Written by Karina Gonzalez Estanol & Maddalena Libardi, Chair & Deputy Chair of Next Generation Working group
The beautiful city of Nantes, France, recently played host to the much-anticipated Pangborn 2023 conference. Pangborn, a biennial event, brings together leading experts, researchers, and enthusiasts from the world of sensory and consumer science to discuss and share the latest updates in this ever-evolving field. This year’s conference was particularly noteworthy for its role in sparking interest, fostering networking, and creating collaboration opportunities within the sensory science community. Pangborn 2023 covered a wide array of topics, including sensory perception fundamentals, advances in physiology and genetics, neuroscience, and the impact of COVID-19 on sensory perception. Discussions also encompassed sensory measurement methodologies, challenges, and opportunities in the digital age, effective product development, user experiences, global resource challenges, sustainability, communication, and education. However, one of the standout features of Pangborn 2023 was the series of flash presentations. These rapid-fire talks condensed groundbreaking research into bite-sized insights. Attendees were treated to a whirlwind tour of the latest developments in sensory science, leaving everyone eager to delve deeper into the wealth of knowledge presented. The future of sensory science looked brighter than ever. During this event, the E3S Next Generation Group took the opportunity to gather together over a delightful lunch. It was a great opportunity to finally meet colleagues face to face, forging connections that had previously only existed online or through email exchanges. We not only updated each other on recent research and work developments but also seized the moment to share knowledge and seek support from fellow members. This gathering served as a testament to the power of collaboration and mentorship within the sensory science community. Pangborn 2023 was a resounding success, leaving attendees inspired and motivated to push the boundaries of sensory and consumer science further. The conference not only fostered collaboration and networking but also served as a testament to the passion and dedication of those working tirelessly to unlock the secrets of our sensory experiences. As we look ahead, we can't help but feel that the future of sensory science is exceptionally bright and filled with endless possibilities. The conference's closing session was nothing short of inspiring. The FQAP awards recognized the outstanding contribution of established scientists in the field, with Kees de Graaf receiving the prestigious honour. His presentation as the established scientist winner left attendees with a profound sense of purpose. As attendees left Nantes, they couldn't help but carry with them a deep determination to make a positive impact through their work and eagerly anticipated their participation in the next Pangborn edition in Philadelphia. Pride in belonging to the incredible sensory and consumer science field was palpable, and the attendees' enthusiasm for the future of sensory science, filled with endless possibilities, was evident.