Karin Wendin
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1997 …2024

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The main area of my research has been sensory science, a discipline dealing with the human senses. How products and materials may be perceived, assessed and evaluated by humans. Objective as well as subjective assessments are possible to implement by the use of various sensory methods.

Sensory science is an interdisciplinary subject with the following definition: "discipline that evoke, measure, analyze and interpret reactions to characteristics of food and other materials perceived by the human senses: sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing."

The research I have been involved in have been funded by various sources, major financiers were the European Union, Vinnova and Nordic Innovation Center. Moreover, I have conducted research in the form contract research, which in most cases are confidential and the results belong to the funding companies.

A large part of my research has been related to health, wellbeing and environmental issues. For example, how to lower fat, salt and/or sugar content of food products without altering the product's sensory properties or find new protein sources. The implementation of this type of project usually results in changes of ingredients, process and manufacturing parameters to in order to maintain the right qualities of taste, flavor and texture.

Another and important part of my research has been to adapt products, both sensory and nutritional, to specific target groups. Examples of such groups are the elderly, children, teenagers, people with weight problems etc. I have also been involved in projects related to storage, quality control, packaging, etc.

During my time as a visiting researcher at Copenhagen University and a researcher at SP has given me the opportunity to broaden my sensory perspective in favour of a greater focus on the link between man and technology. This has been done both in terms of new and exciting methods such as observation methodology, and medical technology eg EEC, and in terms of applications outside the food area. For example, acoustic measurements, experience of indoor climate, energy-saving behaviors mm.

The research has also included methodological development and adaptation, and to correlate sensory results with data from other disciplines. A variety of statistical methods, both classic and multivariate methodologies, have been most useful.



Supervision of PhD-students

University of Copenhagen, Denmark
University of Borås, Sweden
Linköping University, Sweden
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Örebro University, Sweden
Lunds University of Technology, Sweden

Supervision of Post Doc

Kristianstad University, Sweden
Linné University, Sweden

Opponent/Evaluation committee at PhD thesis defence

Lund University, Sweden
Örebro University, Sweden
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
DTU National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

Review of doctoral thesis

Örebro University, Sweden
Lunds University, Sweden

Supervision of graduate/student work 


Kristianstad University, Sweden
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Gothenburg University, Sweden


Stockholm University, Sweden
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Gothenburg University, Sweden
Hochschule Fulda, University of Applied Sciences, Fulda, Germany
Chamers University of Technology, Sweden


  • Teacher at high school level in mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology, Sweden
  • Educational leader at SIK, Sweden
  • Teaching at SIK courses designed for industry, Sweden
  • Teaching university courses within Food and Meal Science at Kristianstad University
  • Invited lecturer/teacher to the following universities:


  1. Uppsala University, BSc level, Sweden
  2. Örebro University, BSc level, Sweden
  3. Chalmers University of Technology, MSc level, Sweden
  4. Swedish Agricultural University, PhD level
  5. Copenhagen university, PhD level, MSc level and BSc level, examiner, Denmark
  6. Joint Nordic PhD courses funded by NordForsk: Sweden, Denamrk and Iceland
  7. Gothenburg University, MSc level
  8. Linneaus University, MSc level
  9. Swedish Agricultural University, MSc level

Member in the censor committee at University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University, Food Sciences for examination of BSc and MSc thesis, Denmark.
Examiner at Kristianstad University for examination of BSc and MSc thesis, Sweden.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

External positions

Assorciate Professor, University of Copenhagen

2012-Jan-01 → …

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Agricultural and Veterinary sciences (4)


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