IFA-Gottstein link considered at Melbourne trustees meeting

IFA-GottsteinMutual benefits are evident in a connection between the Institute of Foresters of Australia and the J.W. Gottstein Memorial Trust, says IFA CEO Bob Gordon.
He was addressing a meeting of Gottstein trustees held at the FWPA offices in Melbourne.
Established in 1935, IFA is a professional body with more than 1100 members engaged in all branches of forest management and conservation,
Membership represents all segments of the forestry profession, including public and private practitioners engaged in many aspects of forestry, nature conservation, resource and land management, research, administration and education.
Mr Gordon said IFA looked to sharing common interests with the Gottstein Trust. Many IFA members were themselves former Gottstein fellows.
Gottstein fellowships are open to industry and are awarded to people from or associated with Australian forest and wood product industries to further their experience, education or training either within or outside Australia by undertaking a project.
Appropriate project topics are listed on the Gottstein website www.gottsteintrust.org.
Gottstein Trust chairman Brian Farmer said candidates would be selected on the value of the project.
“Applications focusing on small group study tours will be favourably viewed, although any relevant project topic may be proposed.”
Applications for each category will be considered by the trustees and promising applicants will be selected for interviews in October this year. New closing date for applications is September March 25, 2015.
Founded in 1971 to recognise the services of the late CSIRO scientist Bill Gottstein, the trust has awarded more than 200 fellowships, industry awards and scholarships.
“The trust creates opportunities for selected persons to acquire knowledge through Gottstein fellowships aimed at promoting the welfare of Australia’s forest industries across all sectors,” Mr Farmer said.The trust also runs forestry and wood science courses, alternatively, each year.
The next week-long Gottstein wood science course will be held at Creswick, Vic, in February next year, covering all aspects of wood processing.
The Gottstein trustees are considering a Gottstein appreciation dinner in Melbourne next year to follow the wood science course and details will appear soon on the Gottstein web site.
Information about Gottstein Trust fellowship and application details are available from the national secretary, PO Box 330, Hamilton Central, Qld, 4007. Tel: (07) 3262 3001. Mob: 0401 312 087. Email: secretary@gottsteintrust.org
Information and registration details for the Gottstein Wood Science course should be directed to Dr Silvia Pongracic at Private Bag 10, Clayton South, Vic 3169. Tel: 0418 764 954. Email: coursedirector@gottsteintrust.org

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.”