Tuesday the 22th of December 2020
Dear friends and members of the GiESCO,
It is time to wish you the traditional Christmas and New Year's greetings. As we write these few words, we would modestly like to highlight two major lessons from the COVID19 event.
First, this epidemic has shown how interdependent we are from a health, economic and social point of view. Globalization is not a new thing for the human civilization, but in the 20th century, with the explosion of international trade and passenger air traffic, internationalization has reached an unprecedented degree. Of course, globalization has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on the angle of analysis, but undeniably it has played a role not only in the epidemiology of the pandemic but also in the development of solutions to try to mitigate it. The second lesson is that our "developed society" has finally remained very fragile compared to natural events. As in the Middle Ages (and may be even more), a simple microorganism can disturb all the system and even perhaps slow down human proliferation.
At our level, we have also been impacted. Regardless of the use of grapevine fruits (table grapes and raisins, grape juice, wines and derivatives), the cultivation of this species will remain an important economic and social activity in many countries. The need to precisely control management practices, integrating multidisciplinary technical and scientific issues, has never been more essential. This is the fundamental project of the GiESCO.
After much hesitation, a few months ago, we fortunately postponed the next congress to July 2023, maintaining the original destination (Cornell-Ithaca University) and the themes that are dear to us. Let's hope that the vaccination campaigns will be efficient enough to control the pandemic and that gradually the world will regain some stability. In 2021, we will therefore be attentive to the evolution of the global situation.
Before the end of 2021, we hope to be able to confirm the organization of the next congress in 2023. In addition, we are considering organizing late 2021 or early 2022, a digital meeting to share our thoughts and knowledges about the consequences of the pandemic on research, higher education and industry sectors linked to viticulture. We already invite you to propose your thoughts, for example in the form of chronicles or testimonies to be published on our website.
We will keep you informed of the next deadlines. In the meantime, we would like to wish you all the best for 2021 both for your family and for your professional activities.
All the best,
Laurent Torregrosa, Hernan Ojeda, Alain Carbonneau and Giovanni Cargnello