New WoodChat: Centre for Timber Durability & Design Life

Friday 19 Jan 2024

Episode 32 of WoodChat features an exclusive chat about the future with its new Director, plus interviews with the lead researchers of two key projects

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. 

She also has a long history with the Centre, having served on its international advisory committee since its launch in 2017.

Operating out of the University of the Sunshine Coast, the mission of the Centre has always been to return Australia to the forefront of international best practice, underpinning consumer confidence in timber product performance.

Since its establishment, it has made important inroads in working with industry to ensure Australia has access to the world’s leading research, building strong links between industry, academia and customers.

As well as overseeing vital research projects of significant value to the sector, it continues to educate the next generation of durability scientists, boosting Australian research capacity.

In the latest episode of FWPA’s WoodChat podcast series, listeners will hear from Professor Singh as she discusses her plans and vision for the future of the Centre, and how she’s found the first few months in her new role.

“Taking over the leadership of such a vital centre for research into timber durability is a privilege, particularly during a time where so many opportunities existed for expanding timber use in Australia,” Prof. Singh said.

“Industry collaboration on vital research projects will be key to ensuring the ongoing success of the centre”.

Listeners will also hear from the lead researchers of two key projects currently being conducted in collaboration with the centre, including Scott Kleinschmidt, Director at Australian Timber & Pest Research and Dr Pene Mitchell of the University of the Sunshine Coast

This episode is the latest entry into the WoodChat canon which has evolved into a fascinating library of diverse information on vital forestry-related topics, neatly packaged in an engaging audio format.

You can listen to WoodChat on Soundcloud, iTunes and Spotify.

Source: FWPA

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