Taste for Life - “Smag for Livet” in Danish - is an exemplary research and communication collaboration of scientists within the humanities, natural and social sciences, and practitioners within education and gastronomy. The center was funded by the Danish foundation Nordea-fonden 2014 - 2021 and worked through educational institutions, partners and taste ambassadors all over Denmark and in international collaborations.
By the end of 2021, Taste for Life is no longer funded as a project, but the participants' work is still available online at smagforlivet.dk (in Danish). The newsletter (in Danish) also continues, and you can reach the center's management and secretariat by email or telephone. Numbers and adresses are available on the Contact page.
Taste for Life focuses on taste and the flavour of food as a driver for joy of life, health, learning, and culinary skills. With the resources of taste, we aim to release and activate the possibilities of a better and richer life for children, young people and adults in Denmark.
The center involves researchers from the humanities (pedagogical and didactical scientists), natural sciences (sensory scientists and gastrophysicists), and social sciences (anthropologists), as well as educators (at preschool, elementary, secondary and vocational schools, university colleges and universities) and chefs.
Through interdisciplinary research collaboration and communication to pupils, students, teachers and the broader public in educational institutions and festivals, we bridge different scientific disciplines in a close, collaborative effort, hereby generating new knowledge on taste.
The centre includes researchers from several universities and colleges, chefs from innovation kitchens and food colleges, and teachers from elementary schools, high schools and vocational educations. By integrating taste, learning, didactics and communication, our projects focus on three main areas:
- taste pedagogy and didactics;
- gastrophysics, sensory sciences, and the integration of scientific disciplines;
- innovation and honing of culinary skills.
Taste for Life is non-profit, funded by the independent philanthropic foundation Nordea-fonden. The knowledge and results as well as educational materials 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), and an open access website for teachers, fagmedsmag.dk.
Below you will find a list of the people who have worked with Taste for Life during 2014 - 2021 (all or some years):