Dr Richard Smart
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Dr Richard Smart is an Honorary Fellow with the AIRC.
Dr Smart studied Agricultural Science at Sydney University, graduating with Honours. Between 1966 and 1971, he was a Viticultural Scientist based in Griffith, NSW, studying the use of drip irrigation in vineyards. He received his Doctorate from Cornell University in 1975, and then taught Applied Science at Roseworthy Agricultural College from 1975 to 1982. Druing this time, he also had the roles of Head of the Department of Viticulture, as well as Dean of the Faculty of Oenology.
Between 1982 and 1990, Dr Smart conducted research for the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture. He was appointed as National Viticultural Scientist, having responsibility for overseeing viticultural technical development throughout the country. He founded the New Zealand Society for Viticulture and Oenology, and initiated the Second International Conference on Cool Climate Viticulture and Oenology, held in 1988.
From 1990 onwards, Dr Smart has been a consultant to the wine industry, both nationally and internationally. In 2002 and 2003, he spent three months teaching undergraduate students at University of California Cal Poly, in San Luis Obispo, California.
Dr Smart is now based in Cornwall in the UK, but has returned to Tasmania to work with the AIRC to explore the potential for development of the Tasmanian wine sector.