Forest Science Courses

The Forest Science Course is run every second year to complement the popular Wood Science course.

The Australian and International forest industry has undergone quite rapid change in recent decades.  With increasing pressures on the available forest and plantation resources novel and innovative ways of growing and utilising this resource are needed.

This Gottstein Trust Forest Science Course of 5 days duration is planned to provide the science and policy framework for the current forest management situation in Australia.


This week long forest science course provides an understanding of Australian forest management, the economics of wood production and other forest services. The course covers both planted and natural forests and provides an appreciation of environmental issues and international strategic trends in the forestry industry.

2019 & 2021 Courses

The 2019 Forest Science Course held at ANU Fenner School of Environment & Society in February 2019 was very successful. The next course is scheduled for early 2021, as this course is staged every second year. Details of the course dates are provided about six months out.

Course Program

A typical course program can be reviewed at this link: 2019-Gottstein_forest-science-course-program-email.

Additional information may be obtained from email

Who Should Attend

The course is aimed at potential managers, people who work in forest companies or organisations who are not foresters, executives, non-executive directors, service providers and consultants to the forest industry. The course is of particular relevance to those who may have recently joined the industry with little formal training in the science of Forest Management. It is also be helpful for policy people involved with the industry.

Why You Should Attend

A fuller understanding at a professional level of forest science and management and its application in Australia is essential if our industry is to achieve its full potential. This course provides you with the understanding to improve your personal and business performances and to view your operations within national and international contexts.

In order to facilitate exchange and discussion, the course is limited to about 35 participants. Early booking is always advisable to avoid disappointment.

Quality Speakers

The 2019 forest science course again featured guest speakers with very extensive experience in the industry – as practitioners and also as researchers. The Gottstein Trust values the generous donation of time which speakers give in order to help inform and educate people about the sector.


For the Canberra courses most participants like to stay on campus at the University House (ANU), which is very  convenient. University House is  just a short walk through the campus to the Fenner School (about 10 minutes).All field trips begin and end at University House and there are no other pick up or set down options.

Participants are required to book and pay for their own accommodation and any meals which are not part of the course program, it is entirely their choice where they choose to stay. However the Gottstein Trust is able to negotiate a group discount rate for those who book at University House.