Training & Education

Training school on “Sensory evaluation of boar taint: Methods for assessor selection, good sensory practice and performance evaluation”

Objective: The participants of this Training school (students, researchers, industry representatives, and other participants) will learn about sensory evaluation of boar taint, how to train the panellists and measure their performance, how to use the “human nose methodology” to assess boar taint. The school includes both courses and practical training.

Date: Monday 8th October 2018 (15h) to Wednesday 10th October 2018 (13h)

Place: IRTA-Monells, Finca Camps i Armet, 17121 Monells (Girona), Spain

Registration is closed




Past Events


20th-22nd November 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Training school on "Harmonisation of methods in entire male and immunocastrate research"

Objective: Presentation of the research methods relevant to address the questions of entire male and immunocastrate production with an emphasis on the harmonisation of methodological approach in joint research projects

Goal: Help trainees to understand the knowledge gaps in the respective research area and which methods to use (in harmonised way) to answer the research questions

Date: Monday 20th November 16:30 to Wednesday 22nd November 13:30

Place: Ljubljana, Slovenia. Agricultural Institute of Slovenia (KIS) and University of Ljubljana, Veterinary faculty (UL-VF)

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27 trainees from 15 countries attended the training school, of which 12 came from Target Inclusiveness Countries (Croatia, Czech Republic, Etonia, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia) and 6 from Near Neighbour Countries (FYR Macedonia, Serbia). Further to the presentations, practical training was also given for dissection of genital tract. A short demonstration of the human nose evaluation of boar taint was given as an introduction to the next training school planned in 2018.

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Click here to see the evaluation of the training school by the trainees.



29th September 2017, Cluj, Romania

Industry meeting:
IPEMA invited stakeholders from the pork industry to discuss the issues around piglet castration and present the state of the art of the knowledge on alternatives to surgical castration without pain relief, focussing on the production of entire males and immunocastration.

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There were lively discussions during the meeting on the possibility to use entire males as an alternative to surgical castration in the Romanian pork production chains. Dr. I. Ladosi clearly presented the challenges for the Romanian pork industry, some of them real difficulties that will have to be adressed. Other issues presented during his talk are no real challenge, underlying the existing gap between the available knowledge and the perception by chain actors. The particular case of local breeds was also extensively discussed between participants.

Educational events and Training Schools

Future Events

Training school on boar taint detection with special emphasis on the human nose method: Monells (Spain), 8-10 October 2018. Registration is closed.

Past Events

20th-22nd November 2017: Training School in Ljubljana

29th September 2017: Industry meeting in Cluj

Training schools have IPEMA objectives as their main focus and may also cover appropriate re-training as part of life-long learning.

Educational events and training schools can be organized as online or face to face sessions where the general public, students and professionals can find out news and relevant information, learn techniques, methodologies and know-how related to the IPEMA objectives.