Analysing data from descriptive sensory analysis and novel sensory methods

 Innovation, consumer and sensory sciences  

Nofima at Ås, Norway and RISE, The Swedish Research Institute, in Gothenburg, Sweden cooperate in arranging courses in sensory analysis. The next course in the series will be arranged in Ås, Norway, April 9 - 10, 2019

Date: 9. April 2019 – 10. April 2019
Location: Nofima at Ås, Norway
Price: 9.500 NOK Lunch and refreshments during the course are included in the course fee, so is a course diploma.

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The deadline for registration for the course is April 5th, 2019.

Registration is binding. Cancellation is free up to 14 days before the start of the course thereafter we charge 50 % up to 7 days before. If you cancel later than 7 days before the course start, the full fee will be charged. If you are prevented, you can send a replacement. In case of insufficient participation, we reserve the right to cancel the course, in that case it will be announced no later than the working day after the last registration date.

Analysing data from descriptive sensory analysis and novel sensory methods

The course will focus on analysis and interpretation of descriptive sensory data and data from novel sensory methods such as CATA and Projective mapping. The course will be based on both lectures, practical demonstrations and exercises (see detailed program enclosed). The course will be taught in English.

Target group

The course is suited for those who know the basics of sensory analysis but feel that they need to learn more about how to analyse and interpret the data. Basic knowledge of statistical concepts is needed.


Tormod Næs, Nofima
Paula Varela Tomasco, Nofima
Ingunn Berget, Nofima
Mats Carlehög, Nofima
Penny Bergman, RISE


Day 1: April 9.

10.00 Registration
Introduction of descriptive sensory methods
Experimental design and 1- and 2-way ANOVA (analysis of variance) using PanelCheck

12.00-13.00 Lunch
PanelCheck and its capabilities
Principal Component Analysis (PCA) – Theory and examples
Hands on (on own laptop) – practical work with datasets provided by Nofima. PCA, ANOVA and plotting
Continue – practical work with datasets. PCA and Descriptive sensory method (individual, using own laptops)
Plenary discussion of results

16.00 End of day 1

Day 2: April 10.

08.30 Summary of day 1
Introduction to New rapid sensory methods
Coffee break
Projective mapping – theory, tasting and analysis

12.00-12.45 Lunch
Check-all-that-apply, CATA – theory, tasting and analysis
Summary of day 2 – discussions, plenum

16.00 End of course, evaluation


Practical information

Software used in the course:

  • PanelCheck (free software): or download from, Mac iOS
  • download from, Windows
  • XL stat (free trial version)The number of participants is limited to 20.
    Literature and relevant scientific articles for participants will be announced.
  • Participants should bring their own PC/laptop and download the above programmes before the course.

Course leaders:

Mats Carlehög, Nofima, +47 64970178,

Penny Bergman, RISE, +46 70 5265740 ,


Thon hotel Ski, Ski – Thon hotel Ski apporox 10 km from Nofima Ås

Reenskaug hotel, Drøbak – Reenskaug hotel Drøbak approx 10 km from Nofima Ås


Nofima AS
Osloveien 1
NO-1430 Ås


Osloveien 1, NO-1433 Ås


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