Press release Sacramento, CA

Honorary Research Lecture to Explore a Path for Vineyards to Adapt in Rapidly Changing Environments

Davis, Calif., May 20, 2021…The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) is pleased to present this year’s Honorary Research Lecturer, Dr. Hans Schultz of Hochschule Geisenheim University in Germany. Dr. Schultz will be presenting the 2021 Honorary Research Lecture, “From Canopy Systems to Water Relations to Climate Change – An Unsteady Path in an Ever Changing Environment,” at the 72nd ASEV National Conference on Thursday, June 24, at 11:15 a.m. PDT.

Dr. Schultz is the founding president of Hochschule Geisenheim University in Germany. He grew up in Germany’s Moselle-Valley, where his parents owned a small family-operated vineyard and winery. He received a bachelor of science degree in viticulture and enology from Geisenheim in Germany in 1983, a master of science in horticulture from the University of California, Davis (UCD) in 1986, and a doctorate in crop science from Geisenheim/University of Gießen (in cooperation with UCD) in 1989. He continued his post-doctoral work at UC Davis’ departments of viticulture and enology, ornamental horticulture and botany from 1990-1993 before joining a European research project at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique (today SupAgro) in Montpellier, France, in 1993. In 1995, he was appointed section head of the viticulture department at the Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim (Geisenheim Research Center, GRC) and a professor of viticulture at the Fachhochschule Wiesbaden/Geisenheim (University of Applied Sciences), Germany. In 1998, he was a visiting Professor at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia. In April 2009, he was appointed director of the GRC, then in 2013, he became the President of the newly formed Geisenheim University. He has published 245 papers and has been working on many different topics with a focus on climate change adaptation research for more than 20 years. He conceived an ongoing experiment that attempts to mimic carbon dioxide levels grapes might face in 2050, which was featured in in February 2019.

Founded in 1950 by a group of researchers and winemakers, the ASEV is dedicated to the interests of enologists, viticulturists and others in the fields of wine and grape research and production throughout the world. The ASEV National Conference is a forum for sharing and disseminating the latest scientific information relevant to winemaking and grape growing. For more information about the 72nd ASEV National Conference, taking place as a virtual conference on June 21-24, 2021, visit For the full program listing, click here. Early registration ends on June 15. To register for the conference, click here.