Forest Ecology and Management, Forests, and Land.

School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Peter Clinton is a forest ecologist whose research interests cover Carbon and nutrient dynamics and plant soil interactions with a particular focus on maintaining the productive capacity of commercial forests. He is one of New Zealand’s leading experts in sustainable forest management and his expertise extends to production ecology, tree nutrition, biogeochemistry and the sustainability of forest soils. He considers himself fortunate to have worked in both indigenous and exotic forests of New Zealand, providing him with a wide appreciation of diverse forest ecosystems. He has led the Government funded national programme on Sustainable Forest Management which provides core capability to support the sustainable management of New Zealand planted forests since 2005. He now leads the Forest System team at Scion and was responsible for the Government/industry funded research programme – Growing Confidence in Forestry future (GCFF, He is now the programme leader for the Industry government funded programme “Resilient forests which focuses on multidisciplinary research that aims to increase the resilience of planted forests under an uncertain future. Until recently, he was the coordinator of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations’ working group on Forest Soils. As the Programme Manager of the New Zealand Forest Site Management Cooperative from 2004 until the formation of FFR Ltd in 2008 he has been exposed to a wide variety of environmental issues and research concerns facing the forestry and rural land use sectors. He was awarded an OECD fellowship in 2002 to study sustainable forest management issues in Europe. He was the national team leader for the IEA Bioenergy task for 4 years until 2003. He gained his PhD from the University of Canterbury and has an extensive publications record (>100 international peer-reviewed papers) on the ecology and management of natural and planted forests. He has an extensive international network and enjoys hosting collaborators from all around the world. He has helped to organise several internatio

Department of Agroforestry Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, Lugo, Spain

Ignacio J. Diaz-Maroto got his Higher Degree in Forest Engineering and his Forest Engineering PhD from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. From 1991 to 1992, he worked as a researcher at the Forest Research Centre of Lourizán, Pontevedra, where he kept collaborating until finished his doctoral thesis on ecology, dendrometry and forestry at Quercus robur L. At the same time, in 1992, he began his teaching career at University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) where he currently works as a professor and researcher. Although his teaching specialty is Dendrometry, Forest Inventory and Forest Management, during his almost 30 years as a professor, he has had the possibility of teaching other subjects in Forest Engineering, Environmental Engineering and, now in the Degree in Landscape. Among others, Planning and Management of Natural Protected Areas, Territorial Planning and Landscape Planning. He has led the "Forest Modelling, Dendrochronology and Forest Industries Group" (MoDenFo) at USC from 1994 to 2014. From 2013 to 2014, he performed as Director of the Master in Forest Engineering at USC. He coordinated the Doctoral Program in “Engineering for Rural Development”, Department of Agroforestry Engineering, which obtained the Excellence Mention of the Ministry of Education from 2011 to 2014. Moreover, he has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in international journals indexed by WoS and/or Scopus, as well as books, book chapters and conference proceedings, both national and international. I have been both a principal researcher and a member of the research team in numerous projects, having supervised six doctoral theses. He was a visiting researcher in different centers, the last one by six months at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of several indexed journals (WoS): Anais Academia Brasileira Ciências, Annals of Forest Research, Austrian Journal of Forest Science, Baltic Forestry, Bosque, Ciência Florestal, Ciência Rural, Chapingo Journal: Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Current Forest

Department of Biology, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Forest Research Centre, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Madrid, Spain

Dr. Jose Climent is a tenured scientist at the Forest Research Centre of INIA, Spain. His research is focused in the evolution of life histories of forest tree species, within a wider scope of forest breeding and conservation of genetic resources under the threats of global change. He has coordinated several national projects and different work packages of EU projects on tree breeding and genetic conservation. He has combined his research activity with teaching, first in the UPM and then in the MSc and doctorate programs of iuFOR (Research Institute in Sustainable Forest Management UVa-INIA). In recent years, Dr. Climent has also devoted a significant effort to the transfer of research results to the Forestry sector, including organizing or co-organizing several events were state and regional administration representatives, nursery and reforestation companies, and researchers participated, improving the applicability of the results of the investigation and knowing the knowledge demands to guide his investigation. Within this activity, in 2016 he coordinated an action with Spanish AECID (Cooperation Agency) to create a thematic network on forest genetics applied to Climate Change mitigation in South America. He is an associated editor of Forests and Forest Systems scientific journals. He has authored or coauthored 54 SCI papers, numerous conference papers and supervised five PhD thesis that have obtained the maximum qualification, plus another one currently in progress.

Italian Research Council for Agriculture and Economics, Research Center on Agriculture and Environment (CREA-AA), Rome, Italy

Sofia Bajocco is a researcher at CREA-AA (Italian Research Council for Agriculture and Economics – Research Center on Agriculture and Environment). She is a BSc in Natural sciences and PhD in Vegetation Science with large interest in Computational Landscape Ecology. Her main research topics focus on the understanding of environmental processes at landscape scale, with a major interest on ecosystem dynamics, vegetation phenology, fire ecology, land cover changes. She is expert of multivariate statistical methods, geoprocessing techniques, geographic information systems and remotely sensed data analysis. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and taken part in many scientific national and international conferences. She is currently Editor of high impact scientific journals.

Terrestrial Ecology Section, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Roger Seco is currently an Assistant Professor at the department of Biology of the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). He obtained his PhD in Barcelona before working as a postdoc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of California Irvine (USA). His research has focused on the biogenic emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and how these are affected by temperature and drought stress in a variety of ecosystems ranging from northern tundra to Amazonian rain forest. In addition, he has studied how these VOCs affect the ecological communication between organisms and how they alter the atmospheric chemistry. He is an expert in analyzing the constituents of the atmosphere with mass spectrometry, in particular with proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) and in combining PTR-MS with the eddy covariance technique to measure ecosystem-scale fluxes of VOCs. Dr. Seco serves on the editorial board of Forests.

Graduate School of International Agricultural Technology, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea.

Prof. Misun Park works in the academic field of agricultural, forest and environmental policy. Currently Prof. Park is conducting research on green space management policies including urban forestry and urban agriculture, agroforestry policies in developing countries and biodiversity management policies at the national and global level. She works as a Coordinating Lead Author of IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) under the Sustainable Use of Wild Species. She works as a coordinator of Research Group 9.03.04 Traditional Forest Knowledge and a deputy coordinator of Working Party 9.01.07 Forests and the Media from IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations).

School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia

Luke Wallace is a Lecturer at the School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences. He is interested in capturing 3D descriptions of complex environments using remote sensing technology and photogrammetric algorithms. He has a strong research interest in providing new data streams for the sustainable and safe management of forested environments in the presence of increasing wildfire risk.

Department of Environmental Remote Sensing & Geoinformatics, Trier University, Germany

Dr. Buddenbaum is currently Director of the Research Institute for Applied Geoinformatics and Senior scientist at the department of Environmental Remote Sensing & Geoinformatics at Trier University. His current projects are about forest fire risk assessment and drought in urban and forest trees, and cooperations with New Zealand Forest research. His previous work focused on the scientific preparation programme of the German hyperspectral satellite EnMAP, topic forests and natural ecosystems, also at Trier University. His research interest is in using spectral and structural remote and proximal sensing data for understanding forest ecosystem dynamics. He uses imaging spectroscopy in the lab, field, uav, aircraft, and satellite scale and combines that data with Sentinel-2 and airborne laserscanning.

KKL-JNF, Israel

Michael Sprintsin - a geographer by training and since receiving his Ph.D. Dr. Sprintsin studies the coupling between biochemical and biophysical feedbacks of forest ecosystems in response to external disturbances (natural and anthropogenic) with a specific focus on monitoring terrestrial vegetation using Earth Observation methods. Dr. Sprintsin has more than 15 year active experience in multidisciplinary remote sensing projects development particulary focusing on three complementary areas: (1) the analysis of the hydrological functioning of semi-arid and sub-humid environments; (2) the estimation of biophysical variables in forest and agricultural ecosystems and (3) the quantification of the terrestrial carbon cycle by implementing spatially explicit remote sensing driven process-based model for estimating terrestrial productivity on various spatial and temporal scales. In 2012, Dr. Sprintsin joined Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL-JNF) in the position of long-term forest monitoring program coordinator and he is currently serves as a forest engineer in KKL-JNF’s Southern District.

Invited Speakers

Forest Industries Research Institute (FIRC), University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Frontiers in Wood and Biomass Supply Chain Optimisation

Department of Wood Science and Technology, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Biotechnology, Slovenia

Wood Protection: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

IECF2021 Live Session

We are pleased to announce the live session of the IECF2021. This FREE webinar will be held on 9 September 2021 at 8:00 am CEST and will be chaired by the Conference Chair Prof. Dr. Panayotis Dimopoulos.

The number of participants to the live session is limited but the recording will be made available on Sciforum shortly afterwards. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.



Time in CEST

Prof. Dr. Panayotis Dimopoulos

Chair Introduction

8:00 - 8:10 am

Prof. Dr. Miha Humar

Wood Protection: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

8:10 - 8:40 am

Dr. Mauricio Acuna

Frontiers in Wood and Biomass Supply Chain Optimisation

8:40 - 9:10 am

Closing of Live Session
Prof. Dr. Panayotis Dimopoulos

9:10 - 9:20 am

IECF2021 Live Session Recording

9 September 2021

Instructions for Authors

Submission Information

To present your research at the IECF2021:

  1. Create an account on Sciforum if you do not have one, then click on ‘New Submission’ in the upper-right corner of the window, or by clicking on ‘Submit Abstract’ at the top of this webpage.
  2. Submit a short abstract in English (150-300 words) until 1 June 2021.
  3. The Conference Committee will evaluate all the submitted abstracts, and authors will be notified by 15 June 2021 about acceptance.
  4. The authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit at least one type of these submissions: proceedings paper, presentation slides, poster presentation and/or video presentation before 9 July 2021.
  5. All accepted files will be available online for discussion and rating during the time of the conference (1–15 September 2021). After the conference, they will remain available online for reading on
  6. All accepted proceedings papers will be published in the proceedings of this e-conference within a dedicated issue of the MDPI journal Environmental Sciences Proceedings.
  7. Participants of this e-conference will also be encouraged to submit a full paper to one dedicated Special Issue in Forests with a 20% discount on the article processing charge (APC).
Proceedings Papers

Proceedings papers must be prepared in MS Word using the Proceedings template and converted to PDF before submission. They should follow this organization:

  • Title
  • Full author names
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses.
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Conflict of Interest
  • (Acknowledgements)
  • References

The manuscript should be at least three pages (including figures, tables, and references) and not exceed 6 pages. Authors are asked to keep their papers as concise as possible. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame which can superimpose on the text and make the layout very difficult.

Please note that the manuscript cannot be published in any place other than the conference proceedings. Carefully read the rules outlined in the 'Instructions for Authors' on the journal website and ensure that your manuscript submission adheres to these guidelines.

Presentation Slides

Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the manuscript. Slides can be prepared the same way as for any traditional conference. They should be converted to PDF format before submission.

Video Presentations

Authors are also encouraged to submit video presentations. This is an unique way of presenting your research and discussing it with peers from all over the world. Video should be no longer than 3-5 minutes and prepared with one of the following formats: .mp4 / .webm / .ogg (max size: 250Mb). It should be submitted before 5 July 2021.


Posters will be available on this conference website during and after the event. Like papers presented on the conference, participants will be able to ask questions and make comments about the posters. Posters without an accompanying Proceedings paper should be presented in the Poster Session.

After abstract acceptance, if you wish to submit your presentation slides, poster or video without a Proceedings paper, please upload a copy of the short abstract as PDF and Word files, in the corresponding required fields, and upload your file in the corresponding optional field. Submissions without a Proceedings paper will not be added to the proceedings of the conference.

Potential Conflicts of Interest

All authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could inappropriately influence or bias their work. This should be conveyed in a separate ‘Conflict of Interest’ statement preceding the ‘Acknowledgments’ and ‘References’ sections at the end of the manuscript. If there is no conflict, please state ‘The authors declare no conflict of interest.’ Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under the ‘Acknowledgments’ section.


MDPI, the owner of the platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).

Special Issue Submission

Full paper versions of accepted submissions are encouraged to be submitted to the conference Special Issue after the conference. These full papers should be novel and significantly different from the Proceedings papers. These papers will be subject to peer review after they are submitted using the journal submission system.

List of accepted submissions (50)

Id Title Authors Presentation Video Poster PDF
sciforum-044262 Effect of forest restoration on vegetation composition and soil characteristics in North Wollo and Waghemira Zones, Northeastern Ethiopia

Submitted: 25 Feb 2021

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Submitted: 16 Mar 2021

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sciforum-045459 Supercritical Extraction of Essential Oils from Dry Clove: a Technical and Economic Viability Study of a Simulated Industrial Plant , , N/A Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-045477 Supply Potential and Annual Availability of Timber and Forest Biomass Resources for Energy in Japan , , , N/A N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-045902 Control of pitch canker using essential oils from medicinal and aromatic plants


Submitted: 18 May 2021

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Event Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference’s esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to launch the Best Paper Award and the Best Poster Award.

The winners will receive the following:

  • 350 Swiss francs (CHF);
  • A certificate;
  • Opportunities to publish one paper in Forests with a 50% discount before 31 December 2022.

The Awards
Best Paper Award – 350 CHF

Number of Awards Available: 1

The Best Paper Award is presented to the paper judged to make the most significant contribution to the conference.
Best Poster Award – 350 CHF

Number of Awards Available: 1

The Best Poster Award was established to recognize the scientific merit exhibited in poster presentation and preparation.
Terms and Conditions:

Best Paper Award Criteria

Only full papers submitted to IECF 2021 will be considered. Papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Originality/novelty of the paper;
  • Significance of content;
  • Scientific soundness;
  • Interest to the readers;
  • English language and style.

Best Poster Award Criteria

Posters should have the following information:

  • Title (with authors and affiliations);
  • Introduction/objectives/aims;
  • Methods;
  • Results;
  • Conclusion;
  • References;
  • Acknowledgments;
  • Contact information.

For consideration for this award, posters should be accompanied by a three-minute video presentation. During the conference, the chair will be invited to judge the quality of the video presentations and posters. Presentations will be judged on how well they are able to summarize the content of the work and make the observer interested in viewing the poster. Posters will be judged on clarity and quality of appearance.

Special Issue

Selected Papers from the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Forests (IECF2021)
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Panayotis Dimopoulos, Prof. Dr. Víctor Resco de Dios
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 April 2022.
A special issue of Forests.

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