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Sensory Evaluation of Food: Advanced

The sensory quality of food and consumer objects has become increasingly important over the last few years. Methods of sensory analysis and work with different sensory panels has opened up a wide scope of activities in food production, food product development, market research and more. The course “Sensory Evaluation of Food: Advanced” continues on from “Sensory Evaluation of Food: Introduction”. You develop your knowledge of sensory perception, taking into account different questions from analytical sensory analysis and hedonic sensory analysis.


  • You increase your knowledge of sensory perception.
  • You discover the differences between analytical sensory analysis and hedonic sensory analysis.
  • You acquire knowledge of traditional and new methods from consumer science.
  • You develop your knowledge of methods and testing from the field of sensory analysis.
  • You learn about the assessment of aroma defects in food
The course consists of the following parts: Fundamentals
  • Theory of smell and taste perception, revision of fundamentals plus additional new information, trigeminal stimuli
  • Cross modalities
  • Flavour release depending on the existing matrix
  • Development of food chemistry sensors for “sensory science”
Methods of sensory testing 
  • Comparison of analytical sensory analysis and hedonic sensory analysis
  • Hedonic sensory analysis: classical methods, current developments and new methods
  • Analytical sensory analysis: Methods for determining best-before dates, simple descriptive testing – creating definitions as the basis for profile testing, qualitative descriptive analysis QDA® (profile testing), projective mapping 
Aroma defects
  • Background information on the problem of aroma defects
  • Demonstration of common aroma defects in different foods
All topics covered are practiced or demonstrated on numerous suitable samples.

Target Groups and Admission Requirements

People who have prior knowledge of sensory analysis and who want to extend their knowledge. For information on requirements and registration, please contact barbara.siegmundnoSpam@tugraz.at.

Dates and Deadlines

Next course date: Autumn/Winter 2024

Quick Facts

  • Length: 1 day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Certificate: Confirmation of participation
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Registration fee: for entire course: 590 € (VAT free), including sample materials, seminar handouts, and food & drinks during the break.
  • Number of participants: max. 14
  • Course location: TU Graz, sensory laboratory
Triangle tests and ranking tests are not enough. In this course we dive into the world of “sensory science”.

Contact and Registration

Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry 
Stremayrgasse 9/II
8010 Graz
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Programme Director and Administration

Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Phone: +43 316 873 32506

Teaching Staff  

Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Phone: +43 316 873 32506

Ao. Univ. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn.
Phone: +43 316 873 32503