Sensory evaluation workshop (IFST accredited – intermediate level)

Optional IFST Intermediate exam will take place from 1000 - 1100 hours on 3 October 2024 - this will be remotely delivered and invigilated.



23-26 September 2024



Members - £1895 + VAT
Non-members - £2455 + VAT

Includes exam fee


Campden BRI, Chipping Campden

Delegate feedback 2023:

  • Very good course with great team and great speakers - giving examples and drawing on own experiences.
  • Really successful. All tutors made us feel at ease and also kept the course uplifting, despite some heavy content. It was great to have a variety of tutors. I really enjoyed the course format and wouldn’t change anything.
  • Good explanations and right speed. 
  • I would highly recommend this course for anyone that is looking for a deeper understanding of sensory analysis or is trying to improve the practise of their current testing methodologies. The content has a great level of detail but is presented in a very clear manner with plenty of exercises that bring it to life and build your confidence to be able to run and analyse numerous testing methods to suit your company needs. 
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Benefits of attending

This course provides a thorough overview of sensory science, including the human senses and how they are used in sensory evaluation practices, sensory methodology, best practice when conducting these methods, panel recruitment, screening and training and thorough data analysis. Typical attendees usually include those new to sensory science or those who wish to develop and improve their existing skills. They will gain an understanding of the importance of objective sensory evaluation activities in the food and drink industry but most importantly how the data is collated and analysed using advanced statistical techniques 

Training Course content

  • Day 1 - an introduction to sensory evaluation - the senses, and sensory methods and panels
  • Day 2 - data collection, sensory statistics and discrimination test methods
  • Day 3 - further sensory statistics with practical activities on univariate and multivariate data analysis and descriptive profiling methods
  • Day 4 - panel performance and motivation, product quality and consumer research.

Course aims

  • To provide a thorough overview of sensory science
  • To gain an understanding of the recruitment, screening and training process when using different types of sensory assessors
  • To show the differences in sensory methods using several practical activities
  • To examine different types of data related to different methods and provide ways to statically analyse them using univariate (ANOVA and multiple comparison tests) and multivariate (PCA and GPA) statistics to allow delegates to participate as an assessor in a Quantitative Descriptive Analysis project

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course you will be able to:-

  • Recruit, screen and train a sensory panel for different purposes
  • Explain why best practice is important
  • Demonstrate the differences in sensory methodology and its uses
  • Calculate and explain the output of univariate statistical results using practical exercisesInterpret and review the PCA and GPA graphs obtained from panel performance data by practical activity participation
  • Have the opportunity to demonstrate competency and awareness by taking the intermediate exam

Optional IFST Intermediate Exam - will take place from 1100 - 1200 hours on 2 May 2024 - this will be remotely delivered and invigilated (exam is included in the course fee).

Event Director - Sue Purcell

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