Timber processors strive to satisfy
stringent market demands. A lot of knowledge, expertise and information is
needed in order to successfully manage variable raw material supply volumes;
variable raw material (wood) characteristics which in turn impact yields and
cost of processing; and the wider Australian and international market dynamics
(raw material supply/demand/price and ditto for end products) which their
Integral to managing the many
challenges – is an appreciation of wood science and technology and the new
techniques being introduced. This Gottstein Trust Wood Science Course of five
days duration is designed to provide such information. The course may even
assist some decision makers in the industry to gain greater efficiency in their
operations – through access to subject matter experts, field trip inspections
and through the course networking opportunities.
Wood products are recognised as
carbon friendly. Yet ironically in Australia, there is still decreasing
availability of various types of timber from some regions and changes in
quality from others. A clear understanding of timber users’ final requirements
is essential for those who process timber. Their customers’ requirements may be
for high quality appearance grade products, or for a uniform quality but lower
cost product. The magic lies in understanding each variety and style of timber
(the raw material) to ensure efficient conversion of the raw material into a
marketable and fit for purpose product.
- Provide an understanding of wood and the properties which affect processing and end-use.
- Provide insights into the potential for development of new products.
- Provide an appreciation of contemporary issues including innovation, technology and supply/demand trends for wood products.
Due to the high level of interest in the course
after missing a couple of years due to COVID, the Gottstein Trustees decided to hold back-to-back Understanding Wood Science Course
in 2022 and 2023. The next course is to run from Sunday evening 12th November to Friday
afternoon 17th November 2023.
The latest draft 2023 program is progressively updated as sessions are finalised. You can be assured of an interesting and varied learning experience. Overall the program is similar to the successful 2022 course.
There's two days of site visits to leading wood processors, when the group will be based at Albury for two nights. The group then travels to Canberra by coach for the rest of the program. In Canberra among the learning experiences will be a laboratory session to examine wood samples under the expert guidance of Dr Matthew Brookhouse, at the Australian National University.
(All inclusive of GST)
$ 3,995.00 - Includes two nights Albury accommodation
$ 3,265.00 - Gottstein Patron Donor (20% discount for up to 2 people), includes two nights Albury accommodation
$ 3,630.00 - Gottstein Sponsor Donor (10% discount for up to 2 people), includes Albury accommodation
NB: Travel to Albury to start the course and travel back home from Canberra at the end of the course is a participant cost. We transport the group by luxury coach from Albury to Canberra. The other cost to be covered by the participant is the three nights accommodation in Canberra (discounted rates available under our Group Code with Mercure Canberra).
Online registration is available. Invoices are issued within a couple of days after the registration is received. A place is assured once full payment is made.
Who Should Attend
Senior and potential managers,
operational team members, tree growers, industry and government policy people,
consultants, executives, non-executive directors and service providers within
the forest and wood products supply chain. The course will be of extra special relevance to those who've 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. This course 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 a maximum 35 participants.
The 2023 course will feature guest presenters
with deep experience in the industry. Speakers typically donate their time and
expertise to the Gottstein Trust courses and the Trust is indebted to them for
such generous support.