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Champion of wine industry collaboration appointed to key university role
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Former head of the Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture, Professor Jim Hardie, has been appointed as the Director of the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) at Charles Sturt University (CSU) at Wagga Wagga.
Professor Hardie has been Professor of Wine Growing Innovation at the NWGIC since 2007. Over that time he has actively promoted its capacity to drive value-adding change across the industry.
Professor Hardie has more than 30 years experience in viticultural research, vineyard management and wine production.
“Professor Hardie epitomises achieving relevant and effective collaboration for industry-focused research and development. He has received awards for his contributions to science and the extension of research findings within the wine industry and is a frequent invitee as a keynote speaker for industry conferences in Australia and overseas,” said CSU Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Ian Goulter.