The Forest Engineering Network


2019 Hungary | Austria

For the first time in their history, FORMEC and COFE co-organized a joint annual meeting in Hungary/Austria, October 6-9, 2019.  The meeting was also the result of the joint venture between the University of Sopron, Hungary and the University of Life Sciences Vienna, Austria as hosting organizations.  A total of 280 participants from 30 countries attended this year meeting including over 30 participants from North America.  The conference hosted 110 presentations spread over three parallel sessions in two days that provided insight in the latest development in forest engineering research and technology.

52 International Symposium on Forestry Mechanization, 06 - 10 October 2019, Sopron | Forchtenstein (Hungary | Austria)

The 52 edition of the FORMEC symposium will be held in conjunction with the 42 edition of the Council on Forest Engineering (COFE). This is the first time for a COFE meeting taking place in Europe. 2020 will also be joint meeting COFE/FORMEC, but this time it will take place in Oregon (USA).

  Topic Speaker Institution
  Digitalization of forest harvesting: the potential for improved environmental and production efficiency Rasmus Astrup NIBIO
  Opportunities in remote sensing of forests related to the arrival of the Sentinel-2 satellite Clement Atzberger BOKU
  Conducting sustainable forest operations while minimizing environmental impacts: a compilation of research Chad Bolding Virginia Tech
  Future of forest engineering and its sustainability Woodam Chung Oregon State University
  Smart Forestry - Smart Forest Operations Engineering and Management Hans R. Heinimann ETH Zürich
  Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in Forestry Martin Kühmaier BOKU
  Traction versus Ground Protection Josef Primus PEWAG Austria


  • 06 Oct 2019: Arrival and Ice-Breaker
  • 07 Oct 2019: Technical Meeting
  • 08 Oct 2019: Technical Meeting
  • 09 Oct 2019: Field trip to AUSTROFOMA demonstration in Forchtenstein (Austria)
  • 10 Oct 2019: Departure

Main sponsors

BMNT Österreichische Bundesforste AG PewagSchweighofer Holzindustrie

Other sponsors

Koller Latschbacher Forest Logistic Solutions PfannerÖsterreichischer Forstverein EcoforestBayrische StaatsforstenaustropapierGrube ForstHasslacher GruppeLenzingPonseeSteyr TraktorenWaldburg Forstmaschinen Wolfegg

Land Burgenland Konrad Forsttechnik Stadt WienPapierholz AustriaPEFC AustriaHSM Hohenloher Spezial-MaschinenbauEschlböck BiberMM Forsttechnik