Erminio Monteleone


Italian Sensory Science Society (SISS)
Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry System Mangement
University of Florence, Italy



Erminio Monteleone is Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry System Mangement at the University of Florence, where he teaches Sensory Evaluation of Food and Consumer Testing and is responsible for the Sensory Laboratory.
Chairman of the Italian Sensory Science Society (SISS) from 2011 and of European Sensory Science Society from 2011 to 2013, his research work is focused on sensory determinants of food acceptability and preference.
He acted as Chairman of the first European Conference on Sensory and Consumer Research and he is now permanent member of the scientific committee.
He was Chairman of the 8th edition of the Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium (Florence, 2009) and chairman of the Executive Committee of the Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium for the biennium 2009-2011.
Since 2010 is member of the Accademia dei Georgofili of Florence.
He is reviewer of scientific international journals as Food Quality and Preference, American Journal of Viticulture and Enology, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and member of the Editorial Board of Food Quality and Preference.

Main research areas

Sensory and hedonic responses to foods and  their components:

  • Validation of sensory data acquisition and interpretation
  • Relationship between consumer response and sensory properties of food
  • Relationship between sensory and chemical characteristics of food
  • Consumer segmentations in relation to hedonic responses
  • Consumer perception of food quality
  • Individual differences in astringency perception induced by phenolic compound
  • Taste-smell interactions

Consumers sensory and hedonic expectations:

  • Effect of information about the origin of food on hedonic and sensory responses
  • Effect of information about healthy properties of food on consumer hedonic responses
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