Organizers


Susanne Højlund

Initiator, project manager and octopus of Creative Tastebuds.

I am an anthropologist, working at Aarhus University. Through the years I have done research on children and childhood, Danish welfare institutions, the meaning of hominess, Cuban sugar cultures and food anthropology. I recently wrote the book Taste (until now only available in Danish) where I argue for taste as a social and cultural concept. I teach fieldwork methodology, food culture and museum exhibition/anthropological dissemination. I have worked with several experimental projects on food and taste, and am also engaged in filmmaking and visual anthropology.


Mikael Schneider

Responsible for the side activities taking place in the theater.

I’m the project coordinator, communication manager, and administration responsible of Taste for Life, and I have a background in biology, a PhD in cardiology and a diploma in journalism and communication. Quiet a few titles, but what I really try to do, is facilitate all the fantastic, interdisciplinary projects on taste emerging between researchers, chefs, teachers and students of Taste for Life. I¹m fortunate to learn from and thrive on their clever, enthusiastic and creative quest to unravel what taste is all about - and how a focus on taste can promote better learning and better lives.


Ole G. Mouritsen

Coordinates and reviews the written legacy from the symposium.

I am a physicist who throughout my carrier has been interested in exploring the borderland between different scientific disciplins, i.e., the necessary margins or ecotones that in contract to edges do not limit your thinking but rather enhance creativity. I have been exploring how physics and chemistry can lead to understanding in biology and biomedicine, I have been occupied with combining theory, experiment, and modeling in science, and I am currently fascinated by taste as a driver for science, learning, and creativity. I find inspiration in cooking, I enjoy working with chefs, I thrive with communicating to young people and the general public, and I love writing books about food, science, and taste.


Gitte Grønning Munk

Responsible for registrations and is our contact to web manager, hotels, tourist office etc.

As Event Coordinator at Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, my main expertise is to provide support and advice to conferences and seminars primarily organized by researchers at Faculty og Arts.


Paul Tyler

Helps develop ideas as well as unravelling the 'red thread' on stage

2006, I moved from London to Copenhagen. Building on twelve years of television & digital production experience at the BBC, I started helping international companies develop concepts. It soon became clear that project teams working in corporate, public and cultural sectors were wasting huge amounts of time, energy and money. I set out to change that and developed the Handling Ideas approach.

Nominated for a BAFTA (2005), BBC Creativity Award (2004) and Association of Online Publishers award (2005), I went on to win the Prix Jeunesse (2006) web award for the BBC’s flagship cross-media show, BAMZOOKi, the show I originated, studio directed and produced. I co-set-up the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology’s Digital Concept Development graduate programme in 2010. I originate from London, lives and works out of Copenhagen and holds a BSc. (Hons) Physiology with the History and Theory of Art & Design.


Karen Wistoft

Keeps an eye on the lunches and dinner, and organizes the volunteers during the two days.

I am a professor with special responsibilities in learning, cooking, tasting and well-being in primary and secondary school. Here my main task and current research purpose is to build up a new and highly innovative pedagogical and educational research environment dealing with students’ tasting, food knowledge and skills, well-being, and learning in school. Initially, I have proved it possible to establish this research in both indoor and outdoor education. I have conducted research in school gardens and outdoor teaching since 2009 and has written several articles and research report in relation to the empirical and educational findings. For the latest five years, my research has been part of a collaboration between School of Education, Aarhus University, University of Southern Denmark and Copenhagen University. This work has been supported by the Nordea Foundation.


Karen Klitgaard Povlsen

Organizes the photo and video documentation from the event.

I am an associate professor at Aarhus University School of Communication and Culture - Media Studies. I have been doing research about children and young people’s use of media in relation to food. In collaboration with Jonathan Leer, I recently published the book “Food and Media: Practices, Distinctions and Heterotopias” which is the world’s first anthology about a topic that has become increasingly relevant the last couple of years.


Michael Bom Frøst

Develops and plans the experimental tastings.

I am the director of Nordic Food Lab at Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen. Nordic Food Lab combines scientific and humanistic approaches with culinary techniques from around the world to explore the edible potential of the Nordic region. I research within the intersection between science, gastronomy and experience of taste.


Eva Rymann

Coordinates PR, social media, website, press contact, etc. 

I am a press and communications officer with Taste for Life. I do online journalism, social media reporting and guide the media around the great universe of taste. For almost two decades I have been managing and editing new media journalism in connection with broadcast news at TV 2 Denmark. I particularly focus on editorial management, storytelling and communication of science to the public.