Branching out: the forest podcast is available at Spotify and Apple Podcasts as well as on the IUFRO website. In line with the IUFRO 2024 World Congress theme "Towards a responsible forest bioeconomy", the podcast ventures into responsible forest bioeconomy and how it contributes to sequestering carbon, mitigating climate change, creating jobs and developing rural areas. Jose Bolaños, IUFRO Headquarters, and co-host Ida Wallin from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) discussed with IUFRO scientists from different regions of the world activities and strategies centered around sustainable forest management and the utilization of forest resources.