Kate had this to say about the conference:
“What a week it has been for myself and Lara… An experience that was nothing short of inspiring and truly enjoyable. Conferences are about connecting with like-minded individuals and a hub for networking… It also gives you the chance to spend time with your current clients – talking about the future, exciting projects, but more importantly socialising and spending quality time together.”
The Pangborn Conference commemorates the impactful work of Rose Marie Pangborn, a pioneering figure in sensory analysis pertaining to food characteristics. With a significant legacy of over 180 scientific papers, she also guided more than 40 postgraduates in this specialised field. Her notable achievements include the founding of both the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (ACHEMS) and the Sensory Reception Scholarship Fund (SSSF).
For her outstanding research contributions and exceptional teaching prowess, she was awarded the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) William V. Cruess Award in 1977.
In 1980, the IFT distinguished her as a fellow. The University of Helsinki conferred an honorary doctorate upon her in 1984. Four years later, in 1989, the American Society for Testing and Materials’ Committee E-18 on Sensory Evaluation presented her with the ‘Pioneer’ award. Furthermore, her alma mater, Iowa State University, honoured her with the Outstanding Alumna Award in 1971, and New Mexico State University followed with a Distinguished Alumna Award in 1973.