EFI studies, investigates and conveys research-based information on forests, forest bioeconomy and the relationship between people and nature. Research themes include the role of forests in climate change, the meaning of cities in the bioeconomy and the special characteristics of the Mediterranean region in Europe. EFI networks are needed to inform political forums deciding on our future on the most recent research related to crucially important forests in Europe.

An increasingly important role

European Forest Institute (EFI) in Joensuu is the only institute in Europe engaged in forest research and providing policy support on the European level. The institute’s role has been strengthened by the increasing expectations on European forests in terms of the development of bioeconomy, climate, biodiversity and rural areas. The network consists of 29 member countries and 115 organisations. EFI also plays its part as a bridge-builder between forest research in Europe and Russia, and the related bioeconomy cooperation.

Joensuu in the focus

There are only few home cities of international organisations in the world, and Joensuu is one of them. The main office of EFI is located on the university campus, protected by 100-year-old timber walls, in one of the most beautiful wooden office buildings in the world.

In addition to the headquarters in Joensuu, EFI also has offices in Barcelona, Bonn, Bordeaux, Brussels and Kuala Lumpur.

EFI as an educator of science journalists

One of EFI’s key tasks is to organise international events and training related to bioeconomy. EFI has strengthened its communicative effectiveness by organising training for Finnish and international journalists. The theme of the journalistic seminar organised in Lapland in winter 2018 was climate change. Different media, such as Al Jazeera, Euronews, Helsingin Sanomat, Guardian News and Global Editors Network have strengthened their competence in scientific journalism through EFI communications in Joensuu.