Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups are made up of members with particular interests in the industry. Current Special Interest Groups are:

Bioresource Processing

The Bioresource Processing Special Interest Group provides a network for people interested in the future of forest resources, such as conflicts between fibre for pulp or for fuel and chemicals. The group explores the related issues of energy management and emissions trading.  It is developing a program of meetings and seminars.

Contact:  Gil Garnier


The Environment Group has held seminars, workshops and other meetings to discuss various aspects of environmental policy, processes, developments and management systems which affect the pulp and paper industry. They have published articles in Appita Journal and have assisted in developing an industry position on a number of environmental issues.

Contact: Adele Elice Invaso

Industrial Information Technology

This Group aims to provide a network for people in the pulp and paper industry with a role in IT. This could include Systems Managers, Process Engineers, E&I Engineers and accounting people.

The Group will provide opportunities for interested people to meet and discuss issues on topics such as process control, loop tuning, DCS systems, database management, systems integration and operator training. In time they will arrange seminars and conference activities.

Contact: Adele Elice-Invaso

International Business Committee

This Group’s objectives are to foster the exchange of technical information between Appita and kindred associations and pulp and paper companies, particularly  in the Asian region. The Group has facilitated workshops and seminars in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines in recent years, and has co-hosted various Symposia at the Annual  Conferences.

The Group sponsors the winner of the Melbourne Section Young Speakers’ Contest to travel to a Conference or other professional development activity in Asia, where they get a further opportunity to present their winning paper.

Contact: John Bride