The Finnish Society of Forest Science was established in 1909 to promote research in forest and wood science in Finland. The Society is a network of researchers that strives to stimulate scientific discussion and cooperation within the forest research community, to enhance communication between researchers and practical foresters, and to promote public interest in forest research. In spite of the initial national mission, the Society has also actively participated in international scientific cooperation.

The Society has more 500 members. Several companies, non-governmental organisations, and state-funded organisations act as supporting members of the Society.

Finnish Society of Forest Science will host the International Workshop on Forest Science Publishing

The Society will host the International Workshop on Forest Science Publishing in the House of Science and Letters in Helsinki 14-16 October 2015. The workshop will be the first activity of the new Working Party 9.01.06 of IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organisations), which aims to provide a forum for discussions, training, exchange of ideas, and development of editorial practices of journals dealing with forests, wood science, and related research. The call for abstracts to the October workshop is now open. Read more.


Finnish Society of Forest Science started science publishing in 1913 by establishing the journal Acta Forestalia Fennica. The first issue of Acta Forestalia Fennica contained two monograph-style research reports written in German. During the early years, the publications of the Society were commonly edited in Finnish or German. Silva Fennica was established in 1926 for publishing ”short” research reports. The Society started publishing cooperation with the Finnish Forest Research Institute in 1994. English became the only publishing language of Silva Fennica. The same year, online publication of the abstracts began and open access publication of whole text articles began in 1998. In 2000, Acta Forestalia Fennica merged with Silva Fennica because submission of monographs almost ceased.

All monographs and journals published by the Society during the past 100 years are now available in electronic form through our webpage “Publications”.

At the moment, the Finnish Society of Forest Science publishes three journals in co-operation with other forest research organisations:

  • Silva Fennica is the flagship publication of the Society, an international peer-reviewed journal published in cooperation with the Finnish Forest Research Institute. Silva Fennica has established reputation as one of leading forest science journals of the world. Silva Fennica is published online only and it follows the Golden Open Access publication principle by offering immediate free online access to all published articles. At the moment, Silva Fennica does not have page charges for authors.
  • Metsätieteen Aikakauskirja is a peer-reviewed journal published in Finnish in cooperation with the Finnish Forest Research Institute.
  • Dissertationes Forestales publishes doctoral dissertations in forest sciences from Finnish universities. Publication cooperation includes Finnish Society of Forest Science, Finnish Forest Research Institute, University of Helsinki, and University of Eastern Finland.



The Finnish Society of Forest Science awards grants to advance forest science in Finland. Foreign citizens pursuing for a doctoral degree in a Finnish university or employed by a Finnish research university or institute are also qualified to apply. The grants are awarded for research, travel, language studies, and other international activities within the scope of the Society. Grants are typically awarded for researchers in the early stages of their careers.

In addition, foundation Metsämiesten säätiö has assigned the distribution of its IUFRO grants to the Society. IUFRO grants are awarded for participating in IUFRO activities and for organizing IUFRO activities in Finland.

Other activities

The Finnish Society of Forest Science organises seminars, workshops and excursions. Annually, the Society organises the Forest Science Day in Finland, in which currently interesting topics in forest research are presented and discussed. Main language of the Forest Science Day is Finnish but oral presentations and posters in English are also welcome.

Recent international activieties include the organisation of the 7th International Conference on Functional-Structural Plant Models (FSPM2013) in cooperation with the Finnish Forest Research Institute and the Department of Forest Sciences of the University of Helsinki and main forthcoming activity is organisation of a session on forest science publishing in the IUFRO World Congress 2014 in Salt Lake City, UT, USA in October 2014.

The Society has four clubs in different fields of forest science: Forest biology, Forest economics, Forest technology, and Forest management. The clubs run their own activities, mostly on disciplinary basis.

The Society annually awards prices for the best Doctoral and Master’s theses in forest sciences from Finnish universities.

The Finnish Society of Forest Science is a member organisation of IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations).

Contact info

The Finnish Society of Forest Science
P.O. Box 18
01301 Vantaa
Tel +358 40 801 5596
e-mail sms (at) helsinki.fi

Additional information

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