Sara Godena works as a Research Associate at the Department of Agriculture and Nutrition of the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism in Poreč (Croatia). She won a COI scholarship in 2014, when she attended a university specialization course in the organoleptic assesment of virgin olive oil at the University of Jaen. In 2008 she attended also a course of the International School of Sensory Analysis and Food Culture O.L.E.A. in Pesaro (Italy). She is author and co-author of many scientific and professional papers, and she participated in many national, international and EU projects. She is on the national list of sensory evaluators of virgin olive oils of the Ministry of Agriculture in Croatia since 2010 and she is a member of the professional, authorized and official panel of the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism in Poreč (Croatia) which is on the list of official panels of the European Union and on a list of panels recognized by the IOC. She has participated on several VOO international judging panels since 2013: New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC), Copenhagen International Olive Oil Awards (CIOOA), Athena International Olive Oil Competition (ATHIOOC), MonocultivarOliveOil and Domina International Olive Oil Contest (D-IOOC).