Forest Biotechnologist of the Year

Every other year, corresponding with the IUFRO Tree Biotech meeting, peers in the field of forest biotechnology nominate and selects one individual that best exemplifies environmentally and socially responsible forest biotechnology. Candidates should work diligently to promote science, dialogue, and stewardship in this field.

Current Forest Biotechnologist of the Year

Dr. Stefan Jansson, Professor at Ume Plant Science Centre (UPSC) at the Department of Plant Physiology at Ume University.


Past Forest Biotechnologists of the Year

Dr. Shawn Mansfield, Department of Wood Science at the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia

Dr. William Powell, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)

Dr. Jerry Tuskan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distinguished Scientist in the BioSciences Division

Dr. Ron Sederoff, Edwin F. Conger Professor of Forestry & Environmental Resources at NC State University

Dr. Wout Boerjan, Molecular geneticist Wout Boerjan of VIB and the University of Ghent (UGent)

Dr. Steven Strauss, University Distinguished Professor of Forest Biosciences at Oregon State University


How are winners chosen?

The rules are simple:

  • Forest Biosciences Partners are able to nominate candidates.
  • Candidates do not need to be a Forest Biosciences Partner, but should have a compelling set of accomplishments in each category, as further detailed below.
  • Partners vote and the IFB announces a winner as soon as is practical.
  • For the winner the IFB will help prepare and publicize a written press release, Acknowledged IFBs media: Online newsletter, LinkedIn group, and invitation to speak at an IFB event as a guest expert.

Nomination and Selection Guidelines

Please use the form at the end of this page to nominate a candidate. If you prefer, you can also use this Word Document to nominate and evaluate candidates, and email the form to the IFB. Each area, Science, Dialogue, and Stewardship are discussed below with examples of the type of information that should be considered when considering a person for Forest Biotechnologist of the Year.

Exemplary Science can be demonstrated with accomplishments that might include:

  • Peer reviewed publications or citation impact index
  • Grant or other funding for scientific efforts
  • Involvement in major forest biotechnology projects

Expanding Dialogue in forest biotechnology usually involves interacting with stakeholders in the field. Dialogue can be demonstrated by:

  • Talks given at conferences.
  • Working group involvement.
  • Outreach to the broader community and stakeholders.

Accelerating Stewardship can be demonstrated through work that results in tangible benefits from forest biotechnologies being used in responsible ways. Some examples of stewardship in forest biotechnology include:

  • Addressing broad social or environmental needs with tangible products.
  • Influencing entrenched dogmas in forest biotechnology that are counterproductive or inefficient.
  • Initiatives that bridge gaps between research and implementation of forest biotechnologies.