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HealGenCAR and MULTIFOREVER workshop

We are pleased to announce a joint HealGenCAR—MULTIFOREVER workshop on conifer vegetative propagation

Multiplied conifer seed - prospects of somatic embryogenesis

Date 12.-13.5.2020
Restaurant Lypsyniemi, Vipusenkatu 6, Savonlinna, Finland (on the map) – next to the Luke’s novel SE technology platform at the technology park campus (
  The workshop aims to bring together researchers, authorities, representatives of industry and forest plant producers to discuss current state and prospects of conifer vegetative propagation. The topics included in the program cover not only research achievements, but also legislation and forest owner views on reforestation materials produced by somatic embryogenesis (SE) i.e. by tissue culture. The workshop will be arranged at Savonlinna, Finland, and it includes also a visit to Luke’s new SE technology platform and a-half-day excursion to see field experiments. There is no registration fee, but the participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation. For the travel and lodging, as well as the detailed workshop program, please see information below.
  The registration for the workshop is open till 10.4.
Please follow this link to registration! The number of participants will be limited to max 55 due to organization of visit to technology platform and excursion.

Practical Info

A special offer for PhD students and young researchers

The HealGenCAR project will provide support for maximum of five students from the Nordic or Baltic countries to participate in this workshop. HealGenCAR will pay travel and/or accommodation costs according to real cost, but up to maximum of 400 € per person.

To be considered for this support, students are asked to submit a short justification, explaining why this workshop is important for their research or career development to HealGenCAR secretory, anneli.vihera-aarnio(at) by 20.3.2020. Applicants will be informed about the decision for support by 27.3.

Travel to Savonlinna

Savonlinna can easily be reached by car, train, bus or by air. Please see further information at For foreign participants, we recommend either train that stops very close to Hotel Seurahuone, or arrival by air.

For the participants who don’t arrive by car, we will arrange transportation to technology park from Savonlinna city center, Hotel Seurahuone (


Hotel Seurahuone offers a special room price for workshop participants; 97 € single room and 107 € double room per night. You can make room reservation by 12.4.2020 by phone +358 10 7642 2020 or by email; remember to give the code BLUKE.

There are also other alternative hotels at Savonlinna, all in the walking distance from the Hotel Seurahuone, such as: Pietari Kylliäinen (, Spahotel Casino ( and Hotel Hospitz (

All the speakers have been confirmed, with the following preliminary presentation titles.
  Tuesday 12.5.2020
8:30 Bus from Hotel Seurahuone, Kauppatori 4, Savonlinna, to technology park 
8:30–9:00 Registration and coffee
9:00–14:15 Workshop at restaurant Lypsyniemi, Savonlinna technology park, Vipusenkatu 6, Savonlinna
  Welcome, Tuija Aronen, Luke, Finland
  Introduction to the theme
  Why we need somatic embryogenesis? International  efforts and collaboration, JF Trontin, FCBA, France
  European legislation relevant to vegetative propagation of forest trees, Kari Leinonen, Finnish food authority, Finland
  Comment Challenges on a way, Ulrika Egertsdotter, SLU, Sweden
  European SE research
  State-of-art and procpects of larch SE, Andrea Rupps, HUB, Germany
  Southern European research on pine SE, Paloma Moncalean, Neiker, Spain
  Comment South-American perspective, Maria-Elena Gauchat, INTA, Argentina
  Nordic views on spruce propagation
  Commercial propagation pilots in view of Finnish forest owners' expectations, Mikko Tikkinen, Luke, Finland
  Towards mass-propagation in Sweden, Magnus Hertzberg, SweTree Technologies,  Sweden
  Comment Forest plant producer's needs, Finnvid Prescher, Svenska Skogsplantor, Sweden
12:00–13:00 appr. Lunch break
  More resistant spruce trees via SE?
  Case: SE spruce plants show improved resistance against Hylobius, Adriana Puentes, SLU, Sweden
  Case: Combining DNA-based selection for Heterobasidion resistance  and SE, Jaanika Edesi, Luke, Finland
  Comment How important it is to get more resistant reforestation materials? Heli Viiri, UPM, Finland
  Presentation of Luke SE technology platform. Tuija Aronen, Luke, Finland
14:15–15:30 Coffee and visit to Luke's SE technology platform ( in groups) 
15:30 Bus from technology park to Hotel Seurahuone
17:00–18:00 Get togther, Cruise around the city
18:00–20:00 Dinner, at Hotel Seurahuone, at Restaurant Muikku Terrace
  Wednesday 13.5.2020
  Excursion by bus
8:00 Departure from hotel Seurahuone
8:40–11:40 Field experiments: e.g. SE pines, SE spruces, ornamental spruce collection
11.40–12:00 General discussion; Lusto restaurant Nila
12:00–13:00 Lunch at LUSTO Forest Museum, restaurant NIla
14:00 appr. Bus back to Savonlinna, workshop ends
  Options Departure by train from LUSTO to Helsinki, 12:58
    Transportation to airport, flight to Helsinki at 14:05
    Exhibitions at Forest museum, walking on ridge area; 16:00 train to Helsinki


Welcome and more information

Tuija Aronen
Principal Scientist
Anneli Viherä-Aarnio
Senior Scientist
tuija.aronen(at) anneli.vihera-aarnio(at)

The workshop is organized jointly by Centre of Advanced Research in Forest Health and Forest Genetics to Enhance Bioeconomy (HealGenCAR) financed by Nordic Forest research (SNS) and MULTIFOREVER project financed through the EU’s Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Cofund Action “ForestValue – Innovating the forest-based bioeconomy”.