PROF Barbara Ozarska

PROF Barbara Ozarska


  • Decorative wood veneer technology and veneered products (Sliced veneers, veneered products)
  • Enhancing key elements in value chain of wood products production (Maximising value, improving production efficiency)
  • The use of timber for production of high value added wood products (Utilization of plantation timbers, product development, manufacturing processes: machining, bending, jointing, gluing. Wood waste utilization.)
  • Wood products performance in various environmental conditions (Long-term performance)
  • Wood waste utilisation & recycling (Wood off-cuts, small diameter timber)



  • Prof Barbara Ozarska is the Leader of the Research Group on Sustainable and Renewable Forest Products, with a focus on plantation wood processing and manufacturing, development and design of high quality timber products, durability of timber and timber products and utilisation of plantation timber resource. She is managing multimillion dollar collaborative research projects (in Australia, South-Eastern Asia, and countries in the Pacific) on value-added wood products based on plantation solid wood, veneers and wood composites; build capacity in education, research and training; and improve product quality and manufacturing practices.    


Member of

  • Australian Furnishing Research and Development Institute.. Board Director 2008 -
  • Forest Products Society. Member 2008 -
  • CEFFOR Furniture Foresight Centre. Management Committee, CEFFOR 2007 -
  • Research Priorities and Coordination Committee (RPCC). Secretary, Research Working Group 8 (RWG 8). 2007 -
  • Innovawood (The European Network of Forestry, Forest Products and Furniture Universities and Research Organisations). The Australian Coordinator. 2002 -
  • Decorative Wood Veneer Association.. Chair of Technical Committee 2001 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Prof Barbara Ozarska has been the Instigator, Leader and Chief Investigator for international multidisciplinary collaborative competitive research grants to a total value of $8.65 million, and Leader of other successful competitive research grant schemes and research contracts. The majority of the funding was provided by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) for studies on value-added technologies and wood products in Asian and Pacific countries.   


Education and training

  • PhD in Timber Engineering, Institute of Wood Technology
  • MWdTech, Institute of Wood Technology

Awards and honors

  • MSLE Award for Excellence in Outreach, 2011
  • Fellow of the Institute of Wood Science, 2005



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My philosophy in regards to the supervision of students is that I aim to foster their capabilities to make independent decisions in the development, performance and reporting of research projects, to enable them to become independent scholars and problem solvers. My objective is to ensure that research students are well aware of my commitment and care. This is facilitated by trust, patience and support in addition to intellectual stimulation and scientific input to their studies. My students have been encouraged to spend time at international institutions. I support them by encouraging and facilitating their attendance at international conferences and supporting their submissions for publication. Finally, I share and participate fully in their PhD experiences, giving them opportunities to collaborate closely with me, learning from my experiences and expertise, as well as allowing them to gain independence and confidence in themselves as the PhD training progresses.