Professor Geoff Scollary
• Appointed Foundation Professor of Oenology at Charles Sturt University, February 1997
• Appointed Foundation Director, National Wine and Grape Industry Centre, May 1997
• Awarded the 2000 Royal Australian Chemical Institute Analytical Chemistry Division Medal for excellence in analytical chemistry
• Completion in 2006 of a 5-year $28 million co-investment research and extension program between the partners of the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre and the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation
• Awarded the 2006 Graham Gregory Trophy for service to the NSW Wine Industry
I was appointed in 1997 as the foundation professor of oenology at Charles Sturt University (CSU). I moved to CSU after several years in the School of Chemistry at The University of Melbourne.
At CSU, I had the responsibility of managing the teaching school of Wine and Food Science as well as establishing the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre, a partnership between CSU, NSW Department of Primary Industries and the NSW Wine Industry Association.
Following my doctoral studies in classical chemistry, I established a research program at The University of Melbourne in wine chemistry. To gain more understanding of the complex nature of wine, I completed the wine science degree by distance education at CSU finishing in 1992, supporting this study with practical experience in various wineries in Victoria. The combination of academic study and practical experience provided a solid foundation for my research and for my management of an industry-focussed research centre. My dual roles were recognised by my award of the 2000 Royal Australian Chemical Institute Analytical Chemistry Division Medal for excellence in analytical chemistry and the 2006 Graham Gregory Trophy for service to the NSW Wine Industry.
I established several international links with research and teaching institutions. In 2008. I was invited to be a visiting lecturer in the postgraduate program ‘Tecnología Enológica’, at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. I was a member of International Scientific Committee for In Vino Analytica Scientia conference series since its inception in 1997, becoming President in 2013-2015. This conference series focussed on the link between analytical chemistry and oenological science, a unique blend of two fundamental sciences.
Following my retirement from CSU in 2007, I was awarded in 2008 a fellowship, funded by the European Union, to be a guest lecturer under the EU’s Erasmus Mundus framework for the International Vintage Master Program. Lectures and seminars were presented at Le Groupe Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture, Angers, France, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary, Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore – Piacenza, Italy and Università di Bologna in Cesena, Italy. I returned to Budapest in 2011 and to Angers in 2012.
During my international activities, I received two light-headed awards in France. I was inducted into La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Sacavin in 2008 and was awarded a Diplôme de Sabreur at the University of Reims in July 2013.
I presently hold two honorary appointments: Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and Honorary Principal Fellow at The University of Melbourne.