Between 23rd and 27th of July 2018, two researchers from KIS, Franc Čuš, PhD and Klemen Lisjak, PhD visited research facilities of INRA Montpellier, INRA Pech Rouge and INRA/ISVV Bordeaux. The aim of the visit was to discuss and determine research work for viticulture and oenology pillar within next 6 years of the SLO-ACE project. Research activities will include 4 topics (wine microbiology and chemistry, sensory analysis, and new or improved technologies in grape and wine production) with 3 PhD and 1 PostDoc student included one in each topic. Slovenian researchers were hosted by prof. Jean-Marie Sablayrolles (Montpellier) and prof. Philippe Darriet (Bordeaux) and had great opportunity to meet different research groups working on grape and wine microbiology, polyphenols, aroma compounds, sensory science, bioactive compounds, technology process and viticulture. Future cooperation within research institution will significantly and positively impact research in grape and wine sector in Slovenia. The excellence in grape and wine research will result in better competitiveness of Slovenian viticulture and recognition of Slovenian wines.
Final conference of the SLO-ACE project was held in Ljubljana on Wednesday, the 4th of July 2018 and had important media coverge. Representatives of the consortium, stakeholders and policy makers as well as international partners and invited speakers from abroad attended the event. The targeted number of participants was outreached.
Guests were welcomed by Director of Agricultural Institute of Ljubljana (KIS), Andrej Simončič, PhD. The event continued with the speech of Tanja Strniša, MSc., state secretary at Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (MAFF) and Peter Volasko, MSc. from Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MIZŠ). The SLO-ACE project was presented by coordinator Vladimir Meglič, PhD. Special attention was given to partner institutions. French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) was represented by Jean-Francois Hocquette and Aarhus University (AU) by Per Kudsk. The basic research areas (Crop production, Viticulture and Oenology and Meat production) and the purpose of their further development were defined by the pillar leaders from the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Peter Dolničar, PhD, Franc Čuš, PhD and Marjeta Čandek-Potokar, PhD.
The event continued with a round table, moderated by journalist Petra Šubic. In the discussion were included the Director of KIS, Andrej Simončič, PhD, Tanja Strniša, MSc. (MAFF), Peter Volasko, MSc. (MESS), Emil Erjavec, PhD (vice dean at Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana), Tatjana Zagorc, PhD (director Chamber of Agriculture and Food Enterprises CCIS-CAFE) and Branko Ravnik (director Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia).
The conference was concluded by invited foreign lecturers, who presented the operational centers of excellence in the world:
Jean-Marie Sablayrolles, PhD (INRA, France): UMR Sciences for Enology: Institutional, Organisational and Partnership Aspects;
Philippe Darriet, PhD (University of Bordeaux, France): Research Unit in Enology INRA-University of Bordeaux. Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences. Positioning and Partnerships;
Zlatko Šatović, PhD (University of Zagreb & CroP-BioDiv, Croatia): The Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity and Molecular Plant Breeding (CoE CroPBioDiv): Objectives and Activities.
A guest from Australia, Frank Rowland Dunshea, PhD should also give a lecture via video call: about Government, versity and Industry Co-investment in Agricultural Research – An Australian Perspective, but due to technical problems he faced in Australia that was not possible.