|Dr Bob Dambergs||Dr Richard Smart|
Dr Bob Dambergs has an Honours Degree in Microbiology from the University of Adelaide and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland.
Bob held a Senior Research Scientist position at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, but returned to take up technical roles with BRL Hardy Wines at one of the largest Australian wineries, during a period of exponential growth of the Australian wine industry.
Bob actively engaged in research while working with industry and through this research focus took up a role as Senior Research Scientist at AWRI. Bob was a founding member of the Spectroscopy Group at AWRI, working on the use of spectroscopy and chemometrics, techniques that have now become mainstream. The aim was to develop rapid analytical methods suitable for use by industry, including objective methods of assessing grape and wine quality.
Bob was the manager of AWRI’s first external node, based at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, within the Agricultural Science faculty at the University of Tasmania. In this new role Bob was involved with research projects focussing on products for which Tasmania is well known – sparkling wines and Pinot Noir. Through the association with the University of Tasmania, Bob supervised many PhD students working on Viticulture and Oenology research projects and set up wine science laboratories in Hobart and Launceston. Although now based at AWRI in Adelaide, he maintains the link with research in Tasmania.
Bob is also a commercial grape grower and has extensive experience in most aspects of the wine industry, ranging from the vineyard to the research laboratory. He has published over a 100 research papers and has spoken at many international conferences.
Dr Smart’s acceptance speech here.
Dr Richard Smart has an international reputation for his research capability and publications. He has acknowledged expertise in grapevine canopy management in particular. He has visited over 30 grape growing countries of the world, and many wine regions, for research, teaching, presentations at conferences, or for consulting.
Dr Smart has four qualifications relative to the profession of viticulture; a B.Sc. Agr. (Hons) from Sydney University NSW 1966, an M.Sc (Hons) from Macquarie University, Ryde, NSW 1971, a Ph. D. from Cornell University NY 1976 and a D. Sc. Agric. from University of Stellenbosch, South Africa 1995. The Masters and PhD degree involved original research presented as theses; respectively entitled Aspects of Light Use by Vineyards (142 pp) and Implications of the Radiation Microclimate for the Productivity of Vineyards (172 pp). The D.Sc degree is based on demonstrated research excellence by inclusion and discussion of published papers, and was entitled The effect of manipulating grapevine vigour and canopy microclimate on yield, grape composition and wine quality (339 pp) in the field of viticulture. The thesis reproduces 33 publications selected from a publication list of 199 as at December 1995.
Dr Smart says that consulting and speaking invitations have led to visiting over 30 countries, and many of the world’s wine regions. During his fifty two-year career he has written much about grapes and wine, most of it scientific and technical, and mostly in Australian industry trade journals. Dr Smart’s book “Sunlight into Wine” is regarded as the international reference work for canopy management and has won an OIV prize. Dr Smart’s contributed as Viticulture Editor to four volumes of the Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson and is described as the “Worlds greatest wine book in the English language”.
Dr Smart has been the recipient of several awards both in the professional and public sector. These include among others a French Government Scholarship in 1980, the Walter and Carew Reynell Fellowship at Roseworthy College in 1983, the Wine “Personality of the Year for Innovation” by Wine Magazine UK in 2004, and among the “50 Most Powerful Names in Wine” by Decanter Magazine, UK in 2005. In 2007 Dr Smart was inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame, and was awarded the 2015 prize for the best Technical Writer by the Wine Communicators of Australia.