Call for Papers

From November 27th to 30th 2016, the German Winegrowers’ Association organises, in association with partner organisations the best international platform with the aim to offer a transfer of information and experience between research/science, supplying industry and the wine sector. The 62nd instance of this traditional congress will take place under the patronage of the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine) and has the main theme:

“Shaping an authentic and innovative future - mastering climate change and globalisation“

The main theme is subject to the following six sections. Scientists and experts from the international wine world, who have gained new insights in the following topics and want to speak at the international congress 2016, are cordially invited to attend.


Markets and Marketing:

Subject: Global Trends and their influences on markets and marketing

  • Future markets
  • Wine consumption trends
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Conventional marketing
  • Social media marketing
  • Mobile marketing
  • Global pricing policy
  • New packaging solutions
  • Convenience in the wine industry

Keynote speaker:    Dr. Simone Kimpeler

“Global Trends” – from the perspective of the Head of Competence Center Foresight of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI



Subject: Impact of climate change on viticulture

  • Climate change and resource management – challenges and adaptation strategies
  • Microclimate – impact on berry ripening
  • Biotic stressors and interactions – challenges to match best practice
  • New technologies to improve our practices
  • Vineyard management and sustainability within the framework of current and future constrains

Keynote speaker:    Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer
“Impact of climate change on viticulture” - from the perspective of founding director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and long-time director of the UN Environment Programme UNEP



Subject: Management of alcohol, acidity and other ingredients

  • Process techniques
  • Process monitoring / real-time analytics
  • Additives and processing aids
  • Acid management
  • Alcohol management
  • Residue problems
  • Legal framework
  • Innovative packaging
  • Sustainable transport and logistics solutions

 Keynote speaker:   Prof. Dr. Luigi Moio
“Challenges for the future of oenology” - from the perspective of an Italian oenologist and chairman of the Oenology Committee at the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV)

Wine, tourism and architecture:

Subject: Winegrowers on the way to becoming service providers and profit centres

  • Customer needs in the tourism sector
  • Economic effects of tourism concepts
  • Success factors of specific wine tourism packages
  • ROI analysis of construction
  • Opportunities and risks of multichannel concepts
  • Event marketing
  • Importance of architecture in the wine industry for the individual operations and wine regions
  • Alternative sources of income for wineries through wine hotels, wine restaurants, wine bars and events etc.
  • Municipal Wine Experience Centres and its importance

Keynote speaker:    Antje Schünemann
“We came to stay.” New impetus for the culture of indulgence of tomorrow - from the perspective of a trend researcher


Organic viticulture:

Subject: Topics for the organic viticulture of tomorrow

  • Summer tilth
  • Cover crops
  • Water Supply
  • Vitality
  • Humus in vineyard soils
  • Production of compost
  • Fertilization and water protection
  • Change in the phytosanitary situation in organic viticulture
  • Fungus-tolerant varieties (PIWI)
  • Fungal diseases
  • Spotted-wing drosophila
  • Flavescence dorée

Keynote speaker:    Dr. Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein
”Globalisation and agriculture“- from the perspective of the Chairman of the Federal Organic Food Industry (BÖLW)


Microbiology and Analytics:

Subject: Microbiology and analytics in a time of changing requirements

  • New fermentation strategies (alcoholic and malolactic)
  • SO2 Management
  • Alternative methods of wine treatment and stabilization
  • Maturing and aging potential
  • New analytical developments (spectroscopic methods (NMR, FTIR, RFS, inter alia), multidimensional GC and HPLC) and non-targeted analysis (fingerprinting)
  • Verifying authenticity

Keynote speaker:    Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann
“Deciphering the chemical smell and taste signatures of red wine” - from the perspective of the Head of the Chair of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science at the Technical University Munich.


The hosting organisations form a scientific advisory committee, composed of representatives of the German research and education institutes, universities and institutions of the German wine industry (see below). The committee will decide on the selection of the papers submitted.

The congress events of the wine industry are carried out in cooperation with the Research Group of the German Viticulture (FDW), the Committee on Technology in Viticulture (ATW), the Association of German Oenologists (BDO), the Federal Association of Organic Viticulture (ECOVIN) as well as German research and education institutes and are consolidated as the 62nd German Winegrowers’ congress.

The deadline for your application is 31st March, 2016. The scientific advisory committee will review the proposals submitted and then notify you by 15th May 2016 whether your contribution has been accepted as a presentation (15 min) or as a short presentation (5 min).

The conference languages are German and English (simultaneous translation).

The speakers are exempted from the conference fees and receive an overnight accommodation allowance.

Please register online at here with the following information:

  • Title, forename, surname
  • Company/Institution/Organisation
  • Co-authors
  • Address with telephone and fax number
  • E-Mail-Address
  • Title of the lecture in German and English
  • Abstract in English

Your abstract should be a maximum of 2000 characters incl. spaces; content of the submission: scientific content (no company representation, vendor-neutral)