Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia

Forest Sciences and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) is a centre for forest research based in Solsona, Lleida,[1] and is among the leading applied research centres in Spain.[2] It was founded in 1996[3] as a consortium of five local and regional institutions (the Consell Comarcal del Solsonès, the University of Lleida, the Diputació de Lleida, the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation, and the Catalan Government). The institution has grown to employ over one hundred professionals (including scientists, technicians, fellows and administrative personnel) who work in collaboration with different administrations, institutions and companies, and its annual budget is around 14 million euros.[2]

Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia
Centre de Ciència i Tecnologia Forestal de Catalunya
MottoMediterranean research in action
HeadquartersC. Sant Llorenç, Km2, E-25180 Solsona (Lleida), Spain
Catalonia, Spain
Director General
Antoni Trasobares
AffiliationsUniversity of Lleida, GEIE Forespir, European Forest Institute, IUFRO, European Micological Institute, GEIE Forespir
Budget (2015)
90% public, 10% private, 75% competitive; 25% regional budget
Staff (2015)
92 (41 researchers)

The activity of the CTFC is not restricted to competitive research, but also covers the transfer of technology and of knowledge and training, representing an important volume of its activity and adding value to its results. The transfer of technology in shape of conferences with the private sector and public administrations complements the organisation of seminars for the wider public and agents of different sectors (management, proprietary, technical, administration and scientific, etc.); nationally and internationally contributing to the transfer of this knowledge and to the generation of debate. In the field of training, the activity of the CTFC embraces basic training for workers and continuing training and skills development at postgraduate and masters level, including many visiting students from other countries.

CTFC is part of the CERCA network of excellence research centre of the Government of Catalonia, in the core of the research ecosystem. It has an external scientific advisory board which makes an independent evaluation every 4 years (2012, 2016), with an obligation to implement its recommendations, and an overarching supervision by the Parliament of Catalonia.[2]


The mission of CTFC is to “Contribute to the modernization and to the competitiveness of the forest sector, to the rural development and the sustainable management of the natural environment, through research, transfer of technology and knowledge to the society, and training.”

The main activities of CTFC have traditionally been guided by its mission. However, the complexity of the forest sector in Catalonia and, its relative weakness compared to other economic sectors, has led to a reinterpretation of the mission by the CTFC in a research context. In this line, the main motto of the institution has been expanded in order to focus on the exploration of the multifunctional nature of Mediterranean forests. Those have indeed a unique richness compared to other types of forests and beyond wood they include a large number of other marketed and non‐marketed products and services that deliver to societies, from biomass energy to mushrooms or water quality, biodiversity and fire risk reduction.

CTFC has been implicated in several policy initiatives at regional & Mediterranean level, where its research results have directly been used within the policy processes: Regional Wood Biomass Strategy, Natura 2000 ZECs, Overarching Forest Policy Plan (2012), FAO Tlemcen Declaration regarding Mediterranean forests (2013), Preventive Forest Management Strategy against Wild Fires (2015-2016), Wood Support Scheme (2015).


The vision of the CTFC is to be recognised as a centre of reference at local, national and international levels in the fields of forest and rural development.

Main lines of researchEdit

The R+D activity at CTFC is structured through six work programmes, which are connected to one another. Each one of those six work programmes is articulated in different action lines, not only in research but also in transfer of technology and training.

  • Silviculture and forest management
  • Forest production: wood and bioenergy
  • Operation of ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Socioeconomic and forest politics
  • Wildfires and other perturbations
  • Non-wood forest products

Main principal investigatorsEdit

  • Dr Lluis Brotons, Head of the Landscape Ecology Department
  • Dra Miriam Piqué, Head of the Sustainable Forest Management Area
  • Dr Lluis Coll, Head of the Forest Dynamics Department
  • Ing. Gerard Bota, Head of the Biological Conservation Department
  • Dr Pere Casals, Head of MAnagement of Silvopastoral Systems Department
  • Dr Pere Rovira, Soils Sciences
  • Dr Jose-Ramon Gonzalez, Forest Disturbances Modelling
  • Dr Jordi Camprodon, Biological Conservation
  • Dr Jose-Antonio Bonet, Mushrooms production
  • Dr Miquel de Caceres, Vegetation Modelling
  • Dr Virgilio Hermoso, Environmental Decision Support
  • Dr Jordi Garcia, Models Optimisation
  • Dra Irina Prokofieva, Forest Economics
  • Dra Teresa Sebastia, Head of the Functional Ecology Department
  • Dr Damià Vericat, Hydrology
  • Dr Carlos Colinas, Forest Pathology


1996-2006 Francisco Rovira
2006-2010 Jose-Antonio Bonet
2010-2012 Gloria Dominguez
2012-2016 Denis Boglio
2016- Antoni Trasobares

Scientific advisory boardEdit

  • Dr Yves Birot, INRA, France (2011-2015)
  • Dra Isabel Cañellas, INIA, Spain (2011)
  • Dr Christian Messier, CEF, Canada (2011)
  • Dr Marc Palahi, EFI, Finland (2011)
  • Dra Margaret Shannon, Univ. New York, USA (2011-2015)
  • Dra Jordina Belmonte, ICTA, Spain (2016)
  • Dr Pedro Beja, CIBIO, Portugal (2016)
  • Dr Bart Muys, Univ. Leuven, Belgium (2011)
  • Dr Andreas Kleinschmidt, FCBA, France (2011)


The headquarters is in Solsona, Lleida, a heavily wooded part of Catalonia.[2] There are also permanent offices in Girona (Santa Coloma de Farners), Tarragona (Espluga de Francoli), Lleida (Parc scientific) and Barcelona (Recinte Sant Pau).

Within Solsona, it has two facilities: in the "Seminari", downtown Solsona, with activities related to the local community, and 2 km away from the city in the "Can Mascaro" area, with the research activities.


  1. ^ Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC), European Commission - Environment Directorate-General
  2. ^ a b c d CTFC or The Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia, University of the Highlands and Islands Inverness College (accessed 21 April 2016)
  3. ^ Lowell Lewis (July 2013). Catalunya I California: Estats Agermanats. Author House. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-4817-7037-8.

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