Every year, the Gottstein Trust organises week-long courses in Forest and Wood Science for those people new to the forest products industry, including executives. Course themes alternate between the two themes. The 2019 Forest Science Course will be held in Canberra, Australia, at the Australian National University campus.

Forest Science

This course provides a deeper understanding of Australian forest management, the economics of wood production and other forest services. The course will cover both planted and natural forests and will provide an appreciation of environmental issues and international strategic trends in the forestry industry.

Courses are generally held in mid-February and include a combination of lectures and practical learning activities. Each course also features a one-day field trip to forestry facilities and social functions in which participants get the chance to get to know other people from the industry.

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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2019 Forest Science Course

The course was a great success with participants coming from a broad range of backgrounds. The Gottstein Trust was delighted to again collaborate with the Australian National University’s Fenner School which hosted the venue and worked with us on the program.  ANU’s history with forestry dates back to 1965, when it first incorporated the Australian Forestry School (AFS). Many industry leaders are forestry graduates of the ANU.

Follow this link to see the Course Program 2019-Gottstein_forest-science-course-program-email. 100% of 2019 participants rated the course as Good or Excellent.

The next Forest Science Course is scheduled to be held in 2021, as the Trust stages Wood Science and Forest Science courses on alternate years. 2020 will be the next Wood Science Course.

The 2019 Course was held from Monday 18th February to Friday 22nd February 2019 inclusive. It included a full day field trip to Dongwha’s mill at Bombala and to a harvest site in a ForestCorp radiate pine plantation near Bombala. The course dinner on the final night was a happy occasion when we were joined by the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck and four Gottstein Fellows, who all spoke highly of the benefits obtained from being a Fellow.

A discount of 20% is offered for Gottstein Trust patrons, and a 10% discount for Gottstein Trust subscribers.

Further Information

For further information, please email your inquiry to the Gottstein Secretariat Manager on

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.

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2018 Wood Science Course

The 2018 short-course was held from 5th-9th of February 2018, at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (ANU) in the ACT for the first time.  The 27 participants came from across Australia. Participants enjoyed a barbeque at the National Arboretum Canberra, and a outdoor lecture from Associate Professor Cris Brack (ANU). Besides lectures from renowned presenters, participants also had a chance to visit the Visy paper plant in Tumut NSW and  Hyne Timbers sawmill in Tumbarumba – NSW.