E3S Annual Symposium 2024

The future is bright – New sensory perspectives

The German Sensory Society is delighted to host the 12th E3S Annual Symposium Tue 7th May 2024 at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster / Germany.

Transformation of our global food system is necessary and has just begun. There are a lot of challenges and tasks for researchers in nutrition science and product development. Sensory sciences can make a positive contribution to tasteful and sustainable future food for good living. Among other topics the symposium includes talks related to the deep understanding of our human perception, the taste of biodiversity in wine breeding and our learnings from space nutrition. … for good food and a bright future.

The one-day symposium on Tue 7th May also provides excellent international networking opportunities for all attendees and is highly relevant to researchers, students, and professionals interested in the latest developments in sensory science.

The European Sensory Science Society General Assembly, which is a closed meeting for E3S members, will take place on Mon 6th May along with meetings of the working groups associated with ES3.

Save the Date!

06. - 07. May 2024 in Münster/Germany

Please note: Updates may occur more timely to the event. Please check latest information always here!

Registration to all events: click here or the button below...

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(Pre-)Programme Sunday 5th May

16:00 Guided City Tour (Walking) for delegates arriving on Sunday (registration required)

Please click here for more details on Münster and the walking tour

16:00 Guided City Tour (Walking) for delegates arriving on Sunday (registration required, please click here).

About the city:

Münster is a multi-faceted city. It is a city of science and learning, the City of Westphalian Peace, the capital city of bicycles and Germany’s Climate Protection Capital. Westphalia’s longstanding regional capital is a young city, not least thanks to its 50,000 students.

It is an outstanding place to live, work, learn and research. It is a place where urban culture, municipal diversity and first-class rural recreation intersect and have a mutually enhancing effect.

You'll find more information about Münster here.

About the tour:

The english speaking guide to the city will be paid cash directly. The fee will be approx. € 10.

As we have limited capacity of max. 30 attendees, please register before. Meeting point will be published soon.

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Programme Overview Monday 6th May

*open to Working Group Members, **open to E3S delegates only, two per country

Please click here for more details on programme 6th May

Monday 6th May 2024

09:00 Registration open

10:00-12:00 Optional Workshops (Parallel Sessions)

- Intercultural Workshop on future food (Food Lab Münster)

- Sensory SWOT Workshop (Dr. Dirk Minkner)

12:00-13:00 Registration and Refreshments

13:00-14:15 Working Groups 1 (Parallel Sessions)

- Working Groups "Children" & "Taste Sensitivity" Meeting: Workshop "E3S collaborative project on food neophobia in Europe: first results"

- Working Group "Next Generation" Meeting

14:15-14:30 Break

14:30-15:45 Parallel Sessions

- "The Future of working Groups" Meeting

- 2 Networking Rooms for Young Researchers and all other attendees interested (both open until 18:00)

16:00-18:00 (Parallel Sessions)

- E3S General Assembly 2024 (open to E3S delegates only, two per country)

- Intercultural Workshop on future food (Food Lab Münster)

- Young Researcher Meeting

- Networking

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For more information regarding the E3S working groups, please contact E3S organisers directly (info@e3sensory.eu).

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Intercultural Workshop on future food (Food Lab Münster)

About the workshop: Our food systems are failing us. The sustainability of future food systems can be improved by many ways. How can we create large-scale changes in our society that lead to more sustainable food consumption? And how can sensory and consumer research contribute to the sustainability of a food system? As the necessary transformation of our food systems will have an impact on our food culture, this workshop will focus on the possibilities of intercultural approaches.

Attendance is free, but requires registration.

As we have limited capacity of max. 20 attendees, please register before. Meeting point will be published soon after the registration deadline.

Please note that the same workshops will run in the afternoon from 16:00-18:00 again (please use separate event for registration)

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Sensory SWOT Workshop (Dr. Dirk Minkner)

Rational:

For sensory professionals it becomes more and more important to promote their working areas and to position and align their own department forward-looking within their business environment.

The SWOT analysis is a tool for strategic planning, which is generally used to determine the own position and to develop future strategies and goals. The SWOT identifies own strengths and weaknesses as well as opportunities and threats in a given context.

In this workshop we want to set up a joint SWOT analysis for sensory in Europe. We want to elaborate our strengths, identify potential weaknesses and to discuss potential risks and future opportunities. The workshop will be aimed as ideal platform to review diverse perceptions and standpoints and to integrate the different perspectives & needs of our community and application areas. We can identify, reflect, and discuss while broadening our own horizons and learning from each other.

Objective:

The outcome of this general SWOT can help each participant to sharpen and strengthen own ambitions and can be used as base for future discussion in their own companies/departments. Consequently, the outcome will be shared and distributed among all participants shortly after the workshop.

Attendance is free, but requires registration.

As we have limited capacity of max. 20 attendees, please register before. Meeting point will be published soon after the registration deadline.

Deadline for registration is 19th April 2024.

E3S General Assembly 2024

The annual European Sensory Science Society General Assembly, which is a closed meeting for E3S members (two delegates per country only), will take place on Monday May 6th, 16:00-18:00. Attendance is free, but requires registration via E3S. For more information please contact E3S organisation directly (info@e3sensory.eu).

Gala Dinner

19:00 Uhr Gala dinner at "Hafenkäserei" (ticket event)

Please click here for more details on the evening event

The gala dinner on Monday 6th May 2024 is a ticket event in an exclusive location: Hafenkäserei

It is open to members and non-members and can be booked separately. Please note that it has a limited capacity of 80 attendees.

The dinner venue is in walking distance to both hotels recommended (Melia Hotel Münster Kongresscenter and B&B Hotel Münster Hafen)

Registration fees (you can register here):

  • Student: € 49 + VAT
  • E3S member: € 89 + VAT
  • Non E3S member: € 89 + VAT

Participation is free of charge for organisors/contributors and country representatives of national societies (one per country, based on E3S invitation), though it requires registration for those as well.

Deadline for registration is 19th April 2024.

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Programme Overview Tuesday 7th May

8:30 – 16:45 Symposium with invited speakers from industry and academia

Please click here for more details on programme 7th May

Tuesday 7th May 2024

8:30 – 16:45 Symposium with invited speakers from industry and academia

Schedule

08:30 Registration & Refreshments

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09:15 Key note by E3S Chair (Dr. Sara Spinelli (E3S Chair) & Dr. Dirk Minkner (DGSens Chair)

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09:45 Food future (Prof. Dr. Guido Ritter - iSuN - Institute of Sustainable Nutrition)

The sustainability of future food systems can be improved by many ways. What are the challenges for food product development? How can sensory and consumer research contribute to the sustainability of a future food system? 

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10:15 Nutrition in space (Prof. Dr. Martina Heer - IU Internationale Hochschule Erfurt)

Numerous astronauts have participated in space missions, spending periods of up to 15 months on both the MIR and International Space Station (ISS). Health monitoring indicates that these astronauts typically consume only about 80% of the recommended daily calorie and nutrient intake. Such deficiencies raise concerns regarding potential negative impacts on astronauts' mental and physical health during upcoming interplanetary journeys, which are expected to last about three years. Among the various theories addressing this calorie gap, alterations in the smell and taste of meals might affect food intake. Ensuring the fitness of astronauts while minimizing energy usage is crucial for exploration missions. However, this objective presents challenges, especially considering the weight constraints associated with transporting food via rockets.

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10:45 Are sustainable food habits consumer relevant? (Prof. Dr. Wencke Gwozdz – University Gießen)

Which dietary behaviours have the potential to promote sustainable food systems? Do these behaviours have a high behaviour change potential? Which barriers do consumers face and what are potential leverage points to overcome those?

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11:15 Aroma Lab: Innovation made at universities (Prof. Dr. Helge Fritsch – Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Heilbronn)

Sensory offers more than just guidance for product development and definition in an analytical role: As a source of inspiration, it has a high potential in the product innovation process.  Using the example of the stimuli area of aroma perception, it is shown how aroma science and innovation workshops can be linked specifically for food innovation design. Concrete case studies from innovation workshops already held at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Heilbronn with food management students, as company representatives from the entire food value chain, demonstrate the approach described – engaging the senses.

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11:45 Predictive breeding for wine quality (Prof. Dr. Ulrich Fischer – DLR Rheinpfalz)

Breeding of new, fungi-tolerant grape varieties (PIWI), which will reduce pesticide treatment in integrated and organic viticulture by 80%, is still slowed down by the long time needed to obtain enough grapes for winemaking and quality evaluation. To speed up this process, a consortium of geneticist, breeder, analyst and sensory scientist joined to develop genetic marker in the grape vine genome. Genetic markers are already widely used to detect at an early stage presence of fungus resistances in a new breeding. Sensory evaluation of wines made from grapes of 150 crossings of the same two parents were done during 6 vintages and yielded a stable differentiation between good and poor quality crossings. Relating the sensory quality traits with a large and precise genetic map allowed to identify several quality markers related to biosynthesis of aroma compounds and the grape ripening process. These markers will allow now to discard at a very early stage the selection of crossing of promising wine quality from those breeding’s, which can be safely discarded due to a poor quality potential. Preference for PIWI wines have been assessed in home-use-tests by German, Danish, Dutch, French and Italian consumers and showed equal or even improved quality than the benchmarks of traditional grape varieties.

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12:15 Lunch & Poster Session

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13:15 Clinical perspectives: taste & smell (Prof. Dr. Thomas Hummel – TU Dresden)

The sense of smell is important! The lecture will show how olfactory disorders affect people, what types of olfactory disorders there are, and also touch upon aspects of how olfactory disorders can be diagnosed and treated. 

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14:00 Flash presentationsby young researchers

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14:45 Coffee Break

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15:15 Award Presentation - Student Competition

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15:25 Rethinking consumer sensory science: the need for research 'in the wild' (Prof. Dr. Rebecca Ford - University of Nottingham

This talk will explore the limitations of traditional sensory consumer research methods by presenting the gap between controlled environments and real-world consumer experiences. The needs for more ecologically valid research methodologies that benefit from enhanced external validity will be discussed as well as the methodological considerations and ethical challenges for conducting research in the wild. The importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and integration of new technologies will be presented using the University of Nottingham’s living lab – Connect Nottingham as an example.  

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15:55 Sensory evaluation of alternative proteins (Prof. Dr. Andrea Bauer – HAW Hamburg)

Considering the rapid growth of the global population, and challenges regarding the sustainability of animal-derived proteins, proteins from alternative sources like plants and insects are enjoying increasing interest for food and feed production. Many alternative protein ingredients already are commercially available. However, their techno-functional and sensory properties are not fully known. This makes choosing the “right” protein difficult for product developers. Therefore, a research consortium embarked on evaluating the characteristics of protein ingredients from various sources, aiming at building a protein-database for the targeted selection of protein ingredients in the product development process. HAW Hamburg examined the sensory properties of 59 protein ingredients from 13 different sources in aqueous dispersion, and in emulsion, applying the Rate-All-That-Apply (RATA)-methodology. This presentation will provide insights into the research project and share some results.   

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16:25 Different perspectives of the perfect apple (Dr. Hannah Jilani - University Bremen)

Different perspectives of consumer perception - Results from a national survey

Todays consumers are used to buy perfect looking fruits and vegetables from all over the world. But are they actually willing to buy less perfect looking products in order to prevent food waste? This choice-experiment investigated attributes (local and organic production, price, promotional claims) that may enhance the willingness of consumers to purchase 'imperfect' looking apples.

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16:40 Closing Remarks

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16:45 End of Symposium

 

Opportunity for Sensory Science Students

There is an opportunity for sensory science students across Europe to present their research in a dedicated student session, where four seven-minute oral presentations will feature. The best two presentations will be awarded, which is endowed with a trophy, a certificate and the prize money of 250 Euros each. For more details see "Call for Abstracts".

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Conference Venue

FH Münster, "Fachhochschulzentrum" (FHZ), Corrensstraße 25, 48149 Münster

Main conference room: B008 (ground floor), additional meeting rooms for the working groups, workshops etc. will be announced shortly.

Travel Information

The city Münster is located in West-Germany. It can be reached by car, train or plane. Münster has a local airport Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO).

The closest international airport is Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is 130 km from Münster. The journey from Düsseldorf airport to Münster Central Station takes approx. 1,5 - 2,0 hours.

January 2024 we will add more details and links to help planning your individual travel...

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Accomodation

Official hotel for E3S Delegates is the "MELIA Hotel Münster Kongresscenter".

Further option is the "B&B Hotel Münster Hafen".

You will find more information and booking details in the pull-down menu below:

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Melia Hotel Münster Kongresscenter

This will be the official hotel for E3S Delegates

Address: Albersloher Weg 28, 48155 Münster, Germany

Link to website

You can book your room using the attached form until 25.03.2024 at the latest:
E-Mail: frauke.bruegemann@melia.com

Please note that the guaranteed rate will be for the stay 06.05.2024 - 07.05.2024 only. If you'll arrive earleir or will leave later the rates may differ. Please feel free to use other booking websites in case you'll find cheaper options....

B&B HOTEL Münster Hafen

Address: Albersloher Weg 7-13, 48155 Münster, Germany

Link to website

You can book your room via phone and mail under the keyowrd "E3S Symposium" until 25.03.2024 at the latest:

Phone: +49251284510 Mail: muenster-hafen@hotelbb.com

Web: www.bbhotels.com

Please note that the guaranteed rate will be for the stay 06.05.2024 - 07.05.2024 only. If you'll arrive earleir or will leave later the rates may differ. Please feel free to use other booking websites in case you'll find cheaper options....

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Event Fees & Registration

Attendance Fees:

Workshop, Working Group Meetings and the E3S General Assembly are free of charge, though require an online registration.

Symposium (Tuesday 7th May 2024)

Student: € 49

E3S member: € 199

Non-member : € 299

Gala Dinner (Monday 6th May 2024)

Student: € 49

E3S member: € 89

Non-member: € 89

All shown fees are without VAT. For all events you can register online and will receive an invoice with payment details prior to the event.

Please note:

  • Participation to the E3S General Assembly is strictly restricted to the Delegates indicated by each national sensory science society member of E3S.
  • Participation to the Working Group Meetings is restricted to E3S members registered to the symposium.
  • Participation to workshops and the symposium is open to all....

Deadline for registration is 19th April 2024.

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Summarized Information

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Timely to the event, we will publish a document with all information & details compiled for you to download...

The people behind...

In case of questions, please do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee: info@dgsens.de

Please note: Updates may occur more timely to the event. Please check latest information always here!

Registration to all events: click here or the button below...

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Last Update: Jan 2024