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