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THE VINE SCIENCE AWARD
The Vine is an area within the WBWE, conceived to encourage new businesses that evolve around wine and vine industries. Using every resource, and expanding every possibility, such an initiative shows the great potential that can be developed in the sector.
But in order to do so, we consider it essential to foster Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I). Therefore, since 2014, the World Bulk Wine Exhibition organizes the International Scientific Poster Competition: The Vine Science Award, bringing attention to all relevant research related to obtaining and applying wine and vine by-products, as well as ways of converting waste. From the 2017 fair, research projects, which are not directly linked to the vine residues or byproducts, but that can be applied to the wine sector, can participate in The Vine Science Award.
Any recent research carried out by universities, research centers, companies and public or private institutions can be submitted to The Vine Science Award. The best poster project, among all those admitted and exhibited during the World Bulk Wine Exhibition, will be awarded with a prize valued at €3.000, based on its originality and ground-breaking nature. If the jury deems so, alongside the winner, two “special mentions” can be awarded in order to highlight the quality of another two research projects.
The Vine Science Award 2016
A research project that found a replacement for sulphur dioxide, obtained from grapevine shoots, has won The Vine Science Award 2016
Two research projects have both achieved secondary awards due to their quality and importance.
The prize on the 3rd The Vine Science Award, sponsored by Alvinesa, Beflexi and LIEC Agroalimentaria Ltd., was awarded to the following research: “Replacing SO2 in winemaking with grapevine shoot?” from IFAPA (the Institute of Agriculture and Fishing Research and Training), Rancho de la Merced, Andalucía’s regional government (Spain).
This project is based on the use of stilbenes –obtained from grapevine shoots–, thanks to their preservative capacity, in order to replace sulphur dioxide (SO2) in winemaking. “Thanks to our results we demonstrate that wood pruning, one of the vine by-products, can be exploited in order to add value to wine and to help environmental sustainability of viticultural crops”, researchers commented.
This research team defines itself as “a multidisciplinary team committed to the needs of the wine sector”. Therefore, the idea emerged “from the industry’s and the consumer’s need of finding alternatives to sulphur dioxide, by producing more healthy and natural wines, without causing a decline in wine quality”.
Being awarded The Vine Science Award, researchers explain that “it gives us the opportunity to spread our work in a strategic place, where different types of companies connected to the wine world are gathered. An award that comes from the sector and boosts R&D&I”.
Given the increased participation and the quality of the research projects presented, the jury has also decided to award two special mentions. On the one hand, “Grape marc polyphenols encapsulation in natural origin carriers by conventional and supercritical fluid based techniques”, within the Project WineSense, focused on the multiple uses of polyphenol extract from grape marc.
And on the other hand: “Metabolic profiling of winery biomass waste degradation by Penicillium chrysogenum” from the Swinburne University of Technology, CSIRO and RMIT University in Australia, related to the development of penicillin production.
Relation of The Vine 2016 Posters
In 2015, the Scientific Committee of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition decided to award the research work: “Potential applications of a grape seed extract as antimicrobial agent in oral health”, from the CIAL-Research Institute for Food Sciences (CSIC-UAM), in collaboration with the University of Zurich. This research proved, for the first time, the potential that a grape seed extract rich in phenolic compounds of the flavan-3-ol type has to significantly reduce the number of bacteria responsible for tooth decay without any secondary effects. During its 1st edition, in 2014, The Vine awarded the research project: "Seasoning products from wine pomace with interesting preservative and healthful properties", from the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science of the University of Burgos (Spain). This scientific project obtained a seasoning product with lower sodium content from wine residues, fit for human consumption.
These are two good examples of the versatility, and economic return, inherent to winemaking residues.
The Vine Science Award is a great opportunity for researchers to exhibit their latest findings on wine and vine by-products and waste, within the context of an international event that gathered nearly 6.000 visitors from all over the world. Thus, this is a platform to foster the technological transmission of many research findings, which are the future of the new businesses within the sector.
And, to have the opportunity to obtain an award granted by the WBWE. The best research, the poster that stands out for its originality, innovation and importance, will receive 3.000€.
The World Bulk Wine Exhibition aims to ensure visibility of research on wine and vine derivatives, by-products and waste. Therefore, in order to participate in The Vine Science Award 2016, the WBWE’s Scientific Poster Competition, presentations can cover any topic related to analysis, extraction, and/or handling of wine and vine by-products and waste. All those research studies that, although they do not belong to the wine industry, they can be applied to it, can also participate in the contest.
Any research work that covers the topics specified above (point 1) can participate in the competition.
Submitted posters can be carried out either individually or in a team; the latter must indicate one of the authors as a contact person, in case the organizers need to contact them. If applicable, any researcher or institution can participate with more than one research project.
Layout must include a written abstract for previous evaluation and a poster, once the presentation has been accepted by the contest, in order to be featured in the 2016 WBWE. Both documents have to be written in English.
Abstracts must contain a title, the author(s’) name(s) and the research content (objectives of the study, methodology, findings and conclusions). Abstracts must not exceed two pages.
Format: Office Word documents (or Word-compatible). Text layout: the text should be justified, use single spacing and double space between the paragraphs. Font type: Times New Roman. Font size: 12.
Posters must contain:
- A Title (in bold type).
When submitting the poster, you must attach a datasheet with the following information:
5. Selection process:
The WBWE Scientific Committee will select proposals and will notify participants of the outcome before the 20th October 2017.
Posters will be exhibited from the first day of the event and during the entire 2017 World Bulk Wine Exhibition, in the area devoted to THE VINE.
Attendance at the WBWE is not compulsory for those presenting research posters; however, for those who wish to attend, the organizers will provide two tickets to access the premises.
Among the posters accepted by the WBWE Scientific Committee and exhibited during the World Bulk Wine Exhibition, the best research work will be awarded a prize.
The decision of the Jury, which is composed of members of the WBWE Scientific Committee, will be disclosed on the first day of the Exhibition, on November 20th, at the Conference Room.
The prize will be €3.000 and a certificate will be awarded to the winners by the organizers of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition.
Both for their acceptance and in order to win an award, posters will be considered and evaluated according to the following criteria:
Participants acknowledge and accept the above rules when taking part in this contest.
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