Andris Dishlers, Latvia

Eike Pawelzik, PhD., professor at Germany Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Department of Crop Sciences, Göttingen, Germany

Experience in quality evaluation of plant foods, including vegetables, cereals and potatoes.

Current Projects and Interests. Fusarium contamination in grains, mineral nutrition of potatoes, tomato fruit quality in organic outdoor farming. Stress response of plants.


Ernie Wilmink, USA

Ernst Heinrich Rühl, PhD., professor, Germany

Fluvio Mattivi, PhD., researcher, Head of the Department Food Quality and Nutrition, Research and Innovation Centre, San Michele all’Adige, Italy 

Scientific coordinator of over 20 projects funded by research agencies, as well as of collaborations with industries and consortia. His research work led to over 150 scientific papers and over 150 communications to national and international conferences. He co-authored 2 international patents. He has been external professor at several national universities since 1991 and supervisor or co-supervisor of more than 40 thesis projects.

Friedrich Höhne, PhD., Germany

Gerhard Flick, PhD., professor at Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences (HS NB), Dept. Agriculture and Food Science, Neubrandenburg, Germany

Initiator and leader of the project “Cultivation of Vine and New Cultivated Plants in the Pomerania-Region”, since 2006.  Building up a wine farm in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 1999-2007.  Leader of the own wine farm in Rhineland-Palatinate, 1994-1998. Professor for Agricultural Chemistry at HS NB, since 1994. Scientist responsible for registration of pesticides for use in vineyards at German Fed. Biol. Res. Center, (BBA, now BVL), 1985–1989


Prof. Grünwald, PhD., prorector of HS NB

Gunvaldis Vesmin, PhD., professor, head and owner of the Grape Breeding and Research Centre “Vīnkoki”, Cīrava, Latvia

Grape breeder in Moldova and Latvia, developing early ripening,
disease resistant, and hardy grape varieties. New named varieties include “Dovga”, “Liepajas Dzintars”, “Ciravas Agraa”, all extremely early ripening white wine varieties for the Baltic climate.

Hans Rosenfeld, PhD., Viticulturist and Winemaker, Ås, Norway 

Leader of the Norwegian Grape Growers Association. Published numerous articles on grape growing, breeding and wine making on the home page of Norwegian Grape Growers Association. Greenhouse production of wine grapes. Grape breeding for extremely cool season climates.

Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, Ph.D., professor North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USAUSA

Harlene oversees the grape germplasm enhancement project at NDSU and conducts research and outreach on cold-hardy grapes.  Her emphasis is weed science, but most research is production related.  Harlene initiated her grape research in 2001 after ND state legislature made commercial wineries possible. Harlene has been involved with the NE1020 (Multi-state Evaluation of Wine Grape Cultivars and Clones) project activities since 2009 and is the ND representative for the 13 state Northern Grapes SCRI grant.  She also maintains the NDSU-Grapes listserv with over 200 subscribers and is a member of the board for the North Dakota Grape and Wine Association.  Harlene is a Board of Directors member for ASEV-ES.

Mr. Heise, director of Kommunalgemeinschft Europaregion Pomerania e.V.

Helen Fisher,  PhD., Canada Associate professor, retired, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada 

Fruit Extension specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agricultural and Food, Harrow, Ontario (1973-1976). Horticulture Instructor, Fairview Agricultural and Technical College, Fairview, Alberta (1976-1978). Research scientist (grapevine physiology and grapevine breeding), Horticultural Research Institute of Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Vineland (1978-1996). Associate professor (viticulture), Department of Plant Agriculture/Vineland, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph (1996-2011).


Inga Smit, PhD., Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Department of Crop Sciences Göttingen, Germany 

Investigation of biogenic amines in grapes and wines as influenced by nitrogen nutrition and infection with Botrytis. Tomato fruit quality in organic outdoor farming, stress response of plants, nitrogen nutrition and grape quality. Fusarium contamination in grains.


Jerzy Lisek, PhD., Poland Assistant Professor, Research Institute of Horticulture Skierniewice, Poland

Researcher with twenty six-years of experience on experimental grape growing. Evaluation of biology, morphology, yielding, healthiness, frost tolerance and propagation of grapevine genotypes. Investigations on: cultural practices in vineyard, especially training and pruning vine; grape growing under the cover (plastic tunnels, greenhouses).

Interest in Ex situ collection of grape genotypes. The effect of soil biosphere biostimulators on root system development, plant growth and yielding of grapevine. Weed and soil management in orchard and small fruit plantation. The study on synanthropic flora of orchard and small fruit plantations.

Joachim Schmid, PhD., professor at Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim Fachgebiet Rebenzüchtung und Rebenveredlung, Geisenheim, Germany

Detection and maintaining the genetic diversity of wild vitis-species for rootstock breeding. Breeding of phylloxera resistant rootstocks for grapevines. Adaptability screening of rootstocks for different soil types.


Karine Pedneault, PhD., researcher, Quebec City, Canada

After her doctoral studies, Dr Pedneault occupied a research scientist position at E&J Gallo Winery (Modesto, California) from 2007 to 2009, where she developed a specialization in grape and wine aroma. She is now developing research projects on cold hardy grapes with emphasis on hybrid grape chemistry, winemaking, and sensory attributes.

Kimmo Rumpunen, PhD., Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Balsgård, Department of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, Kristianstad, Sweden

Specialized in analysis of different polyphenols in fruits and beverages (tea, juice, wine, fruit wine, kefir, vinegar, beer). Center of Innovative Beverages. Evaluation of apple cultivars for cider production. Plant breeding of sea buckthorn. Plant breeding of black currants.

Manfred Stoll, Germany

Max McFarland, PhD., Co-owner & Operator, Mac’s Creek Winery and Vineyards, Lexington, Nebraska, USA

Focus and expertise is in the development and implementation of research. He has been working in research design, both in education and in the wine industry for the past twenty-five years. He has been involved with the wine industry in Nebraska since the late 1990’s. McFarland currently serves as the chairman, appointed by Governor Dave Heineman, of the Nebraska Grape and Wine Board. 

His research in the wine industry has focused on the minimizing winter damage to cold climate hybrids and the efficacy in the use of ozone to reduce usage of pesticides in grapevine disease control. Dr. McFarland has presented his research throughout North America and Europe.

Paul Becher, PhD. sc. nat., Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden

Current Projects and Interests. Odour mediated behaviour and sensory physiology in insects. From the model to the pest: Chemical ecology of Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila suzukii. The significance of microorganisms in the ecology of plant living insects. D. melanogaster as model in food research.


Peter Witzgall, PhD., professor, Swedish Agricultural University (SLU), Alnarp, Sweden

Development of environmentally safe insect control techniques in vineyards, especially pheromone-mediated mating disruption.  Establishment of experimental vineyard at Alnarp, Sweden.

Current projects and interests. Plant-insect-microbe interactions. Identification of odour signals that are used for communication between species. Application of these signals in insect control.

Piotr Chelpinski, PhD., professor nadzw. ZUT, Szczecin, Poland

Involved in cultivation of vine and new cultivated plants in the Pomerania-region. Operational Programme for objective 3 “European territorial cooperation” – ”crossborder cooperation” between the federal states Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/Brandenburg and the Republic of Poland (Vojvodship Zachodniopomorskie) 2007-2012 – known as “INTERREG IV A”.

Reinhard Eder, PhD., professor, Head of the Institute for Chemistry and Biology at the Federal College and Research Institute for Viticulture and Pomology, Klosterneuburg, Austria

Qualimetry of wine, fruits and fruit products. Analysis of substances that influence the appearance, smell and taste of wine and fruits. Research focuses on analysis of substances like phenolics, aromatic substances, (amino) acids), minerals. Influence of production methods and technologies on these substances. Development and application of analytical methods to improve food safety and to ensure consumer protection against fraud and any hazard.


Rolf Hornig, PhD.,  rer. hort., LMS Landwirtschaftsberatung MV/SH GmbH, Büro Schwerin, Schwerin, Germany

Consultant for fruit growers in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Managing the German-Estonian Sea buckthorn cooperation.


Sabine Heeren, Dipl.-Agr.biol., Neubrandenburg, Germany

Since 2010, conducted project for growing thermophile plants and wine in the Pomerania region; included food processing, winemaking and organoleptic tests. 

Current Projects and Interests. Polyphenols, food processing, organoleptic tests, analytical chemistry.


Timo Taskinen, “Great Guesser in Growing Viniferas in Finland”, Lappeenranta, Finland

Fine tuning part season tunnel growing techniques for grapevines and heading again towards field level.


Troben Bo Toldam-Andersen, PhD., Associate Professor, Copenhagen University, Head of the Pometum, Copenhagen, Denmark

Gradually established a cultivar collection with about 100 cultivars at the Pometum since mid 1990’ies. Responsible for the course ‘Cool Climate Viticulture and Enology’ since 2006. Started experimental wine making in 2007 and make approx 75 wines/year from grapes. Have been visiting Geisenheim Research Center every year since 2006 and cooperate with LGW in Veitsuchtheim, Franken.

Cultivar evaluation with focus on fruit quality and optimization of the vinification is a major interest. For 2 years, have conducted a project in cooperation with the DWGA, titled, “Improvement of the Danish grape and wine quality.” A PhD student project is studying grape microflora and berry ripening. Recently completed a smaller project on fruit wine production from local cultivars of plums and sour cherries. In addition, projects on apple juice quality and sour cherry growing are underway.


Tom Plocher, USA

Tom Plocher is perhaps best known for co-authoring (with Bob Parke) the book Northern Winework: Growing Grapes and Making Wine in Cold Climates and for his grape, ‘Petite Pearl’.  Tom has returned to China many times and travelled extensively around the northern provinces of Heilongjiang and Jilin, and the northwestern provinces of Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Gansu, and Xinjiang.  During his China travels Tom has met with many local grape producers and researchers. He has studied grape varieties, viticulture practices in these cold winter provinces, and their emerging wine industries. One of his lasting memories is the prevalence, throughout the cold climate provinces in China, of unheated greenhouse grape culture for the production of premium seedless table grapes.  His goal is to see profitable local grape culture expand throughout the cold and cool climate world through the development of new grape varieties and application of innovative technology for grape culture.


Tyler Kaban, Research Technician, University of Saskatchewan Domestic Fruit Program, Saskatoon, Canada

Six years’ experience with grape culture and breeding in the greenhouse. In the last three years have produced nearly 20,000 seedlings from controlled crosses which are currently being evaluated for extreme cold hardiness. As a graduate student developed numerous protocols that greatly accelerate the grape breeding process. These included techniques to induce early flowering/fruiting in young greenhouse-grown vines and seed pretreatments to reduce cold stratification time.

Current projects and interests. Breeding table, juice and wine grapes that will survive on the Canadian Prairies.

Wojciech Bosak, Vice-president, Polish Institute of Viticulture and Wine, Kraków, Poland

Owner of a vineyard from 1995 to 2004. Wine journalist and wine writer since 2002. Consultant on viticulture and winemaking for several vineyards in Poland since 2004. Lecturer on Course of Oenology, Jagiellonian University since 2011.

Current projects and interests. Site selection and design for vineyard’s plantations. Traditional ways of vine growing and winemaking. Economical analysis for commercial wine production in Poland.


Xiao-yan Li, PhD., professor, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China

Research on the relationship of character and morphologic anatomy structure and ecological adaptability on grapes. Research cold resistance physiology on grape. Research the adaptability of different rootstock on grapes. Wrote the 3 books: “Horticultural cultivation”, “Fruit culture technique”, “The formula fertilization on grape in Inner Mongolia ”.

Current projects and interests. Research the adaptability of different rootstock on grapes. Observation of introduction of different grape varieties. The biological characteristics, ecological adaptability and wine quality evaluation on cold resistance wine grape.