SRL – Sensory Training Academy

Our philosophy and our promise to our clients is to provide the most advanced, relevant and appropriate training in sensory & consumer science.

We are leaders in developing and delivering customised sensory & consumer science courses and have worked with globally recognised multinationals across the food, beverage, FMCG, personal care and pharmaceutical sectors.

Our Training Academy is led by SRLs’ Director of Sensory & Consumer Research, Dr Liz Sheehan.  With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, Liz has collaborated extensively with academic and food industry partners both here in Ireland and globally, to bring our clients the best solutions for their training needs.

Our Training Academy use an extensive team of subject matter experts, who have a broad range of both academic and industry experience, allowing our clients to benefit from bespoke training that gets right to the heart of their objectives and training needs.

Contact us now to arrange a time to discuss your specific needs

In addition to our bespoke courses, we run a number of public courses throughout the year. They are typically held at our head office, based in University College Cork. We also work in locations across Europe and the US so please email us for this information.

We can deliver any course/or combination of courses at a location of your choice should you require it.


Focus Group Moderation for Qualitative Research Learn how to run and effectively organise focus groups to get the maximum amount of insights from participants.

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Introduction to Sensory Science An ideal way to learn about the basic principles of sensory evaluation.

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Sensory Analysis in Quality Control Learn about the different methodologies in sensory quality control.

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Descriptive Panel Leadership (Introductory level) During this 2-day course you will learn about the basic principles of descriptive analysis and acquire the skills and tools to recruit, screen and use a descriptive sensory analysis panel.

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Descriptive Panel Leadership (Advanced level) This 2-day course expands upon the information presented in the ‘Descriptive Panel Leadership (Introductory level)’ course and will help you to meet the everyday challenges that may arise when running a descriptive sensory panel.

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All courses are subject to a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 participants per course.