Report from Eurosense 2018

E3S Eurosense Student Award 2018 – Frida Felicia Vennerød-Diesen

I would like to thank the European Sensory Science Society (E3S) for the student award that I received during the Eight EuroSense-conference, that was recently held in lovely Verona, Italy.

As a final year PhD-student, the award provided me with the opportunity to attend a most relevant conference, and to be inspired by the work of other scientists.

This years Eurosense was large, with 727 attendees. The conference was filled with interesting oral sessions, workshops, and poster presentations, many from interdisciplinary studies.

For me personally, Tuesday morning was the most important part of the conference. The morning started with an inspiring talk by Mari Sandell. One of the take-home messages she provided was the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations in sensory studies. This is a subject close to my heart, and my PhD-project has benefitted from belonging to several different disciplines. In fact, I believe this is in of the most important functions of the EuroSense-conference: To provide the attendees with a new look on their own research projects, and to have a greater understanding of the research in a larger context. To facilitate in collaboration and discussions across disciplines. This year EuroSense, and particularly Mari Sandell’s talk, really did this job well. 

Her talk belonged to a session on individual differences, and I had an oral presentation in the later parallel session on the same topic.  My oral presentation was called “The development of basic taste preferences in preschoolers”, and regarded the finding from a longitudinal study that has been my PhD-project. The presentation itself was a great challenge and opportunity, since there was a large crowd that showed interest. The most gratifying aspect was however all the different researchers that wanted to discuss the study with me after the presentation. This provided such a great opportunity to evaluate my work, and to see it with a different point of view. Additionally, I greatly benefitted from discussions with others about their work, and from listening to presentations from such a broad field. The chance to be able to exchange experiences and knowledge with other young researchers belonging to the E3S Student and Early Stage Researchers-group was also very important to me. I believe the support and collaboration with others in the same situation is paramount for young scientists, and the group greatly benefits with this.


Overall, I greatly enjoyed the conference, and I am very grateful that I was able to attend because of E3S. Receiving my award on the stage of the Verdi Auditorium was a highlight of my career. .  


Frida Felicia Vennerød-Diesen