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Clim4Vitis days – Workshop, Farm visit and Staff Exchange– 17th-20th February, Luxembourg

Daniel Molitor during Modelling Pest and Disease workshop

The third event of Clim4Vitis days was organized at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the Institute Viti-vinicole (IVV) in Luxembourg during the week 17th-20th February 2020. The Clim4Vitis activities of these days concerned the workshop focused on “Modelling Pest and Diseases in vineyard”, the farm visit in the most famous winery of the Luxembourgish Moselle valley, the staff exchange event with Clim4Vitis partners and the expert webinar.

The Clim4Vitis workshop (17th-18th July 2020) was focused on the modelling of pest and disease in viticulture under changing climate. Several speakers from different European institutions contributed to the workshop with their research on the prediction of population dynamics of pests in viticulture and on the development of epidemiological models for predicting vine disease under climate change. After the presentations, a wide debate was opened with the audience for questions and discussion. In total 34 participants, among them wine growers, researchers and other stakeholders attended the two-day- workshop.

The farm visit (18th February 2020) was held at the wine growers’ cooperative VinsMoselle in Wormeldange and at the wine producer Cep d’Or in Hettermillen. Both wineproducers are situated along the Moselle river where the peculiarity of theTerroir guaranteed the production of rich and varied types of wines.

The Clim4Vitis staff exchange (20th July 2020) was organized for providing an overview of the LIST's facilities and laboratories to the Clim4Vitis partners, evidencing the role and expertise of the institute in viticulture and environmental informatics.

For the photos from the LIST event, please click here.
For more information, please click here.

An overview on “Modelling Pest and
Disease in vineyards
” workshop

Round table and discussion during the Clim4Vitis workshop at the Institute Viti-vinicole in Luxembourg

The third workshop of the European Twinning project Clim4Vitis was organized at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the Institute Viti-vinicole (IVV) on the 17th and 18th of February 2020. The "Modelling Pest and Disease in vineyards" workshop represented the opportunity for sharing the experiences of researchers from different countries on the current issue of the pest and disease dynamics in vineyard under changing climate.

The workshop started with the welcome given by LIST’s CEO Thomas Kallstenius, the director of the environmental department Lucien Hoffmann and the Clim4Vitis coordinator Joao Santos to all participants. The speakers evidenced the LIST contribution to the emerging Luxembourgish research and innovation in viticulture as well as the role of Clim4Vitis project to raise awareness on viticulture and climate change issue. During the first workshop day, the presentations were focused on the evaluation of pest and disease risk under changing climate (Sebastien Zito - University of Bourgougne; Astrid Forneck- Boku) as well as the development of models and tools for predicting disease dissemination and pest population dynamics (Micheal Maixner - Julius-Kuhn institute; Alicia Winkler- ZEPP).

The second day of workshop was opened by Robert Ley and Serge Fischer with an overview of the activities at the Institut Viti-vinicole of Remich. Subsequently, the invited speakers presented their studies about the use of epidemiological models for vineyard disease forecast (Elisa Gonzalez-Dominguez – Horta srl; Beate Berkelmann-Lohnertz, Hochschule Geisenheim University) and the decision support platforms for practical applications in vineyard (Pierre-Henri Dubuis, Agroscope; Gottfried Bleyer, WBI; Roland Krause, Geosens). The workshop was concluded with an open discussion on the previous topics coordinated by Marco Beyer (LIST).

For the webinar and the speakers’ interview from the LIST event, click here.

Clim4Vitis dissemination at external events

Clim4Vitis partners disseminated the project in the following events:

2nd iCROPM conference in Montpellier (France)

From the 3rd to the 5th of February 2020, the International Crop Modelling Symposium (iCROPM) 2020 conference was organised in Montpellier, France. Crop modelers from around the world exchanged on advances in crop modelling and identified challenges and new opportunities for future research. iCROPM2020 focused on recent improvements and applications of crop simulation models to better support agricultural production and food security under global change. A scientific study partially supported by the Clim4Vitis project was presented at the Crop Modelling for the future (iCROPM) conference in Montpellier (France).

12th annual winegrower workshop in Wormeldange (Luxembourg)

On February 5, 2020, a panel discussion on the topic “Climate change – How can we adapt?” took place during the 12th annual winegrower meeting in the town hall of Wormeldange in Luxembourg. Jürgen Junk and Daniel Molitor representing LIST and project Clim4Vitis were invited to participate in that discussion. Due to the emerging number of extreme events, especially heatwaves and summer droughts in the last decade, the discussion evolved around the question how to provide sufficient water for the Luxembourgish vineyards in the future. Increasing the water-retaining organic carbon content of the soil, irrigation based on rainwater as well as on water from the river Mosel were discussed as potential adaptation strategies. Legal aspects of water acquisition in France, Luxembourg and Germany were compared. More than 150 wine growers, consultants, retailers, politicians and researchers joined the event that was organised by the Institut Viti-vinicole and the Fédération des Associations Viticoles.

Clim4Vitis stakeholders workshop

2nd Clim4Vitis stakeholders’ workshop in Florence (Italy)

Initially scheduled for April 2020, this event was postponed due to the International COVID-19 pandemic. News about the event will be communicated in the upcoming months.


Future events

Because of the International COVID-19 pandemic, it is currently not possible to indicate Clim4Vitis future events. Updated information in this regard will be conveyed through the Clim4Vitis project website.

Clim4Vitis in the journals and in the news

The consortium has disseminated the project not only in scientific events but also in some major newspapers and radio channels, with the potential to reach a much larger audience in the partner countries.

Clim4Vitis association with the Applied Sciences journal (July, 2019)
Clim4Vitis is glad to associate with the Applied Sciences journal, an international peer-reviewed open access journal on applied natural sciences published semi-monthly online by MDPI. The journal covers all aspects of applied biology, applied chemistry, applied physics, and applied engineering. The journal is running a Special Issue – “Climate Change Impact on Viticulture and Potential Adaptation Strategies”, the guest editors of which are key Clim4Vitis project team memebers Dr. Joao Santos (UTAD, Portugal) and Dr. Daniel Molitor (LIST, Luxembourg).

Clim4Vitis relevant scientific publications (April, 2020)

  1. Santos, J. A., Fraga, H., Malheiro, A. C., Moutinho-Pereira, J., Dinis, L. T., Correia, C., Moriondo, M., Leolini, L., Dibari, C., Costafreda-Aumedes, S., Kartschall, T., Menz, C., Molitor, D., Junk, J., Beyer, M., Shultz, H.R. (2020). A Review of the Potential Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Options for European Viticulture. Applied Sciences, 10(9), 3092.
  2. Fraga, H., Molitor, D., Leolini, L., Santos, J. A. (2020). What is the impact of heatwaves on European viticulture? A modelling assessment. Applied Sciences, 10(9), 3030

To know about media mentions of Clim4Vitis,
check out Clippings  at https://clim4vitis.eu/clippings


Upcoming public project event

The next project event of Clim4Vitis will be held in Geisenheim, Germany on 1st December, 2020. It will be organized by the Clim4Vitis partner Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK). Taking into account the uncertainties associated with the International COVID-19 pandemic, the event has been planned towards the end of this year. In addition to the one-day Thematic Workshop, the project will also implement a staff exchange. Concrete details on the process of registration will be conveyed by the project team through the Clim4Vitis website.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº 810176. This document reflects only the author’s view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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