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Elisabeth Pötzelsberger is a forest scientist, ecologist and natural resources management expert. Elisabeth has been researching on climate change and forest management impacts on forest functioning, the role of species selection including opportunities and risks from choosing non-native tree species and on methods, potentials and barriers for forest landscape restoration in an international context. Since 2020, she is Head of Resilience Programme at the European Forest Institute (EFI) in Bonn, where she and an international and multidisciplinary team of scientists and experts, together with EFI member organisations, investigate the ability of the socio-ecological forest system to cope with change, risks and disturbances and search for strategies and alternative management options to increase forest and forest landscape resilience, the provision of ecosystem services, the conservation of biodiversity and human wellbeing. Furthermore, she and the EFI Bonn team support the uptake of research findings by political decision makers and forest practitioners.