2015 Gottstein Forest Science Course now open for registrations

The 2015 Gottstein Forest Science Course will run from 16-20th February 2015 at Creswick, Victoria and is now open for registrations.  Use the on line registration at the Gottstein Trust website or download the course program.

In collaboration with the University of Melbourne and the Institute of Foresters of Australia, the week long course will provide an overview of issues facing the Australian forest industry and provide an insight into the management of natural and planted forests in Australia.

The Gottstein Forest Science Course is aimed at those who do not have formal training in Forestry but who may be working in the forest industries in Australia. It touches on, but does not dwell upon, the emotional regard in which forests are held, and the course focus is instead on the science of forest management.

For further information contact Dr Silvia Pongracic, Course Director at secretary@gottsteintrust.org

Strategic partnership to assist new engineers

The Gottstein Trust has partnered with Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) to support up to 6 young engineers to attend the World Congress on Timber Engineering in Canada in August 2014.

This exciting initiative will enable engineers with less than 5 years experience and who are working for companies that are both members of the FWPA and Patrons of the Gottstein Trust attend the Congress and be up to date with the latest thinking on timber engineering world wide.

This activity will complement another FWPA program that supports Australian engineering students to attend the World Congress on Timber Engineering and is also consistent with the results of the recent industry survey undertaken by the Gottstein Trust to encourage more focussed study tours and market development activities.

Recently graduated engineers who fulfil the criteria of being employed by a company that is a Patron of the Gottstein Trust and a member of FWPA are encouraged to contact the Gottstein Trust for further information – contact the Gottstein Trust

Website launch

The Gottstein Trust is pleased to announce the launch of its new look website and the refined focus of the Trust’s activities.  Brian Farmer, Chairman of the Gottstein Trust, says “The Gottstein Trust has served the forest and wood products industry well for the last 40 years, and now it is time to refine some of the activities.  Being the national education trust for the forest and wood products industries the Trust deserves a modern and functional website to better inform viewers of what the Trust does, and what it has achieved since its inception.

Over the past 6 months the Secretary to the Trust, Silvia Pongracic, has liaised with the website developer to enable on-line applications for awards and for the wood and forestry science courses run by the Gottstein Trust.

With the industry survey undertaken in December 2013, the Gottstein Trust was encouraged by the level of recognition in the industry and also the level of support provided by industry participants.  “The Gottstein Trust cannot continue it’s activities without the annual donations provided by many companies,” explained Brian Farmer, “and we had to make sure that we were still relevant to the industry of 2014.  We received many good suggestions from the industry survey and seek to do a follow-up in two years time to see whether we have changed in a way that better suits our industry.”