Spain E3S Student Representatives

María Mora (student representative Spain)

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María is the Spanish student representative. She is a PhD student working at the R&D Department at Basque Culinary Center and the Technical University of Madrid. She works as a sensory researcher and studies the impact of food products on consumers’ response. Her research focuses on the impact of wine and wine paring with food on consumers’ acceptance and emotional response. She hopes to gain a valuable insight into the consumer’s response to improve the development of new products.

As a committee representative she aims to progress the E3S group into a live platform in which other students can give their opinion about the sensory analysis field, future possible jobs, research experiences and courses to improve skills and knowledge. She believes this platform could offer students the opportunity to visit other European institutions as a way to promote internships among research centers.

Maite Iriondo de Hond (deputy student representative Spain)

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Maite is the Spanish deputy student representative and is studying the valorisation of food industry by-products as ingredients in the development of novel dairy foods at the Autonomous University of Madrid and Madrid’s Institute for Agriculture and Food Research as part of Mª Dolores del Castillo and Eugenio Miguel’s group. Her research focuses on using side-stream products as bioactive ingredients in the development of healthy and sustainable foods, without compromising on sensory quality and consumer acceptance. She also studies consumer behaviour towards food products developed with side-stream ingredients from food industry, as a first approach to determining whether recovered ingredients can be accepted in the food market. The overall aims are to determine whether sustainability can be a driver behind food consumption.

As a committee representative she aims to promote student networking to exchange ideas, build collaborations for future opportunities and promote teamwork as a means of personal growth within the scientific community.

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