The 20th GiESCO International Meeting (Group of international Experts for Cooperation on Vitivinicultural Systems) will be held during November 5-10, 2017 in Mendoza, Argentina.
The GiESCO Meeting is the most important international meeting in the field of viticulture management and innovation, dealing with systemic and multidisciplinary approaches. It covers basic sciences and technologies, anticipating and adapting its topics to current and future challenges.
One of the main goals of GiESCO Meetings is to share the state of the art in research, technology development and innovations around the grapevine and its final products ; wine, table grapes, raisins, grape juice, concentrated must, and others. We expect to strengthen our net of researchers and institutions.
We all know also how important is this meeting to young scientists and graduate students, they have the opportunity to exchange with researchers and other students from around the world, and to present their advances and results of their research projects.
GiESCO Meetings also contribute to the professional environment and private sector. We have always had in our GiESCO meetings, attendees from private companies or independent consultants. GiESCO Meeting provide critical and comprehensive information and tools for managers and decision makers about practices leading to a sustainable viticulture.
The 20th GiESCO International Meeting 2017 will give us the chance to travel to the South Hemisphere, particulary to South America. We will visit different ecological regions where most grapevines are commercially grown under irrigation.
Mendoza, with only about 250 mm of rain/year, together with other regions with even less, irrigates with the water that melts from the snow of the Andes Mountains. Irrigations is for grapegrowers a management tool to achieve the quality of grapes wineries demand. However, water in this region is a scarce resource and is demanded by several other activities, some related to agriculture but others not. And because agriculture, including viticulture, is the major water user, society is closely looking how this scare resource is being used.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we thank you in advance for participating and making this first annoucement known around you.