Joanne Hort

University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Professional Food Sensory Group

Institute of Food Science and Technology


Joanne Hort, B.Ed. Hons, Ph.D. FIFST, is SABMiller Professor of Sensory Science and Head of Brewing in the Division of Food Sciences at the University of Nottingham. Initially, she studied Food Technology and began her career in teaching. However, she returned to University to receive her doctorate concerning the modelling of the sensory attributes of cheese from analytical and instrumental measures. She began lecturing at Sheffield Hallam University and was appointed as Lecturer in Sensory Science at the University of Nottingham in 2002. She has since established the University of Nottingham Sensory Science Centre, which is renowned for both its sensory training and research into flavour perception. She delivers sensory course at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and is Course Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Science. Her research interests focus on the multimodal aspects of flavour perception and she has published several articles in this area, together with oral presentations and posters at international Symposia. She is a founder member and Chair of the Professional Food Sensory Group of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and was on the organising committee of the 6th International Pangborn Symposium in the UK in 2005. In 2013 she was appointed Chair of the European Sensory Science Society.

Main research area

Joanne’s research focuses on using sensory science and instrumental techniques to understand how we perceive flavour. Current areas of interest include:

  • Crossmodal perception – how taste, aroma and texture integrate to form flavour perception;
  • Investigating individual variation in perception e.g. supertasters and thermal tasters;
  • Using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to understand flavour and taste perception;
  • Emotional response to sensory properties.

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