The EUFORGEN Secretariat manages the Programme and coordinates its activities.

Using the resources provided by the countries, the European Forest Institute (EFI) appoints the EUFORGEN Coordinator and other staff to work for the Programme. The Secretariat collaborates with EFI and with FAO and informs them of EUFORGEN activities. The Secretariat may also seek advice from EFI and FAO on relevant scientific, technical or policy-related issues.

The Secretariat prepares technical and financial reports annually and sends them to National Coordinators. It also represents the Programme at relevant events and meetings.

Secretariat staff

EUFORGEN Secretariat is hosted by the European Forest Institute (EFI)
Platz der Vereinten Nationen, 7
53113 Bonn, Germany

Coordinator: Dr Michele Bozzano

Michele Bozzano. Photo: EUFORGEN

Michele Bozzano joined the EUFORGEN Programme in 2002 and in 2015 he was appointed the coordinator.

He developed technical and scientific outputs including reports, technical guidelines, distribution maps, conservation strategies and the EUFGIS database and its portal.

Michele co-authored the Forest Genetic Resources Training Guide, a new approach that aims to make teaching and learning about issues related to forest genetic resources easy and engaging. He coordinated the Thematic Study on ‘Genetic considerations in ecosystem restoration using native tree species’ for the FAO’s report on The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources.

Contact: Michele.Bozzano(at)

Communications and Events: Ms Ewa Hermanowicz 

Ewa Hermanowicz leads the communication activities of EUFORGEN, from managing the website and social media channels to organizing events and workshops. She is responsible for production of multimedia and public awareness materials. Ewa is originally from Poland and has a Masters degree in International Development. Until 2015, she was also part of the Knowledge Management and Capacity Strengthening unit at Bioversity International. Prior to that, she worked as consultant at the Independent Science & Partnership Council, and at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, promoting and strengthening the Education for Rural People initiative. 

Contact: Ewa.Hermanowicz(at)