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Rethink Eating 2022

Rethink Eating 2022: What’s next for chemical senses research?

Date: 15 November 2022
Venue: AIAS

Welcome to the ReThink Eating 2022 Conference

This is not a traditional conference. We want to invite researchers from different backgrounds and disciplines to come together and brainstorm the future of eating in new, unorthodox ways. The COVID pandemic has highlighted the importance of the chemical senses, and the drive towards green transition has underlined the need to change people’s dietary habits. In these times of increasing digitalisation of the audiovisual senses, there is a risk that smell and taste will be left behind.

It is clearer than ever before that we need to rethink the future of chemical senses research. What and where are the new research areas and methods?

You are invited to join us in coming up with daring and creative solutions, and we want to hear your questions around pressing issues. In these increasingly serious times, we welcome the weird, wacky, and wonderful. Maybe even a sprinkling of magic. 

We aim to address far-reaching questions like:

  • What role do the chemical senses play in people’s lives?
  • How can the chemical senses change the way we think?
  • How can we design inclusive digital experiences?

Invited speakers 

Akito van Troyer, Assistant Professor, Berkelee College of Music, USA

Anne-Lise Saive, Research Scientist, Institut Paul Bocuse, France

Charlotte Sinding, Researcher, Center for Taste & Feeding Behavior, France

Dan Novy, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Ilja Croijmans, Assistant Professor, Radboud University, The Netherlands

Janina Seubert, Principal researcher, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Jeffrey Kerby, Postdoc, AIAS, Denmark

Laura Helena Nissin, Assistant Professor, AIAS, Denmark

Rebecca Kleinberger, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University, USA



8:30-9:00 coffee + croissant

9:00-10:30 Theme: Chemical senses

Demo session

Talks on: Smell, taste, and appetite

10:30-11:00 coffee break

11:00-12:15 Theme: Extended reality

Demo session

Talks on: VR, hallucinations, and experiences

12:15-13:00 lunch


13:00-13:20 Sensory walk

13:30-14:30 Theme: Cognition

Talks on: memory, language, and creativity

14:30-15:00 coffee break

15:00-16:00 Theme: Future applications and reflections

Talks on: augmented reality, non-human studies

Group reflection and wrap-up

16:15-18:00 Guided wine tasting


To attend the event there is a registration fee of 100 DKK and for students a fee of 50 DKK. There is an additional fee of 20 DKK for participating in the wine tasting. Register here.