Sensory panel leader training | Leatherhead Food Research

Sensory panel leader & descriptive profiling training

Date: 17 - 18 May, 2017

Location: Great Burgh, Epsom, UK

Member price: £1,195 +VAT 

Non Member price: £1,555 +VAT 


Leatherhead’s course will introduce you to the traditional methodology of Sensory Descriptive Profiling and teach you how to set up, manage and maintain a Sensory Trained Panel. You will learn the necessary skills to form effective panels as well as methods to cope with the difficulties that can sometimes arise with panel performance. You will also be given the opportunity to observe a trained panel run by us at Leatherhead Food Research to enable you to experience some of the methodologies in action.

Practical sessions throughout the day will enable you to consolidate your knowledge and understand how the methods you will learn could be applied within your organisation.

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Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to traditional sensory descriptive profiling
  • Recruitment, screening & selection of the right panellists
  • Effective management of the panellists, ethical considerations & code of conduct
  • Panel leader facilitation skills and how to deal with a difficult panellist
  • Opportunity to observe Leatherhead’s trained panel
  • Measurement of the panel’s performance and how this can be improved
  • Reporting sensory profiling data
  • Overview of alternative descriptive analysis methods, e.g. Flash Profiling, TDS, Progressive Profiling

From this course you will:

  • Recruit, screen and select the right panellists for your panel
  • Become an effective manager of your panel
  • Get the best out of your panellists by using facilitation skills and panel performance measurements
  • Calibrate panellists when they do not agree
  • Work with your trained panellists to ensure you retain your expert tasters, whether this is internal or external panellists
  • Confidently manage and deal with difficult and challenging panellists
  • Understand the applications, pros and cons of traditional descriptive profiling as well as alternative descriptive methods

Who should attend?

  • Sensory technicians
  • Sensory scientists
  • Sensory panel leaders
  • Anyone who has contact with a trained sensory panel


Great Burgh is located on the outskirts of Epsom, Surrey, easily accessible via road or train.

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