On August 8th, 2016, the opening ceremony of IFSS 2016 took place at BOKU – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. In the morning the participants walked from the dormitory to the university. There they were welcomed by Lisa Lehner, head of organizing committee (OC), who also moderated the opening ceremony.
The participants got to listen to many interesting speeches by Rector Martin Gerzabek (BOKU), Director General Gerhard Mannsberger (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management), President May Anne Then (IFSA), Executive Director Alexander Buck (IUFRO), Director Marc Palahi (EFI) and IFSS Chair Lisa Lehner (IFSA).
These speeches were followed by three presentations. Herbert Weidinger who represented the Municipal Department No49 Forest office and urban agriculture of the city of Vienna, talked about Vienna woods and water supply. Professor Karl Stampfer (BOKU) tried to convince everybody to study forestry at BOKU and Professor Georg Gratzer held a captivating presentation about the master program Mountain forestry at BOKU.
At the end of the ceremony, Lisa Lehner asked all members of the OC to join her on the stage to show the audience how many people were involved in organizing the IFSS 2016. Their effort was honoured by all participants and speakers with thunderous applause.