6:00pm - 8:00pm


Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 16 St Marys Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SU United Kingdom


Free to attend

Event Description

The CIWEM Scottish Branch invites you to an evening talk on climate change in the scotch whisky industry. The talk will cover research work commissioned by Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI),from the James Hutton Institute modelling climate impacts on Spring Barley in Scotland from 2030 to 2090. Ongoing projects designed to mitigate climate effects on the supply of barley will also be discussed. This talk will highlight how climate change challenges require a vital cooperative and interdisciplinary scientific approach even when addressing the needs of a single crop species.

The talk will be led by Professor James Brosnan. James is the director of the Edinburgh based SWRI, the research and technology organisation for the UK distilling industry.He entered the distilling industry in 1991 as a management trainee and process development scientist with Diageo. James joined SWRI in 1994 as a cereals research scientist where his work focused on engaging with the supply chain and academia.In 2007 he was made research manager with overall responsibility for the SWRI research programme “from barley to bottle” which provided plenty of scope to enjoy both the scientific challenges and precompetitive camaraderie of Scotch Whisky production.James was appointed director of SWRI in 2015 and has continued his interest in collaboration with the wider world of science to benefit the Scotch whisky industry.He currently sits on several industry and science committees and is the interim chair of the International Barley Hub.James is a fellow of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and in 2012 became an Honorary Professor at Heriot Watt University.

The talk commence at 18.30 with networking/tea and coffee from 18.00.

Booking Information

Please note there is limited capacity at this event. Bookings must be made through 'My CIWEM' using the above booking link and are only confirmed once you have clicked ‘proceed & submit’ in the cart and received a confirmation email. Should you be unable to attend the event after booking on, please cancel to allow other delegates to take the place.

Non-members are welcome to attend the event and can register by creating an account on the CIWEM website.

Please contact Barbara Woods at barbara.woods@ciwem.org if you have any difficulties with booking a place or would like to cancel your attendance.

If you have any queries about this event, please contact Alice Gent at Alice.Gent@jbaconsulting.com.

Travelling to the venue

As part of CIWEM’s commitment to tackling the climate and ecological emergency we would encourage delegates to use the most sustainable means of transport possible.

The venue is only a five minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Waverley railway station.

If you do come by car, please do consider sharing your journey with others.

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