Sensory Forum Northern Branch Lecture event

Is sensory food science only for affluent societies where consumers can afford themselves the luxury of optimized sensory properties?
Speaker: Riėtte de Kock & Eugenie Kayitesi, Dept of Food Science, University of Pretoria

Using examples of research projects, this discussion session aims to identify challenges and opportunities for sensory research in the design of foods for less affluent societies in sub-Saharan Africa. In these societies, consumers have to utilize available resources to the fullest. Food staples of poor African societies are often cereals, root crops and legumes. Breeding programs and subsistence farming practices involving these crops, often focus on varieties that ensure survival in the arid conditions. Less attention is focused on sensory properties, nutritional value and consumer preferences. Structured research surveys on the culinary practices and food habits of vulnerable households are needed. Sensory and consumer data describing the properties of products prepared from these regions should be exploited to address the food needs of poor families. Africa is largely untapped and its growth potential with the help of Sensory Science is tremendous.

Prof Riėtte de Kock aims to use Sensory Science research and training to make a positive contribution to students' careers, the food industry and the community. Eugenie Kayitesi, from Rwanda, is a PhD student at University of Pretoria with a goal to address food and nutrition related problems in her homeland through training and research. Her recent past and present research at the University of Pretoria includes a focus on the sensory properties of legume based products aimed at addressing nutrition needs of vulnerable groups. The appearance, aroma, texture, taste and sound of food make a difference in their lives every day.

PICK 'N PAY will sponsor the refreshments at this event.


Thursday, 27 October 2011


University of Pretoria - Main Campus Food Science and Technology Department


14:00 Registration
14:30 Lecture
15:30 Questions
16:00 Refreshments served


No cost. But please contact Lorraine Geel at if your company would like to sponsor a future event.


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Deadline for bookings: 12h00 Friday, 21October.

Please book through Lebo Masemola - not later than 12h00 Friday 21st October 2011. Book by e-mail:
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Please indicate if you would require Vegetarian or Halaal refreshments to be served.


If you cannot make it, please cancel by Friday12h00 21st October 2011 or, preferably, send someone in your place.


Will be sent on acknowledgement of your RSVP e-mail. We will also include directions to use the Gautrain for this event as the Hatfield station is close to the University campus and may be a convenient way to travel.