HOPE you didn’t miss the bus!

The Gotttein Understanding Wood Science Course from November 14 to 19 is fully booked.

“A waiting list is operating for anyone still hoping to secure a place,” Helen Murray of the Gottstein secretariat said.

“The course features a brand-new field trip program that will be right upfront in the week-long schedule – going on-site to some leading wood processing operations in northern Victoria,” Ms Murray said.

Registrations have come in from the Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and NSW, with many from Gottstein Trust fund donor companies who receive discounts for staff to attend.

“Taking place in the 50th anniversary year of the Gottstein Trust Fund, this year’s course is also notable for the depth of partnership support for places allocated to tertiary students/recent graduates and early career professionals,” Ms Murray said.

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 annual 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, Queensland. Places have been held for those students.

Midway Ltd, 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 and Australian Forest Growers have 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 in the course have been reserved and it is expected that candidate selection for all the sponsored course places will be completed by October.

The course was postponed due to pandemic last year. By rescheduling to November 2021, the trustees hoped that the Australian Covid-19 vaccination program would be complete.

Participants will be crossing three state and territory borders starting in Albury, NSW, then into Victoria on the field trip and on to Canberra.

A laboratory learning day at ANU with Dr Matthew Brookhouse will have a comprehensive guest lecture series with continuing valuable support from the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society.

Dr Brookhouse, who completed a BSc (Forestry) Honours at ANU in 1997, returned to the ANU in 2003 after six years designing and implementing growth and yield studies and forest inventory protocols in Victoria’s commercial native forests.

Inquiries to the Gottstein Trust’s management team at Kurrumbene Projects & Advocacy on 0419 991 424 or email [email protected]