June 21, 2010

Free Lecture: Winemaking – A Continuum between Art and Science?

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If you have an interst in wine and wine making, then this lecture on Monday 12th July delivered by Louisa Rose from Yalumba is a must!

Date/Time: Monday 12th July, 4pm

Location: Plant Research Centre Auditorium, Waite Campus

School of Agriculture, Food & Wine Named Lecture Series: The A.R. Hickinbotham Lecture 2010

Winemaking – A Continuum between Art and Science?

Most winemakers sit somewhere on the continuum between being pure artists or scientists.  Arguably the best wines are made by those that sit somewhere between the two; knowing where to and when to rely on their instincts and experience and when to reach for the lecture notes, text book or phone.  Without going into a debate on what is science, it’s fair to say that winemakers have different needs of the scientific and research community that fall into three main types. The “Oh my gosh something has gone wrong and I need help” type; the “I wonder what I can do to make this more efficient or understand it better” type, and the “blue sky – I never would have thought! – pure research but sometimes revolutionary” type.  This lecture will discuss these ideas and give examples where all have been or are relevant to current Australian winemaking.

The inaugural A.R. Hickinbotham Lecture is named in honour of the former Roseworthy Lecturer who is regarded as the father of Australian oenology (wine-making) education. This Lecture recognises individuals that have had an impact on the wine industry and are world leaders in the field of oenology. Alan Robb Hickinbotham (1898-1959) joined the staff at Roseworthy College in 1929 as a Lecturer in Physical and Chemical Sciences. In 1936, he established the nation’s first wine-making course which evolved into the University of Adelaide’s world-renowned Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology which is now run at the Waite Campus. Alan R. Hickinbotham remained at Roseworthy College until 1948. His research and writing on wine-making under Australian conditions laid the foundation for a technically advanced Australian wine industry. The Hickinbotham family continued their father’s passion for wine through their ongoing interests in viticulture and wine production. The National Wine Centre has recognised the Hickinbotham family by naming its major function hall after the family while the Hickinbotham Roseworthy Wine Science Laboratory was established at the University’s Waite Campus in 1998 with the family’s support.

To be followed by drinks and nibbles

Contact: Dr Amanda Able (email), School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide, Business: +61 8 8303 7245


January 19, 2010

Climate Change & the Wine industry in 2010

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“Research indicating that greenhouse gases produced by humans are very likely to have contributed to the recent warming of the climate, and that concentrations of these gases are projected to increase in the future, is to me compelling and, of course, central to my work. I do not think any person working in the wine industry can deny how important climate is to their product……so I believe an understanding of the changing climate, and potential implications of this, is essential to the future of this industry”. Dr Leanne Webb, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne/CSIRO

Listen to Dr Leanne Webb’ s lecture, ‘Climate change: Current status and future strategies for the Australian wine industry‘ on:

Date/Time: Monday, 15 February 2010, 4:00 pm

Location: Plant Research Centre Auditorium, Waite Campus

Cost: FREE

School of Agriculture, Food & Wine Named Lecture Series: The Robyn van Heeswijck Lecture 2010

December 3, 2009

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine shines…

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…at the ARC Research Showcase

Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President, Professor Mike Brooks attended the Australian Research Council’s annual research showcase and grant announcement event at Parliament House on Monday 26 October. The Showcase display, designed by Adelaide Research & Innovation, featured agricultural research success stories, including special tasting samples of the baking benefits of FR Durum Wheat by Colin Jenner and developments in almond breeding quality and yield by Michelle Wirthensohn, all projects currently under investigation at the University’s Waite Campus. Professor Mike Brooks, together with Professor Mark Tester also had the opportunity to discuss the new Plant Accelerator development with Senator the Hon Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Below is an image featuring Minister Carr and Mark Tester.