Forest Science Courses

The Forest Science Course is run every 2nd year to complement the popular Wood Science course.

The Australian and International Forest Industry has been undergoing rapid changes over 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 has been 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 will cover both planted and natural forests and will provide an appreciation of environmental issues and international strategic trends in the forestry industry.

Date and Venue

The next Forest Science Course will take place in mid-February 2019. Following the positive feedback from the 2018 short-course, the Gottstein Trust and the Fenner School (ANU) have decided to extend their partnership for another year and host the the 4th Forest Science Course at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, at the Australian National University (ACT).  ANU’s history with forestry dates back to 1965, when it incorporated the Australian Forestry School (AFS).

Who Should Attend

The course is aimed at potential managers as well as consultants within the forest industry. The course will be of particular relevance to those who may have recently joined the industry with little formal training in the science of Forest Management.

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 will provide 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 advised to avoid disappointment.

Invited Speakers

The 2019 forest science course will once again feature guest speakers with wide experience in the industry, and a keynote speaker at the formal dinner on the Thursday evening.

Registration Fee

The fee for the 2017 course is $2530 (inclusive of GST). For Patrons and subscribers of the Trust, the course fee will be reduced by 20% and 10% respectively. The registration fee covers the presentation sessions, lecture notes, field trip, morning and afternoon teas, lunches each day, and special dinners on two evenings, but not accommodation nor breakfast.

A block booking will be made at the University House (ANU) for those who wish to stay at the university. The University House is only a short walk away from the Fenner School (15 minutes).

Course Program

The 2019 Forest Science Program will be available in the coming months.

Additional information may be obtained from Kenia Schmitt,  email


Registrations for the 2019 course will be available shortly at:

If you are part of a Gottstein Patron or Subscriber organisation, please contact Kenia Schmitt prior to applying for the course in order to access your discount coupon.