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The Power of International Co-operation

The European Sensory Network (ESN) is a powerful international network of leading research institutions and industrial partners at the cutting edge of sensory and consumer sciences. It was  founded in 1989 to meet the challenge of the rapidly developing science of sensory analysis within Europe.

Today, the European Sensory Network brings together 26 member organisations acting in 17 European countries, and four non-European countries. ESN members and partners share their knowledge and expertise to explore the value and applications of sensory sciences in food and non food industrial practices.

ESN offers opportunities for:

  • international networking at the highest level
  • cutting edge research in sensory and consumer sciences
  • international seminars and conferences
  • up-to-date methodological guidelines (standardization)
  • consulting concerning sensory methods, market research, setting up of sensory and consumer studies, project design, data treatment and interpretation, questions about behaviour and perception


A focus of ESN activities is on cross-border studies. ESN offers numerous close crossborder links between sensory scientists and industrial partners. These collaborations have proven to be very valuable. The well established contacts among ESN members make it easy to plan and perform international studies, and guarantee exceptional research following universal standards.

ESN makes it easy for you to find the best sensory and consumer expert partners for your needs.

ESN has a number of strong Industrial Partners:

Anheuser-Busch InBev, Arla Foods, Barilla G. e R. Fratelli S.p.A., Coty, DuPont, Danone Medical Nutrition, Firmenich, FrieslandCampina, Givaudan, Heineken,  Mars Drinks, McCormick EMEA, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, Philip Morris, Symrise, Tetra Pak, Tine !

April 2011: Can dislike be measured more precisely? ESN launches 5th collaborative research project with industry

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In 2009 the ESN and its Industrial Partners started two first collaborative research projects

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Invitation to Stavanger

A special occasion, a special place, and special guests: the ESN Spring Meeting will be held from the 24th to the 25th of April 2014 in Norway.


New ConsumerCheck software

Nofima offers a free software package for analyzing typical data from consumer studies. 


Meat species DNA testing

Campden BRI extends UKAS accreditation to cover meat species DNA testing.


Expert Interview:

In the Wonderland of Taste and Smell – Children Discover Sensory Science


ESN New Sensory Findings

All-In-One: An easy sensory consumer test in a natural context


Join us: ESN Industry Network Partnership
The European Sensory Network invites industries as partners at the cutting edge of sensory and consumer research.

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ESN Flyer 2012/13
with contact data of all members


Guidelines for Consumer Testing
- guidance from ESN members


New book:
Statistics for Sensory and Consumer Science

by Tormod Næs, Per Brockhoff, Oliver Tomic



Open Source Software:

"Panel Check" visualizes performance of sensory panels and assessors

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