Italy E3S Student Representatives

Cristina Proserpio (student representative Italy)

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PhD student in Food Systems at Department of Food, Environmental & Nutritional Science, University of Milan, Italy
(tutor: prof. Ella Pagliarini)

B.S. Food Science and Technology, University of Milan, Italy; M.S. Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Milan, Italy)

Cristina’s research is within the Sensory & Consumer Science Group (prof: Ella Pagliarini) of the University of Milan, and investigates the relationship between sensory perception and weight excess. In particular, the purpose of her PhD is to evaluate behavioral and perceptive determinants of obesity and the multisensory integrations (odor-taste-texture) in model foods in obese and normal weight subjects. A part of her PhD was carried out at Wageningen University at the Division of Human Nutrition (supervisors: Sanne Boesveldt, Kees de Graaf) on a project about the response to odours signalling different food products on appetite/satiety regulation in normal weight subjects, by combining behavioural (appetite, ratings, preferences) and physiological (saliva production) measurements, to evaluate the influences of olfactory signals on food intake.

Other research activity in the field of sensory evaluation and consumer science include; the relationship between sensory and instrumental measurements, sensory evaluation of food formulations for specific consumer targets (obese and overweight consumers/children), children food memory, insects as food and feed.

Her interest in the E3S committee is to create a network between young sensory scientists. It’s a good opportunity to share and compare ideas and results on different research areas.

Lapo Pierguidi (deputy student representative Italy)

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Lapo Pierguidi achieved a Master’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Florence, curriculum: Neuropsychology and Cognitive Assessment in 2013, conducting an experimental thesis on memory systems based on the analysis of electrical brain potentials. After graduating, he completed a post degree training at the Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratoryof the University of Florence. Subsequently, he actively collaborated with the Laboratory of Cognitive Psychophysiology ( and with the VirtHulab laboratory ( in the field of cognitive psychology research and dissemination. In 2015, he was appointed Onorary Fellow for the Chair of General Psychology at the University of Florence where he worked as a teaching assistant. In the 2015-2016 period, he participated in training courses in the field of technology transfer, with reference to creation and management of innovative start-ups. Since February 2016 he is regularly enrolled in the Order of Psychologists of Tuscany.  He is currently enrolled in the PhD in Food Science and Technology where he studies the sensory and affective perception of food products.

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