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Research Seminar at the Institut Paul Bocuse Research Center

December 13th, 2019 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Marilena Aiello
Researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience at Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) – Italy
Semantic Memory and Eating: insight from a neuropsychological perspective
Open to researchers and our Research and Innovation Committee’s members(possibility to participate by webconference) – Free Registration
PROGRAM
Thank you to confirm your attendance by mail to symposium@institutpaulbocuse.com 
The seminar will take place in Room “Crillon” (“Entre Deux” Building)
Institut Paul Bocuse 1A chemin de Calabert, 69130 Ecully
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Sensory Courses 2020 at Campden BRI and University of Nottingham, UK


Date of Course: 20th – 24th January 2020
Time: 9am – 5pm
Title of Course: Sensory Evaluation – Statistical Methods and Interpretation
Course Venue: University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, LE12 5RD, UK.
Course Summary: This four day intensive course delivered by the University of Nottingham and Campden BRI takes delegates through some of the fundamental theory behind the statistical analysis of sensory data. Starting with univariate techniques and moving through to multivariate analysis, the course highlights important issues for the application and interpretation of statistical techniques for sensory and consumer data.
Course Content: Analysis of difference and similarity tests, experimental design, software for data collection and analysis, analysis of parametric and non-parametric data, univariate and multivariate statistics inc. ANOVA, Principle Component Analysis (PCA), Cluster Analysis and Preference Mapping.

Course Contact Details: e.dinneen@nottingham.ac.uk, 0115, 9516610
Weblink to course: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences/documents/study-with-us/short-courses/sensory-science-centre/sensory-evaluation-statistical-methods-and-interpretation-2020.pdf

Date of Course: 30th March – 2nd April 2020
Time: 9am – 5pm
Title of Course: Sensory Evaluation and Sensory Techniques
Course Venue: Campden BRI, Chipping Campden, GL55 6LD, UK
Course Summary: A 4-day IFST accredited course providing delegates with a thorough overview of sensory evaluation for food and drink. It is aimed at those who are either new to sensory science or wish to develop or improve their existing skills to maximise the use of this discipline within their working environment.
Course content: sensory physiology, discrimination test methods, data collection, sensory statistics (univariate and multivariate), descriptive profiling, panel performance and motivation, consumer research.

Course Contact Details: e.dinneen@nottingham.ac.uk, 0115, 9516610
Weblink to Event:  https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences/documents/study-with-us/short-courses/sensory-science-centre/sensory-evaluation-and-sensory-techniques-2020.pdf

Date of Course: 18th – 21st May 2020
Time: 9am – 5pm
Title of Course: Advanced Sensory Science and topical techniques
Course venue: University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, LE12 5RD, UK.
Course Summary: A 4-day course providing both an understanding of human sensory perception and the techniques used to examine them (threshold testing, signal detection theory (d’, R-Index), Temporal methods (TDS), rapid profiling methods (Napping).
Course Content: Receptor mechanisms, Individual variation in perception, An introduction to psychophysics, Evaluating methods for threshold testing, Signal detection theory, d’ and R-index, Temporal methods including temporal dominance of sensations, Rapid Methods for profiling, Multimodal perception.

Course Contact Details: e.dinneen@nottingham.ac.uk, 0115, 9516610
Weblink to Course: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences/documents/study-with-us/short-courses/sensory-science-centre/advanced-sensory-science-and-topical-techniques-2020.pdf


Date of Course: 22nd to 26th  June 2020
Time: 9am – 5pm
Title of Course: Consumer Sensory Science – qualitative, quantitative and topical techniques
Course Venue: University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, LE12 5RD, UK
Course Summary: A 4-day introduces delegates to the factors affecting consumer acceptance of food and the application of techniques used to understand them.
Course Content: Factors affecting food choice and drivers of liking, the impact of context/environment on consumer response, qualitative (e.g. focus groups) and quantitative (e.g. questionnaire design) research methods, emotional measures, elicitation techniques, preference mapping and conjoint analysis.

Event Contact Details: e.dinneen@nottingham.ac.uk, 0115, 9516610
Weblink to Event: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences/documents/study-with-us/short-courses/sensory-science-centre/consumer-sensory-science-qualitative-quantitative-and-topical-techniques-2020.pdf

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PhD course “Sensory evaluation and food preferences”

January 27, 28 and 31, 2020, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Enrollment deadline: 06/01/2020

Please note that you can get either 1.5 ECTS or 5 ECTS for the PhD course depending on the work load.

You can see the course descriptions here:

https://phdcourses.ku.dk/DetailKursus.aspx?id=106966&sitepath=NAT  (1.5 ECTS)

https://phdcourses.ku.dk/DetailKursus.aspx?id=106965&sitepath=NAT  (5 ECTS)

Admission to the course takes place upon application. Please express your interest by clicking on “Apply” in the course description and you will be contacted with information whether you are enrolled, and link for payment will be forwarded in that case.

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Conference on Food Reformulation – Regulation and Marketing

June 18-19, 2020, Technical University of Munich, Campus Freising

Reformulating processed food products regarding salt, sugar, or fat content is a promising strategy to provide consumers with healthier alternatives within usually purchased categories. However, consumer acceptance, food processor and retailer actions, as well as regulatory approaches face multidimensional constraints that are not well understood yet. This conference aims at bringing together researchers from fields such as consumer science, economics, marketing, food and sensory science, and law. Our objective is to stimulate interdisciplinary development and discussion of scientific insights related to healthy and sustainable food reformulation as well as consequences for practical implementation in business and policymaking.

We invite submissions of empirical and theoretical research papers that advance methods and knowledge on the topic.

Specific topics can include:

  • Consumer perception, choice, and adoption of new or reformulated food products
  • Strategic aspects and competitiveness of product reformulation
  • Reformulation potential from a technological perspective
  • Marketing of reformulated food products
  • Food law and legal issues
  • Regulatory efforts in food reformulation

Contributors are asked to prepare a two-page abstract and submit it until Friday, January 24, via the conference website: https://www.enable-cluster.de/en/food-reform

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Conference “Regendering Science. For an inclusive research environment”

Session 2.1 Mainstreaming diversities in agro-food research

27th-28th January 2020, Bologna, Italy

Call for papers: 8th December, 2019

The Consortium of “PLOTINA. Promoting gender balance and inclusion in research, innovation and training” is pleased to invite you to take part to the project final conference “Regendering Science. For an inclusive research environment” (27th-28th January 2020, Bologna, Italy).

The international event will be hosted by the University of Bologna on the 27th -28th of January 2020.

The purpose of the conference is to present the project outcomes and to discuss with academics, key-actors from Research Performing Organizations and invited speakers about gender equality. The event will provide a unique venue to share experiences, case-studies and best practices in the following domains:

  1. Structural and cultural change: Gender Equality Plans and efforts
  2. The inclusion of the sex/gender variables in research
  3. The inclusion of the sex/gender variables and of gender equality issues in teaching curricula
  4. Assessing Gender Equality in Research Performing Organizations. Gender Report: indicators and tools

To this end, the PLOTINA Consortium has launched a call for contributions: https://www.plotina.eu/final-conference-call-for-papers/. To submit a proposal, please use the template for poster or abstract and the submission form available on the call webpage. Contributions will be accepted until the 8th of December 2019.

The conference will in English and it will be hosted by the University of Bologna (Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, viale Fanin 44-46, Bologna, Italy).

The participation is free, but registration is required – please register online by visiting the website: https://www.plotina.eu/plotina-final-conference/

Session 2.1 Mainstreaming diversities in agro-food research

  • Diversity and food production
  • Diversity and food perception, consumption and preference
  • Integration of the variable gender/sex in food sensory research
  • Implications of individual differences in food perception and preferences for personalised strategies to promote healthier and more sustainable food habits
  • Food and agriculture-related policies and social impact
  • Methodologies to assess sustainable policies
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Course: Sensory Evaluation – Statistical Methods and Interpretation

Date of Course: 20th – 23rd January 2020
Time: 9am – 5pm
Course Venue: University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, LE12 5RD, UK
Course Summary: This four day intensive course delivered by the University of Nottingham takes delegates through some of the fundamental theory behind the statistical analysis of sensory data. Starting with univariate techniques and moving through to multivariate analysis, the course highlights important issues for the application and interpretation of statistical techniques for sensory and consumer data.
Course Content: Analysis of difference and similarity tests, experimental design, software for data collection and analysis, analysis of parametric and non-parametric data, univariate and multivariate statistics inc. ANOVA, Principle Component Analysis (PCA), Cluster Analysis and Preference Mapping.

Course Contact Details: e.dinneen@nottingham.ac.uk, 0115, 9516610
Weblink to stats course: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences/documents/study-with-us/short-courses/sensory-science-centre/sensory-evaluation-statistical-methods-and-interpretation-2020.pdf

Weblink to other sensory course at UoN: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences/study/cpd/sensory-science.aspx

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E3S EUROSENSE STUDENT AWARDS 2020

The European Sensory Science Society is pleased to announce that four awards of €1,500 will be given out to PhD students enrolled at Universities in E3S Member countries.

In addition to the traditional three E3S PhD awards, the board of E3S has in fact decided to dedicate a Special Award in memory of Pieter Punter (1947-2017), following the tradition started at Eurosense 2018. Pieter has been an integral backbone of E3S since its inception and he has been an enthusiastic and thought-provoking contributor in the field of sensory consumer research since the 1980s.

In agreement with his family and former colleagues, the prize will be awarded to a PhD student working on consumer research or sensometrics, with a taste for consumer diversity. Additionally, candidates should show involvement in debate in the field, so being quite active and out-spoken will be a plus. To demonstrate this, the candidates could attach a letter from their supervisor asserting their active and autonomous character, providing own ideas, participating in workshops, volunteering, etc.

The award winners will each receive €1500 after their attendance at the conference to help towards their travel and expenses. The winners will be also asked to prepare a report of their participation in the conference that will be posted on the E3S website.

AWARD APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1 APRIL 2020

To apply for this award you must

  • Be a PHD student enrolled at a University in a E3S member country (including students that that were enrolled at a University and defended their thesis since October 2019) and be an E3S member.
  • Submit an extended abstract (see instructions below) before 1 April 2020 to awards@e3sensory.eu as well as submitting a normal abstract online in the normal way through the Eurosense website (check the conference website for the deadline)

Extended abstracts’ instructions

The extended abstract should be 1000 words and must have the following items:

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • References

In order to facilitate editing, the following rules should be adhered to:

  • Use A4 page format (210 x 297 mm)
  • Leave 2.5 cm margins at the top, bottom, right and left sides of each page
  • Use Arial font
  • Use size 14 points bold for paper title, size 12 points bold for authors’ names, size 12 points bold for section titles, and size 12 points regular for the text.
  • Use single space between lines.

You must also submit the following:

  • A short CV
  • A supporting letter from a supervisor confirming eligibility of the student
  • A document in which it is indicated the code assigned through the official Eurosense abstract submission system and the national sensory science society whose the student is member of
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Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Food for Health Ireland


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY Food for Health Ireland – University College Dublin
  • RESEARCH FIELD Biological sciences › Nutritional sciences
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE Established Researcher (R3)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE 19/12/2019 15:00 – Europe/London
  • LOCATION Ireland › Dublin
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT Temporary
  • JOB STATUS Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK 39
  • OFFER STARTING DATE 01/07/2020
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER 847402

Following the successful Career-FIT programme, Enterprise Ireland is pleased to announce the launch of a new Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND aiming to award 50 prestigious Fellowships through two open calls for proposals in 2019 and 2020.

Career-FIT PLUS (https://www.horizon2020.ie/career-fit-plus/) aims to enhance the training and mobility of experienced researchers through the undertaking of individually driven, industry-focused research training projects which will be interdisciplinary and focused on the domain areas of the eligible Technology Centres and Technology Gateways in Ireland.

Irish research has shown that cheese consumption associates with a range of health benefits, including healthier blood lipid profiles and body composition.  This offers great potential for the inclusion of cheese in the diets of population groups who are not traditionally dairy consumers. However, recent consumer insight data from Bord Bia suggests the taste and flavour profiles of natural cheese may prove a particular barrier to their acceptance in these groups.  

Data also shows that these population groups may be more accepting of flavour pairings that would not be considered the ‘norm’ in Western culture, providing other opportunities to increase intake.  The taste and flavour profiles of cheese are impacted by a wide variety of factors, including starter cultures, ripening time, and seasonal variations, and can be perceived differently by different ethnic groups.  Consumer acceptability is also impacted by emotions, perception and feelings towards a product, and these vary considerably across different cultures. Therefore, the overall aim of this cross-cultural project is to better understand the drivers of acceptance of Irish cheese in non-traditional consumers.

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FOOD & HOSPITALITY MULTISENSORY PERSPECTIVES

Lyon, 13-15 November 2019

A Symposium about Food & Hospitality Multisensory Perspectives organised by three partners : EuroCHRIE small group meeting (SGM) by Breda UAS, Haaga-Helia UAS and the Institut Paul Bocuse

We would be pleased to welcome you to our symposium that focuses on multisensory consumer experience : dining atmospherics, meal experience, flavour perception and beyond. Our event consists of two parts, which link consumer experience research and design thinking in hospitality & food perception, through cognitive mechanisms and sensory analysis.

Days 1-2. Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Hospitality Research organised by Breda UAS, Haaga-Helia UAS and Institut Paul Bocuse

  • Day 1: Food and Hospitality Experience
  • Day 2: Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Hospitality Research
    A EuroCHRIE small group meeting (SGM)

Day 3. Food Perception Mechanisms, Innovation & Health A research symposium organised by Institut Paul Bocuse

Keynote speakers

Prof. Debra Zellner Montclair State University / Monell Chemical Senses Center /University of Pennsylvania (USA) “Why we like the foods we like: It’s more than just taste” & Prof. Erminio Monteleone Universita degli Studi Firenze (IT) “Considering sensory and affective individual differences in healthy food design”

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Sensory Panel leader/technician position at Massey University, New Zealand

Sensory Panel leader/technician position available in Prof Joanne Hort’s Feast Lab, Massey University, New Zealand www.massey.ac.nz/feast. Full time Position.

We seek a personable, enthusiastic, experienced and well-organised Sensory Panel Leader (Technician) to join the Food Experience and Sensory Testing (FEAST) team on a one year fixed term basis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zfTSSLjv5c

The post will mainly be responsible for, setting up and running descriptive analysis of dairy products alongside other sensory methodologies in addition to occasional recruitment of panellists. Although dairy products will be the main focus of the sensory work, the post will involve working with other products and projects from time to time. The successful applicant will also be expected to set up sensory software, analyse results and write reports in conjunction with other Feast staff, as well as being involved in data collection, other sensory and consumer commercial projects as required. This fixed-term is a full-time position in the first instance.  

Applicants should have a minimum of a Diploma in Applied Science and experience working with sensory and/or consumer panels. A background and/or knowledge of hygiene procedures when handling food is also key, as is knowledge of general protocols for handling hazardous materials. The role will involve working for industrial partners and clients. 

Applicants should be trustworthy, able to work independently and as part of a team, and be capable of using their initiative. Excellent communication and administrative skills are required as you will deal with our sensory panel members, staff, students and visitors and will order consumables and equipment.  

See what we have been up to here https://bit.ly/31ihtax. For further information on this position please contact Prof Joanne Hort, j.hort@massey.ac.nz, who will be happy to discuss the role in more detail. 

 Please note, only on-line applications received will be considered.

See http://tiny.cc/67rpez for job details.

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Research Scientist – Sensory and Consumer Sciences at Fonterra

Research Scientist – Sensory and Consumer Sciences
Be part of a talented, high functioning team at Fonterra’s Research and Development Centre Utilise your sensory and consumer science expertise in exciting projects End to end role – concept discovery and definition through to commercialisation

The Opportunity:
As part of a dynamic and focussed Consumer Science team, based at the Fonterra Research and Development Centre in Palmerston North, this role is an opportunity to showcase your knowledge and expertise in the sensory and consumer sciences. You will work with our researchers to understand what consumers are looking for from our products, guide new product development and advance the sensory and consumer science disciplines.

It’s an opportunity to join an environment known for industry breakthroughs and innovation, providing proactive thought leadership in sensory and consumer science research for the dairy sector.

What you will bring and develop: With your expertise in sensory and consumer science and related tertiary academic studies, this is an exciting opportunity to be part of Fonterra’s research future.

Success enablers for this role include: Sound formal training in sensory and consumer sciences Hands-on commercial experience in the sensory and consumer science space  Experience in new product development and demonstrating thought leadership Research experience in the consumer and sensory science disciplines Innovative thinking, creative problem solving and proactive, self-driven work ethos Proactive stakeholder management with strong influencing and communication skills to a variety of audiences Commercial experience and a tertiary qualification in sensory and consumer science is highly regarded.   The level of appointment will reflect experience and demonstrable track record. Applications from Research, Senior Research and Principal Research level scientists will be considered.    

Our story:
This role gives you the opportunity to perform leading-edge science and technology in one of the largest dairy research facilities in the world. Located in Palmerston North, New Zealand, the Fonterra Research and Development Centre is home to a highly collegial team of over 100 highly qualified scientists, technologists and engineers – many of whom are world leaders in dairy science – and it is investing in new techniques with cutting edge technologies right now!

Don’t overlook this great opportunity, it’s your next step, so apply today!   Applications will close late night Thursday 7th November 2019     To apply, please click here. If you know someone who could be interested in this opportunity, please forward this email to them or for more information contact Maia Churichkova, Senior Sourcing Consultant, Fonterra Resourcing Services on Maia.Churichkova@fonterra.com.

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PhD Studentship at the University of Nottingham

PhD Studentship – Understanding consumer behaviour regarding sustainability in food and beverage section

Closing Date Saturday, 30th November 2019

DepartmentBiosciences

Supervisor: Dr Qian Yang

Secondary Supervisor: Dr Jo Gould

Subject Area:Sensory and consumer science

Research Title
Understanding consumer behaviour regarding sustainability in food and beverage section

Research Description

Applicants are invited to apply for this exciting fully funded 4-year PhD studentship studying consumer behaviour surrounding sustainability in food and beverage section in both the UK and Australia. To overcome the looming threats of climate change and population growth to our society, there is a need to shift the current consumer behaviour towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Broad media coverage of these global challenges, has enhanced consumer awareness of sustainability, which in turn has influenced consumer choice behaviour. With the current increasing sales and consumer demand for sustainable food, there is a need to better understand consumer opinions and attitudes towards sustainability. This PhD will take a scientific approach to understand consumer opinions on sustainability of food products as well as food packaging and understand consumer acceptability and choices for products with sustainable natures (e.g. insect food product or plant based product). The student will be co-supervised by staff at both The University of Nottingham and University of Adelaide and will undertake two years research at each institution. The doctoral scholar will be based on the Sutton Bonington campus in Nottingham when in the UK, and at the Waite Campus in Adelaide when in Australia. Both campuses are renowned for their world-leading research in agricultural, food and beverage sciences, and their outstanding facilities for research and teaching. PhD graduates will obtain jointly awarded degrees from the University of Nottingham and the University of Adelaide. The studentships will cover PhD tuition fees, plus a stipend corresponding to the standard research council rate. Details of the partnership can be found at nottingham.ac.uk/global/partnerships/partnership-pages/adelaide.aspx

Keyword Search
sensory, consumer, sustainability, food

Award Start Date: 01/02/2020

Duration of Award: 48 months

Terms and Conditions

The scholarship is open to UK/EU citizens only.

Applicant Qualification Requirements

All students should have, or expect to obtain, a first-class or 2:1 honours degree and/or a high distinction, distinction or high merit at the Masters level in a sensory or food related subject area. A background in statistics is essential and some knowledge of sensory and consumer science, food science would be beneficial.

How to Apply

To apply send your CV, unofficial transcripts (details of University grades/predicted grades) together with the names and contact details of two referees to the principal project supervisor (Qian.Yang@nottingham.ac.uk). Please also provide a covering letter to indicate your interests, why you are applying to the “Joint Nottingham-Adelaide Programme” and what attracts you to this PhD research.

Closing Date: 30/11/2019

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