Wood Science

The Gottstein Trust organises week-long courses in Wood Science for those people new to the forest products industry, including executives.

The Wood Science courses, provide a deeper understanding of wood and the properties that affect its processing and end uses. The presenters provide a comprehensive coverage of the scientific aspects of wood utilisation, from the biological structure of a tree to the latest trends in processes and uses.

Since 1978, 21 Wood Science Courses have been run on an approximately biennial basis, with over 600 senior executives and potential managers attending these courses in that time. The Wood Science courses have typically taken place in Melbourne every second year in February. The venues have been CSIRO, Clayton, and the University of Melbourne, Parkville. Further information regarding the location of the Wood Science course in February 2018 will be made available soon.

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2018 Wood Science Course

Next year the course will be held from the 05th-09th of February 2018, at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (ANU) in the ACT for the first time. ANU history with forestry dates back to 1965, when it incorporated the Australian Forestry School (AFS).

Numbers of delegates are strictly limited; therefore, we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.
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Forest Science

The 3rd biennial Gottstein Forest Science Course was held on February 13-17 at Creswick, VIC. A wide selection of speakers from across Australia presented at this program, which also included two social functions – a barbecue at the School of Forestry campus and a formal dinner at the RACV Goldfields (formerly the Novotel Forest Resort). This involved candidates undertaking their Masters of Forest Science and Management through the University of Melbourne. The Forest Science Course is a partnership between the J.W. Gottstein Memorial Trust, the University of Melbourne and the Institute of Foresters of Australia.

The next Forest Science Course is scheduled for February 2019. Registration fees will be advised closer to the time but traditionally do not include travel and accommodation. A discount of 20% is offered for Gottstein Trust patrons and IFA members, and a 10% discount for Gottstein Trust subscribers.

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Further Information

For further information, please email your inquiry to the Gottstein administration/secretariat on