32 episodes

WoodChat is a series of podcasts produced by Forest and Wood Products Australia. We’ll be sharing in-depth conversations with industry experts and academics about a range of news stories, discoveries and innovations. For more information, visit www.fwpa.com.au

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WoodChat is a series of podcasts produced by Forest and Wood Products Australia. We’ll be sharing in-depth conversations with industry experts and academics about a range of news stories, discoveries and innovations. For more information, visit www.fwpa.com.au

    Episode 32 - Exciting times ahead as Centre for Timber Durability & Design Life enters new phase

    Episode 32 - Exciting times ahead as Centre for Timber Durability & Design Life enters new phase

    In 2023, the FWPA-supported Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life entered an exciting new stage in its evolution with the appointment of its new Director, Professor Tripti Singh.

    With more than 20 years of experience in managing collaborative, multi-million-dollar research programs, Professor Singh is a leading figure in wood protection research.

    In this episode of WoodChat, we catch up with Tripti to find out about her plans and vision for the future of the Centre.

    We also speak to the researchers heading up two key Centre-led projects - one that's investigating the termite resistance of fast-grown plantation heartwood timber species, and another that's focused on improving the environmental profile of treated timber by identifying appropriate alternative uses for it at end-of-life.

    • 38 min
    Episode 31 - Protecting Australia's forests from the threat of exotic pests and diseases

    Episode 31 - Protecting Australia's forests from the threat of exotic pests and diseases

    This episode we take a focus on biosecurity. You’ll hear about three exciting research initiatives aimed at improving Australia’s protection measures to help mitigate the risks posed to our forests by exotic pests and diseases.

    Lucy Tran-Nguyen, GM of Partnerships and Innovation at Plant Health Australia, tells us about The National Forest Pest Surveillance Program - also known as Forest Watch Australia - which commenced on the 1st of July 2022, and recently completed its first full year of activity.

    Lucy also told us about The MyPestGuide Trees app, which equips all forestry stakeholders with the tools to do their bit and help minimise the damage caused to Australian forests and trees by the presence of exotic pests and diseases.

    In addition, you'll hear from Dr Madaline Healey, Research Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Forest Research Institute, about work to improve risk management for invasive forest pests and diseases right across the South East Asia region.

    • 26 min
    Episode 30 - Awards, VR & Drones ... ForestLearning takes students from classroom to forest! - Pt 2

    Episode 30 - Awards, VR & Drones ... ForestLearning takes students from classroom to forest! - Pt 2

    Today we bring you the second part of our focus on the latest initiatives from the FWPA-supported ForestLearning program.

    Tune in for everything from ForestLearning resources that utilise the latest technologies, to award wins, outstanding feedback from kids and teachers, and much, much more!

    • 29 min
    Episode 29 - ForestLearning continues to use latest tech to bring forestry to the classroom! - Pt 1

    Episode 29 - ForestLearning continues to use latest tech to bring forestry to the classroom! - Pt 1

    In today's episode, we focus on the latest achievements of the FWPA-supported ForestLearning initiative.

    And with so much exciting news to report - from new and highly innovative resources, to award wins, glowing testimonials from kids and teachers, the embracing of new technologies such as drones, and much, much more - we’ll be presenting this episode in two parts … a first in the history of WoodChat!

    So make sure to keep an eye out for Episode 2 next week.

    • 28 min
    Episode 28 - Creating a culture of smart manufacturing for wood products in Australia

    Episode 28 - Creating a culture of smart manufacturing for wood products in Australia

    During the latest episode of FWPA’s WoodChat podcast series, listeners will hear from two thriving Australian forest and wood products companies adopting smart manufacturing principles.

    Applying these principles during the wood processing stage brings a range of benefits, including increased profitability, improved worker safety, and better environmental outcomes.

    Hosts Sam and Georgia spoke to Trevor Innes, Technical and Sustainability General Manager at Timberlink, and Daniel Wright, Director and National Business Development Manager at Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH), about some fascinating recent innovations in timber manufacture.

    • 28 min
    Episode 27 - Modelling the future to help minimise the impacts of bushfire events on forestry

    Episode 27 - Modelling the future to help minimise the impacts of bushfire events on forestry

    In the face of a climate likely to become hotter and drier in the future, and with bushfires continuing to pose a significant threat, a variety of forestry-related research initiatives are currently underway across Australia.

    As an industry, forestry is particularly vulnerable to bushfire threat, with the associated risks having the potential to impact plantation companies, native forest managers, wood processors and manufacturers in a variety of ways.

    The latest episode of WoodChat focuses on a recently-completed FWPA-supported research project aimed at increasing the industry’s capacity to minimise the impacts of future bushfire events. This work is focused on updating fuel accumulation and fire spread models for Australian forestry plantations. The project was co-funded by most of Australia’s large plantation managers, with matching funding from the Australian Government.

    During the episode, we also provide a round-up of other interesting projects around bushfire mitigation and management happening around Australia.

    Discover more about what you hear during the episode at the following links:

    https://www.forestry.org.au/nbmp-objectives-kpis/

    https://fwpa.com.au/characterising-and-managing-fire-risks-to-plantations-under-changing-climates/

    djadjawurrung.com.au

    • 27 min

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