Nofima and Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
Professor Paula Varela is Food Engineer from Universidad de la República (Uruguay) and has a PhD from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain). She is Senior Researcher in Sensory and Consumer Sciences at Nofima and Professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. She has authored more than 100 scientific articles, various book chapters and numerous presentations in conferences; she has co-authored four books on methodological aspects of consumer research and has been ranked among the top 2% most cited researchers in the Food Science area, by Stanford University.
Paula is currently interested in methodological aspects of research with special populations (children, elderly, food sub-cultures) at the light of societal issues related to food behaviour, as well as consumer involvement in the green shift.
Prof. Varela leads the EU project Edulia, a multidisciplinary training network, looking into bringing down barriers to children healthy eating. She is also part of the InnoFoodAfrica project, supporting the training of African researchers in Sensory and Consumer Science.