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Talking Sense


How we picture, interpret, and communicate about food and taste based on our sensory perception.

A two-day interdisciplinary symposium at the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Copenhagen, Denmark

Sept. 27-28, 2021.

Invited speakers:

  • Martin Marchman Andersen (Denmark)
  • Wender Bredie (Denmark)
  • Ophelia Deroy (Germany)
  • Rob Dunn (USA)
  • Roberto Flore (Denmark)
  • Liselotte Hedegaard (Denmark)
  • Rachel Herz (USA)
  • Susanne Højlund (Denmark)
  • Harold McGee (USA)
  • Barry Smith (UK)
  • Pia M. Sörensen (USA)
  • Karen Wistoft (Denmark)


Ole G. Mouritsen and Andreas Roepstorff

University of Aarhus and University of Copenhagen

Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters


  • The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
  • The Carlsberg Foundation
  • Taste for Life
  • The Danish Gastronomical Academy


Please note: This symposium has been postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic. Sept. 27-28, 2021 are confirmed new dates.


The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

H.C. Andersens Boulevard 35

DK-1553 Copenhagen


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Head of center, professor, DSc, University of Copenhagen

Dr Ole G. Mouritsen is the head of centre in Taste for Life and head of the Gastrophysics focus area. He is a professor in Gastrophysics and Food Innovation at the Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen.

He is an expert in bio- and gastrophysics with a special focus on mediation of the natural sciences to the general population through knowledge about food and taste.

Senior lecturer and researcher, PhD.

Liselotte Hedegaard is a member of Taste for Life’s management. She works as a senior lecturer and senior researcher at the UCL University College. She is the project manager of the work carried out by UCL in the context of Taste for Life.

Liselotte Hedegaard’s academic background is in Philosophy. Her research interests focus on sensory experience, primarily within the framework of phenomenological investigation. In the practice-related field she examines how sensory experience, in particular taste, might be integrated into a pedagogical and didactic framework.

Associate Professor, PhD

Anthropologist. Associate Professor, PhD, Aarhus University

Susanne Højlund is part of the focus area Learning. In Taste for Life she examines and mediates how children create and share knowledge about taste. She is also the initiator of several conferences and symposia on taste, i.e. the Creative Tastebuds-events in 2017 and 2020.

Professor, Ph.d., Aarhus University

Karen Wistoft is a member of Taste for Life’s management and in charge of the focus area Learning. She has a background in health pedagogy research and now focuses on the elementary school subject, Madkundskab, i.e. food literacy, and the development of new pedagogies and didactics of taste.