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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, funded by the Danish foundation Nordea-fonden.

We focus 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 centre 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, colleges and universities) and chefs.

Through interdisciplinary research collaboration and communication to pupils, students 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:

  1. taste pedagogy and didactics;
  2. gastrophysics, sensory sciences, 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 an educational theme week on taste in an elementary school, covering all subjects and all grades from, 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 by the independent commercial 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 (and to some extent, and a free educational app for teachers, Fag med Smag.

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

Project participants

Project participants

Blaise Badre

Teacher, chef

Thomas Brahe

E-learning consultant

Peter Brodersen

Senior lecturer and senior researcher

Louise Beck Brønnum

M.Sc., gastrophysicist

Morten Christensen

Lecturer, PhD

Marie Damsbo-Svendsen

MSc, research assistant

Michael Edsen-Johansen

Chef, Head of Education at "Mad & Oplevelser", Kold College

Michael Bom Frøst

Associate Professor, PhD

Susanne Højlund

Associate Professor, PhD

Bat-El Menadeva Karpantschof

MSc in Gastronomy and Health

Mathias Merrild Thorborg

Research Assistant

Annemarie Olsen

Associate Professor, PhD

Majbritt Pless

Senior lecturer, teacher

Flemming Rukjær

Teacher, chef

Susan Sonne Sørensen

Teacher, chef

Mikkel Stovgaard

Ph.d., Postdoc

Klavs Styrbæk

Head chef

Pia Styrbæk


Yi-Ting Sung

MSc in Food innovation and Health from University of Copenhagen.

Cathrine Terkelsen

Editor of teaching materials, taste ambassador, teacher

Casper Thrane

High school teacher, Ph.d. student

Anne Torpegaard Festersen

Editor of teaching materials, teacher

Coordination and communications

Eva Rymann

Journalist, Communications Officer

Taste partners

Anne Bech


Camilla Finsterbach Kaup

Assistant professor, MA, MSc IT

Valérie Hémar-Nicolas

Associate Professor


Liselotte Hedegaard

Senior lecturer and researcher, PhD.

Ole G. Mouritsen

Head of center, professor, DSc, University of Copenhagen

Mikael Schneider

Project coordinator

Simon N Sørensen

Teacher, chef

Karen Wistoft

Professor, Ph.d., Aarhus University

Grant recipients

Former participants

Charlotte Holm Brodersen

MSc, taste ambassador

Mathias Porsmose Clausen

Senior Lecturer, PhD, Taste ambassador

Lars Duelund

Academic employee, MSc.

Jan Geertsen

Senior lecturer, Sct. Knuds Gymnasium (high school)

Kayla Guerrero

Taste ambassador

Stinne Gunder Strøm Krogager

Associate Professor, PhD

Per Lyngs Hansen

Senior lecturer, PhD

Agnete Hoffmeyer

MA in general pedagogy

Lars Husum

Senior lecturer

Kenneth Højgaard

Chef, MSc.

Mikkel Jacobsen

Lecturer, researcher

Bjarne Jeppesen

Associate Professor

Anette Kamuk

Senior Lecturer, MSc

Denise Gjørtz Krog

Taste ambassador

Mikkel Lassen

MA in Education

Jonatan Leer

Docent, PhD

Elle Christine Lüchau

Student assistant

Jesper Mebus

Associate Professor

Charlotte Mithril

Senior lecturer, PhD

Birthe Kofoed Mortensen

Senior lecturer, MSc

Per Møller

Associate professor emeritus, PhD

Rikke Højer Nielsen

Senior lecturer, chef, PhD

Henrik Parbo

Senior lecturer emeritus

Jonas Astrup Pedersen

Taste ambassador

Kirsten Marie Pedersen

Lecturer emerita, Taste ambassador

Mie Thorborg Pedersen

MSc, PhD-student

Karen Klitgaard Povlsen

Associate Professor emerita

Amanda N Rasmussen

Taste ambassador

Anja Ravnsbæk

Educational leader, MSc

Julia Sick

Taste ambassador

Mathias Skovmand-Larsen

Research Assistant, MSc

Leonardo Sagastuy Solis

Taste ambassador

Kasper Styrbæk

Taste ambassador

Thomas Yung

E-learning consultant