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Taste for Life - “Smag for Livet” in Danish - is an exemplary research and communication collaboration of scientists and practitioners within the humanities, natural and social sciences funded by the Danish foundation Nordea-fonden.

We focus on taste and the flavour of food as a resource and driver for joy of life, health, learning, and culinary skills. Our aim is to release and activate the possibilities of a better and richer life for children and adults in Denmark.

The center involves researchers from

  • the humanities (pedagogical and didactical scientists)
  • natural sciences (sensory scientists and gastrophysicists)
  • social sciences (anthropologists)
  • educators (preschool, elementary, secondary and vocational schools, colleges and universities)
  • chefs

Through interdisciplinary research collaboration and communication to pupils, students and the broader public in educational institutions and festivals, we attempt to span the perceived chasm separating food-sensory science and the humanities and social sciences by engaging scholars integrating the different disciplines in a close, collaborative effort, hereby generating new knowledge on taste.

The center includes researchers from several universities and colleges, chefs from innovation kitchens, and teachers from elementary schools, high schools and vocational educations. By integrating taste, learning, didactics and communication, our projects focus on three main areas:

  1. sensory sciences and didactics;
  2. gastrophysics and the integration of scientific disciplines;
  3. and innovation and honing of culinary skills.

While we teach pupils, students and the general public about and through taste, we also study their use of taste, taste preferences, and learning processes by gathering empirical data for anthropological, sensory and pedagogical research.

For example, we have completed a theme week on taste in an elementary school covering all grades from 0-8 and all subjects by teaching about and through taste, while at the same time gathering data on children’s taste preferences and learning skills.

Taste for Life is non-profit, has no walls, and is funded for a 4-year period by the commercial foundation Nordea-fonden. The knowledge and results as well as educational material are publicly available and communicated to the general public using a wide range of means, including the website www.smagforlivet.dk (and to some extent www.taste-for-life.org).

Please find below the contact information of the participants in Taste for Life.

Project participants

Project participants

Thomas Brahe

E-learning consultant

Peter Brodersen

Associate Professor and researcher

Morten Christensen

Postdoc, PhD

Lars Duelund

Academic employee, MSc.

Jan Geertsen

Associate Professor, Sct. Knuds Gymnasium (high school)

Stinne Gunder Strøm Krogager

Associate Professor, PhD

Per Lyngs Hansen

Associate Professor, PhD

Agnete Hoffmeyer

Associate Professor

Lars Husum

Associate professor

Kenneth Højgaard

Chef, MSc.

Bjarne Jeppesen

Associate Professor

Mikkel Lassen

MA in Education

Jonatan Leer

Postdoc, PhD

Jesper Mebus

Associate Professor

Charlotte Mithril

Associate professor, PhD

Birthe Kofoed Mortensen

Associate professor, MSc

Per Møller

Associate professor, PhD

Rikke Højer Nielsen

Associate professor, MSc, chef

Henrik Parbo

Associate professor

Kirsten Marie Pedersen

Associate Professor

Susanne Højlund Pedersen

Associate Professor, PhD

Jonas Astrup Pedersen

Taste ambassador

Majbritt Pless

Assistant professor, teacher

Karen Klitgaard Povlsen

Associate Professor

Amanda N Rasmussen

Taste ambassador

Anja Ravnsbæk

Educational leader, MSc

Julia Sick

Taste ambassador

Mathias Skovmand-Larsen

Research Assistan, MSc

Klavs Styrbæk

Head chef

Simon Sørensen

Teacher, chef

Cathrine Terkelsen

Editor of teaching materials, taste ambassador, teacher

Thomas Yung

E-learning consultant

Coordination and communications

Trine Skov Madsen

Student assistant

Eva Rymann

Journalist, Communications Officer

Taste partners

Anne Bech

Teacher

Camilla Finsterbach Kaup

Assistant professor, MA, MSc IT

Valérie Hémar-Nicolas

Associate Professor

6.A from Tarup Skole

Taste class

Management

Michael Bom Frøst

Associate Professor, PhD

Liselotte Hedegaard

Lecturer, PhD.

Anette Kamuk

Associate Professor, MSc

Ole G. Mouritsen

Head of center, professor, DSc, University of Copenhagen

Annemarie Olsen

Associate Professor, PhD

Mikael Schneider

Project coordinator and communications manager

Karen Wistoft

Professor, Ph.d., Aarhus University

Grant recipients

Marie Damsbo-Svendsen

Grant recipient

Lotte Knakkergaard Nielsen

Grant recipient

Leonardo Sagastuy Solis

Taste ambassador

Former participants

Charlotte Holm Brodersen

MSc, taste ambassador

Patricia DeCosta

Research assistant, Msc

Mikkel Jacobsen

Assistant professor, researcher

Jonas Stejn Klotz

Grant recipient

Denise Gjørtz Krog

Taste ambassador

Kasper Styrbæk

Grant recipient, taste ambassador

Anette Kistrup Thybo

Associate Professor, PhD