Biography Paula Varela-Tomasco
My research has focused on the exploration of new methods for understanding sensory and consumer perception, in particular sensory descriptive techniques with consumers and the influence of non-sensory parameters in food choice.
I have published more than 80 papers, various book chapters and several contributions to international symposiums. I co-edited the book “Novel Techniques in Sensory Characterization and Consumer Profiling”. I have taught university and professional courses, and supervised master and PhD theses in Sensory and Consumer Science. I am a member of the Editorial Board of Food Research International, Food Quality and Preference, and Current Opinion in Food Science. I am also part-time associate professor in Sensory and Consumer Science at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).Education and past professional experience
Food Engineer from Universidad de la República (Uruguay, 2002). PhD in Food Science and Technology from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain, 2007). I have wide experience in academic and industrial research, and collaborations with research groups from Europe, Asia and South America. My past positions include lecturer in the Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay, pre- and post-doctoral researcher in the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology in Valencia, Spain and Senior Sensory and Consumer Scientist in Kraft Foods UK R&D.
Paula Varela-Tomasco has 64 publications at Nofima:
1. November 2020 – 31. October 2028
Digital Food Quality (short named DigiFoods) is a centre for research-based innovation (SFI) with the purpose of developing smart sensor solutions for food quality assessment directly in the processing lines, throughout the food value chains. The obtained food quality information will be used for optimization of both processes and value chains and make the food industry more efficient and sustainable.
1. February 2018 – 31. December 2022
Edulia responds to the urgent need of the EU society to find new ways to tackle the escalating issue of obesity, through promoting healthier eating from childhood, within the context of choice. Based on the relations between sensory perception, pleasure, food choice and food behaviour, the project will look for new approaches to drive children to like and actively choose healthy foods, developing healthier dietary habits.
1. January 2014 – 31. December 2017
There is a large potential for a better health in the population by improving diet and dietary behavior. It is particularly important to facilitate a healthy and varied diet for children and adolescents, as food habits and behaviors are established at an early age.