IUFRO and University of Padova
international conference

2nd – 5th June 2020, Castelfranco Veneto (TV), Italy


Is there a room for the small scale enterprises in the forest bioeconomy?

Bioeconomyencompasses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy” (EC, 2012). It includes forestry and wood production, with the related biotechnological, chemical and energy industries, but also the provision of other ecosystem services that can support sustainable economic growth.

Biorefineries are increasingly at the core of the bioeconomy vision at the EU level and worldwide” (World Bioeconomy Summit, 2015) and large private and public investments are pushing the development of new technologies frequently based on capital intensive technologies for the use of large amount of low cost biomass in vertical integrated value chains.

In this context the issues of non-wood products and cultural services, and the associated interest towards small-scale labor-intensive activities,  seem to have a minor role in the interests of scientists and decision makers. The forest bioeconomy can be also interpreted and promoted as the development of quality product markets and nature-based services, strongly connected to the concepts of social innovation, product diversification, multifunctional  and horizontally integrated economic activities.

How to support such development of the forest economy? These are the topics that will be discussed during the international conference.


Program ‘s details will be published shortly.

Program ‘s details will be published shortly.

Program ‘s details will be published shortly.

Program ‘s details will be published shortly.

Key dates

Conference fee

The conference includes a registration fee. The fee will be published before the opening of the official online registration. In the meantime it is possible to pre-register without any obligation.

Scientific committee

  • Mersudin Avdibegović – University of Sarajevo
  • James Chamberlain – USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis
  • Don Hodges – University of Tennessee
  • Maria Nijnik – The James Hutton Institute
  • Jean-Luc Peyron – GIP ECOFOR
  • Špela Pezdevšek Malovrh – University of Ljubljana
  • Stjepan Posavec – University of Zagreb
  • Walter Sekot – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
  • Carsten Smith-Hall – University of Copenhagen
  • Lidija Zadnik Stirn – University of Ljubljana


The venue is Villa (Revedin) Bolasco, via Borgo Treviso 75, Castelfranco Veneto, (TV), Italy, located here. Castelfranco Veneto is small town North-West of Venice.


The railway station is located in the downtown of Castelfranco Veneto, at a walking distance from Villa Bolasco.

There are two international airports near Castelfranco Veneto:

Organized by

IUFRO 4.05.00 – Managerial economics and accounting,
IUFRO Task Force Unlocking the Bioeconomy and Non-Timber Forest Products (tbc)

Local organisers:

Giorgia Bottaro (secretary)
Paola Gatto
Alessandro Leonardi
Mauro Masiero
Davide Pettenella (coordinator)
Laura Secco


Giorgia Bottaro
Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
University of Padova
Via dell’Università, 16, 35020 – Legnaro (PD)
Mobile: (+39) 3337751644
Office: (+39) 0498272716
E-mail: giorgia.bottaro.2@phd.unipd.it


The official language of the symposium is English.