Institute for Perception

Sensory Spectrum


Cornell University

Barbara Rainey


Hal MacFie, Ph.D.



It! Ventures

Flavor Workshop

Human Olfaction

UC Davis Certificate


Tasting Science

Short Courses

Workshops and short courses on sensory topics are offered worldwide. The following list is restricted to those that are not product-specific.

Institute for Perception Workshops, Daniel Ennis, Ph. D.

The Institute for Perception offers 2 short course programs annually.

Tools and Applications of Sensory Product Testing; Seeing the Market Through the Eyes of the Consumer
Date: March 30 - April 3, 2009

Location: Williamsburg, VA
Instructors: Drs. Ennis, Rousseau, Dessirier (Unilever), & Mallen, Esq. (NAD)

Landscape Segmentation Analysis and Other Tools for Product and Concept Testing Date: July 25, 2009
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructors: Dr. B. Rousseau

Sensory Spectrum, Incorporated

Spectrum Short Courses are frequent, taught by several different instructors, and cover a wide variety of topics at a variety of locations (mainly in Chatham, New Jersey. 

Workshops include:

Descriptive Panel Leadership Fast Track

Leadership in Sensory Evaluation (North Carolina)

Sensory Statistics & Experimental Design

Sensory Evaluation (New Brunswick)

Ideation Through Sensory Immersion

Quantitative Consumer Research (North Carolina)

Sensory Project Management

Sensory Evaluation in Quality Control


Tragon Workshops

Tragon offers workshops on a variety of topics at various locations (mainly in Palo Alto, CA), taught by a variety of instructors. 


Workshops include:


Using Sensory Resources to Achieve a Market Advantage
Date: March 16 - 17, 2009

Location: Redwood Shores, CA


Descriptive Analysis - TRAGON QDA® Workshop: Fundamentals of TRAGON QDA®. Descriptive Analysis Methods and Applications
Date: May 4-6, 2009

Location: Redwood Shores, CA


Personal Care/Health & Beauty/Home Care Products Workshop – Methods Linking the Developer and the Consumer
Date: Fall, 2009

Location: Redwood Shores, CA

Cornell University, Harry Lawless, Ph. D.

Cost Efficient Methods for Product Mapping Workshop 

Date: June 18-19, 2009

Instructor: Dr. Harry T. Lawless  
Location: Cornell University,
Ithaca, New York

Workshops offered by Barbara Rainey

Barbara Rainey Consulting offers short courses twice a year.


Location: Phoenix, AZ

Introduction to Sensory Evaluation
Date: May 4 - 6, 2009
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

Introduction to Descriptive Analysis
Date: May 6 - 8, 2009
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

Advanced Descriptive Analysis

Date: Fall, 2009
Location: TBA


IRIS: International Resources for Insights and Solutions

IRIS: International Resources for Insights and Solutions currently offers several courses annually.


Location: New Jersey


Establishing a successful descriptive capability: Insights and Solutions

Date: TBD 


Advanced Descriptive Analysis

Date: May 5 - 7, 2009 


Challenges in Sensory/Consumer Testing of Personal Care Products

Date: September 29 - October 1, 2009 


Product Variability: Sensory Insights, Strategies and Solutions

Date: Winter 2009 


Short Courses offered by Hal MacFie, Ph.D.

Based in Bristol, England, Dr. MacFie offers workshops on a variety of topics at various locations.


Hands on Sensory Statistics Course
Location: Paris
Date: February 18 - 20, 2009
Lecturers: Dr. Hal MacFie and Anne Hasted

Hands on Preference Mapping and Consumer/Sensory Statistics-Course
Location: New York
Date: March 3 - 5, 2009
Lecturers: Hal MacFie and Anne Hasted

Advanced Sensory and Consumer Measurement
Location: Paris
Date: April 21 - 24, 2009
Lecturer: Professor Michael O'Mahony

Targeting the Consumer
Location: Paris
Date: April 28 - 30, 2009
Emerging Issues and Methods in Sensory and Consumer Science.
Lecturers: Dr. Hal MacFie and Dr. Herb Meiselman

Hands on Sensory Statistics, Preference Mapping and Consumer Testing Course
Location: Sydney
Date: May 5 - 8, 2009
Lecturer: Anne Hasted

Targeting the Consumer II
Location: Nantucket
Date: May 19 - 21, 2009
Lecturers: Dr. Herb Meiselman and Dr. Hal MacFie


Statistical Training courses offered by Creascience

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Creascience offers a variety of training courses with a focus on practical applications in the professional environment.


It! Ventures

Date: As requested

Location: White Plains, NY


Moskowitz Jackobs, Inc. and The Understanding & Insight Group teach one- and two-day courses on foundational studies on the uses of It!TM and IdeaMap®.Net.


Summer School on Human Olfaction

Date: July 25 - 29, 2009
Location: Dresden, Germany

Instructors: Thomas Hummel, M.D. and others


The conference is meant to provide an informal platform for scientific exchange between established scientists and younger researchers in the fields related to chemosensation. In addition, it is meant to provide participants with up-to-date knowledge on various aspects of the human chemical senses not only through seminars but there will also be a focus on practical demonstrations and experiments.


UC Davis Applied Sensory Science and Consumer Testing Certificate Program for Distance Learners


Not a short course, this year-long, 4-course, web-based program goes in-depth into sensory evaluation methods and their applications. Students from around the world can learn together, as long as they have Internet access.   



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