07 June 2021
The 2021 Gottstein Understanding wood science
course is fully booked. A waiting list is operating for anyone still hoping to
secure a place.
The course features a whole new field trip program
upfront in the program - going on-site to some leading wood processing operations
in northern Victoria.
The full book of participants registered come from all
over Australia including the Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia,
Tasmania, Victoria and NSW. There are people from different parts of the supply
chain too, which will make for valuable networking. The networking is an
element that sometimes take Gottstein course participants by surprise because
it adds so much to their experience.
Taking place in the 50th anniversary year
of the Gottstein Trust Fund, this course is notable for the depth of
partnership support for places allocated to tertiary students/recent graduates
and early career professionals.
The inaugural Steve Stevenson Memorial Fund’s
sponsored place in the annual Gottstein courses was awarded for 2020 to
Madeline Shelton, studying a master’s degree in Forestry at ANU, Canberra,
after time working in the industry. This valuable new alliance is offered on a
rotating basis to students from different universities. For 2021 it is planned
to be offered to a student each from the University of Southern Cross at
Lismore, NSW and from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Midway Limited, which is a valued patron donor to the
Gottstein Trust Fund, has added support through a new sponsorship of a place
for a recent ANU forest science master’s degree graduate.
The Institute of Foresters of Australia/Australian
Forest Growers has offered two fully funded places in the course to members
though the peak body’s Future Foresters Initiative. This will assist students and early-career professionals and/or
researchers to attend.
Places are reserved for all these sponsored
participants and candidate selection will be completed by October.
Other people with an interesting in going onto the
waitlist for a course cancellation should contact the Gottstein trust team.
Waitlists operate on a first -come-first-served basis.
In 2020 this course was held up by major disruptions.
It began when a severe Canberra hailstorm caused major damage to the ANU
accommodation and course events venue and shut them down. Then along came the
COVID-19 pandemic. By rescheduling the course to November 2021, later in the
year than usual, it was hoped that the Australian COVID-19 vaccination program
would be complete. The Trust is full steam ahead with course preparations and
we hope the vaccination program will hit top gear too.