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Media release 04.10.2005

Tuula Nuutinen appointed as professor of forest planning in Joensuu

The Management Board of the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) has appointed on 3 October 2005 Tuula Nuutinen, Ph.D., as professor of forest planning in Joensuu. Mandated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Metla launches with this decision the preparation of the national research and development programme on forest information systems and forest planning.

The fixed-term (1 November 2005 - 31 October 2010) position of professor of forest planning is new at the Finnish Forest Research Institute. The field of research comprises the models, methods and techniques used in forest planning, primarily for non-industrial private forests. The research tasks include collection of the planning information, development of planning systems as well as related information technology applications. In addition, the professor of forest planning coordinates the preparation and implementation of the national research and development programme on forest information systems and forest planning to be launched in 2006.

Professor Tuula Nuutinen has studied forest sciences at the University of Joensuu. She has her Ph.D. degree from the University of Edinburgh. Professor Nuutinen has worked as a researcher, assistant and associate professor at the University of Joensuu and as a researcher, senior researcher and since 2003 as the acting professor of forest planning at Metla.

Since 1996, professor Nuutinen has been responsible for the development of the MELA forestry model and operational decision support system developed at Metla, for the customer activities associated with this project as well as for the forest scenario analyses used in the preparation of regional and national forestry and forest protection programmes. Currently, she is coordinating the Forest Management Planning research programmme (MTS) at Metla. According to experts, Finland is the leading country in the development and implementation of forest planning systems.

Metla has strongly reinforced its activities in Joensuu during the last 5 years. This is in line with the Governmental policy definition in year 2000. The number of permanent personnel in the Joensuu will be increased to 100 employees by 2008, and there will be additionally 60 – 80 fixed-term project team members. The activities in Joensuu are focused to applied research related to regional economic and business activities. In addition to forest planning, there are currently five other focus areas of research in Joensuu led by professors.

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