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Wednesday 2 August 2017

12.30 Welcome
Dr Mardi Longbottom, President, Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology
Opening address
Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator for South Australia
The innovation journey in Australian viticulture
Liz Riley, Vitibit

Session 1 – Digital Viticulture

Technology and big data – what is it, how can it benefit? Other industries experiences
Prof Mike Briers AO, University of Technology – Sydney
Building actionable knowledge from data: “not just another app”
Dr Kathy Evans, University of Tasmania
Measurement of vine growth, yield and grape composition by non-destructive sensors
Dr Maria Paz Diago, Institute of Grapevine and Wine Sciences (ICVV), Spain
Session Q&A

Session 2 – Technologies currently in use

The Yield: A Case study in how collaboration between viticulturists and technology companies can create digital solutions that growers love to use
Ros Harvey, The Yield
Case study – Using tractor mounted optical sensors to assess grapevine canopy decline
Dr Kerry De Garis, Chair – Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council technical sub-committee
Smart Phone assessment of water stress
Mark Skewes, The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)
Technology uptake in viticulture – how many people are doing what?
Presentation and analysis by a panel of experts and practitioners
Dr Simon Nordestgaard, The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI)
Session Q&A


Thursday 3 August 2017

Session 3 – Technologies/Methodologies under development

Use of infrared spectroscopy for the detection of virus infections in grapevines
Dr Vinay Pagay, University of Adelaide
NIR analysis of bud fruitfulness
Dr Jo Jones, University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Yield Estimates based on climatic data analysis
Dr Steve Van Sluyter, Macquarie University
Session Q&A

Session 4 – What’s next?

Autonomous vineyard monitoring using robots: capabilities and evolution of the VineRobot
Dr Maria Paz Diago, Institute of Grapevine and Wine Sciences (ICVV), Spain
Airborne remote sensing for determination of vine water and nitrogen status
Dr Vinay Pagay, University of Adelaide
Variable rate drip irrigation to manage vineyard variability
Dr Nick Dookoozlian, EJ Gallo, (via video-link)
Panel discussion – how will our vineyards look in 20 years?
Convened by Dr Mark Krstic, The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI)
Session Q&A
 13:30 Summary
Brett McClen, Brown Brothers

Social Program

Welcome Happy Hour 

After wrapping up a long yet rewarding first conference day, enjoy a drink on us.
At the conclusion of sessions on Wednesday we encourage you to stay for Happy Hour. Refreshments will be served as you discuss the hot topics of the day.
Happy Hour is included in the seminar registration.
Date: Wednesday, August 2
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00 pm
Venue: Arts Centre Foyer


No speeches, no suits & no reserved seating…This years dinner is much less formal and much more fun.
Relax and enjoy wood-fired pizza, pasta and wine with your colleagues.
This evening has always been good value and a well deserved time to relax in a casual environment, catching up with friends and colleagues.

Date: Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Time: 7.00pm – midnight
Venue: Pizza Café, 18 Langtree Ave, Mildura

Networking breakfast

This is your opportunity to network with fellow colleagues in the industry, as well as being able to ask questions one on one from presenters

Date: Thursday, 3 August 2017
Time: 8.00am  – 9.00am
Venue: Arts Centre Foyer