EWPAA provides scholarship for National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life graduate student program

By 05/02/2019Media Release

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) is offering a three year scholarship opportunity for graduate students undertaking their research with the National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life.

The scholarship will provide graduate students interested in wood product durability research with $10,000 funding per year, to a total value of $30,000.

The Timber Durability Centre is on the hunt for graduate students, looking to study either an MSc or PhD, to join their research team and focus on timber durability and service life prediction.

EWPAA CEO, Dave Gover, said that the purpose of the research is to ensure that all timber types receive the benefit of service life prediction and durability research, given that different types of timber have different levels of durability and different applications will have varying service life expectancies.

“We are hopeful that the scholarship opportunity will attract driven graduate students to a research area with great academic opportunity and industry relevance.” Dave said.

“Given the increased use engineered wood products in mid-rise construction across Australia, and across the world, durability of these products is an important research focus area.” Dave said.

“There are well established and proven methods to ensure the durability of timber, and these need to continue to be developed to take advantage of improvements in wood modification technologies, physical chemistry, and biological modelling.” Dave said.

“The EWPAA is proud to continue our commitment to fostering research and development in engineered wood products through the provision of this scholarship.” Dave said.

The Timber Durability Centre, whose primary mission is to revitalise durability research in Australia, is looking for BSc graduates with backgrounds in biology, forestry, civil engineering and architecture.

The Timber Durability Centre is a joint venture between the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), the Unverisity of Queensland and the Queensland
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

USC is offering qualified full-time graduate research students an annual stipend and free tuition. EWPAA scholarship recipients will receive the scholarship funding in addition to these benefits.

Opportunities are also available for science, engineering, architecture and forestry professionals seeking further advancement to undertake part time study.

For further information about the EWPAA scholarship, the new graduate program or the Timber Durability Centre, visit their website (http://www.usc.edu.au/timber-durability) or email Professor Jeff Morrell (jmorrell@usc.edu.au).

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) is a member association for manufacturers of engineered and solid timber products across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. The EWPAA coordinates a market development program which includes product testing, product certification, standards and codes development, technical promotion, research and development, market maintenance; as well as education and training.

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