Charles Sturt wine chemistry expert elected president of international research body


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Charles Sturt University senior lecturer in Wine Chemistry, Dr Andrew Clark, has been elected as president of arguably the preeminent scientific forum for wine science in the world, the In Vino Analytica Scientia (IVAS) symposium series.

The achievement recognizes Clark’s significant contribution in wine chemistry, particularly relating to wine oxidation mechanisms and control.

Clark is based at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga in the School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences and the Gulbali Institute for Agriculture, Water and Environment.

His appointment was announced at the close of the June 2022 conference held in Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany.

Clark said that it is an honor to be elected as president of this international group, which focuses on the science that underpins high-quality wine production.

“To use a winemaking analogy, the conference series presents a unique blend of analytical science and oenological (wine) science,” Clark said.

Charles Sturt University has been associated with ‘In Vino’ since its inception in 1997 with the National Wine and Grape Industry Center (NWGIC), a predecessor organization of the Gulbali Institute, always being represented on the scientific committee.

The NWGIC hosted the 2007 conference in Melbourne and held the presidency in 2013-15 through Professor Geoffrey Scollary, the inaugural director of the NWGIC.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue the high-level commitment of Charles Sturt University to the IVAS Symposium series,” Clark said.

“I joined the Scientific Committee in 2015, so it is a rapid rise to become president. It has also been quite humbling to lead a committee that has contained my mentors and scientists that have most inspired me.”

Charles Sturt deputy vice-chancellor (Research), Professor Mark Evans, said the achievement is recognition of the significant contribution that Clark makes to our understanding of wine chemistry, particularly in relation to wine oxidation mechanisms and control.

“On behalf of the university, I would like to congratulate Dr Clark. This appointment is a testimony to the intelligence and passion he brings to his field from him, which ultimately has a positive impact on his students and the industry,” Evans said.

Professor Leigh Schmidtke of the Charles Sturt University Gulbali Institute is also a member of the Scientific Committee, and the newly elected chair of the Scientific Committee is Dr Chantal Maury, now at L’École Supérieure d’Agricultures in Angers, France. Maury worked with the wine chemistry group at the NWGIC in 2004.

“This trio will ensure that Charles Sturt maintains its strong international reputation in wine research,” Clark said.

The next In Vino Analytica Science conference will be held in July 2024 at the Davis campus of the University of California.

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