As part of its technical cooperation and training programme for 2023, the International Olive Council plans to award 25 scholarships for the International Expert Course in virgin olive oils tasting, taught at the University of Jaén (Spain). These scholarships cover registration fees, travel costs at the beginning and end of the course as well as three monthly payments of €860 (to cover board and lodging) and the university insurance.
The course will cover the theoretical principles and methodology for the organoleptic assessment of virgin olive oil and the analysis of the factors and the positive and negative attributes that define sensory quality in relation to cultural practices, processing methods and other general physical and chemical quality control parameters. The course will begin on 25 September and will end on 20 December 2023.
The course will be given in Spanish and English simultaneously. Participants whose first language is not Spanish are recommended to participate in the intensive Spanish tuition organised by the University of Jaén at the beginning of September.
The deadline for applications is 30 March 2023.
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