Well, it’s that time of year again. Our frigid Canadian weather is finally starting to cut us a break, the sun is beginning to peek out from behind the clouds and the birds are beginning to chirp. This can only mean one thing for the Compusense team: conference season is upon us.
Each year, as spring approaches, we start to gear up for a very exciting (and busy!) time of year with multiple food science and sensory events. 2014 is particularly busy for Compusense, as we jet set to eight cities and four countries to meet hundreds of peers, colleagues, clients and friends—old and new. We also use conference season as an opportunity to host Compusense Trainings and Users’ Groups, allowing our global clients a chance to experience hands-on instruction and interactive demonstrations lead by our Support Team members.
This year we were lucky enough to kick off conference season in our own backyard with ASTM’s Meeting of Committee E18 Sensory Evaluation in Toronto from April 7-10, 2014. On April 9, Dr. Chris Findlay chaired the Sensory Quality Workshop. Dr. George Soleas, Executive Vice President, LCBO, kicked off the workshop with a discussion on Sensory Quality. Following Dr. Soleas’ presentation, attendees broke out into two groups. They rotated through two stations: a tour of LCBO’s Quality Assurance Laboratory and a hands-on Sensory QC workshop. The latter involved a comparison of Triangle vs. Tetrad test methods and a Difference from Control (DFC) training and evaluation (Dr. Chris Findlay) using chocolate pudding!
In May, members of the team are packing their suitcases and heading to Singapore for Elsevier’s inaugural SenseAsia conference from May 11-13. Asia is a vibrant and emerging market in the food science and sensory industry and we are delighted to be a part of SenseAsia’s inception. Compusense’s Michael Plater Findlay will present his poster “Interpreting sequential profiling data via animated box-and-whisker plots”, building on the work that we presented at the Pangborn Symposium in Rio this past August. This will also be a great opportunity for the team to visit some of our Singapore-based clients, one-on-one, and see their facilities first-hand.
Following Singapore, we’ll be travelling to the ever-vibrant city of New Orleans, LA to attend and exhibit at the 2014 IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo from June 21-24. Be sure to swing by booth 5141 and say hello to the team… just look for red! In addition to attending IFT, we’ll also be taking advantage of multiple clients being in town to host an info-packed two-day Compusense at-hand or Compusese five Training just prior to the conference on June 19th and 20th.
As the summer heats up, we head to Chicago for the 12th Sensometric Meeting from July 29-August 31st. Compusense’s John Castura will co-host a Check-all-that-apply (CATA) questions tutorial and Dr. Chris Findlay, along with Ryan Brown and Paul McNicholas, will host a tutorial on the role of Imputation in clustering BIB Data.
In August we’ll be back on our home turf to attend and exhibit at IUFoST in Montreal from August 18-21 of which Compusense is a proud gold sponsor.
Finally, as summer starts to wind down, we’ll begin to wrap up the conference season with EuroSense 2014: A Sense of Life in Copenhagen, Denmark From September 7-10, the 5th World Distilled Spirits Conference in Glasgow, Scotland from Sept 8-11 and the Society of Sensory Professionals 2014 Conference in Tucson, AZ from Sept 17-19. At WDSC Chris will present his poster, “Feedback Calibration Training improves Whiskey Sensory Profiling” and at SSP, his presentation “Combining highly efficient methods can reduce costs without compromise”. Compusense Trainings and Users’ Groups are also planned for both Copenhagen and Tucson.
We have a busy six months ahead, but we couldn’t be more excited. Attending conferences, meetings, symposia and expos allow us to share our research, learn from our peers and connect with others that have the same passion for sensory science as we do… and have a bit of fun while we’re at it!
If you plan to attend any of these conference or meetings, be sure to let us know; we’d love to see you there! If you would like any further information about any of the mentioned conferences, presented materials or our software trainings, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.