The ICCWS 2021 organizers have developed a dynamic programming lineup, led by the foremost experts in the field of cool climate grape growing and winemaking.
The symposium will feature a mix of engaging keynote speeches, poster presentations and workshops highlighted by breakout sessions and networking events that are sure to provide a holistic understanding of the challenges and opportunities on the horizon. The symposium will be rooted in the sharing of rigorous scientific content and provision of unique opportunities to learn from the best and brightest in the cool climate industry from Canada and around the world.
The morning sessions will bring together all of the delegates for the keynote session each day. Following on this session there will be presentations, workshops and panel discussions including wine tastings. The main theme throughout the week is climate change adaptation and innovation. Within this framework will be sessions that includes viticulture, oenology, wine business and science communication, which are detailed below.
Research updates on innovations and solutions to meet vineyard challenges including sustainable methods for enhancing fruit quality and controlling pests and diseases, and new technologies for precision management and freeze damage protection.
The latest oenology research, ranging from new winemaking techniques and equipment to making wines with new varieties, novel yeast strains, new analytical techniques, and wine sensory evaluation, will be in the form of presentations, workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions.
With the evolution of technology and the changing pattern of wine purchasing comes a need to evolve business practices to ensure economic sustainability of the wine industry. This aspect of the symposium will explore building and maintaining a sustainable wine business with emphasis on marketing and consumer behaviour research.
Breaking down the technical matter of climate change and grape and wine science for grape growers, winemakers, the media and the general public requires researchers to disseminate results in an approachable and factual way. Therefore, new to the world of international viticulture and oenology conferences, these sessions will provide researchers with information on various methods to communicate climate change and grape and wine science research to the media. In turn, a workshop designed for the media will explore climate change and grape and wine science communication in the international press. Innovative techniques successfully applied to grape and wine outreach and extension services will also be presented.
Speakers will provide insight on sharing this information in a way that effectively expresses the credibility of the source and provides crucial information to those most strongly impacted by the challenges and opportunities presented by our changing climate, both in the vineyard and in the winery.