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  • Dr. Elizabeth Gosling, a staff member at the Chair of Forest Management at the TUM School of Life Sciences has been awarded the Gerhard Speidel Prize 2022 at a ceremony in 2023 for her dissertation. In her socio-economically oriented dissertation, she developed a landscape approach to optimize land allocation, which she uses to evaluate and assess the likely acceptability of agroforestry systems. The prize is endowed with prize money in the amount of 10,000 €.

2018- 2021

  • Completed a PhD at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, focusing on socioeconomic land-use modelling and tropical agroforestry, including a research stay in Panama; employed part-time as a research assistant at TUM


2016 ongoing


  • Completed a Masters in Sustainable Resource Management at the TUM, Germany, researching community attitudes towards wolves in Poland
  • Chose to take German classes alongside studies



  • GAP Year travelling in Europe; completed a B1 language course at the Goethe-Institut in Berlin


  • Chose to study German at evening classes at the Goethe-Institut in Melbourne


  • Policy Officer at the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment


  • Completed a Bachelor of Natural Resource Management at the University of Melbourne


  • Awarded a cadetship with the Department of Sustainability and Environment


  • Chose to study German at VCE along with English, Geography, Economics, Literature and Maths Methods


  • Four-week sister-school exchange in Neu Isenburg in Hessen, Germany


  • Started learning German at Rainbow Secondary College