Forest Science Center of Catalonia (CTFC), based in Solsona (Lleida), was founded in 1996 as a consortium of 6 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) . As a result of its continuous growth, today, the institution employs over one hundred professionals (including scientists, technicians, fellows and administrative personnel) that work in collaboration with different administrations, institutions and companies in their day-to-day.
CTFC activity is not only focused on competitive research. Indeed, technology transfer and training, which represent a significant volume of its activity, exploit its research results and contribute to the creation of a knowledge-based society and the generation of public debate. Technology transfer, which is arranged through agreements with private and public institutions, is complemented by the organisation of seminars addressed to the general public and sectoral actors (forest managers, forest owners, foresters, decision-makers, scientists, etc.) at national and international level. CTFC training activities range from the baseline training for forest workers and lifelong learning courses to high-skilled post-graduate and master courses.
To contribute to the modernisation and competitiveness of the forest sector, to rural development and to the sustainable management of natural habitats, through research, training and transfer of knowledge and technology to society and with the aim of becoming a reference centre at national and international level by the prestige and excellence of its activity in the forest sector and its contribution to rural development .
To become a reference centre at local, national and international level in regard to the forest sector and rural development, with recognized prestige from the excellence of its activity.