Young professionals are the future of any industry or organisation. Nurturing young talent and developing their skills is crucial to the progress of the industry. Appita formed the Young Professionals Network (YPN) with a mission to provide support, networking and development opportunities to Young Professionals within the pulp, paper, packaging and bioproduct industries. The YPN provides a forum for young professionals to connect, collaborate and explore opportunities that, educate and inspire them to grow as individuals and leaders.

Our Vision 
YPN will establish a strong and stable platform for young professionals to network and exchange information across the industry supply chain.
Our Mission
  • To empower the personal and professional development of young professionals in the Australia and New Zealand pulp, paper, packaging, and bioproduct industries
  • To prepare young professionals for the transition to the bioeconomy, through professional development opportunities, networking and sharing ideas and knowledge
  • To deliver interactive events for aspiring young leaders to connect, learn and grow

2018 YPN Committee

Join the Young Professionals Network
To join the Young Professionals Network you must be under 40 years of age and be a member of Appita.  For more details about Appita Membership click here. 
The YPN is still very young, yet there is an ambition to grow stronger each year. If you have ideas, suggestions and comments to help grow the YPN, please send your thoughts to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 23 March 2018

 Technical Skills Webinar 1 – “How to write Extended Abstracts", Russell Allan, Editor, Appita Magazine & Director, Aurelia Group

 April 2018 (date TBA)

 Technical Skills Webinar 2 – “Research project planning and experimental design for industry professionals”, Assoc. Prof. Warren Batchelor,   BioPRIA & Rohan Wilks, Australian Paper

 May 2018 (date TBA)

 Technical Skills Webinar 3 – “Translating industry projects into journal articles”, Dr. Des Richardson, Norske Skog & Dr. Karen Stack, Univ. of   Tasmania

 17 May 2018 (TBC)

 YPN Networking - Appita Annual General Meeting

 June 2018 (date TBA)

 Technical Skills Webinar 4 – “Presenting your research to a technical audience”, Prof. Gil Garnier, BioPRIA

 4 - 7 December 2018

 Annual Appita Conference
 2018 Pan Pacific Fibre Value Chain Conference – Rotorua, NZ. 

- YPN Session – Professional development and networking activities

- New Speakers Competition

- Team Building Day, Friday, 7th December