7. Introduction to Sensory Principles (IFST accredited). Next Course: 17th November 2022, 9.30am-5pm.


Whether you are new to sensory science or want to improve your knowledge, this training course will introduce you to a wide range of best practice methods and real-life case studies. Participants will gain an understanding of the principles of sensory science, the human senses and how they are used in sensory evaluation, sensory methodologies and best practices when conducting sensory studies. Participants also have the option of gaining a Foundation Level Sensory qualification from the Institute of Food Science & Technology, IFST (UK) by sitting a virtual exam.

Who is this training course designed for?

  • Technical and quality assurance staff who have a basic knowledge or are new to sensory science.
  • Food technologists and development chefs working in New Product Development in the food and beverage sector and require knowledge of how to incorporate the best sensory practice into the NPD process.
  • Researchers from disciplines other than sensory science who require a better understanding of the principles.

What will I learn if I attend?

  • Become familiar with the principles of sensory science, definitions and best sensory practice.
  • Understand the physiological and psychological factors that affect perception and how the human senses are employed.
  • Become familiar with the various objective sensory and subjective consumer methodologies that can be used and the practicalities of using these methodologies.
  • How to recruit and screen potential sensory assessors and establish their sensory acuity.
  • An introduction to basic sensory statistical terminology and how statistics are used in sensory science.
  • How to select and apply sensory methods.
  • Challenges when designing sensory experiments and setting-up sensory trials.

Format of the event

This course will be delivered using a mix of presentations, videos, case study reviews, breakout and Q & A sessions.

It will be facilitated by Teagasc Sensory experts from both sensory research and practical client sensory services backgrounds.

An optional IFST Foundation exam will take place on Tuesday 22nd November (10.00-10.45), delivered and invigilated virtually (exam is included in the course fee).