Wood Science Courses

Forest products are much more efficient users of energy than other materials and there is now a decreasing availability of products from some regions and changes in quality from others. A greater understanding of the user’s final requirements is needed to adjust to this situation. The demand could be for high quality appearance grade products or for uniform quality and lower costs obtained through more efficient conversion, processing and usage of other products.

A sound knowledge is needed to cope with the changing quality of raw materials and to satisfy stringent market demands. To achieve this, senior management needs to be aware of the broader, basic aspects of wood science and technology, and the new techniques being introduced.

This Gottstein Trust Wood Science Course of 5 days duration has been planned to provide this information. The course will assist the decision makers in the industry to gain greater efficiency in their operations.


To provide an understanding of wood and the origin of the properties which affect its processing and end-use. To give an insight into the potential for development of new products and to provide an appreciation of environment issues and international strategic trends in the forest products industries.

Date and Venue

The next Wood Science Course is tentatively scheduled to be held in the week 17th – 21st February 2020 at the Fenner School of Environment and Society – ANU in Canberra, the national capital city of Australia.

Course Program

Take a closer look at a typical course Program: Gottstein_2018_Wood Science Course Program

Who Should Attend

Senior and potential managers, policy people, consultants, executives and non-executive directors within the forest and wood products supply chain. The course will be of particular relevance to those who may have recently joined the industry.

Why You Should Attend

You will gain a deeper understanding of wood science and key features of the modern wood products industry – this will be an asset in your professional work environment. ┬áThis course will provide you with the understanding to improve your personal and business insights and, through that, potentially aid your future performance. It should also assist you to place your operation within a national and international context.

In order to facilitate informal exchange and discussion, the course is limited to about 35 participants.

Invited Speakers

The 2020 course will once again feature guest presenters with wide experience in the industry. Speakers typically donate their time and expertise to the Gottstein Trust courses – we are indebted to them for such generous support.