Toi Ohomai and Scion join forces

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

A NEW FORESTRY SCIENCE AND ed­u­ca­tion part­ner­ship has been cre­ated with the es­tab­lish­ment of a new ‘chair’ of Sus­tain­able Forestry at Toi Ohomai In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

Cre­ation of the role is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Toi Ohomai and Ro­torua-based Crown re­search in­sti­tute Scion.

The ‘chair’ will be based at both the Toi Ohomai and Scion cam­puses.

Toi Ohomai academy leader for pri­mary in­dus­tries, science and the en­vi­ron­ment, Pro­fes­sor Lin­ton Win­der, says a key pur­pose of the role is lead­ing the devel­op­ment of a Cen­tre of Excellence for Forestry for the re­gion and New Zealand as a whole.

“The op­por­tu­nity for Toi Ohomai to work with Scion to meet the needs of our re­gion is fan­tas­tic,” he says. “Scion is a global leader in forestry and wood tech­nol­ogy, and we look for­ward to build­ing a stronger re­la­tion­ship with them to meet the needs of our in­dus­try.”

For Scion, the part­ner­ship be­tween the two in­sti­tutes will strengthen its link­ages with rel­e­vant ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions through­out New Zealand and ce­ment Scion’s po­si­tion as a key player in the Bay of Con­nec­tions eco­nomic devel­op­ment plan.

The first ap­point­ment is Scion’s Dr Tim Payn, who is prin­ci­pal sci­en­tist and re­search leader eco­nomics, ecosys­tems and cli­mate.

Dr Payn took up his role as Pro­fes­sor of Sus­tain­able Forestry on Au­gust 1 for a term of three years.

In ad­di­tion to cham­pi­oning a new Cen­tre of Excellence for Forestry, Pro­fes­sor Payn will fa­cil­i­tate col­lab­o­ra­tive stu­dent-based re­search projects be­tween the two in­sti­tutes, con­tinue to con­duct his in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised re­search and con­trib­ute to teach­ing pro­grammes at Toi Ohomai.

Pro­fes­sor Payn says he is look­ing for­ward to mak­ing links be­tween Toi Ohomai’s stu­dent pro­grammes and Scion’s sci­en­tists and tech­nol­o­gists.

“This is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to get some of the re­ally new ad­vances in forestry in front of the next gen­er­a­tion of foresters and help fu­ture-proof the sec­tor both re­gion­ally and na­tion­ally,” he says.

Pro­fes­sor Payn has a back­ground in soil science and has spe­cialised in re­search on sus­tain­able for­est man­age­ment more re­cently. He is a Fel­low of the New Zealand In­sti­tute of Forestry and is heav­ily in­volved in global ef­forts to sup­port sus­tain­able for­est man­age­ment.

He chairs the 12 Coun­try Mon­treal Process Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, which sup­ports pol­icy aimed at defin­ing and mea­sur­ing sus­tain­able prac­tice and is also vice-chair­man of the En­gage­ment Com­mit­tee of Fu­ture Earth, a global sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tive.


Dr Tim Payn is the first Pro­fes­sor of Sus­tain­able Forestry at Toi Ohomai In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

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