9th October, 2015. First results of the evaluation of the INNSENS course.
Evaluation of the course is almost concluded. Of a total of 77 participants enrolled in the course, 56 participants (75%) finished the course that meant to complete at least a 70% of the content of the course. The evaluation of the course showed very positive aspects, such as the created contents and the practical cases. Other aspects related with the on-line methodology will need to be improved, such as the forum that did not had success. The task of tutors of dynamic, motivate and guide participants seem a key aspect for many participants. Some participants had difficulties in finalizing the course due to the lack of time that seem to be the main barrier for following the course.

Here there are some figures that give us a picture of the evaluation of course by participants:

 87% of the participants were in general satisfied with the course.
 85% of the participants felt that the on-line platform was easy to use.
 60% of the participants felt that the workload were ideal.
 68% answered that the assignments were helpful.
 74% agreed that the tests reflected the content in the module.



7th and 8th October, 2015 – Goteborg (Sweden)
At the end of October it was held the last meeting of INNSENS in Goteborg (Sweden), in SP. The aim of the meeting was to make a balance and define the last conclusions of the Project. Te agenda of the meeting included a last review of the evaluation of the course and aspects of improvement. The exploitation of the project was also discussed and main terms stated.



24th September, 2015. INNSENS is presented to an Enterprise Europe Network
On the 23-24th September was held the meeting of the Agrofood Sector Group meeting in Wroclaw, Poland. The specific topic faced during the meeting was healthy food, including eco food, functional food and traditional food. During the meeting, a brief of the aim, methodology and main results of the INNSENS Project was presented. The Project was presented by Julio Carreras (ainia), coordinator of the group. This Sector Group brings together business experts from regions with a high number of AgroFood companies. The aim is to help SMEs in the sector innovate and grow internationally. Agrofood Sector Group belongs to the Enterprise Europe Network, which aim is to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make the most of business opportunities in the EU and beyond.



23-27 August, 2015
The 23-27th August 2015 was held the 11th Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the most important world meeting in the Sensory Sciences discipline. In Pangborn come together scientists, students, sponsors and companies and it facilitates new contacts which may initiate new collaborations and new networks. The poster entitled Innsense - Exploring the need for sensory and consumer training in SMEs of 5 countries showed the main results obtained of the Training Needs Analysis phase of the project.



15th July, 2015. Evaluation of the course; after the piloting experience.
After the pilot experience of the course, SP begun the evaluation of the course by means of the analysis of the satisfaction questionnaires filled by participants and the performance of in-depth interviews with 1-2 English-speaking participants from each country. These two tasks were done to collect feedback regarding the on-line program in order to further improve both the contents of the course and the use of the e-learning platform, assignments and forum.



5th March, 2015. INTED Conference
On the 2-3-4th March, 2015 was held the International Conference called INTED (International Technology, Education and Development Conference 2015), the 9th edition. In this conference the INNSENS Consortium had the opportunity to present the INNSENS project, objectives, methodology and main results and share experiences in the fields of education, technology and development in a multicultural and enriching atmosphere.



18th June, 2014. Results of the Training Need Analysis
The Training need analysis of professionals of the Food and Drink sector of SMEs, first stage of the project, showed that for all five countries there was a need of training on sensory and consumer analysis techniques. However, an 80 hours course planned seemed to conflict with normal company activities, instead 40 hours was preferred. Almost half of the professionals answered that they wanted to be able to attend the course both at work and at home, and that they preferred free management for the scheduling of topics. Some of the most interesting topics according to the SMEs were: application of sensory and consumer science in product development, how to plan a sensory study, sensory shelf life and fast sensory methods. However, some of the least interesting topics were: assessor screening, sensory genetics, and napping.



5th February, 2015 - INNSENS was present in the Workshop: The senses and the Virgin Olive Oil
AINIA organized a workshop “The senses and the Virgin Olive Oil” last 05/02/2015. It was a workshop that brought together consumers and experts in the tasting of Virgin Olive Oil, companies, cooperatives and experts in gastronomy to address the sensory quality of this product and its essential role in Mediterranean cuisine. It was tasted different types of Olive Oil (Extra, Virgin and Olive Oil). About 150 people assisted the workshop, during which the INNSENS Project brochures were delivered to promote the INNSENS Project.


17th and 18th February 2015 – Parma (Italy)

INNSENS forth meeting was held in Parma in the middle of February 2015, in SSICA. The meeting consisted in 1 day and a half of work, as usual. During the meeting, last arrangements and decisions about the content and display in Moodle of the different e-learning elements of the course were done. Good practices for tutoring the course were established. Quality indicators of the learning activity were discussed. The calendar for the 5 pilot experiences of the e-learning course was decided.



March 2015 to June 2015. Pilot Experience of the e-learning course

The course consisted in 10 modules

Modul 0

Introduction to INNSENS and the training program

Modul 1

Sensory attributes and the way we perceive them

Modul 2

Factors affecting sensory measurements

Modul 3

Introduction to quality control, shelf-life testing and product innovation

Modul 4

Methods with analytical assessors

Modul 5

Methods with consumers

Modul 6

Essentials of sensory evaluation (subjects, samples & environments)

Modul 7

Planning a sensory project

Modul 8

Analysing and reporting

Modul 9

Putting sensory analysis into practice

Implementation of all the content of the modules, translation to local languages and up loading in the Moodle platform was carried out by means of a good collaboration of all partners.

The course begun the 16th March and ended the second fortnight of June.
More than 50 participants from Food and Drink SME’s have taken part in the course.

  10th and 11th September 2014 – Copenhaguen (Denmark)
INNSENS third meeting was held in Copenhagen during the second week of September 2014 at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH). The meeting lasted 1 day and a half of work, as the previous one. During it a first draft of the course was presented: Modules, structure of theoretical lessons, assignments, test and optional material. The course will include 5 versions for each local language and a forum in English to allow interrelationship between students from different European Countries. A calendar of modules preparation, discussion and translation is prepared in detail.

  14th and 15th May, 2014 – Bucharest, Rumania
INNSENS second meeting was held in Bucharest at mid of last May at The National Institute of Research & Development for Food Bioresources (IBA). The meeting lasted 1 day and a half of work during which the results from the Training Need Analysis Work Package were given by SSICA. These results are of key importance to guide the creation of the course. Besides, a first tentative structure and program of the course was drafted, dissemination activities were revised and the website of the project presented.

30th and 31th January 2014 – Brussels, Belgium
During the two last days of January, 2014 a Kick-off meeting of the EACEA was celebrated in the EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency of the European Commission). It has been a meeting addressed to projects coordinators to make them aware of the operational and financial procedures requested by the Lifelong Learning Programme. Specific sessions have been organized targeted on the key issues related to the project management, including dissemination and exploitation.

  26th November 2013 – Valencia, Spain
INNSENS Kick-off meeting was held in Valencia last November at ainia facilities. The meeting lasted one intense day of work during which covered a project overview given by the coordinator, including financial and managerial topics and overview of each work package given by the respective leader. Tasks of first implementation Work Package were detailed and scheduled.


INNSENS PROJECT - Innovation through the consumer and sensory sciences
Lifelong learning programme