Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Inaugural A.R. Hickinbotham Lecture

Winemaking – A Continuum between Art and Science?

The inaugural A.R. Hickinbotham Lecture is named in honour of the former Roseworthy Lecturer who is regarded as the father of Australian oenology (wine-making) education. This Lecture recognises individuals that have had an impact on the wine industry and are world leaders in the field of oenology. Alan Robb Hickinbotham (1898-1959) joined the staff at Roseworthy College in 1929 as a Lecturer in Physical and Chemical Sciences. In 1936, he established the nation’s first wine-making course which evolved into the University of Adelaide’s world-renowned Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology which is now run at the Waite Campus. Alan R. Hickinbotham remained at Roseworthy College until 1948. His research and writing on wine-making under Australian conditions laid the foundation for a technically advanced Australian wine industry. The Hickinbotham family continued their father’s passion for wine through their ongoing interests in viticulture and wine production. The National Wine Centre has recognised the Hickinbotham family by naming its major function hall after the family while the Hickinbotham Roseworthy Wine Science Laboratory was established at the University’s Waite Campus in 1998 with the family’s support.

Most winemakers sit somewhere on the continuum between being pure artists or scientists. Arguably the best wines are made by those that sit somewhere between the two; knowing where to and when to rely on their instincts and experience and when to reach for the lecture notes, text book or phone. Without going into a debate on what is science, it’s fair to say that winemakers have different needs of the scientific and research community that fall into three main types. The “Oh my gosh something has gone wrong and I need help” type; the “I wonder what I can do to make this more efficient or understand it better” type, and the “blue sky – I never would have thought! – pure research but sometimes revolutionary” type. This lecture will discuss these ideas and give examples where all have been or are relevant to current Australian winemaking.

Date/Time: Monday 12th July, 4pm
Plant Research Centre Auditorium, Waite Campus
Louisa Rose, Yalumba

The presentation will be followed by drinks and nibbles

For further Information contact: Dr Amanda Able

Food for Thought: Research for Food Security

Roger Leigh

In support of a free public forum being held as part of Research Tuesdays Director of the Waite Research Institute Professor Roger A. Leigh gave a short interview for Between the Buttons.

The public forum will explore the global food crisis. If the growing body of experts is right, dwindling global food security poses a significant threat to much of humanity.  Influenced by numerous factors, including climate change, population growth and rising fuel costs, it has the potential to cause widespread famine and civil unrest.  Indeed, in many countries, it already has.  In this live forum, four leading University of Adelaide thinkers will explore the most critical issues surrounding the crisis and invite questions from the floor. Find out more here.

Research Tuesdays are Free Public Forums. Feeding Anxiety: The World Food Crisis Forum will be held on Tuesday 8th June, from 5.30-7.00pm, at  the University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus, Napier Building, Lecture Theatre 102. Map

Admission is free – bookings are essential.

Please register online or call 08 8303 3692