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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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Food Quality and Preference

Food Quality and Preference is the official journal of the European Sensory Science Society. Food Quality and Preference is a journal devoted to sensory, consumer and behavioural research in food and non-food products. It publishes original research, critical reviews, and short communications in sensory and consumer science, and sensometrics. In addition, the journal publishes special invited issues on important timely topics and from relevant conferences. These are aimed at bridging the gap between research and application, bringing together authors and readers in consumer and market research, sensory science, sensometrics and sensory evaluation, nutrition and food choice, as well as food research, product development and sensory quality assurance. Submissions to Food Quality and Preference are limited to papers that include some form of human measurement; papers that are limited to physical/chemical measures or the routine application of sensory, consumer or econometric analysis will not be considered unless they specifically make a novel scientific contribution in line with the journal’s coverage as outlined below.

The journal’s coverage includes:
• Sensory and motivational studies
• Food choice studies of cultural, sensory and environmental factors
• Innovative consumer and market research
• Geographical, cultural and individual differences in perception and preferences
• Health and wellbeing studies
• Mathematical modelling in relation to acceptability and food quality
• Sensometric analyses and models of sensory and acceptance parameters
• Consumer psychology and behavior, including the study of emotions
• Consumer-driven product development
• Product experience and contextual influences
• Methodological papers on personal care and other consumer products

Food Quality and Preference Awards

Since 2011 every second year, during the Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium, Food Quality and Preference assigns two awards to an established researcher and a researcher who received his/her doctoral degree 10 years from his/her PhD:

  • Contributions by an established researcher
    Awarded to a researcher who has made major contributions to our understanding of sensory or consumer science, whether in terms of basic processes, methodologies or applications of knowledge or methods, over a prolonged period.
  • Contributions by a researcher of the future
    Awarded to a researcher who received their doctoral degree 10 or fewer years prior to the year of the granting of the award, for contributions to sensory or consumer science, whether in terms of basic processes, methodologies or applications of knowledge or methods.

Previous awardees – established researcher:
2011 Harry Lawless
2013 Hely Tuorila
2015 Hildegarde Heymann
2017 Sylvie Issanchou

Previous awardees – researcher of the future:
2011 Gaston Ares
2013 John Ennis
2015 John Hayes
2017 Betina Piqueras-Fiszman

Further information: http://www.pangbornsymposium.com/Food-Quality-and-Preference.asp

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SENS&CO CHANGES ITS NAME

SENS&CO CHANGES ITS NAME IN SOCIETÉ FRANÇAISE D’ANALYSE SENSORIELLE

Sens&Co is  proud to announce that the 4th of November 2014, the extraordinary General Assembly unanimously agreed to change its name, which now becomes:
Société Française d’Analyse Sensorielle.
The website of the French society will soon be updated but can still be accessed at www.sensnco.fr

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