Workshop on Sensory and Consumer Research for Products Containing Cannabis

(In-person only event)

Date: January 21, 2024

Event Location:  Omni Louisville Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Organized by: Committees D37 on Cannabis



About the Event

The Workshop on Sensory and Consumer Research for Products Containing Cannabis will be held on January 21, 2024. The workshop is organized by Committees D37 on Cannabis, and will be held at the Omni Louisville Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, United States in conjunction with the standards development meetings of Committee D37. The language of the workshop will be English.


Objective and Scope

Further legalization of cannabis is coming! It’s only a matter of time before more US states and additional countries join the already 30+ countries that have legalized, in some capacity, with the likes of Canada leading the way. As leaders in sensory and consumer research, what have we learned so far from legalization? This workshop serves to highlight the opportunities and potential roadblocks to understanding our products and consumers as we navigate current and new markets both locally and globally.

People want the effects, active or passive, but the pathway to the effects still has to make sense!

During the workshop we will be addressing 5 main areas to help shed light on the connection between the consumer, the product, and the production process. This workshop will include a discussion on each of the following topics: Sensory in Quality Control and Product Development, Understanding the Consumer - Quantitative and Qualitative Research, and Regulatory as it pertains to this type of research. A question-and-answer session will allow audience members an opportunity to engage directly with all five speakers.


Abstract Submission

To participate in the symposium, authors must submit a 250 to 300-word preliminary abstract using the online Abstract Submission Portal no later than DATE. To ensure your abstract was received into the ASTM database, please email and let us know that you have submitted an abstract.

The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper's suitability for this symposium. The symposium chair(s) will notify you via email by DATE of your paper’s acceptability for presentation at the symposium. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the author will be requested to submit a final abstract a few months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in a program booklet at the symposium.


Publication Information

Symposium authors are required to submit their papers for ASTM publication in Selected Technical Papers (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. STP papers should be full-length technical papers of approximately 10,000 words, significantly contribute to the technical literature, and must include a review of past work in the relevant area and present information of current interest or probe new fields. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors’ instructions via email, but also can be found by clicking here.

Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than DATE at the ASTM Editorial Office. The corresponding author (the author who is the main contact with ASTM Headquarters) will receive a copy of his/her paper in portable document format (PDF). All published authors will have the opportunity to purchase reprints of their papers at a nominal cost. Only those papers submitted by the manuscript due date will be included in the STP. Please note that all submitted papers are subject to peer review by two independent reviewers.

The STP will be submitted to the Library of Congress with an ISBN number and will be reviewed for inclusion in the Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) and Google Scholar.


Technical Program


1. Why and How Do We Do Sensory in Quality and Product Development

    Palmina De Miglio - Hi Five Sensory Inc.

2. Why and How Do We Do Qualitative Consumer Research

    Lisa Beck - Virescent Analytics and Insight Factory

3. Why and How Do We Do Quantitative Consumer Research

    Donya Stubbs - Virescent Analytics and Matrix Sciences

4. Thought Starters When Navigating Regulatory Within Sensory and Consumer Research

    Michael Capp - Virescent Analytics and Matrix Sciences

5. Odor Control and Malodor Reduction

    Michael McGinley - St. Croix Sensory, Inc.



Registration information will be posted at a later date.



Registration is now open. The fees to attend this event are listed below.


Through December 31, 2023

After December 31, 2023
ASTM Member Waived Waived
Non-member $50.00 $75.00
Presenter Waived Waived
Student Waived Waived

Not an ASTM Member?  An individual membership costs $115.00 a year. If you would like to become a member of ASTM International and Committee D37 to begin taking advantage of all the ASTM membership benefits, including attending this event for free, please use the link below to join ASTM before registering for the event. After you have become a member, please return to this webpage to register for the event as an ASTM Member.

ASTM International Membership

All Attendees – All attendees are urged to register for this workshop before arriving onsite. All attendees must check in at the ASTM Registration Area to obtain their name badge before entering the event room.

Presenters – Workshop presenters do not need to register.  All presenters will automatically be registered by ASTM.

Students – Students may be eligible for a reduced registration fee provided they meet certain requirements. To qualify for the reduced fee you must be an active ASTM Student Member, full-time student, not employed full-time, and be able to provide a current valid university email address for registration. To register as a student, please email ASTM Symposia Operations at

Cancellations – A refund of the workshop fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the start of the event. To cancel your registration, please click the "Modify My Registration" button found in your registration confirmation email and follow the prompts to cancel your registration. Please contact Symposia Operations at or 610-832-9522 if you need assistance.

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Technical Chair Contact Information

Donya Stubbs
Virescent Analytics and Matrix Sciences


Continuing Education Units

Workshop attendees interested in receiving 0.35 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) must complete the CEU application form in the back of the program booklet and email it to ASTM Symposia Operations at You must be registered and have attended the entire event in order to receive the CEU’s. A certificate will be sent to you via email approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the workshop concludes.


Hotel Information

All meetings will be held at Omni Louisville Hotel 400 S 2nd Street, Louisville, KY 40202.

Hotel Reservations:

Please support ASTM International by reserving your sleeping room at our official January Committee Week Hotel and Meeting site.

The discounted rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than December 22nd, 2023. The ASTM rate is $179 plus tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation, once submitted a confirmation number will be provided electronically. 

To book accommodations using the ASTM rate, please click here: Omni Louisville Hotel Reservations

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The Omni Lousiville Hotel has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate. The government per diem rates are set by fiscal year, effective October 1 each year; you will be charged the prevailing rate at the time of the meeting, not at the time of booking. To find current rates in the CONUS visit GSA.GOV. The government per diem rate reservations may be made via our online reservation system, using the blue hyperlink above. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in.  

CANCELATION POLICY: At the Omni Louisville Hotel, rooms must be canceled within 2 days prior to arrival, or a penalty of a one-night stay plus tax is owed. 

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The January Committee Week Hotel provides prime meeting space for your committee meetings, events, and activities. ASTM International is legally bound to fill the contracted guest room block and an inability to fill the block will result in severe financial penalties which could affect negotiations and increase costs for future meetings.

INTERNET: The Omni Louisville Hotel offers complimentary basic wireless internet access to Loyalty Members.


Standards Development Meetings

Committees D37 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required to attend. For more information about the committee and their future meetings, please visit their webpages:

Committee D37 Homepage