Media release – GWRDC congratulates travel scholarship recipients

The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) has awarded 12 travel scholarships to help build knowledge and networks for researchers in the grape and wine sector.

The scholarship holders will all embark on international travel to further enhance their professional development in the first half of 2013.

‘GWRDC invests $50,000 each year in travel scholarships to help leading researchers develop their knowledge and skills amongst their international contemporaries’, said GWRDC Executive Director Dr Stuart Thomson.

‘By developing and fostering productive relationships and by being exposed to knowledge and innovation across international markets, these researchers can assist in ensuring that the Australian wine sector remains competitive and sustainable in a global environment’, said Dr Thomson.

‘GWRDC is delighted to support these high calibre researchers in this scholarship round. We look forward to learning of their travel experiences and working with them on their return to deliver significant benefits to the Australian sector’, said Dr Thomson.

The 12 successful applicants were able to demonstrate that their travel projects aligned with the grape and wine sector’s strategic research, development and extension priorities, as outlined in GWRDC’s Strategic Research, Development and Extension Plan 2012–17. They were also able to articulate the benefits they will transfer to the grape and wine sector following their travel project.

GWRDC considers travel applications twice a year. Applications for travel in the second half of 2013 are now open and will close Friday 7 June 2013.

GWRDC travel scholarships have been awarded to the following researchers for travel commencing in the first half of 2013:

Ms Crystal Sweetman, The University of Adelaide: Seminar presentations at each of; The 9th International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology in La Serena, Chile; The Instituto de Investigaciones Agropoecuarias (INIA) in Santiago, Chile, The University of Chile, Santiago; The University of La Rioja, Logrono, Spain, and potentially; The University of Louis Pasteur, Colmar, France.

Mr Marcos Bonada, The University of Adelaide: IX International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology & Biotechnology, La Serana, Chile

Mr Sam Henderson, The University of Adelaide: International Workshop on Plant Membrane Biology XVI

Dr Cassandra Collins, The University of Adelaide: 18th International Symposium GiESCO 2013, Porto, Portugal.

Mr Simon Dillon, The University of Adelaide: UC Davis, California

Mrs Catherine Kidman, Wynns Coonawarra Estate: 18th International Symposium GiESCO 2013, Porto, Portugal.

Mrs Karlia Meitha, The University of Western Australia: Visit to Prof Christine Foyer, at the University of Leeds

Mr Brady Smith, CSIRO Plant Industry: ASEV grapevine rootstock symposium

Mr Christopher Blackford, CSIRO Plant Industry: 64th American Society for Enology and Viticulture National Conference, California, USA

Dr Roberta DeBei, The University of Adelaide: 18th International Symposium GiESCO 2013, Porto, Portugal.

Miss Sally Foletta, The University of Melbourne: IX International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology & Biotechnology, La Serana, Chile

Dr Marissa Collins, CSIRO Plant Industry: IX International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology & Biotechnology, La Serana, Chile

 

For further information:
Jen Russell

Communications Coordinator

Ph: 08 8273 0500

Email:  jen@gwrdc.com.au

 

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