Speaker: Professor Florian Bauer (Institute for Wine Biotechnology, Department of Viticulture and Oenology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Florian Bauer obtained a Ph.D. in Life Sciences at the University of Bordeaux II in 1993. He currently holds the position of South African Research Chair in Integrated Wine Science and of Distinguished Professor in Wine Biotechnology at Stellenbosch University. The position is based at the Institute for Wine Biotechnology, which is part of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology in the Faculty of AgriSciences. His research focuses on wine-relevant aspects of yeast physiology, genetics and molecular biology, including the regulatory networks that control gene expression and metabolism, cell wall properties and the interactions between wine microorganisms. More recently, the research focus has shifted towards investigating the dynamics of wine-associated microbial ecosystems, the application of synthetic ecology and the integration of new data analysis tools in the Sensory and Consumer Sciences.