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 COVID impacts, the Trustees of the JW Gottstein Memorial Trust
Fund have decided to hold an additional Understanding Wood Science Course
in 2023 planned from Sunday evening 10th September to Friday
afternoon 15th September 2023.
The program for September 2023 is planned to be very similar to the successful 2022 course program.
Online registration is not open at this time.
If you would like to receive information on the course as it comes available, please fill in the contact form.
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 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. 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.