Oenoviti – preparing for the wine industry of the future
The leading international network for education and research in oenology and viticulture.
Find out more about this unique network by reading the interview with Pierre-Louis Teissedre, professor of oenology, University of Bordeaux (Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences - ISVV) and director of the Oenoviti International Network.
What are the origins of the Oenoviti international network?
The University of Bordeaux boasts renowned expertise within the discipline of Vine and Wine Sciences. Despite this great asset, in 2010 it was however noted that the discipline lacked international outreach with few international PhDs, no international study programs labeled Erasmus Mundus and a strong need for funding in order to develop international cooperation projects.
In response to this lacking, a joint international PhD program, OENODOC, dedicated to wine and vine sciences, was developed in 2011/2012. Counting initially 10 academic and non-academic partners, this international collaboration then rapidly expanded to become the Oenoviti international network which brings together academic and industrial partners within the domain of training and research in oenology and viticulture*.
Who are the members of the network and how is it managed?
Today, the Oenoviti international network is the leading international network for training and research in oenology and viticulture. It counts a total of 55 academic and non-academic partners (38 European and 17 non-European) from 22 countries throughout the world. Of these partners, 38 are academic, 13 are industrial and 4 are research units.
Coordinated by the University of Bordeaux (ISVV), the network is managed by an executive board consisting of the members of the consortium, the representatives of the major programs and the fondation Bordeaux Université. The network partners gather according to 7 cross-disciplinary and thematic work groups but also in meetings such as general assemblies.
The seven thematic work groups:
Oenology / Viticulture / Climate change / Wine management and wine tourism / Wine and health / Knowledge transfer / Development, strategic monitoring and international relations.
What are the achievements to date for the network?
Since its creation, the network has achieved the following results to date:
- Completion of 14 co-tutelle (double degree) theses with the Oenodoc program,
- Organization of 6 international symposiums dedicated to the sector of Vine and Wine Sciences,
- Creation of a Master study program in Wine tourism, labeled Erasmus Mundus and with the University of Bordeaux as partner (25 students welcomed per year),
- Awarding of ministerial grants for the Oenoclim project (Climatic change), European grants for the intensive European program Oenobio,
- Funding from the French and Spanish ministries for a joint Franco-Spanish Master degree (from the University of Bordeaux and the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
- Validation of a French-German Doctoral School project based on the topic of Climatic Change (between the University of Bordeaux and Geisenheim University),
- And many more projects underway and upcoming!
What are the challenges for the future ?
The wine industry faces several challenges today whether it be on a regional or an international level: a new generation of oenologists/viticulturists must be trained, one capable of integrating information across different areas of research, from grape production with sustainable, integrated and/or organic viticulture, pests and diseases, genetic diversity and biodiversity (vines, yeast and bacteria), molecular genetics to secondary metabolites influencing grape and wine quality. Also to be considered is the adaptation of analytical methods for the identification and quantification of key components as well as the implementation of new oenological practices including biotechnology, safety and health issues during wine production and consumption.
Such challenges mean that this new generation of scientists must collaborate within integrated networks, with strong academic and industrial partnerships. Within this context, it is therefore essential for the Oenoviti international network to continue developing projects that promote interactions between the network members and that further innovate our methods of training, research and knowledge transfer at the academic and professional level. The future looks bright and busy!
* The network was supported from its creation by a sponsorship from the Château Pichon Longueville.