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  • 13 Oct 2020 7:02 PM | John Castura (Administrator)

    Sensometrics 2020 conference presentations are now available online!

    Conference attendees will be receive an email link to the presentations. Members of the Sensometric Society can access the presentations by logging as a member, then clicking on Members > Recent Presentations > Sensometrics 2020.

  • 13 Oct 2020 6:30 PM | John Castura (Administrator)
    Three sensometrics tutorials will be given prior to the Ninth European Conference on Sensory and Consumer Research (Eurosense 2020).

    Tutorial 1 –  Product Optimization: Insights on older and newer strategies  (Presented by Thierry Worch, Friesland Campina, The Netherlands)

    Tutorial 2 –  Artificial Intelligence in Sensory Science: The Big Picture (Presented by John Ennis, Aigora, Richmond, Virginia, USA)

    Tutorial 3 –  Free Comment Data & Analysis (presenters by Benjamin Mahieu & Pascal Schlich)


    Tutorials are 3 hours. You can enroll in any of the tutorials when registering for the conference. The per-person price is 70 EUR plus VAT. For more information on the tutorials, see the conference website:
     
    http://www.eurosense.elsevier.com/tutorials.asp
  • 08 Oct 2020 9:15 AM | John Castura (Administrator)

    The Sensometric Society held its biennial general meeting online on October 7, 2020. Unratified meeting notes are available (member login required). Congratulations to the newly elected committee members:

    • Chair - John Ennis (Aigora, Richmond, VA, USA)
    • Secretary - Katie Osdoba (Sensory Spectrum Inc., New Providence, NJ, USA)
    • Ordinary Member - Ganiyat Olatunde (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria)
    • Ordinary Member - Jacob Lahne (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA)

    Their terms will be four years from 2020 to 2024.

    Thanks to the outgoing committee members John Castura (chair), Brian Guthrie (secretary), Cécile Bavay (member) and Nicolas Pineau (member) for their service in 2016-2020.


  • 23 Sep 2020 9:02 AM | John Castura (Administrator)

    Top 10 reasons to attend:
    #1 You want to use the best methods to analyze data from sensory and consumer tests
    #2 Opening Keynote speaker Harald Martens presenting on “Quantitative Intuition: Combining prior knowledge and big data”
    #3 Wednesday Keynote speaker Marieke Timmerman presenting on “Segmentation with complex data: Arriving at an insightful representation”
    #4 Thursday Keynote speaker Michael Meyners “Controversy regarding relevance and rigor of Sensometrics for industrial applications”
    #5 Friday’s Workshop on text mining methods
    #6 Friday’s Workshop on separating promise from hype in artificial intelligence in sensory practice
    #7 Learn from leading researchers in the field presenting their research
    #8 Engage in Q&A and follow up with researchers on interesting work
    #9 Exposure to new perspectives and ideas
    #10 Very, very low registration prices

    Sensometrics 2020 is a live, online-only conference that will be held on October 6-9 via Microsoft Teams.
    https://www.sensometrics2020.com

    Register by October 1st.
    https://www.deltager.no/sensometrics_2020_06102020
    Tip: get a discount by joining the Sensometric Society (http://sensometric.org) first.

  • 07 Sep 2020 6:00 AM | John Castura (Administrator)

    The Sensometric Society AGM will be held online on Wednesday October 7, 2020. The meeting will start at 20:30 (Central European Time). A link will be provided by email to all members prior to the meeting. All members are welcome to attend.

  • 26 Jun 2020 9:30 AM | John Castura (Administrator)

    What is the new arrangement? Sensometrics 2020 will be held as a Virtual Conference on October 6-9, 2020 (Week 41).

    Do I need to travel to Stavanger to attend? No. The meeting will be held everywhere. As long as you have Internet access you can attend the Virtual Conference.

    Why a Virtual Conference?The Sensometric Society Committee and Sensometrics 2020 conference organizers have been monitoring the ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus and receiving updates from Norwegian and international health authorities. There are many unknowns. Border closures and organizational travel restrictions affect many conference registrants. We solicited feedback from registered participants to get a wider perspective. A majority of registrants requested that the conference be postponed or moved to a virtual conference. On June 24, 2020 the decision to postpone the conference was finalized. We sincerely regret the inconvenience that this meeting change will cause some registrants.

    Do I need to change my travel and hotel bookings related to Sensometrics? Yes. You are responsible for cancelling/changing your hotel reservations and other travel arrangements, as needed.

    Will the scientific program be the same now that Sensometrics 2020 will be a Virtual Conference?There will need to be some changes. We are planning for a 4-day conference (October 6-9) and on each day to have 4 hours of presentations starting at 16:00 CEST / 14:00 UTC / 23:00 JST / 10:00 EDT / 07:00 PDT. The scientific committee will update the program following consultation with the presenters.

    I had signed up for a tutorial on Tutorial Day. Will the tutorials be run? No. All tutorials will be cancelled. You will be refunded the tutorial price if you were enrolled in a tutorial.

    Will the conference workshops be part of the program? The scientific committee will update the program in consultation with the workshop organizers/presenters.

    Will the presentation that I worked on still be part of the scientific program? Yes. If you have a presentation (oral, flash poster, poster) then your place in the scientific program is held, as long as you remain registered. The scientific committee will adjust the program to shorten presentation times. Changes to the scientific program will be communicated promptly.

    Do I need an app to join the Virtual Conference? Yes, but we have not finalized the technology decisions yet. Information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

    What are the registration fees for the Virtual Conference? The registration costs will be 550 NOK for students and post docs, 925 NOK for academic, and 1050 NOK for non-academic participants. A registration discount of 200 NOK is offered to all members of the Sensometric Society.

    I already registered for Sensometrics. Do I need to re-register for the Virtual Conference?No. The conference is changed from an in-person meeting to an online meeting on the same dates, so there is no need to re-register. By default, all registrations are held for Sensometrics 2020 in the Virtual Meeting format.

    The new registration fees are lower than the fees that I paid. Can I get a partial refund?Yes. All registrants will be refunded the difference between the in-person registration fees that were paid and the new virtual conference registration fees. These partial refunds will be issued in mid-September.

    Can I become a member of the Sensometric Society now and still receive the member discount on my registration fees? Yes. Visit sensometric.org to become a member. If you become a member and notify us (email@sensometrics2020.com) then we will apply the member discount to reduce your registration fees.

    I registered for the in-person meeting and can’t attend the Virtual Conference. Can I cancel my registration and get a full refund? Yes. The cancellation policy has been updated to give you more time to make this decision. Requests for cancelling your registration should be made by email (email@sensometrics2020.com). Requests received by September 10 will be eligible for a full refund (we will waive the administration fee for cancellation). The Cancellation Policy has been revised for the virtual conference.
    I
     am not registered for Sensometrics 2020 in Stavanger. Can I register to the virtual conference now? Yes, you can register online https://www.sensometrics2020.com/registration).

    What if I have other questions? Please reply and ask your questions. We will try to answer promptly.

  • 12 Mar 2020 10:25 AM | John Castura (Administrator)

    What is the new arrangement? Sensometrics 2020 will be moved to October 6-9, 2020 (Week 41). The venue in Stavanger will be the same.

    Why is Sensometrics 2020 postponed? The Sensometric Society Committee and Sensometrics 2020 conference organizers have been monitoring the ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus and receiving updates from Norwegian and international health authorities. Recent travel restrictions have been imposed that affect many conference registrants. We solicited feedback from registered participants to get a wider perspective. A majority of registrants requested that the conference be postponed. On March 12, 2020 the decision to postpone the conference was finalized and all registrants were notified by email. We sincerely regret the inconvenience that this postponement will cause some registrants.

    Do I need to change my travel and hotel bookings related to Sensometrics? Yes. You are responsible for cancelling/changing your hotel reservations and other travel arrangements, as needed.

    Does my registration apply to the postponed dates? Yes. The conference is postponed not cancelled, so there is no need to re-register. By default, all registrations are held for Sensometrics 2020 on the postponed dates.

    Can I get my registration refunded? Yes. We understand that that some people will be unable to attend the conference on the postponement dates. If you cannot attend on the postponement dates, you may initiate a request for a full refund of your registration fees before the cancellation deadline, June 30, 2020. If you need to cancel your registration, please contact the conference at email@sensometrics2020.com. The cancellation policy is described here.

    Will the presentation that I worked on still be part of the scientific program? Yes. If you have a presentation (oral, flash poster, poster) then your place in the scientific program is held, as long as you remain registered. There will be a new call for abstracts in April-June; this new call will help to ensure that the content is highly current. The committee will select from all abstracts when filling holes in the scientific program (by authors who need to drop out). Changes to the scientific program will be communicated promptly.

    Will the hotel offer rooms at a reduced rate for the new meeting dates? Yes. We will advise when the conference hotel provides a discount code that will allow new bookings at reduced rates.

    What if I have other questions? Please direct questions to email@sensometrics2020.com. We will try to answer promptly.

  • 22 Jan 2020 12:00 AM | John Castura (Administrator)

    Save money by registering for the conference and making your hotel reservation at the conference hotel now.

    January 28 is the deadline to register at earlybird registration rates!

    https://www.sensometrics2020.com/registration

    January 28 is also the deadline to make a hotel reservation at discounted room rates at the Clarion Hotel Stavanger.

    https://www.sensometrics2020.com/accomodation-and-conference

  • 21 Jan 2020 11:00 PM | John Castura (Administrator)

    A kind thank you to P&G (Gold sponsor), Compusense Inc. (Gold Sponsor), and EyeQuestion (Bronze sponsor).

    Additional sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available for Sensometrics 2020.

    For details see: https://www.sensometrics2020.com/sponsorship-options



  • 21 Jan 2020 10:30 PM | John Castura (Administrator)

    Five tutorials are planned for Sensometrics 2020 Tutorial Day:

    • John Ennis (Aigora, USA) & Thierry Worch (FrieslandCampina, Netherlands) - Increasing business impact through automated reporting in R
    • Michael Meyners (Procter & Gamble Service GmbH, Germany) - Effective communication and publication of scientific research
    • Anne Hasted & Gemma Hodgson (Qi Statistics Ltd, UK) - Tackling analysis of complex sensory & consumer test design structures
    • John Castura (Compusense Inc., Canada) - Independent components analysis of sensory evaluation data
    • John Ennis (Aigora, USA) & Thierry Worch (FrieslandCampina, Netherlands) - Making the most of your data with machine learning in R

    Tutorials are provided at extra cost. Lunch on April 21 is included with (at least one) tutorial registration. Tutorials may be subject to change.

    Update: Tutorial Day has been cancelled as part of the changes with the transition to an online-only conference.

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