Crush 2012 – Call for Abstracts

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Crush 2012 is a two-day national symposium dedicated to grape and wine research. It will provide a forum for researchers, students and technologists in both viticulture and oenology to discuss the application of their work to the challenges faced by the wine sector into the future.

This is an excellent opportunity for all researchers, whether current PhD or Masters students, early-career post-doctoral scientists or experienced investigators, to present the results of their work to their peers and benefit from building collaborative networks.

Crush 2012 is hosted by the Wine Innovation Cluster and will be held at the Waite Campus, Urrbrae, which is located in the Adelaide foothills.

The Program

Crush 2012 will consist of a two-day, single session program, with a mixture of key note and shorter presentations. Proceedings will not be published.

The program will focus on the challenges and big questions facing the Australian wine industry and is divided into the following sessions:

  • Reducing alcohol content in wine
  • The wine industry faces both legislative and societal pressure to reduce the alcohol levels in wine. Meeting this challenge can be addressed by a multifaceted approach including low alcohol-optimised yeasts, alternative grape varieties and changes to viticultural and oenological methodology.
  • Future challenges for both vineyard and winery
  • The wine industry operates in an environment of constant change. Emerging issues include: biosecurity, societal changes, allergens, public perception, climate change and land use pressures among many others.
  • Flavour modification – from the vineyard to the bottle
  • In a competitive marketplace, the ability to meet market demand for wine with a particular flavour profile is an important advantage. Traditional winemaking tends to emphasise “terroir” but research is showing that this is just one aspect of a “toolkit” which includes grape variety, viticulture, yeast, bacteria, additives and production methodology.
  • Snapshots‘ – selected 5-minute research presentations on the above three themes

Crush 2012 will include an informal conference dinner on Thursday 15 November and a closing drinks function on Friday 16 November, as well as being fully catered throughout proceedings. The registration cost of $275 is all-inclusive. Please refer to the conference website at for registration and other details.

The provisional program will be released in August, and the deadline for registrations will be Friday 19 October 2012. Please note: Venue capacity is strictly limited, so only the first 150 registrations will be accepted.

Abstract Submissions Welcome Now!

The Crush 2012 Program Committee invites the submission of abstracts of up to 300 words. If you are interested in presenting, please complete the submission form attached or on the conference website, and submit it in Word format via e-mail to by Friday 29 June. The Program Committee will review all proposals by the end of July, and those selected for presentations will be contacted during August. We look forward to receiving your abstract and hope that you will be able to join us in Adelaide this November.