On September 5th, a mini-workshop took place at FAST (Foundation of Armenian Science and Technology), emphasizing collaboration and knowledge sharing. Organized by the ABI Vine group led by Dr. Hans Binder, the event welcomed colleagues from Telavi University in Georgia through the ProGriCC grant.
This workshop brought together experts to discuss research and build connections. It highlights the importance of international cooperation in academia.
At the workshop, several important topics were covered. Dr. Hans Binder welcomed everyone and talked about vine bioinformatics in Armenia, both its current status and future prospects. The FAST team shared their ADVANCE project, which is crucial for advancing science in Armenia. We also heard from the Vine and Wine Foundation of Armenia, ANAU representatives, and Kristina Magaryan, who discussed the genetic diversity in Armenian grapes. Manana Kevlishvili talked about Georgia’s soils, and Maria Nikogoshyan discussed mining vine genomes. Tomas Konecny focused on functional genomics and the Armenian vine genomic repository. An engaging discussion took place about promoting Armenian Vine Genomics, building partnerships with the vine and wine industry, addressing educational issues, and collaborating with countries like Georgia, Sweden, Germany, and others through initiatives like Grapedia. All of this is aimed at supporting education, science, and the vine industry in Armenia.