about us

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) focuses on the conservation and protection of resources for future generations. Integrating natural sciences, engineering and economics BOKU aims to increase current knowledge on the sustainable use of natural resources.

about us

The long-term character of forestry and the impacts of global change on forest ecosystems underline the importance of forest stewardship. Furthermore, the ongoing change in paradigm from timber-oriented management to sustainable forest ecosystem management results in a range of new challenges for forest management planning. In a multi-purpose forest resource management the sustainable use of forest ecosystems is secured by goal-oriented planning and science-based implementation of silvicultural measures and strategies. Core task of the Institute of Silviculture and its chair of „Forest Ecosystem Management“ is the integration of ecological, socio-economical and technical knowledge towards the sustainable management of forest resources.

To fulfil these targets we work in the following fields:

  • Silvicultural techniques
  • Mountain forest silviculture
  • Sustainable forest resource management
  • Forest ecosystem modelling
  • Forest management and climate change
  • Multiple-criteria decision support
  • Forest genetics and biodiversity

The institut‘s primary objective in teaching is to ensure that students acquire the capabilities needed for an ecosystem-based approach to forest management. The Institute of Silviculture integrates fundamental science and silvicultural practice in research and teaching. We take a leading position in research and teaching of the sustainable management of forests at national and international levels.


quality management system

To strengthen our efforts we have committed ourselves to the implementation and maintenance of a quality management system according to the standards of ISO 9001:2015. This quality management system assists us in improving our performance and accounting for the changing demands of our stakeholders (e.g., students, research institutions, funding agencies, forest enterprises, the general public).

Six key-processes were defined:

  • Planning and performing of
    national and international research projects
  • Planning and performing of lectures
  • Selection, planning and supervising of PhD
  • Selection, planning and supervising of master theses
  • Selection, planning and supervising of bachelor theses
  • Community Services