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)
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:
- sensory sciences and didactics;
- gastrophysics and the integration of scientific disciplines;
- 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.