Prof. Leigh Schmidtke

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Leigh will be chair of Session 9. Fresh Science B. Click here to see more.


Leigh is a Professor of Wine Science and the Director of the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre from 2016 until the launch of the Gulbali Institute at Charles Sturt University in 2022. He has an extensive background in analytical chemistry relating to grape and wine analysis, wine production systems and wine microbiology. Chemometrics and metabolomics are features of Leigh’s research and collaborations. Complex data analysis, metabolomics, rapid methods of assessment using IR and mass spectrometry methods for determining the impact of abiotic and biotic factors upon grapevine and plant performance, berry composition and wine style are some of his research interests.