The Australian Research Council Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production has won the 2020 Australian Council of Graduate Research award for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision.

The annual awards shine a spotlight on excellence in graduate research education.  The award for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision recognises HDR supervisors who have demonstrated a track record of successful HDR candidate outcomes and engagement in high quality supervisory practice and research supervision leadership.

The team, led by Professor Vladimir Jiranek, Professor in Oenology, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, includes University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor David Jeffery; Professor Kerry Wilkinson; Professor Steve Tyerman; Dr Renata Ristic; and Charles Sturt University’s Professor Leigh Schmidtke.

Professor Vladimir Jiranek says the key to success for his team is the strong industry partnerships which help postgraduate students play a vital role in developing the wine sector.

“The Training Centre model is set up so students have direct contact with industry partners, meaning we are training the next generation of industry-aware researchers”.


“Because we can train PhD students at that research / industry interface, they receive much more than an academic education; they also learn applied and practical skills to take into their viticulture and oenology careers.”

“One of the most rewarding aspects for the team is that because the students come from all over the world, we get a real diversity of views, experience and technical capabilities in the Centre.”

“It is a pleasure to see our students develop quickly as independent researchers who then quickly move into solid and successful research, academic and technical careers.”


The 2020 Australian Council of Graduate Research awards were announced on the 6th of April 2020.  Further details: