Press release Sacramento, CA

2021 Virtual ASEV National Conference and ASEV-NGRA Precision Viticulture Symposium Early Bird Registration Ends June 15

DAVIS, Calif., June 1, 2021… Continuing a 72-year-old tradition of professional education, the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) will host its virtual National Conference on June 21-24, 2021. Industry professionals and academia are invited to network and immerse themselves in the latest technical scientific information related to winemaking and grapegrowing. Award presentations, research reports on enology and viticulture, poster sessions with student flash talks, best paper presentations, best student awards and supplier displays will all be available to participants in a convenient virtual format.

The conference will kick off at 8 a.m. PDT on Monday, June 21, with the ASEV-NGRA Precision Viticulture Symposium. Hosted in conjunction with the National Grape Research Alliance (NGRA), the one-day symposium will connect scientists working in precision viticulture research with growers applying precision technology and techniques. The full-day symposium aims to provide a two-way dialogue to identify current research gaps, inform future scientific discovery and inspire application of current innovations.

The following three conference days will feature 164 scientists and industry presenters from around the world who will offer insights into the latest advancements in the field. Notably, Keynote Speaker Dr. Gavin Sacks of Cornell University will speak on the knowns and unknowns of Hydrogen Sulfide and Sulfur Dioxide in wine, drawing on his extensive work in wine flavor chemistry.

Merit Award recipient Dr. Hildegarde Heymann of University of California, Davis, will reflect on her forty years of teaching, researching and writing about wine and sensory science. Her presentation, given completely live, will trace the evolution of sensory science over the course of her long and illustrious career.

The effects of the ever-changing environment on viticulture will additionally be explored by Dr. Hans Schultz of Hochschule Geisenheim University in Germany, this year’s Honorary Research Lecturer. Dr. Schultz’s presentation will draw from his over 245 published papers and current work on climate change adaptation in grapes.

An especially anticipated presentation on the challenges of modern extension programs will be given by Dr. Anita Oberholster of University of California, Davis. Dr. Oberholster was honored with the Extension Distinction Award for her advanced translation of novel research findings into commercially applicable tools for enologists and viticulturists.

Participants will have the opportunity to delve even deeper into frontline research during the six viticulture and six enology sessions. Each hour-long session features three research reports, investigating everything from vine physiology to smoke exposure on grape and wine composition. The conference’s “Connect with Speaker” email features allow for follow-up discussions prompted by these findings and highlights.

Registration for the one-day Precision Viticulture symposium and the 72nd ASEV National Conference is now open at http://www.asev.org/2021-registration for members and non-members. Participants who register before June 15, 2021, will receive a discounted rate. ASEV, CAWG and NGRA members, industrial affiliates and students can register at a fraction of the general rate, and companies can take advantage of discounted group registration rates. ASEV student members can attend the one-day Precision Viticulture symposium for free.

The ASEV National Conference is a forum for sharing and disseminating the latest scientific information relevant to winemaking and grapegrowing. For more information about the 72nd ASEV National Conference, taking place as a virtual conference on June 21-24, 2021, visit www.asev.org. For the full program listing, click here. Early registration ends on June 15. To register for the conference, click here.

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