Early stage researchers have been on secondments


All Early Sage Researchers (ESRs) must conduct secondments, both academic and industrial, as a part of their training in Edulia. Below you can read about the experiences from those who have completed their first secondment.

ESR 6 – Sofia De Rosso

For my first secondment I had the possibility to go back to the Netherlands, in the University where I did my master. I spent all the month of May 2019 at Wageningen University and Research (WUR). While in WUR I was hosted by the group of Sensory Science in the division of Human Nutrition, department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences.

Even if the amount of time I spent at WUR was relatively short, I had the possibility to take part to many activities. Beside the 2 courses in interdisciplinary skills that I took (data management and scientific skills writing and presenting), I went to visit the Dutch Nutrition Centre in Den Haag, there I had the possibility to interview 3 professionals about nutrition guidelines for children and communication techniques to reach the general public.  Moreover I had the possibility to talk with a PhD student at WUR, who is working on a project about responsive feeding, an important topic also for my research; with her we went to visit a family taking part at the study and I could experience how an home visit with parents and young children takes place.

Finally, with Maria (ESR 5), we had the possibility to visit a nursery and interview the director about the diet of the children and how they structure the meals during the day. We also could assist to the lunch moment of 2 years old children and 6-10 months old babies.

Helix building at WUR

Forum building, WUR

Forum building from the terrace of Orion building – rare day of sun in the Netherlands.

ESR 8 – Andreia F. Moura

Andreia has finished her 7-week (from April 15th to June 7th) secondment at INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) in Dijon, France. The main purposes of the secondment were to exchange knowledge with the scientific department and to conduct face-to-face interviews with French parents for data collection.

Problem-centred interviews with 14 parents were performed. The maternal and paternal discourses revealed interesting insights for Andreia’s project on barriers for healthy eating in early parenthood and the development of the family food environment.

Andreia visited the group at INRA


ESR10 – Abigail Pickard

I’ve now been on secondment at Stanford university for just over a month and my time here has flown by. In only one month, I have had amazing opportunities to assist in developmental psychology meetings, attend conferences on children’s development, visit the research facilities where studies with preschool children can be ran and give presentations to experts in the area of concepts and systems of categorisation in young children. In the following months I will continue to analyse and disseminate the results of my most recent study with my fellow colleagues here. I will also start to develop and design the following studies to be conducted on my return to France with the expertise of the renowned researchers I have the pleasure of working alongside.

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