A BUILT environment specialist, an architect and a resources policy expert have been awarded Gottstein fellowships for 2016 in a selection process by board members of the educational industry trust fund.
The three applications were successful after interviews by Gottstein trustees in Melbourne on February 19:
• Perry Forsyth, professor, built environment, University of Technology Sydney.
• Gavin Matthew, manger, processing, Australian Forest Products Association, Canberra.
• Kim Baber, architect, Baber Studio, Brisbane.
Prof. Forsyth, who has a strong mix of research, teaching, academic, managerial and practical experience obtained in the construction industry over a 35-year period, will use his fellowship to study timber design, construction, manufacture and assembly in Canada, the US, Germany and Austria, looking at future housing needs.
Gavin Matthew’s focus at AFP includes policy development, contract administration and coordination, industry statistics and economic analysis, certification and standards review. His attention is also on federal government and industry policies on the forest, wood and paper products supply chain.
With a degree of Bachelor of Science (Forestry), Mr Matthew’s Gottstein fellowship study will examine genetic modification research and deployment in plantation forestry in New Zealand and Brazil.
‘Innovative timber structures using multi-axis machining of embers’ is the study theme on visits to Japan and Switzerland by Kim Baber, who with his wife Monique runs an architecture and design practice at their Baber Studio in Brisbane’s West End.
Mr Baber has performed lead roles for a range of large-scale commercial and institutional buildings as well as significant urban design and master planning projects. In 2012, he completed his Masters by Design (Architecture Department, UQ), and now regularly lectures at the School of Architecture, University of Queensland.
The Joseph William Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund was established in 1971 as a national education trust to promote the development of Australia’s forest products industry through the pursuit of excellence in people, processes and products.
The fun recognises Bill Gottstein, a forest products research scientist with CSIRO who was tragically killed in 1971 while photographing a tree-felling operation in New Guinea
The Gottstein Trust provides financial support to people wanting to further their education, develop new skills and continue contributing to the industry through their professional development.
Over the years, more than 100 fellowships have been awarded to members of the industry, many of whom now have senior responsibility for many forestry or forest products organisations.
Four new Gottstein trustees were introduced at the Melbourne meeting – John Simon, chairman of Forest and Wood Products Australia, Suzette Weeding, general manager, forest management, Forestry Tasmania, Jason Wilson, general manager, Auswest Timbers, and James Malone, CEO, Wesbeam.
They join Brian Farmer, CEO, HQPlantations Pty Ltd (chairman), Ric Sinclair, managing director, Forest and Wood Products Australia, Nils Gunnersen, executive director, Gunnersen, and Glenn Britton, managing director, Britton Timbers.
The Gottstein interviews coincided with a special Gottstein-Forest Industry Advisory Council dinner in Brisbane and the Gottstein Wood Science Course, one of the most successful since its inception in 1978.
The course, coordinated by former CSIRO scientist Dr Silvia Pongracic, continues to attract delegates from different sectors with different levels of understanding and background of the industry.
Applications are now open for the 2017 Gottstein fellowships. Contact the secretary, J.W. Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund, PO Box 330, Hamilton Central, Q 4007