Roland Harper Lecture

Established 1993

The lecture honours advanced work in consumer or sensory science. The focus of this award is in bridging the gap between the applied areas of market research, product development and sensory analysis and the industries covered by SCI, in tandem with the fundamental sciences of chemistry, biology, psychology and sociology, which underpin these areas.

The interests of SCI's Food Group, which is in charge of the administration of this award, span across foods and non-foods (such as fragrances, textiles and personal care products), brand effects, consumer behaviour, as well as marketing attributes in environmental and health concerns. To gain a competitive advantage in increasingly crowded markets, a better understanding of factors that influence consumer perception and choice is essential.

Award Information

Award History

The Roland Harper Lecture was established in 1993 in honour of Dr Roland Harper who played an influential and leading role in shaping the modern face of consumer and sensory science. He was an active contributor in the Sensor Panel of the SCI's Food Group.


Nominations for the Roland Harper Lecture can be made by any SCI Member or Committee officer. The recipient is selected by the Food Group Committee.

Lecture Details

The winner will be expected to give a lecture at a meeting organised by the SCI Food Group and will be presented with a certificate at the event.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Authority on Consumer and/or Sensory science
    Career Stage
    • Mid – Late Career
    • Consumer science
    • Sensory science


Nominations open TBC
Nominations close TBC
Frequency Open

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