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Waite in the Spotlight 2019
Aug 20, 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The food and wine sectors are vital to the South Australian economy and the challenges posed by a changing climate mean science in support of agricultural productivity has never been more necessary.
At this event you will hear from Waite scientists in a panel discussion about the impacts of a changing climate on the food we eat and wine we drink, and how their research is helping to ensure these industries can adapt.
The Waite Research Precinct has world-renowned capability in agricultural, wine, grains, soil and plant breeding science. Waite research covers the whole paddock-to-plate value chain – from the soil our crops grow in, to breeding new heat and drought tolerant plant varieties, better farming and management systems, new production technologies and consumer behavior and preferences.
- Event MC Belinda Cay (AgCommunicators)
- Dr Peter Hayman, Principal Scientist in Climate Applications at SARDI. Peter works with industry stakeholders in dryland and irrigated industries to identify key climate risks and then form appropriate research and development partnerships to address the issue.
- Professor Kerry Wilkinson, the University of Adelaide School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. Kerry is interested in the flavour chemistry of grapes and wine, and the chemical and sensory analysis of foods and beverages, and their appeal to consumers.
- Dr Paul Petrie, Viticulture Scientist at SARDI. Paul’s research focuses on vineyard management and adaptation to climate change.
- Professor Rachel Burton, the University of Adelaide School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. Rachel is a plant scientist and molecular biologist interested in new & novel crops, as well as plant breeding for changing climates.
- Dr Douglas Bardsley, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Population at The University of Adelaide. Doug has been researching climate change risk to food production systems for over twenty years.
Waite in the Spotlight is a free public event, however we ask that you register to assist us with catering, venue and capacity arrangements. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available.
Register online at: https://wits2019.eventbrite.com.au
Please arrive by 5:45pm for a 6pm start. Refreshments will be available after the talks at approximately 7:30pm.
Peter is the Principal Scientist in Climate Applications at SARDI. He brings an understanding of agronomy and applied economics to the task of delivering the advances in climate science to farmers in South Australia. As program leader of the climate applications science program area, Peter works with industry stakeholders in dryland and irrigated industries to identify key climate risks and then form appropriate research and development partnerships to address the issue.
Rachel is a plant scientist and molecular biologist at the University of Adelaide, passionate about plant cell walls and all the useful things they can do for us. She is spearheading exciting research in new & novel crops, such as hemp, plantago and agave, that may provide alternatives better suited to growing in areas affected by climate change.
is a Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Population at The University of Adelaide. Doug has been researching climate change risk to food production systems for over twenty years in Australia, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, Switzerland and the European Union. He developed the first integrated assessment of projected climate change impacts for the Adelaide-Mt Lofty Ranges region in 2006, There’s a Change on the Way, and has followed that up with a range of South Australian research, particularly in the McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills and the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM region. He teaches the Food Security course at the University of Adelaide, as well as supervising a range of post-graduate students on the topic.
Kerry is a Professor of Oenology at The University of Adelaide. She is interested in the chemistry behind the smell and taste of wine, for example: the impact of bushfire smoke on grapes and wine. Kerry also works on chemical and sensory analysis of foods and beverages, and their appeal to consumers. Her work can provide insights into how climate change might impact the way our food and wine tastes and whether new sources of protein – such as edible insects – might be accepted in mainstream diets.
Paul is a Viticulture Scientist with the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI). Paul undertakes a range of viticultural research projects focusing on vineyard management and adaptation to climate change. Prior to joining SARDI, Paul spent 11years working for Treasury Wine Estates (and its predecessor companies), most recently as National Viticulturist based at Penfolds Magill Estate in Adelaide.
Belinda is a science communicator and educator with a passion for primary production. She has 15 years’ experience in using colour, fun and credibility to communicate science to non-scientific audiences – and has received national accolades for her work. Belinda has worked with PIRSA, is a Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society Board member, and spent five years at Waite as the Communications and Education Manager for ACPFG. If that doesn’t keep her busy enough, Belinda lives on a farm near Owen in SA’s Mid North with her husband and four children.