Forestry is major business sector in the Nordic countries. Forests have a key role in the terrestrial ecosystems, and they are used by many people for recreation, hunting or earning their living. The central role of the forest is also reflected in the active research and development. Virtual Centres of Advanced Research (CAR) are networks with a specified core of scientific subject. Research is carried out in a decentralized manner. The aim of the CAR is to achieve synenergies and avoid duplication in R&D investments. A CAR integrates existing networks the Nordic and Baltic area and works for Nordic synergy in its activities. OSCAR is one of these CARs.
OSCAR2014 (Operational Systems for Centre of Advanced Research) conference ‘Solutions for Sustainable Forestry Operations’ was held in 25th -27th of June in NOVA Park Conference, Knivsta, Sweden. OSCAR2014 brought forestry specialists from all over the Nordic countries and Baltic area as well participants from Spain and Austria. Nordic Baltic forestry plays an important role in supplying renewable feedstock for materials in an increasingly bio-based economy in Europe and globally. In the Nordic Baltic area, forestry conditions and industrial traditions have many similarities, both concerning problems and opportunities. This provides a strong incentive for collaboration in R&D.
Strengthening the status of Nordic Baltic forestry as the ‘wood shed’ of Europe must be built on commercial competitiveness as well as trust from end consumers. The OSCAR14 Conference ‘Solutions for Sustainable Forestry Operations’ focused on demonstration of solutions and possibilities offered by Forest Operations R&D in achieving these goals. Sessions of the conference included: System evaluation, Bioenergy, Transport, Site Impact, Organisation & Training, Wood value & Logistics, Silviculture & Reforestation and a field excursion to see latest innovations in practice.
Mikko Nivala from Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) elaborated BioPAD supply chain tool BISCUIT in the OSCAR conference. The aim was to present the current development phase of the tool, promote it to different stakeholders in Nordic and Baltic area. The BioPAD BISCUIT got positive feedback from audience.
The BioPAD BISCUIT will be launched next week so watch this space !