2017 Mildura Program

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Day 1 | Day 2 | ‘Innovation’ tour | Dinner | Networking breakfast

DAY ONE | 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
Big issues affecting winegrowers
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
Measurement of vine growth, yield and grape composition by non-destructive sensors
Dr Maria Paz Diago, Institute of Grapevine and Wine Sciences (ICVV), Spain
Building actionable knowledge from data: “not just another app”
Dr Kathy Evans, University of Tasmania

Session 2 – Technologies currently in use

Case study – Using tractor mounted optical sensors to assess grapevine canopy decline
Kerry De Garis, Marketing Director, Killanoola Proprietors
Technology uptake in Viticulture – who’s doing what?
Simon Nordestgaard, The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI)
Smart Phone assessment of water stress
Mark Skewes, The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)

DAY TWO | Thursday 3 August 2017

Session 3 – Technologies/Methodologies under development

Continuous sensing of stem water potenetial using in-situ microtensiometers
Dr Vinay Pagay, University of Adelaide
NIR analysis of bud fruitfulness
Dr Jo Jones, University of Tasmania
The role of technical and digital innovation in reducing risk in Australian Agriculture
Ros Harvey, The Yield, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – TBC
Panel Q&A
Dr Vinay Pagay, Dr Jo Jones, Ros Harvey

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
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)
Summary- Making sense
13:30 Close

Day 1 | Day 2 | Dinner | Networking breakfast

Local ‘innovation’ tour

– Subject to sufficient expressions of interest

This will be an excellent opportunity to explore local approaches to innovation. We will be talking to the grapegrowers at each location to discuss the importance of

The bus departs at 8:45am and will return to the Mildura Arts Centre by about 12:00pm.
Please be ready to board the bus at 8:30am.
The tour is limited to a maximum of 30 people.
Costs: ASVO Members and Partners: $30.00
Non ASVO members: $50.00

please let us know if you would like to take part in a local ‘innovation’ tour before the seminar. Email [email protected] with “yes, I’m into innovation” in the subject line.

Day 1 | Day 2 | ‘Innovation’ tour| Networking breakfast


Join your colleagues to celebrate ASVO’s official Seminar Dinner. This evening has always been good value as delegates and guests enjoy dinner and catch up with one other.

Date: Tuesday, 2 August 2017

Time: 7.30pm for 8.00pm – midnight

Venue: TBC

Day 1 | Day 2 | ‘Innovation’ tour | Dinner

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