Barley symposium blends the science with the craft in Tassie

Grain Central, August 30, 2017

TASMANIA will host the world’s barley industry next week at the Australian Barley Technical Symposium (ABTS) where barley’s high-value human use will be the focus.

Charlie “The Pope of Foam” Bamforth will be delivering a skype address to the 2017 Australian Barley Technical Symposium.

Themed “The science and the craft : barley – beer – whisky”, the symposium will enable researchers, brewers and distillers to quiz barley breeders from all over Australia, as well as breeders from China, Canada, Germany, Morocco, Spain and the acclaimed UK breeding facility The James Hutton Institute.

The symposium will include a skype presentation from University of California Davis distinguished professor of malting and brewing sciences, Charlie Bamforth, better known as “The Pope of Foam”.

Held in Hobart from September 3-6, the ABTS 2017 program includes almost 50 speakers and 60 poster presentations, which offer young scientists platforms to present their work.

The Australian Barley Technical Symposium internationally promotes exchange of information throughout the barley supply chain.

The ABTS dinner will include the announcement of competition winners and prizes in three categories, a

Barley trial plots, photo ABTS

barley research incentive award to a researcher under

35 years old, the Paul Johnston Memorial Trust award and poster awards.


Post-conference tours will visit distilleries, research stations at Cressy and Mt Pleasant, and Hagley, in Northern Tasmania, a region which shares some of Australia’s highest yielding crops.

Link to ABTS2017 webpage here.


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