Scientific Committee/Organizing Committee
Paula Varela, Nofima AS and Norwegian University of life Sciences (NMBU), Norway
Professor Paula Varela is Food Engineer from Universidad de la República (Uruguay) and has a PhD from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain). She is Senior Researcher in Sensory and Consumer Sciences at Nofima (Norway) and Professor in Sensory and Consumer Sciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. She has wide experience in academic and industrial research, and worked in collaboration with research groups from Europe, Asia and South America. She has authored more than 100 articles in international journals, various book chapters and numerous presentations in scientific meetings; she has co-authored and co-edited four books on methodological aspects of consumer research.
Her research has focused on the exploration of new methodologies to further understanding consumer perception. Paula is currently interested in methodological aspects of research with special populations as children, elderly or food sub-cultures, at the light of societal issues related to food behavior. Prof. Varela leads the EU project Edulia, a multidisciplinary Marie S. Curie training network, looking into bringing down barriers to children healthy eating, and which will train a new generation of researchers in high-level skills across complementary fields through studying children’s food choices.
www.nofima.no; http://nofimamodeling.org/; http://edulia.eu/