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Post of the Month: February 2021

A trip to Eurosense 2020

Dr. Sharon Puleo, Post-Doctoral researcher at the University of Naples (Italy), Department of Agricultural Sciences, Division of Food Science – Food Sensory Analysis

Dear passengers, your captain is speaking. Welcome onboard flight Eurosense2020. We have just taken off from the kitchen and we are currently landing in the living room. Please, turn on your personal devices but mute your microphone. Thanks for choosing Eurosense 2020: an online experience! Enjoy the conference!

Eurosense 2020 should have been placed in Rotterdam, but due to COVID-19 situation, the conference has been moved to the online version only. We all missed the opportunity to meet each other and the pleasure to have face-to-face interaction, which is one of the most exciting things about joining conferences. However, surprisingly, the online version was a success.

The theme of this edition was “A sense of Innovation”, with a specific focus on innovative approaches to study sensory perception in relation to preference, choice and different types of behaviour. Considering the vastness of the theme, the contributions covered topics related to sensory for healthy eating, consumer behaviour, neuroscience, and also sustainability, labelling and branding. Also, many contributions from other fields covered really interesting topics on the context cognition, sensometrics and advanced instrumental analysis.

The first day started with the Early Career Researcher Seminar, organised by the E3S Student & Early Stage Researcher Group, and chaired by Christina Dietz, Cristina Proserpio and Nicolas Science. The presentations were selected from a worldwide pool of 130 abstracts..I was among them!

As a young researcher, I’m used to joining conferences and to speak to other people, either students and researchers. At the beginning, the idea of not seeing the faces of the people who would listen to me and of not receiving the questions face-to-face did not particularly thrill me. I have to say that although we could not see each other, it was incredibly great. The attendees could write their questions and comments in a dedicated chat and the chairmen were there to read them and ask the speakers. In my opinion, early career researcher seminars are always a good opportunity for those young researchers who want to practice and grow up as scientists. Beyond this, in particular during this edition of Eurosense, the young researchers brought really interesting studies and demonstrated to be high-level speakers.

In the afternoon of the same day, the conference was opened by Betina Piqueras Fiszman and Kees de Graaf from Wageningen University, followed by two keynote speakers, Sam Bompass from Bompas & Parr (UK) and Suzanne Higgs from University of Birmingham (UK). Both introduced two big topics of sensory science. Sam Bompass described the imminent futures of flavours and fragrance, while Suzanne Higgs went through the interactions between metabolic, reward and cognitive processes in appetite control. Two wide topics which made us aware of the magnitude of the conference.

The first day ended with the 1st E3S Established Researcher Award, chaired by Erminio Monteleone.

Day two started with a keynote of Ellen van Kleef from Wageningen University and Research (The Netherlands), who spoke about the understanding and engaging adolescents in improving the healthiness of their food choices. Understanding adolescents is always hard, but the work of Ellen van Kleef proved that it is a smart strategy to improve healthy food choices, which is a challenging aspiration.

Dear attendees, please take a break before to join the two parallel sessions. You can take a coffee, biscuits and tea..or whatever you have in your kitchen!

After the refreshment break, two parallel sessions took place on consumer behaviour and healthy eating, chaired by Garmt Dijksterhuis and Lauren Rogers, respectively.

The morning ended with the flash poster presentation, chaired by Mari Sandell. Although the speakers had a very short time, I can say that all of them managed their space and caught the eye. In the afternoon, we joined other two parallel sessions, on implicit measures and sustainability, chaired by Klaus Durrschmid and Guido Ritter, respectively.

The second day ended with the first poster session of Eurosense2020. If I could give an award for the best event offered by Eurosense2020, I would recognise the poster session spot. It was simply great. I had a poster to show during the poster sessions, and the other attendees could enter my room, switch on the video camera and the microphone and talk with me. The room assigned to each speaker was perfectly structured, the system to upload the poster (as a pdf format) was intuitive and the management of the audience was user friendly and also nice.

The day after started with new insights on the olfactory sensations and how the nose influences the eating behaviour and food navigation. This interesting plenary session was offered by Sanne Boesveldt from Wageningen University and Research (The Netherlands), and chaired by Jonathan Rason. After that, Rebecca Ford chaired the E3S student awards session, during which Julia Sick, Naomi Munoz Vilches, Katt Philippe, Emma Regan and Martina Galler were awarded as winners. Congratulations!

Three parallel sessions followed during the morning; we learned something more about what is beyond liking (chair Julie Delarue), vulnerable populations (chair Lisa Methven) and on basics of sensory (chair Rebecca Ford). The morning ended with the second flash poster presentation, with studies related to the COVID-19.

After lunch, we had the second, and no less great, poster session, followed by the fifth plenary session chaired by Thierry Worch.  John Ennis from Aigora (USA) nicely described how sensory and consumer scientists will thrive in the fourth industrial revolution. After, we had the opportunity to choose between the other three parallel sessions. Pascal Schlich chaired the session about sensometrics; Liesbeth Zandstra chaired the session about the healthy eating; Sara Spinelli chaired the session about the COVID-19 and sensory science.

And here we go on the last day! What a big day! We woke up with two keynote speakers. Hedwig the Molder from Vrije Universiteit (The Netherlands) played a sensory-like Hamlet, showing his study “To like or not to like: On negotiating taste in children of families with lower socioeconomic status”. Marianna Obrist, from University College London (UK), described how to design multisensory experiences.

The last two parallel sessions were chaired by Virginie Pouyet and Davide Giacalone. We learned new interesting things about new technologies and new methods to study consumer behaviour.

Last plenary session (the seventh!) was chaired by Gerry Jager and the keynote speaker was Victoire Dairou from Danone (France) with a presentation named “User voice hacktivists in action: Engage users to co-design and drive the Food Revolution”.

Finally, Kees de Graaf and Betina Piqueras-Fiszman presented the venue of EuroSense 2022. The conference will be held in Turku (Finland)!!

I imagine there are pros and cons of attending a virtual conference. However, summing up, Eurosense2020 was a big success, even if it was a virtual conference.

Written by Dr. Sharon Puleo

Post-doc researcher at the University of Naples (Italy), Department of Agricultural Sciences                                                                                                      Division of Food Science – Food Sensory analysis lab.                                            Main studies on sensory sensitivity, food texture, consumer science.                Currently working on texture sensitivity and new methods to measure it.

Email me at sharon.puleo@unina.it

Or contact me via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-puleo-6473a9150/

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Pangborn 2021

14th Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium

‘Sustainable Sensory Science’

Online: Live and On-demand | August 9-12, 2021 CT

New abstract submission deadline for workshops, talks and posters
Submit by April 15, 2021

In keeping with the traditions of this Symposium from the inaugural meeting in 1992 to honour the memory of Rose Marie Pangborn, the 14th Symposium will showcase the research of fundamental and applied sensory and consumer scientists from a cross section of early and advanced career participants representing industry and academia.

Present your research in an interactive online conference experience direct from your desktop or mobile device: live-stream your presentation, include video poster pitches, and take part in discussion through live Q&A and poster sessions.

The theme for the 14th Symposium ‘Sustainable Sensory Science’ acknowledges the challenges that impact our current research approaches such as food security, globalization, corporate cost cutting, fast-adapt product development, the expansion of data collection, cultural diversity and maintaining the relevance of our discipline to name a few.

Topics to be covered

  • Sustainable Solutions
  • New and Emerging Sensory and Consumer Methods
  • Fundamentals: Biology and Psychophysics
  • Sensometrics & Data Science
  • Food Choice & Consumer Behaviour
  • Sensory Testing with Special Interest Groups
  • Sensory Relationships with Health & Wellbeing
  • Beyond Food – Sensory Learning from Other Categories
  • Sensory Marketing
  • Emerging Markets and Cross Cultural Sensory Research
  • Sensory Driven Product Design
  • Honouring the Giants of Sensory Science

http://www.pangbornsymposium.com/

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The Institute for Perception 2021 March & April Courses

23 – 26 MARCH:  The Science of Measuring Sensory Differences: Principles & New Developments

Course Description: In this 3.5-day course via Zoom, we will present how to establish a sensory “match” by using the Thurstonian modeling framework and a consumer-relevant action standard.

You will actively participate in a series of exercises using IFPrograms® software to find solutions to problems encountered in the scenario. By attending this course, participants will be able to generate superior recommendations for optimal panel sample sizes based on their company’s preferred risk profile.

This course has been developed for technical and supervisory personnel involved in all aspects of sensory and consumer research.

Instructors: Dr. Daniel Ennis, Dr. Benoit Rousseau, and William Russ

Date: 23rd – 26th MARCH 2021

Venue: Live stream via Zoom

Web Link to Course: https://www.ifpress.com/march-2021-program

Program Fee: $1,175 USD

A discount of $50 US will be offered to E3S members upon request. Please contact Susan Longest at mail@ifpress.com or call +001-804-675-2980 before registering if you are eligible for a discounted fee. Register online at: https://www.ifpress.com/march-2021-program


 

20 – 23 APRIL:  Advertising Claims Support: Case Histories and Principles

Course Description: Knowing how to effectively support advertising claims is a critical need of many companies in categories with aggressive competitors.

In this 3.5-day course via Zoom, we present principles involved in testing product performance and surveys to assess advertising messages. We use NAD and litigated cases in concert with sensory and consumer science to show how to support advertising claims and address false claims/challenges made by competitors.

Instructors: Dr. Daniel Ennis, Dr. Benoit Rousseau, and William Russ

Invited Speakers (in alphabetical order):

  • Lauren Aronson, Crowell & Moring
  • Chris Cole, Crowell & Moring
  • Risa Drexler, Unilever USA
  • Kat Dunnigan, NAD
  • Kathryn Farrara, Unilever USA
  • Alex Kaplan, Oppenheim + Zebrak
  • Cynthia Kinser, Formerly with the TN Attorney General
  • David Mallen, Loeb & Loeb
  • Kristin Marchesiello, Unilever USA
  • La Toya Sutton, NAD
  • Eric Unis, NAD

Date: 20th – 23rd APRIL 2021

Venue: Live stream via Zoom

Web Link to Course: https://www.ifpress.com/april-2021-program

Program Fee: $1,175 USD

A discount of $50 US will be offered to E3S members upon request. Please contact Susan Longest at mail@ifpress.com or call +001-804-675-2980 before registering if you are eligible for a discounted fee. Register online at: https://www.ifpress.com/april-2021-program

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Report from Eurosense 2020

Special mentionErvina Ervina

I would like to gratefully thank the European Sensory Science Society (E3S) for the special mentions award that I received during the 9th European Sensory Symposium (Eurosense) 2020. This award gives me great motivation and strengthens my interest in the sensory and consumer science area, especially in relation to healthy eating. This award also inspires me to continue working and collaborating with other researchers in this field.  

This year’s Eurosense conference was originally arranged to be held in September before the committee reschedule it into September due to Covid-19 pandemic. In the end, the committee finally decided to move the whole conference into a digital format, making it the first ever Eurosense conducted online. However, the conference itself did not lack any of its exciting appeal from the previous one, as there were plenty of interesting and insightful keynotes’ talks, workshops, presentations, in addition to the more than 300 of intelligent posters!

I do miss the physical conference though where you were able to network in person with people who have the same research interests. This is where you receive advise and exchange ideas to not only improve your own research but positively impact others as well. However, Eurosense 2020 was still able to provide all of these aspects despite its digital format, as I could “meet” other researchers and PhD students digitally and have a discussion with them with ease through the online conference rooms. I was able to discuss with one senior researcher whose work was relevant with my interests regarding taste sensitivity and healthy food preference. Moreover, I was also able to chat with participant with a 12 hours of time differences with CET in one of the poster sessions!  

My favourite keynote talk was by Victoire Dairou from Danone, France. Her talk was on engaging a user in co-design to drive the food revolutions. I believe this method has good potential to be used in children healthy eating study. I also really enjoyed the presentation by Prof. Hedwig te Molder from VU Amsterdam University and Wageningen University regarding to like or not to like foods especially in negotiating children’s food choice from low socio-economic backgrounds. I think this talk is relevant in a very current situation and become homework for all of us on how to provide food that are available, reachable, healthy, and sustainable for children.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed all the programs provided by Eurosense 2020. Moreover, the award that I have received was a highlight of my journey in my final year of PhD and once again I deeply honoured for this award. 

Ervina Ervina

 

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Report from Eurosense 2020

Special mention – Lapo Pierguidi

This year Eurosense 2020 “A sense of innovation” was organized for the first time as an online event due to the difficulties in organizing an in-person meeting linked to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference was focused on innovative approaches to study sensory perception in relation to preference, choice, and other types of behaviour. Following the great success of Eurosense 2018, the coverage of topics included the contribution of sensory science as a multidisciplinary perspective. Different sessions were organized to cover a wide range of research topics including sensory for: “sustainability” and “individual differences” and other fields for sensory such as “measures beyond liking” and ” Implicit and explicit approaches”. Notwithstanding the novel online modality, the conference had a remarkable success also from  participation point of view, with over 700 delegates attending the sessions.

Furthermore, this year the conference was opened by an Early Career Researchers (ECR) Seminar organized by the E3S STUDENT & EARLY STAGE RESEARCHER GROUP, consisting of oral presentations. My experience at Eurosense 2020 started from here since one of my two submitted abstracts was selected as an oral communication for this seminar. It was a pleasure for me to participate in the ECR seminar as a presenter since only 14 presentations were selected from a worldwide pool of 130 abstracts. My presentation focused on the study of product elicited emotions and the effect of context as a function of different liking patterns among cocktail consumers. This presentation was already a great satisfaction for me as it gave me the opportunity to expose the results of my research to a wide audience giving me the opportunity to discuss and share some aspects of this research approach with many colleagues. My abstract also received a special mention by the European Sensory Science Society committee. Receiving this special mention was a great satisfaction for me as well as an incentive to keep investigating some aspects of sensory and consumer science that I believe could be interesting for scientific advancement in this field.

Thanks to the innovative online organization of the conference was also possible for delegates to participate in online poster presentations. This year I got two different poster presentations. The first poster was linked to the abstract selected for the ECR seminar while the second one was focused on the reasons behind the choice between healthy and unhealthy snacks. This latter study represents a research carried out in collaboration with the university where I’m currently working (Florence University) and the Wageningen university where I have spent my period abroad during my Ph.D. course.

For me, participating in Eurosense has been a great opportunity to virtually meet colleagues and share my research. I have appreciated a lot of talks by different speakers, and in particular, it was very interesting for me to learn more about research on the changes in consumer behavior during the pandemic as well as changes in the sense of smell and taste in Covid patients.

I came away from Eurosense 2020 very happy about this experience and I am thankful for the opportunity the organizers gave me to present my work. I look forward to attending the conference again in 2022 in Turku.

Lapo Pierguidi

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Report from Eurosense 2020

Ex aequo E3S Eurosense Student Award – Martina Galler      

I feel honoured to be one of the recipients of the E3S student award to attend Eurosense 2020 and I would like to thank the E3S committee for the recognition of my research as well as my supervisors and co-authors for their collaboration and support. For us PhD candidates the attendance of conferences is so important, to present our own work but also to learn from and be inspired by the research of others. Therefore, I am really glad that the conference could still take place in a virtual setting despite the difficult COVID circumstances.

This years Eurosense moto, “A sense of innovation” matched my own research topic well. I had the opportunity to present results of my co-creation research with children in the Parallel Session 11: “Consumer behaviour methods” and to contribute to the workshop organized by my supervisor Paula Varela and Mari Sandell: “Involving consumers in research and innovation”.

In the context of the Marie Curie project Edulia where my PhD is based in, the keynotes concerned with healthy eating by Suzanne Higgs, Ellen van Kleef, Sanne Boesveldt as well as Hedwig te Molder were of particular relevance. And of course many other presentations as well. I am looking forward to watch some parallel sessions I missed in the coming year.

Thank you again.

Martina Galler

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Report from Eurosense 2020

Ex aequo E3S Eurosense Student Award – Emma Regan

I would like to thank the European Sensory Science Society (E3S) for awarding me with the E3S Student Award. By receiving this award, I was afforded the opportunity to attend the 9th Eurosense Conference, which for the first time ever was held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On a personal note, this was my first year attending Eurosense and it most certainly did not disappoint. Participating in this conference gave me the opportunity to learn about all of the fascinating research that is being conducted in the field of sensory and consumer science globally. In addition to this, I was honoured to be selected to present my work in an oral presentation in one of the “Healthy Eating” parallel sessions. This was an excellent opportunity for me to present some of the research from my PhD at an internationally recognised sensory science conference which was attended by experts in the field of sensory and consumer science from across the world.

The theme for the Eurosense 2020 conference was ‘A Sense of Innovation’ with the conference covering a wide range of topics from sensory for “healthy eating” and “sustainability”, to a more methodological focus with topics such as “cognition”, “implicit and explicit approaches”, and “new technologies” to name but a few. I was delighted with the conference’s coverage of sensory for vulnerable populations as this is very relevant to my PhD which focuses on exploring the sensory profiles of Oral Nutritional Supplements for older adults.

The conference commenced with the first ever European Sensory Science Society (E3S) Early Career Researcher Seminar. This seminar included 14 wonderful presentations which covered a wide range of research topics. Also on this day were a number of different sensometrics tutorials and the first keynote speaker Sam Bompass certainly broke the ice by delivering an electrifying talk on innovation and creativity and the future of food, which was very fitting to the conference theme. The following days of the conference were filled with interesting talks from keynote speakers, multiple parallel oral sessions, poster, and flash poster presentations, as well as four different workshops on a range of topics.

While it is very disappointing that we could not travel to Rotterdam this year for Eurosense 2020, this did not affect the conference attendance with 733 attendees at this year’s conference. The interactive online conference platform was excellent. The ability to access the on demand recordings from the conference has been of great benefit as it has allowed me to revisit presentations and has ensured that I have not missed anything from Eurosense 2020.

Once again, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the E3S award committee for presenting me with this award which enabled me to attend the most relevant conference in my domain. Receiving this award and attending this conference has most certainly been a highlight of my PhD career to date. Finally, I feel it is very important to give a special mention to the conference chairs and the rest of the organising committee for hosting such a successful conference in such challenging circumstances.

After the huge success of Eurosense 2020 I am very much looking forward to attending the conference again in 2022, albeit in person this time.

Emma Regan

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Report from Eurosense 2020

E3S Eurosense Student Award – Kaat Philippe  

First of all, I would like to thank the European Sensory Science Society for awarding me with one of the E3S student awards. I feel honoured to receive this award and it was very nice to end 2020 with such positive news.

Twenty-twenty, it was a special year. COVID-19 sparked a pandemic all over the world and the year has not all turned out as expected. I had to reorganize the planning and methods of my upcoming study, and many conferences I was already looking forward to, were cancelled or postponed. Fortunately, this unexpected situation was also accompanied by some interesting opportunities. My supervisors and I decided to take advantage of the situation and we set up a study during the lockdown in France to study a possible impact of the lockdown on families’ eating habits and feeding practices. This study also turned out to be my ticket to a participation at Eurosense 2020, where I was invited to give an extended flash poster presentation!

In summer, we were still hoping to attend the conference in Rotterdam, but finally the conference was held 100% virtually in December 2020. I think it is amazing how the organizing team of Eurosense (and the technical team!) managed to reorganize the conference several times and to maintain a conference of such high quality with speakers from various disciplines related to sensory science.

In my PhD project, I focus on young children’s eating behaviours. Therefore, I was delighted that the conference included so many interesting talks with a focus on children and families: I learned about school interventions to promote a healthy food intake, co-creation with children and adolescents, methods to study pre-adolescents’ food-related emotions, and much more. The session about vulnerable populations (e.g., children, cancer patients, elderly) was also very interesting. Besides, Eurosense gave me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and to learn about topics that were relatively new to me, both content-wise and method-wise.

I was afraid that the virtual event would be quite “cold”, and of course it could never be a similar experience than an in-person event. Nevertheless, I think that the video support during the presentations, the Q&A during the talks, and the discussions in the poster rooms made us feel like we were part of a community.

Overall, my experience with Eurosense 2020 was very positive, but let us hope that we can all meet again in person at Eurosense 2022 in Turku, Finland!

Kaat Philippe

 

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Report from Eurosense 2020

E3S Eurosense Student Award – Naomi Muñoz Vilches

Although this year the 9th European Conference on Sensory and Consumer Research (Eurosense 2020) was held online due to covid-19, the quality of the speakers and the content was the highest, and the attendees reached the 700 delegates.

This year Eurosense was focused on giving us “a sense of innovation”, certainly, this title made honor to the conference. I felt very inspired by the key speakers, they talked about the future of sensory and consumer science. I was especially triggered by John Ennis who talked about how technology will transform the way we conceive sensory and consumer research in the fourth industrial revolution. Who also talked about technology, and specifically about the multisensory world of Human-Computer interaction, was Mariana Obrist. I’m amazed by how fast sensory and consumer science is developing and adapting to these new needs. The covid-19 pandemic is also changing the way we work, it forced us to include (even more) technology in our daily work life, the big technology-driven change, the fourth industrial revolution, is already here to change our lives.

Related to my personal work, I have presented part of my PhD work in the role of mental simulation in desire for food and choice. I had the honour of having an oral presentation in the parallel session: consumer science.

My presentation was entitled “tell me what you imagine and I will tell you what you want: the role of mental simulation in desire and food choice”. This work is published in Food Quality and Preference, and it was selected as one of the winners of the E3S Eurosense Student Awards. I am very honoured to have received this award and I want to thank the European Sensory Society (E3S) for it. It keeps the motivation up, and it is reassuring that the scientific community appreciates my contributions to consumer science.

All in all, this conference for me was very inspiring, what it stays in my mind is the sense of innovation in three main areas: healthy eating (especially in children), including technology in sensory and consumer science, and the most interesting to me, the role of cognitive science in influencing appetite and food choice (Suzanne Higgs).

Finally, thanks for the amazing and high-quality work from the organising team, especially because they confronted a pandemic, which carried many changes and obstacles that needed a quick adaptation. You certainly made the best of it and turn out difficulties into opportunities. For example, many people could attend from the comfort of their homes.

I’m looking forward to presenting in EUROSENSE 2022 in Finland!

Naomí Muñoz Vilches

 

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Report from Eurosense 2020

E3S Eurosense Student Pieter Punter Award – Julia Sick

I would like to thank the European Sensory Science Society (E3S) and the scientific committee for the E3S Eurosense Student Pieter Punter Award that I received at the 9th European Conference on Sensory and Consumer Research.

The topic of this year’s Eurosense was “A sense of innovation” – and this year Eurosense really innovated itself in many ways. The year 2020 brought along many challenges due to Covid-19, but also plenty of opportunities. Instead of executing the conference like initially planned in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Eurosense was held as a full “Live and On-demand” conference for its first time. I cannot even imagine how much organizational effort and logistical challenges were running behind the scenes, but the organizers made an excellent job in converting the conference into an interactive and multifaceted platform for experts in the field of sensory and consumer science. It was not only possible to watch a multitude of high-quality oral presentations, but also to take the time to “walk through” poster presentations and to directly ask questions to the presenters. A big advantage of the online conference was also that live presentations were recorded, which enabled to watch presentations in case you missed them or simply watch them again.

I started the conference by attending the Early Career Researcher Seminar, which aims to give PhD students and young researchers the possibility to present their research for a wide audience. On day 3, after the student award ceremony, I held my oral presentation entitled “Development of an emoji-based self-report measurement tool to measure emotions elicited by foods in pre-adolescents” in the parallel session “Beyond liking”. It was my first time to speak “in front” of so many people and I am very thankful for this massive opportunity.

Thank very much for an inspiring conference with such a density of knowledgeable and talented experts in the field of sensory and consumer science that I could only learn from! Hope to see you (and then hopefully in person) at the 10th Eurosense conference in Turku in 2022.

Julia Sick

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E3S Eurosense Student Awards 2020 – The reports of the winners

Read the reports of the winners from the conference – Eurosense 2020

Prof. Carolina Chaya and prof. Rebecca Ford presenting the awarding ceremony

The winners of the E3S student awards Eurosense 2020

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PhD scholarship with University of Nottingham and University of Adelaide

Adelaide, Australia & Nottingham, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 28th February 2021

Project Title: 

Connecting consumers with their food via innovative virtual experiences.

Description:

Social isolation and loneliness are related to mental health, physical health and well-being. The COVID19 pandemic has seen a vast increase in those self-isolating from a variety of age groups globally. Social eating has been shown to reduce feelings of loneliness and increase intakes which is key for those at risk of malnutrition. In addition, consumers are looking for alternative ways to connect with their food during the pandemic as eating out still presents risks for many individuals. This research project will innovate using digital technologies to develop virtual experiences that connect consumers with their food. Virtual visits (via Virtual Reality) to food and beverage producers will be developed and the content of these visits varied to explore the impact of information on sustainable production, sensory perception (via guided tastings), emotional connection and health education on consumer satisfaction, pleasure, social connection and subjective loneliness. Cultural effects between UK and Australia will be explored to understand the needs of consumers living in different climates, before extending to other cultures (e.g. China) to explore the needs of consumers globally.

How does it work?

The University of Adelaide (UofA) will be your home institution and the University of Nottingham (UofN) will be your host. 

During your time overseas, you will be based at a Nottingham campus in the UK, China (near Shanghai), or Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

  • You will begin your PhD at UofA, developing your research proposal, skills and starting your research.
    * It is also possible for students who are unable to travel to Australia to begin their study at the University of Nottingham
  • Your project will be co-supervised by both UofA and UofN academics.
    • UofN supervisor: Dr. Rebecca Ford
    • UofA supervisor: Associate Professor Susan Bastian, Professor Rachel Ankeny
  • After your first year at UofA you’ll spend a minimum of 12 months at UofN (in one or several blocks). 
  • Importantly, you will be eligible for training courses and additional travel grants from both institutions.
  • You’ll undertake your examination, including an oral defence at UofA. 
  • Graduates of the program receive a single doctoral degree jointly awarded by both institutions.

What’s on offer?

The strategic partnership between the University of Nottingham and University of Adelaide is in the process of developing a Joint Global Health and Wellbeing Hub aimed at attaining sustainable solutions to global health issues, improving health and wellbeing across the lifespan. The hub will focus on developing and translating fundamental and applied research with the joint vision of improving health and wellness across the lifespan, equitably in all populations globally.

Under this initiative, PhD scholarships are available for projects aimed at obtaining sustainable solutions for global health challenges. This project fall under the cluster area 4.

Cluster Area 4: Consumer driven technology development, precision imaging, machine learning, and affordable diagnostics and therapeutics, initially focusing on research strengths in health & biotechnology, biophotonics, next generation precision imaging, digital innovation and machine learning.

How to apply?

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Identify an Joint PhD project of interest from the available opportunities advertised above
  3. Application instructions for international applications and domestic applications
  4. Apply for via the University of Adelaide’s online application form.

**Note: These projects are only open to applicants with United Kingdom or Australian Citizenship, currently residing in the United Kingdom or Australia.  International applicants with valid visas onshore in the United Kingdom or Australia may apply and a copy of your visa should be submitted with your application.

Enquiries
Email the HDR Admissions Team for assistance with the online application on agc.international@adelaide.edu.au for International Applications or hdr_admissions@adelaide.edu.au for Domestic Applications.

Further information and to apply: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/future-students/adelaide-research-degrees/jointly-awarded-phds/joint-phd-scholarships-with-the#connecting-consumers-with-their-food-via-innovative-virtual-experiences

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