Why do we need SSP?

To serve the professional and educational needs of sensory scientists in all types of organizations and grow and enhance the profession as well as the society.

What is the scope and mission of SSP?

To advance the field of sensory evaluation, including consumer research, and the role/work of sensory professionals, for the purpose of sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas, mentoring and educating its members.

How is SSP different from other organizations?

There is some confusion about differentiation of SSP from other organizations, such as IFT/SED, ASTM, Pangborn, Sensometrics, etc. SSP has a single focus – the sensory professional – free from the need to serve any consumer product focus, such as food or cosmetics specifically, or any output requirements, such as standards and documents. SSP differs from the Pangborn Symposium in that it is a conference that is held every two years. SSP is a community of professionals who have ongoing connections through a variety of channels, including the SSP website, Sensory Wiki, and a conference on the off year from the Pangborn Symposium.

How is SSP organized/governed?

Membership in SSP is open to any person who is interested in any aspect of sensory or consumer research, including students. SSP has an executive committee of officers and committee chairs who govern the day-to-day activities of the organization according to society bylaws. Any member may volunteer to serve on SSP committees or nominate themselves or others for office.

Who are the people involved?

The society is an open organization and welcomes members in all parts of the globe. The organizing committee felt strongly that this society is largely a “virtual” (i.e., web-based) entity and intends to provide a professional organization that can help link members and foster collaboration, education, scientific inquiry, and mentoring in the field. Information on the current officers and committee membership can be found on the committees webpage.

How do I get involved?

First, if you have not already, become a member using the online system. If you are already a member, then volunteer to serve on one of the many committees (membership, communications, strategic planning, conference, etc.) or help with the website. A great way to get involved, even at your desk, is to write a short article on a topic of interest to you for the Sensory Wiki. Those articles can be read by people all over the world when they need information on that topic.

Is there a leadership succession plan?

Elections are held every two years. Nominations and volunteers for offices will be solicited and recommendations for office will be made by a nominating committee comprised of people who are not running for any office. Committee volunteers are accepted at any time. The bylaws specify offices, terms of office, and the ways in which offices are filled.

How does the Wiki work?

The Sensory Wiki is an ideal platform for sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas, and educating others in the sensory community. Any member of SSP can (and should) contribute to the Wiki either by creating an original wiki page or by editing/updating existing pages. Further information on the details of this process is available on the Sensory Wiki landing page. Non-members can also contribute through a submission form. Wiki submissions are monitored by an international editorial board. The Wiki will grow to be your source of information for methods in sensory and consumer science.

Is SSP for just a few select people?

SSP is a rapidly growing society open to any person who is interested in any aspect of sensory or consumer research and hopes to have many global participating members. There are many ways to get involved. Join a committee, volunteer to be an officer, write a Wiki page, participate in biannual meetings, volunteer to be a mentor, or create content for the website such as a PowerPoint presentation that focuses on a particular area. We hope that members will take the initiative to give suggestions on what they can do for the organization – and then do it!

What are my member benefits?

  • Networking possibilities
  • Learning opportunities
  • Online access to the Journal of Sensory Studies through Wiley InterScience
  • Online only access to the Journal of Texture Studies through Wiley InterScience
  • Access to conference presentations
  • Access to open positions (job listing) board
  • Access to other members-only website areas as they become available
  • Ability to directly contribute content to the SensoryWiki (non-members may contribute through the editorial board)
  • Reduced conference fees

Read more about SSP membership by downloading the brochure.