TFTAK is the first Estonian research organization to join European Sensory Network (ESN) and tighten international collaboration in the field fo sensory analysis. The European Sensory Network (ESN) is an international network of leading research institutions and industrial partners at the cutting edge of sensory and consumer sciences.
During the ESN autumn meeting in Dublin, Ireland this year TFTAK representatives Sirli Rosenvald and Julia Rosend introduced TFTAK to ESN members and partners. We were excited to see that ESN is already researching the topics that interest us, reports Sirli Rosenvald. These include the ESN research project on the relationship between texture and food intake.
“The ESN meeting offers first-class lectures, intensive discussions in small focus groups, participation in experiments and the creative hunt for new research ideas. There is also the opportunity to jointly finance innovative research. This is a unique opportunity,” said Sirli Rosenvald.
ESN welcomes new member from Estonia to the European Sensory Network. ESN is thus extending its feelers even further east, and in so doing gains expertise in new fields of research. Claire Sulmont-Rossé, ESN chair, explains: “TFTAK has special expertise in molecular biology and analytical methods. Since they also use sensory panels and classical sensory methods, they can bridge the gap between sensory and biotechnological research. This fits in with ESN’s interests; we want to understand even better how the biophysical properties of a product contribute to a subjective overall impression”.
The European Sensory Network (ESN) 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 30 member organizations acting in 17 European countries, and five 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.
A focus of ESN activities is on cross-border studies. ESN offers numerous close cross-border 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.