The Forest Science and Research Institute (IPEF –Instituto de Pesquisas e Estudos Florestais), created in 1968, is a non-profit association aimed at planning, implementation and coordination of actions and management of resources, intended to studies, analyses and researches in the natural resource area, focused on forest science.

In 2010 the Strategic Plan for the decade 2010-2020 was released in which the Vision, Mission and Values sustained by IPEF are highlighted:

Vision: Being a research, development and innovation-leading Institute in the Brazilian forest basic sector and internationally acknowledged.
Mission: Contributing towards technical-scientific, social and economic developmentof the forest basic sector, rendering feasible the accomplishment of cooperative researches between companies through integration to Universities, Research Centersand the Society.
Values: Science, Credibility, Cooperation and Integration.

In order to comply with its mission, IPEF has as its corporate goals:

• Promoting integration between universities, research centers, corporate sector, governmental and non-governmental institutions;
• Planning, coordinating actions and managing resources intended to development of studies, analyses and researches deriving from covenants entered into with universities, research centers, corporate sector, governmental and non-governmental institutions;
• Keeping and managing a documentation structure specialized in forest sciences, intended to prospecting, organization and disclosure of bibliographic information;
• Prospecting, organizing and disclosing information intended to technical and scientific guidelines of the general public, by means of publications (books, magazines, newspapers, information documents, etc.) and electronic media (internet, CD-ROM, etc.);
• Contributing towards education, qualification and training of human resources;
• Promoting and supporting organization of technical-scientific events within the national and international context;
• Keeping and managing a research structure in forest sciences, involving collection, processing, storage and availability of forest seeds and other generic materials of vegetal origin, with high quality standard.

Historically, IPEF has been responsible for creation of the most sophisticated techniques for quality and productivity improvement of the forests, aiming the role they play in the economic, social and environmental context.

University-Company Integration

Since 1968 IPEF is known due to its major role in the scientific and technological development of the Brazilian forest sector. Evolving every year, by means of an important partnership with the academic area in Brazil and abroad, for four decades it has been offering conditions for research and technological development, aiming improvement of productivity, quality and use of planted forests, contributing towards development of the forest sector, in an economically feasible, as well as environmentally suitable and socially fair form.

Interaction between Companies

Upon enhancement of the operation model of the Cooperative Programs, IPEF involves the companies’ professionals in all stages, as of design, going through planning, implementation and conduction, up to obtainment of the results and conclusions.

With that, an essential synergy is created between the academy participants and the involved companies, which leads to optimization of the interaction between the associates themselves and other guest companies due to relevant contributions they may bring to the ongoing works.

IPEF Founders
Date Name Company
1968-04-01 Locke Craig Champion Celulose S.A.
1968-04-01 Ruben de Mello Indústrias Madeirit S.A.
1968-04-01 Fernando de Abreu Ribeiro Rigesa Papel, Celulose e Embalagens
1968-04-01 Cláudio Cianflone Indústria de Papel Leon Feffer S.A
1968-04-01 Laerte Setubal Filho Duratex S.A.
1968-04-01 Helládio do Amaral Mello ESALQ/USP
IPEF Presidents
Date Name Company
1968 Locke Craig Champion Celulose S.A.
1969 – 1970 Ruben de Mello Indústrias Madeirit S.A.
1971 Antonio Sebastião Rensi Coelho Duratex S.A.
1972 Roberto Onety Soares Indústria de Celulose Borregard S.A.
1973 Ruben de Mello Indústrias Madeirit S.A.
1974 Antonio Sebastião Rensi Coelho Duratex S.A.
1975 Claudio Cianflone Cia. Suzano de Papel e Celulose S.A.
1976 – 1978 Leopoldo Garcia Brandão Aracruz Celulose S.A.
1979 Antonio Sebastião Rensi Coelho Duratex S.A.
1980 – 1981 Sergio Carlos Lupatelli Manasa S.A.
1982 – 1983 Manoel de Freitas Champion Celulose S.A.
1984 Alexandre Eduardo Conti Perego Cia. Suzano de Papel e Celulose S.A.
1985 Maria Tereza Jorge Pádua CESP
1985 Fernando Ferreira de Camargo CESP
1986 - 1988 Walter Suiter Filho CAF
1989 – 1991 Francisco Bertolani CAFMA
1991 – 1993 Arnaldo Salmeron Ripasa S.A. Celulose e Papel
1994 – 2000 Manoel de Freitas Champion Celulose S.A.
2000 - 2005 Antonio Joaquim de Oliveira Duratex S.A.
2005 - 2009 José Maria Arruda Mendes Filho Votorantim Celulose e Papel S/A
2009 - Armando José Storni Santiago International Paper do Brasil
IPEF Directors
Date Name
1968 - 1980 Helládio do Amaral Mello
1980 Nelson Barbosa Leite
1981 Ricardo Berger
1980 – 1984 João Walter Simões
1984 – 1988 Mário Ferreira
1988 – 1992 Luiz Ernesto George Barrichelo
1992 – 1994 João Walter Simões
1994 – 1998 Walter de Paula Lima
1998 – 2004 José Otávio Brito
2004 - Luiz Ernesto George Barrichelo



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