Two ANZEHN members have recently been awarded prestigious grants. Dr Julie McIntyre (University of Newcastle) was awarded a 2019 Fullbright Scholarship and Dr Alessandro Antonello (University of Melbourne) was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2019-2022. Please see below for details of their projects.

Julie McIntyre (University of Newcastle) has received a 2019 Fulbright scholarship to spend three months at the Shields Library, University of California (Davis). The Shields Library holds the Anglophone world’s largest archive collections on wine science, industry and culture. Of most interest to Julie are the faculty papers of grape scientist Harold Olmo, who travelled from UC Davis to University of Western Australia on a Fulbright scholarship in 1955. Olmo substantially influenced the development of wine growing in Western Australia and retained close ties to Australian science and industry until his retirement in 1977. Julie’s project is titled Making the Modern Wine World through American-Australian scientific exchange, 1955-1977. She will examine how this binational exchange became a global locus for the matching of grape varietals to vineyard sites and the introduction of new technologies in grape growing and wine making. She will also consider the role of women in viticulture and oenology. Wine growing and tourism is significant to regional economies worldwide, wine export is valuable to Australia and wine drinking is a global culture signifying pleasure and civility. Yet like other agricultural crops, products and forms of manufacture and commodity transport, wine has dark sides such as the social problems of alcohol overconsumption and the environmental problems of water overexpenditure and chemical use in industrial-scale wine production. Julie’s Fulbright project focuses on binational exchange in science and industry in the modernising of wine production for three reasons: to illuminate an unexplored facet of the American-Australian relationship, as a case study in how science travels, and to inform understanding of the historical separation by scientists of economic benefit from environmental impact in wine production practices. 

Alessandro Antonello, (University of Melbourne), ARC DECRA. “An international environmental history of the ‘World Ocean’, 1950s-2000s”, June 2019 – June 2022. This project aims to investigate the ways in which states, international organisations, and international communities have engaged with and conceptualised the ‘World Ocean’ as a natural environment from the 1950s to the 2000s. In the context of current environmental and geopolitical challenges for the ocean, this project aims to analyse how these actors built institutions, communities, and territories in and for the ocean environment as a foundation for generating knowledge and claiming power, rights, and resources. By understanding the structures and origins of contemporary ocean ideas, spaces, and institutions, this project aims to benefit current efforts to create resilient ocean environments and communities at the international scale.