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Business Engagement Scientist: Sensory Science

Business Engagement Scientist: Sensory Science (fixed term)
University of Nottingham – Food Sciences
Location: Sutton Bonington

deadline: 20th December 2018

Salary: £27,025 to £39,609 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £30395 with relevant PhD)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Job Ref: SCI386518

The Sensory Science Centre (SSC) is internationally renowned for both its sensory research and teaching, boasting state of the art facilities, two expert panels and a consumer database for product assessment. This role presents an excellent opportunity for a self-motivated sensory and consumer scientist to engage with businesses and research partners by conducting services rendered work. This will include raising awareness of the centre, identifying new leads, delivering pitches to potential collaborators/clients, writing proposals, conducting studies, analysing data and presenting results (both verbally and written). In addition, the role-holder will work closely with the flavour chemistry team, supporting research and would therefore benefit from knowledge and experience of flavour/aroma chemistry.

Candidates should have a PhD in Sensory Science (or close to completion) OR significant industry experience in Sensory and Consumer Science. In addition, the appointee must have experience in flavour chemistry and associated analytical techniques (e.g. GS-MS, APCI-MS, LC-MS). The appointee should have excellent communications skills and considerable experience collecting data from human subjects. Industrial experience, a publication record or experience of teaching/training are also preferable. Candidates must demonstrate excellent analytical skills, be self-motivating and be able to work as part of a team.

This is a full-time, 12-month contact, available as soon as possible. However, the role is expected to extend beyond 12 months, subject to performance and funding.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Rebecca Ford, telephone 0115 951 6685 or email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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CAS Food Sensory and Consumer Research

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) – Food Sensory and Consumer Research

ZHAW – Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften – Department Life Sciences and Facility Management


At a glance
Start: 29.08.2019

Costs: CHF 8,000.00

Language of instruction: German

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Download the flyer: Flyer_CAS Sensorik 2019


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Post of the month November 2018

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A glimpse of the 2018 Society of Sensory Professionals (SSP) Conference

Meetha Nesam James, Masters Student at Kansas State University, Manhattan, United States

26th-28th September 2018 – Cleveland, Ohio, United States

‘Rock your Sensory Advantage’- this was the tagline of SSP 2018 conference held in Cleveland, Ohio, United States from September 26th to 28th. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the conference aimed at inspiring sensory professionals and students, as leaders from the industry shared their expertise on how sensory could be used to drive innovative business results.

The conference kicked off with a welcome note by Dr. Jason Newlon, SSP Conference Committee Chairperson. This was followed by the SSP/ASTM Joint Workshop on the theme: ‘It’s a Small World, Leading Sensory and Consumer Research Cross-Culturally’. This session highlighted the how to’s of global research and the benefits of working globally. Dr. Kavitha Avula from ‘Therapists Beyond Borders’ gave an amazing talk on understanding people from inside out and not from outside in. She insisted that understanding cultural sensitivity of the target consumers, avoiding implicit bias and having a heart to listen rather than imposing your thoughts would be a great way to understand consumers from different cultures. Dr. Bob Baron, VP, Sensory Spectrum, spoke about the business case for taking sensory global. He mentioned that the changing environment in the global market is due to the increase in global trade, technology development, consolidation and centralization of brands. Daniela Garaiz, Sensights Consulting, mentioned that having a structured plan around the business objective and developing the study based on that would help conduct an international research study successfully. Following that, Janet McLean, Global Director of Sensory Consumer Guidance, Diageo, took us through the challenges one has to face when conducting research globally, especially the time zone difference, shipping costs, advertising etc. At the close of the workshop session, Cindy Malixi, Innovation Consultant and Facilitator, AHHA, gave her insights on working with global teams. Her idea of ‘Go have a beer’ with global teams to have better connections and to stay cool always, were some of the key takeaways from her talk.

The ‘Luncheon with Connectors Meet-and-Greet’ was one of the main events at the conference. Everyone enjoyed the conversations with their mentors, as they shared their professional experiences and their insights for future career prospects.

The opening keynote by Kevin Ryan was thought provoking as he spoke about ‘The Changing Face of CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods)’. He drew everyone’s attention towards the ten evolving cultural mindsets that tend to influence the CPG market. One of the mindsets he discussed was ‘Foodie 2.0’ where the consumers take ownership of what they choose to buy and what they eat. Ryan also recommended on how CPGs must react to these mindsets of consumers to stay relevant.

Debbie Peterson, President, Getting to Clarity, gave a fascinating talk on the topic “Increasing Confidence in Communication: From Frustrated to Focused”. She challenged everyone to “Step up, Speak up and Show up” and mentioned that avoiding limiting beliefs, catching it, challenging it and changing it into a positive belief about one’s self can help them achieve greater heights. Following that, Dr. Jason Newlon gave a talk on the journey of the first ten years of SSP. It was inspiring to know how the vision of a small group of the founding members took form into this successful big organization. The day ended with a cocktail reception for more networking and connections.

The second day of the conference started with scientific sessions on the theme-‘Context throw- down’. The speakers presented their research on the importance of context in consumer likings in different product categories. Experiencing the products in real life environment in contrast to the test facilities had impact on the consumer preference. After the talk, selected studies in diverse topics were presented as speed posters in no more than 5 minutes.

The students and other researchers had the chance of presenting their research in the poster sessions in the morning and afternoon. I presented my research on ‘Lexicon development and napping of Ryebread from Northern Europe and the United States’. There were posters on different sensory topics including context relevance, oral processing, cross-cultural product testing, etc. There was another Professional Development talk on how to overcome difficulties and to increase clarity and assertiveness in communication. The student luncheon that followed had a presentation from Chris Van Dongen about the three phases of a career in sensory.

The afternoon started with a scientific session on the topic “Individual Differences between Consumers”. Scientists presented their research on the variation in liking because of the personality traits, oral perception and sensitivity and sensory advantage of thermal tasters. Following that were two workshops at the same time on the topics of ‘Beyond Foods’ and ‘Best Practices for Storytelling with Data’. The participants attended either one of them based on their interests. The day ended with the award ceremony and the night was enjoyed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland with a grand Gala.

The final day of the conference began with two workshops simultaneously. One was on the theme of ‘Advancing Sensory Science by integrating Perceptual, Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology’. This workshop presented research on the role of context, fast and slow thinking and how to overcome the psychological sources of error. Another SSP-Sensometrics joint workshop was conducted on ‘Designing Consumer Relevant Testing’. A team of Sensory scientists and statisticians shared both the sides of a research study from a consumer-friendly perspective.  There was a session to meet and interact with the editor of the ‘Journal of Sensory Studies (JOSS)’ after the workshop. In the end, there was fireside chat where Dr. Jason Newlon and Lisa Ernst from Procter and Gamble shared their experiences on working with different product categories. Dr. Newlon closed the conference by calling everyone out to drive towards excellence with inspiration from all the sensory professionals.


Overall, the SSP Conference this year was packed with interactive scientific sessions and workshops. It also proved to be a great opportunity to connect with other sensory professionals and scientists. Personally, I got to meet and interact with Dr. Michael O’Mahony, Gail Vance Civille and Dr. Harry Lawless who are pioneer scientists in the field. Also, I had the pride to represent Kansas State University at SSP 2018 along with my team. I look forward to attending the conference again and to be more involved in the Society of Sensory Professionals.


CALL-TO-ACTION (CTA): I would like to invite you all to attend the next SSP conference in 2020 (Venue to be decided). There are a lot of volunteering opportunities available to get involved with SSP. Please contact me and I can get you plugged in the right team.

Written by Meetha Nesam James

Masters student at Kansas State University





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Post Doctoral Position in Sensory Evaluation at University of California, Davis

Post Doctoral Position in Sensory Evaluation at the Heymann Sensory Laboratory

University of California, Davis

A postdoctoral position is available to join the Heymann sensory laboratory. For this opportunity, the exact area of sensory science is open. Qualified candidates should be in possession of a PhD degree and interested in the areas of sensory science and multivariate statistics. Qualified candidates should be proficient in English to perform the training of sensory descriptive panels. As part of your application write a 1-page research proposal on the area(s) of sensory science that you would wish to work on. Also, provide the names and e-mail addresses of three potential references.

Position is for one year with renewal for a second year possible upon satisfactory progress;  Available immediately. 

About the Heymann Laboratory:

The laboratory focuses on the use of sensory methods to describe the taste, smell and mouthfeel of products and how they relate to processing parameters or consumer behaviors. We usually work on wine and other alcoholic beverages, but have also worked with many other food products. We are part of the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, and we collaborate with other laboratories of the department to understand the effect of viticultural and winemaking practices on the chemical and sensory properties of wines. Another important part of our research  focuses on testing sensory methods of description (descriptive analysis, rapid methods) in different context to understand how changes in the procedure may impact the results.

In the laboratory, the postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Generate ideas for research projects
  • Conduct their own research projects independently: design and execute experiments, analyze data and write the results in articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Work with collaborators from other laboratories and industry by consulting on the design of their projects, executing the sensory part and reporting on the results
  • Train undergraduate and graduate students on experimental design, sensory methods, data analysis
  • Help with the administrative tasks in the laboratory: order supplies, maintain SOPs, coordinate research projects
  • Knowledge of R and FIZZ would be useful, but is not required

Professor Hildegarde Heymann; Dept. of Viticulture & Enology; University of California, Davis, CA 95616. Phone: 530-754-4816; Fax: 530-752-0381;







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Assistant Professor in Sensory and Consumer Science – University of California, Davis

Assistant Professor in Sensory and Consumer Science
Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis

Extended deadline: March 1, 2019

The Department of Food Science and Technology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is recruiting an Assistant Professor specializing in sensory and/or consumer science with a PhD in sensory science, consumer science, food science, neurophysiology & behavior, psychology, behavioral nutrition, behavioral economics, marketing or a related field. The appointee will be expected to develop a research program on basic and applied aspects of sensory perception and consumer (eating and drinking) behavior with relevance to public health, agriculture, and the food and beverage industries. Areas of research interest may include, but are not limited to sensory perception, sensory physiology and/or genetics, sensory determinants of food intake, consumer (eating and/or drinking) behavior, behavioral nutrition, behavioral economics, sensory analysis of foods and beverages, consumer-driven innovation. This is an academic year (9-month) tenure track Assistant Professor position. This position includes an appointment in the Agriculture Experiment Station that carries the expectation that the appointee conduct mission-oriented research and outreach of relevance to California stakeholders. (
The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework in food sensory and/or consumer science (e.g., sensory evaluation of foods, sensory perception, physiology and genetics, eating and drinking behavior, consumer science, consumer-driven innovation), with a typical teaching load of two courses per year. At the undergraduate level, the candidate will be expected to teach the department’s required statistics course FST 117 – Design and Analysis for Sensory Food Science. In addition, the candidate would be expected to teach or participate in a required or elective course in sensory evaluation, consumer science or food product innovation, such as FST 127 – Sensory Evaluation of Foods or FST 159 – New Product Food Ideas, FST 160 – Food Product Development or an elective graduate course in their area of specialization. Additional contributions to Department of Food Science and Technology courses and Food Science graduate education is expected, with additional teaching opportunities in lifelong learning through UC Davis Extension. Mentoring of graduate students in Food Science and other graduate groups, undergraduate student advising, participation in and development of outreach programs, curricular development, and performance of departmental and university service are expected. The research, teaching and outreach mission of the Department of Food Science and Technology ( focuses on the creation, development and distribution of basic and applied knowledge related to the production of foods, with a scope extending from the fundamental molecular level to the process and consumption scale.
The department is associated with the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at UC Davis and is internationally recognized as a center of excellence for food research.
Besides their own laboratory in the Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building, the appointee will have access to wide-ranging infrastructure resources and many collaborative opportunities in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and other colleges and schools across campus.
The UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is the leading academic agricultural research institution in the US. The community of Davis is located in the California Central Valley, next to the State Capital Sacramento and close to the Bay Area, the Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe.

Qualifications: PhD or equivalent degree at the time of appointment in sensory science, consumer science, food science, neurophysiology & behavior, psychology, behavioral nutrition, behavioral economics, marketing or a related field. Postdoctoral experience is desired and evidence of research excellence is expected. Evidence of leadership and organizational skills relevant to the development of a successful research, teaching and outreach program in a sensory and/or consumer science field is required. The candidate should have demonstrated ability or potential to obtain extramural support for research activities as well as the capacity to develop and instruct undergraduate, graduate and lifelong learning courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in food sensory and/or consumer science.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications: Application materials must be submitted via the following website: Required application materials include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae with publications list, 3) up to five full publications, 4) transcripts if the applicant is within 5 years of the PhD degree, 5) statement of future research plans including relevance to food industries, 6) statement of teaching philosophy and projected teaching roles in the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis, 7) the names, addresses, including email, of at least four professional references, and 8) a statement of contributions to diversity. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by March 1, 2019.

Additional inquiries should be directed to Professor Jean-Xavier Guinard, Search Committee Chair, Department of Food Science and Technology, 1 Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, PH: 530-754-8659; email:
UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities.
UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.
UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.
UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is expecting to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation by 2018-2019. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.
The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.
UC Davis is a smoke – and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis — indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.


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Sensory courses organised at the University of Nottingham

Date of Course: 5th March 2019
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Title of Course: Sensory Evaluation: An introductory workshop
Course Venue: University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, LE12 5RD, UK
Course Summary: This popular introductory workshop is IFST accredited and aimed at those who are new to sensory science and wish to learn how to apply basic sensory methods to discriminate, describe and measure the sensory attributes of products with a view to improving and introducing innovation to their product development and quality assurance approaches.
Course content: The workshop covers introduction to sensory evaluation for food and drink, the human senses, types of panels, how to screen and select panellists, facilities and protocols, sensory tests and how/when to use them. The workshop is designed to be practical and interactive to enhance learning and we have received excellent feedback from previous delegates. Delegates attending the Sensory Evaluation course also have the opportunity to sit a Foundation level examination in Sensory Evaluation, set by the IFST (Institute of Food Science and Technology) with whom the course is accredited, successful candidates will then be awarded a Certificate of Accreditation by the IFST. Places are limited for these workshops so book early!

Course Contact Details:, 0115 951 6610
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Date of Course: 27th September 2017
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Title of Course: Sensory Methods for Quality control
Course Venue: University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, LE12 5RD, UK
Course Summary: This popular introductory workshop is aimed at those who have attended the Introductory Sensory Evaluation workshop or have an good background knowledge of sensory methods and want to understand how they can apply them for quality control purposes.
Course content: The workshop will cover the application of sensory methods for quality control procedures for food and drink, issues concerning the introduction of sensory quality control programmes and guidelines for defining sensory specifications. The workshop is designed to be practical and interactive to enhance learning and we have received excellent feedback from previous delegates. Places are limited for these workshops so book early!
Course Contact Details:, 0115 951 6610
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Date of Course: 1st – 4th April 2019
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:, 0115, 9516610
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Date of Course: 14 – 18 January 2019
Time: 9am – 5pm
Title of Course: Sensory Evaluation – Statistical Methods and Interpretation
Course Venue: Campden BRI, Chipping Campden, GL55 6LD, 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:, 0115, 9516610
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Date of Course: 20th – 24th May 2019
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:, 0115, 9516610
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Date of Course: 24-28th June 2019
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:, 0115, 9516610
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Smarter, Faster, Stronger: Sensory & Consumer Science, for true business relevance

Smarter, Faster, Stronger: Sensory & Consumer Science, for true business relevance

Danone Nutricia Center, 6th November 2018

The Expert Group Sensory Research of the MOA, the Dutch Expertise Center for Marketing Insights, Research & Analytics, presents a smashing symposium on the value of sensory for business. At the Danone Nutricia Research Center key contributors are presenting their latest methods, experiences and insights from sensory & consumer science. Amongst them: Unilever, Danone, IFF, Haystack, Essensor/OP&P and Wageningen University Research (WUR).
Chaired by Prof. Dr. Hans van Trijp.



9.00 Doors open
9.30 Welcome by Chairman Prof. Dr. Hans van Trijp
9.45 Keynote: Consumer centricity innovation: a trend or a norm? by Victoire Dairou | Danone
10.30 Keynote: Methods’merits by Garmt Dijksterhuis | WUR
11.00 Coffee break
11.25 Parallel Session:
• Measuring meaningful differences by Daniëlle van Hout & Chantalle Groeneschild | Unilever
• Agile consumer insights in practice by Ludovic Depoortere | Haystack
• A session by Stan Knoops | IFF
12.00 Morning closure by Prof. Dr. Hans van Trijp
12.15 Lunch break
13.15 Meet the MOA Sensory Research Expert group by Loes van Tiel
13.25 Keynote: It isn’t just what you do, it is how you do it by Hannelize van Zyl | Heineken
14.25 Presentation and discussion by teachers and students from several Universities and Colleges
15.35 Coffee break
15.55: Parallel Session:
• Better, smarter, faster: Two novel implicit consumer measures validated by Dr. Harold (JHF) Bult | Applegg
• A session by Julie Palczak | Danone
• A session by Sarah Lindeman| Friesland Campina
16.30 Keynote by Wim Vaessen | Essensor/OP&P
17.15 Day closure by Prof. Dr. Hans van Trijp
17.30 Drinks, bites and guided tour Danone Nutricia Research Center


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Course at Nofima


Analysing data from descriptive sensory analysis and novel sensory methods
Consumer and sensory sciences  

9-10 April 2019 – Nofima at Ås, Norway

Deadline for registrations: March 29 th, 2019

Nofima at Ås, Norway and RISE, The Swedish Research Institute, in Gothenburg, Sweden cooperate in arranging courses in sensory analysis. The next course in the series will be arranged in Ås, Norway, December 4-5th

Analysing data from descriptive sensory analysis and novel sensory methods
The course will focus on analysis and interpretation of descriptive sensory data and data from novel sensory methods such as CATA and Projective mapping. The course will be based on both lectures, practical demonstrations and exercises (see detailed program enclosed). The course will be taught in English.

Target group
The course is suited for those who know the basics of sensory analysis but feel that they need to learn more about how to analyse and interpret the data. Basic knowledge of statistical concepts is needed.

Tormod Næs, Nofima
Paula Varela Tomasco, Nofima
Ingunn Berget, Nofima
Mats Carlehög, Nofima
Penny Bergman, RISE

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Post of the month October 2018


A review of the EuroSense 2018 Conference

Alessandra De Toffoli, PhD Student at the University of Florence, Italy
2st-5th September 2018 – Verona, Italy


Just some numbers: 727 participants (73% from Europe), 590 abstract submissions, 66 oral presentations, 4 workshops, 386 posters.

The theme of this edition was ‘A Sense of Taste’ that implied a great attention to individual differences in sensory perception, liking, preference, choice and behaviour. As taste is a multifaceted word with multiple meanings, topics covered the contribution of sensory science as a multidisciplinary perspective applied to specific issues of general interest (sensory for health, innovation, sustainability, eating out and individual differences), and input and contributions from other fields and disciplines to the methodological refinement of the sensory science (genetics, mind science, text analysis, new technologies, statistics and advanced instrumental analysis).

The conference was opened by Prof. Erminio Monteleone from University of Florence, followed by two keynote speakers, John Prescott – TasteMatters Research and Consulting and Caterina Dinnella – University of Florence. Both emphasised the important role of individual differences in taste perception, liking and food choices, underlighting that food choices depend on the interplay of food intrinsic and extrinsic characteristics with person-related dimensions that are biological, physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural.

Day two started with a keynote of Kees de Graaf from Wageningen University who spoke about the enormous societal pressure to reduce salt, sugar and fat levels in foods and underlined the essential contribution of sensory science to a healthier society. Agnès Giboreau from Institut Paul Bocuse Research Center presented meal habits from a global prospective showing discrepancy in eating out practices.

E3S Student and Early Stage Researcher Group annual meeting

In the afternoon, I participated with pleasure to the E3S Student & Early Stage Researcher (SESRG) annual meeting where I met students from different parts of Europe and I had the great opportunity to exchange opinions with other people working in sensory science.

During the coffee breaks I participated with other SESRG members at the E3S stand where we promoted the E3S group and its activities. We also administrated to delegates a food attitude questionnaire that was translated in 10 languages by E3S students. The aim was to adapt the questionnaire in several languages and to highlight the differences between cultures. The E3S Workshop “Lost in translation: issues in cross-cultural and multi-country studies” certainly gave us some precious suggestions!

Day three was a big day! It started with a keynote from Mari Sandell from Turku University who focus the attention on individual differences in sensory perception, underling that experiences are individual and unique, and we may taste, smell, hear, see and touch in different ways. After the presentation, I, together with other 6 colleagues, were awarded with the E3S and SISS Student Awards.

During the flash poster session, I presented my work on the influence of psychological traits on the acceptability of healthy foods that received the E3S Award. The purpose of the study was to investigate the role of psychological traits in liking, familiarity and choice for phenol-rich foods characterized at the same time by health benefits and warning sensations such as bitterness and astringency. Our results suggested that psychological traits associated with anxiety such as Food Neophobia, Sensitivity to Disgust and to Punishment may act as a barrier in the acceptability of phenol-rich foods. Particularly, differences may be associated with a hypersensitivity to the alarm sensations influenced by the psychological traits that could modulate sensory and hedonic responses making the alarm sensations been perceived as more intense and less acceptable.

The other keynote of the day, Jessica Aschemann-Witzel from Aarhus University, delivered a fascinating talk about how sensory consumer science can contribute to sustainable development of the food sector. She offered great deals to think about and she provocatively affirmed that it was more sustainable to fly from Verona to Aarhus than to walk. Why? Because the food you eat during the one-month walking has a worse environmental impact than the flight.

And last, but not least… we enjoyed the gala dinner in one of the most famous palaces of Verona with the belvedere that offered a fine view of the city.

Debra A. Zellner from Montclair State University and David Morizet from L’Oréal Research & Innovation opened the last day of the conference. Finally, Kees de Graaf and Betina Piqueras-Fiszman from Wageningen University presented the venue of EuroSense 2020. The conference will be held in Rotterdam!

The organisation of the conference was a great success and I came away from these days with a lot of new insights. I am grateful for the opportunity the organisers gave me to present my work and I look forward to attending the conference again in two years!

Written by: Alessandra De Toffoli
PhD student at Dept. GESAAF, University of Florence, Italy
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Research Fellowship on perception of food in obese individuals

The Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, CIMeC at University of Trento, will soon be advertising a Research fellowship in multisensory behavioral studies on perception of food in obese individuals


The position is to work on a project that will try to shed light on possible unisensory and/or multisensory alterations on food perception that can influence the way overweight/obese people select their food and how much they eat. Moreover, the project purports to clarify the role of non-homeostatic mechanisms underlying food processing in normal weight and overweight/obese individuals and different conditions of hunger/satiety.

The Research fellow will work with Professor Massimiliano Zampini. The ideal candidate should have a background in Psychology, Neuroscience or Sensory  Sciences and experience with behavioral methods relevant for studying unisensory and/or multisensory perception and attention. Priority will be given to candidates holding a PhD.  Italian proficiency is required for interacting with the possible participants.

The position is going to be funded for one year with a potential renewal for a second year.  The contract should start by the end of the year.

Further information may be requested to the PI:


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E3S Student video competition

The European Sensory Science Society is pleased to announce the winner of the E3S Student video competition – Eurosense 2018 is Marit Nijman – University of Nottingham.

Watch her video here


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E3S Eurosense Student Awards 2018 – The reports of the winners

Read the reports of the winners from the conference – Eurosense 2018

Prof. Carolina Chaya and prof. Ella Pagliarini at the awarding ceremony


The winners of the E3S and SISS awards Eurosense 2018


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