Professor Joanne Hort, Massey University, New Zealand

Prof. Hort

Prof. Hort (BEd (Hons), PhD, CSci, FIFST RSensSci ) previously the SABMiller Chair of Sensory Science at the University of Nottingham took up the position of Fonterra Chair of Consumer and Sensory Science at Massey University in New Zealand in July this year.

At Nottingham she established the University of Nottingham Sensory Science Centre, which is internationally renowned for both its sensory training and research into flavour perception. She has applied her consumer and sensory expertise to understand the complexity of beer flavour alongside other foods and beverages.  Her multidisciplinary approach combining analytical, brain imaging and sensory techniques has provided rich insight into multisensory interactions, individual variation and temporal changes in flavour perception and emotional response to sensory properties leading to over 100 scientific publications with research funding obtained from RCUK, multi-national Industries and Charitable foundations.  As co-founder of Wellcome Trust funded University of Nottingham Research café, Café Connect, she has engaged with consumers throughout the research lifecycle, in real life contexts, to understand food choice decisions.

She is co-author of the key text in Sensory Science Sensory Evaluation: a Practical Handbook. Joanne sits on the editorial board of Food Quality and Preference and Chemosensory Perception.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and a founder member and past Chair of the European Sensory Science Society and the Institute of Food Science & Technology’s Sensory Science Group.

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