Welcome to the Forest Research Institute!

Forest Research Institute, in accordance with the statutory objectives, conducts research and development in the field: afforestation and forest regeneration, maintenance, use, and ecology, conservation, genetics and economics and forest policy. The Institute is actively involved in the development, to bodies of state power, legislation and other documents, including those resulting from international conventions and agreements, as well as the National Forest Policy.

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The Forest Research Institute was established in 1930 as an Experimental Station of the State Forests Organisation, and in 1934 it has been transformed into the Forest Research Institute of the State Forests. Since 1945 it has been acting as the Forest Research Institute, currently being subordinated to the Minister of the Environment.

The Director and the Scientific Council are the head bodies of the Institute. The Scientific Council is a decisive, initiating and advisory body of the Institute and is empowered to award PhD degrees and habilitation (qualifying for associate professor position). It is also authorized to submit candidates for the title of professor of forest sciences.

The Institute consists of 8 departments that carry out scientific research and developmental work in a range of: forest afforestations and reforestations, tending, utilization and protection, ecology, nature conservation, genetics, forest economics and policy. It is in order to get a better knowledge of nature, social, technical, and economic circumstances influencing the state of forest resources, and to shape their multi-sided and balanced use due to satisfy the needs of contemporary and future generations in the field of forest productive, protective and social services. The Institute actively participates in elaborating legal acts and other documents, including those resulting from international conventions and agreements, and from Forest Policy of the State, and it undertakes activities for organs of the state power.

The Institute actively participates as a partner in realisation of projects financed from European Union sources (5, 6 and nowadays 7 Framework Programme RTD, Leonardo da Vinci Programme, Forest Focus Directive). It organised and organised jointly many international and national meetings, seminars, trainings, workshops and conferences and carries on ecological education for children and youth in specially organised Education Centre. The IBL's library has collected for 80 years forest literature and its resources are the biggest in this part of Europe.
The Institute's employees act in international organizations as IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) and EFI (European Forest Institute) and they are experts in foreign scientific boards, programs, societies, panels and groups.

On December 31, 2015, there were 239 people employed in the Institute including 25 professors and associate professors, 52 PhDs and 21 research assistants.