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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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ESN meeting in Budapest: 9.-10. October 2014


For ESN members & industry partners:


Invitation to the ESN meeting in Budapest from the 9th to the 10th of October 2014. Please register before the 12th of September.


Any questions? Please contact Viola Katalin:


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open to all: ESN seminar on the 8th of October 2014


ESN is offering an international Seminar in Budapest, on the 8th of October 2014:


“Innovative solutions in sensory and consumer science: practical application of approaches in the food and beverage sector".


The seminar is organised by Campden BRI Magyarország Nonprofit Kft. and held at the National Innovation Office in Budapest.


Further information:


ESN Seminar Invitation and draft agenda


Registration form_ESN Seminar


If you are interested in the Seminar, please send back the registration form to Katalin:



Rapid methods course

On the 16th and 17th of September 2014 Nofima, Norway, is offering a course on “ RAPID METHODS FOR SENSORY CHARACTERIZATION” (Final date for registration: August 25th).

For ESN members & Industry partners

The presentations of Edmund Rolls, Erminio Monteleone, and EP Köster (the keynote speakers at the ESN meeting in Stavanger, Norway), as well as the summary of the ESN research programs are available online now. Please log in first.


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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