Why Waite Program

LOCATION: Agriculture, Food and Wine Building, Hartley Grove, Waite Campus, Urrbrae

Secondary school groups can visit the Waite campus for a range of fun and educational activities around plants and agriculture. Activities can be tailored to suit particular curriculum requirements and vary from 30 minute sessions to whole-day activities.

Some of these activities include:

  • soil filtration analysis – the chemical and physical properties of soils;
  • flavour sensory – how the chemistry of food affects what we taste;
  • phenotype vs genotype – understanding the genetics of parental crossing during breeding;
  • DNA extractions and various molecular techniques;
  • tours of various sites on campus, including an operational winery and The Plant Accelerator

…and plenty more. We are currently developing new programs and look forward to showing you what we have to offer.

Is your class making wine, learning about viticulture, harvesting, bottling or even interested in labeling? Talk to Why Waite about the National School Wine Competition, to learn how you and your students can be involved in fantastic experience, including having wines judged by a leading expert panel, commentary on results and a free full day workshop of curriculum complementing activities.

CLICK HERE for full details about the 2019 Competition for schools

Please contact Dr Bianca Kyriacou or Dr Debbie Devis via email (emailwhywaite@adelaide.edu.au) or telephone (08) 8313 0469.

Office hours Wednesday and Thursday 9:30-4:30pm. Feel free to leave a message for returned calls.


Faculty of Sciences – teacher and school resources

The Faculty of Sciences has a number of resources and programs to inspire and inform students and teachers about how science leads to rewarding careers across many industries.

For more information and to access these resources, please visit:


Office of Student Recruitment and Admission Services

The University Office of Student Recruitment and Admission Services provides various resources and online tools, as well as handling requests for school visits or on campus engagement activities.

For more information, visit www.adelaide.edu.au/schools/ or phone: 08 8313 4072.
Virtual and photo campus tours are also available at: www.adelaide.edu.au/tours/

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