The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) has successfully secured funding from Hort Innovation to host an Australian industry study tour to attend the 8ITGS technical forum and production tour in Italy. Expressions of Interest for this tour closed midnight Friday 7th July, with delegates to be selected by an independent panel.

The concept for a global congregation of table grape researchers and growers began with an inaugural meeting at Anaheim, California in 1994. Since then the event has grown to become the leading international research event for the global table grape community.

Held every three to four years in a major table grape production area, the 8th International Table Grape Symposium (8ITGS) will take place in Italy from 1st to 7th October 2017.

The committee has been working towards a comprehensive program that includes oral and poster presentations at the Universities of Foggia and Palermo; social events to rekindle friendships and connect with growers and industry members from around the world; and technical tours in Apulia and Sicily, visiting leading table grape farms and looking at packaging, plastic cover manufacturing, postharvest techniques, commercialisation, and special growing techniques.

In 2014, Mildura was delighted to host the 7th International Table Grape Symposium. It was the first time the event had been held in Australia, and was hailed a great success by both local growers as well as the international visitors.

Through attendance at 8ITGS, Australian growers and key industry stakeholders will benefit by gaining insight and knowledge towards the most advanced table grape research and innovation in the world. Participation at 8ITGS will not only encourage the broader adoption of new technology in Australia, it also provides Australian delegates with the opportunity to develop new partnerships between international researchers and trade partners.

Attending 8ITGS provides Australian delegates with a unique opportunity to establish valuable international contacts and networks, as well as benefit from information delivered on the latest research and development in knowledge and technology specific to the table grape commodity.

Thank you to those who have submitted Expressions of Interest to the Australian Table Grape Association.

**Open to commercial table grape growers and industry representatives who work closely with the Australian table grape industry. Applicants must be Australian residents to be eligible for the study tour. Only one delegate per business will be selected.**