ARC Centre for Forest Value

About the Centre

Aims

The Centre for Forest Value (CFV) is an Australian Research Council supported Industrial Transformation Training Centre. Our role is to build research capacity within the forestry and wood products sector and provide evidence-based research to industry identified problems. The Centre is currently undertaking a range of research projects which range from germplasm to final wood products with projects in diverse areas such as hardwood silviculture, restoration, manufacturing and supply chains.

Our Centre recognises that current and future market opportunities may be different from those traditionally targeted by the Australian forest sector. Therefore, one of the key focus areas of the Centre is the development of a diverse range of products from hardwood eucalypt plantations. This research is conducted throughout the value chain with projects on identifying optimum genetic characteristics and silvicultural techniques as well as transport logistics and the development of engineered wood products. In recognition that a precondition to meeting these product markets is the supply of a certified raw material from a sustainably managed production landscape, the Centre also drives innovation in the forest restoration and environmental plantings.

Research Training

We aim to produce industry-ready higher degree by research graduates and postdoctoral fellows with broad perspectives of the forest industry. We provide our PhD graduates with experience working with industry and other stakeholders across the production forest landscape and vertically along the forest products supply chain. Such experiences and skills are at present largely absent in the sector.

The projects undertaken by our PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows play a critical role within the centre as they are responsible for the majority of the innovative outcomes produced.

Research Environment

The CFV is partnered with eight organisations across the forestry supply chain. Our partners provide us with a wide range of expertise and access to a variety of research sites.

The CFV is based at the University of Tasmania which is recognised nationally and internationally for its research excellence in fields that are a focus of the CFV. These metrics include:

  • A ranking of 4 (above world standard) for Forestry Sciences and a ranking of 5 (well above world standard) in Plant Biology, in the most recent assessment of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) system
  • A ranking in the 51-100 cohort of universities internationally in the QS system for research in Agriculture and Forestry.

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Forest Value is supported through funding from the Australian Research Council's Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme (project number IC150100004).