About Us

The Joseph William Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund known as The Gottstein Trust, is a unique national educational trust fund that honours Bill Gottstein. Beginning in 1971, it promotes the development of Australia’s forestry and forest products industry through the pursuit of excellence in people, processes and products.

The Trust has a range of opportunities available for people to build their knowledge and skills. This capacity building helps the forest products sector to succeed. The Trust has adapted with the evolution of the industry and it's as relevant today as when it began over 50 years ago.

Governance of the Trust Fund is the responsibility of six (as at 2024) individual voluntary Trustees. They operate under a Trust Deed which, although it has been updated periodically, remains true to the foundations set by the founders.

Trustees are responsible for good stewardship of the Trust’s accumulated funds, overseeing investments and annual fund raising to grow the fund. They also determine the grants and interview shortlisted candidates who vie for the Gottstein Fellowships, Scholarships and Skill Development grants each year. 

We provide opportunity for people to build their knowledge and discover new networks.

These unique opportunities for professional development, learning and networking all build capacity for those people who work directly in, or are associated with the ultimate renewable timber sector.

In the first 50 years almost $1.4 million had been dispersed directly to individuals to enable pursuit of their projects, study or skills.  In 2021 the 50th Anniversary was celebrated at the National Press Club, Canberra. The milestone marked 151 Fellowships with most having entailed an overseas study tour. Gottstein Fellows hold many leadership positions - in commerce, in research, in policy and in leading industry organisations and forums. 

Fellowship project reports can be downloaded from this website. If you’re looking for information – we suggest you keep an eye on the many reports available.

The Gottstein Trust also provides scholarships for people studying and provides skill development grants. Every year the Trust runs one of its popular courses, on either Wood Science or Forest Science, the course adapt continuously and contemporary learning from experts is assured.

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