Forest Industrial Research School on Technology

Forest Industrial Research School on Technology (FIRST II) is a joint Finnish-Swedish initiative to strengthen competitiveness in forestry. In FIRST II, the University of Eastern Finland, University of Helsinki and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences collaborate with the aim to be global leaders in forest technology in 2020. FIRST II is a continuum for FIRST I, which run in 2009-2013.

Nordic forest technology 2020

FIRST II has a vision and mission to develop a new generation of Nordic forest technology with improved performance level by 2020. In order for Nordic countries to stay competitive the productivity of forestry must increase by 50 per cent. Thus, great advancements will be achieved in fields such as logistics, machine intelligence, automation, human-machine interaction, big data, systems for log bucking pattern, maintainability and ergonomic standards.

Our mission is to educate a new cohort of forest technology professionals

Our mission in FIRST II is to continue the work of FIRST I (2009 – 2013) in educating a new cohort of forest technology professionals with

  • strong knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis for development of new forest technological solutions for local and global challenges;
  • versatile, up-to-date professional skills and competences that prepare for careers within academy, in enterprises or other parts of the sector;
  • broad and active contact network within national and international academic community and forest sector that promotes employments and high quality of RDI activities.

Our vision is to maintain the Nordic as a hot-spot for forest technology

Our vision is that this new generation of professionals

  •  ensures the implementation of sustainable forest management especially in the Nordic region, as well as in other regions with equivalent conditions, regarding, e.g., ecosystems, terrain and tree dimensions;
  •  guarantees the position of the Nordic region as a "hot-spot" for advanced Forest Technology;
  •  customs the future forest cluster, including operating enterprises, contractors, machine manufacturers and scientists, which will support strong and efficient innovation systems and networks with high potential to attract world-class competence and risk capital.

Our doctoral candidates

  • MSc ERONEN Jyry: Automating and improving quality reporting of timber harvesting
  • MSc HAAVIKKO Hanna: Logistics of Pulpwood Procurement and Energy Efficiency
  • MSc LINDEMAN Harri: Predicting bearing capacity of unfrozen peatland for logging operations.
  • MSc PASANEN Karri: Decision making in biomass supply and impacts of RES regulation on biomass supply systems.
  • MSc PRINZ Robert: Effects of improved fuel economy and alternative feed-in terminal operation models on the costs of feedstock supply for energy production from forest biomass.
  • MSc SANZ Blanca: Spatial optimization methods for wood supply.
  • MSc VIRKKUNEN Matti: Final felling and silvicultural thinning derived forest biomass procurement cost reduction in terminal wood supply chains by developing transport planning, material handling and wood procurement systems through continuous-time dynamic analysis.
  • MSc VÄÄTÄINEN Kari: Discrete-event simulation of wood harvesting and transportation.

Contact information

Finnish co-ordinator:
University of Eastern Finland
School of Forest Sciences
Tel. +358 505226469

Prof. Dr. Bo DAHLIN
University of Helsinki
Department of Forest Sciences
Tel. +3582941 58278

In collaboration