A recent flurry of tours and events at the Waite have kept many staff and students busy. Visitors during the past month or so have included the Argentinian Ambassador, a Vietnamese delegation and a Livestock Consultants group (pictured with Alan Hughes from SARDI), and this week, a group of 20 international agents for the University will tour the winery and The Plant Accelerator as part of their Adelaide visit. This Thursday will also see the official opening of The University of Adelaide and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Laboratory for Plant Science & Breeding, with VIPs including Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell in attendance.
And hard on the heels of the CSIRO Waite Campus Exhibition and AFW Research Day, Crush 2015, a national wine and grape science symposium, was held at the Plant Research Centre last Friday, drawing 130 researchers, academics and technical people from all the wine-growing states and research groups around Australia. Hosted and organised by the Wine Innovation Cluster (WIC), the Waite-based partnership of the four agencies involved in wine and grape research, the Crush program featured 31 presenters from several disciplines and ample opportunity for networking.
Events and visits like these are an important part of the Waite’s outreach and engagement activity, with 2015 shaping up as the busiest year ever in terms of demand, frequency and interest.